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Holiday Movies

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to crank up Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. This time of the year is filled with hot cocoa, the Starbucks holiday menu, knitted socks, decorating the Christmas tree with tinsel and shiny ornaments, and most importantly, watching nostalgic and jolly Christmas movies. There are plenty of Christmas movies to choose from, like the classic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York or everybody’s favourite, Elf. However, there are many holiday movies you may not have watched that could be added to your “Nice” list of Christmas movies.


1. Noelle


Maturity Rating: G

Where to watch it: Disney+

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The daughter of Kris Kringle, Noelle, is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun but wishes she could do something important like Nick, her beloved brother, who will be taking over this Christmas for their father. Nick is preparing himself to be Santa, but he is miserably failing. When Nick is about to crumble like a cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests that he take a break and get away to clear his head ... but then he doesnt come back.


2. The Princess Switch


Maturity Rating: G

Where to watch it: Netflix

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Margaret, the beautiful Duchess of Montenaro, changes places one week before Christmas with Stacy, an average baker from Chicago who looks just like her. Margaret falls in love with Stacys handsome co-worker, with the aid of a magical Santas helper, but Stacy falls in love with Margarets fiancé, the dashing Prince.


3. Last Christmas


Maturity Rating: PG-13

Where to watch it: Rent on Youtube or Google Play ($4.99)

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For young Kate, a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas store, nothing seems to be going right for her. But when she meets Tom, a charismatic charmer who seems too good to be true, things soon take a turn for the better. As the town transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, Tom and Kate’s growing attraction becomes the best gift of all — a Yuletide romance.


4. The Night Before


Maturity Rating: R

Where to watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

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Because Christmas isn’t only about Rom-com movies. Lifelong buddies Ethan, Isaac and Chris have been meeting on Christmas Eve for the last 10 years to celebrate the holidays with a bang. The friends notice that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end as Isaac prepares to become a first-time father. They try to make it as unforgettable as possible by looking for the Nutcracka Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.


5. The Santa Clause


Maturity Rating: PG (7+)

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+

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A good old fashioned classic Christmas movie. On Christmas eve, Scott Calvin and his son discover that Santa Claus has fallen off their roof. Scott must take the reins to Santa’s sleigh and convince a world of disbelievers, including himself.


6. Rise of the Guardians


Maturity Rating: PG

Where to watch it: Netflix

(Image is courtesy of Wikipedia)


This is one of my favourite Christmas movies ever. The whole plot, the characters, and the animation are incredible. Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the tale of a group of heroes, each with exceptional skills. When the gauntlet is thrown down by an evil spirit known as Pitch to take over the world, for the first time, the eternal Guardians must join together to preserve the dreams, values, and imagination of children around the world.


7. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York


Maturity Rating: PG

Where to watch it: Disney+, Amazon Prime Video

(Image is courtesy of Wikipedia)


What kind of Christmas movie recommendations does not include one of the BEST Christmas movies of all time? This movie never gets old, and I enjoy watching it every year. Kevin McCallister finds himself stranded, again, but this time in New York. As he attempts to find his way around the city, two familiar criminals are not too far behind.


Whichever Christmas movie you decide to watch while drinking hot chocolate and wearing your comfy pyjamas, I hope it brings you joy and cheerfulness during these bizarre times. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Featured image courtesy of Hert Niks via Pexels



Article Author: Alizeh Qaiser

Article Editors: Valerie Shirobokov, Victoria Huang

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