Have any plans this weekend? Cancel them, stay in, and throw yourself a Christmas movie marathon! Better yet, stock up on your favorite snacks, open a bottle of your favorite wine, and invite your best friends over! Leave the real world behind and get into the Christmas spirit with the following holiday films:
Home Alone (1990)
We all know the cutest and bravest 8-year-old boy, Kevin McCallister, who is left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, this wonderful holiday film is a Christmas classic, and it is a rite of passage for Home Alone to be number one on the list of best Christmas movies. The film’s sequel, Home Alone: Lost in New York, is also a must-watch.
The Santa Clause (1994)
This Christmas comedy tells a story of Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who has to take on the role of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen and is directed by John Pasquin. It’s a funny and entertaining story that you can watch your friends as well as your family. The film is a fist installment of The Santa Clause trilogy – the other two are also very much worth watching.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Speaking of Christmas movies starring Tim Allen, here is another one: Christmas with the Kranks is based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. In the film, a couple, played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, decide to skip Christmas one year since their daughter is away, much to the disappointment of their neighbors.
The Holiday (2006)
This is a star-studded romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. The cast includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Rufus Sewell and others. The film follows the story of two women (Diaz and Winslet) from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape their troubles during the holiday season. Moreover, beautiful score by Hans Zimmer will leave you breathless.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
For those throwing a holiday movie marathon with your family, this one should definitely go on your list. This animation fantasy film is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ story of the same name that stars Jim Carrey in multiple roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge. Your children will love it.
Black Mirror’s White Christmas (2014)
Finally, if you’re in the mood for something darker, settle in for TV series Black Mirror’s holiday special – White Christmas. The episode starts with two men, Matt (Jon Hamm) and Joe (Rafe Spall), stationed at a remote outpost in the middle of a snowy wilderness. To pass the time, they decide to share their life stories, which in turn are depicted on-screen. Unpredictable plot twists will blow your mind.