As this never-ending year comes to a close, the magic of the holiday spirit seems needed now more than ever.
Whether you’re in the mood for a Christmas classic, the perfect holiday romantic comedy or a film to get you in the mood for festivities, this holiday movie guide will leave you with the warm and fuzzy feelings that come along with the holidays.
Fed up with being single during the holidays, two strangers agree to be each other’s platonic dates throughout the year. Released Oct. 28 on Netflix, “Holidate” is a romantic comedy set in festive Chicago starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey.
“The Grinch'' stars Jim Carrey as a mischievous green-furred creature who despises Christmas and the Whos of Whoville. With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch goes on a mission to steal Christmas only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s warm holiday spirit, the 2018 animated and the 2000 live action version are available to stream.
Released in 2019 and available on Netflix, “Let it Snow” is adapted from the young adult novel “Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romance,” penned by John Green and other various authors. A teenage version of “Love Actually,” “Let it Snow” is set on Christmas Eve, intertwining three different teenage friendships and their love lives.
Breaking premiere records on Hulu, “Happiest Season” stars Kristen Stewart as a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend while at her parent’s annual Christmas party, only to discover that her partner has not come out to her parents. The film, released Nov. 25, encapsulates the range of emotions felt in coming home for the holidays and the yearning for family’s acceptance while still trying to stay true to yourself.
“This Christmas” is a 2007 romantic comedy-drama that uses all the holiday cliches in the most perfect way. The film centers around the Whitfield family as they gather together for the first time in four years. However, family ties begin to strain as secrets come to light.
The 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” tells the story of George Bailey, who is thinking of ending his life during the holidays. Bailey’s guardian angel takes him back in time to show him what his town would have looked like if it had not been for all his good deeds over the years.
Award winning singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves released the “Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” on Amazon Prime in 2019. This musical television special, offering original songs and covers of classic hits, features celebrities like Camila Cabello, Lana Del Ray, Leon Bridges, James Cordon and Kendall Jenner.
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals. Arguably some of the most classic Christmas movies, the three-part “Home Alone” series is available on Disney+. The series follows troublemaker Kevin McCallister as he is accidentally left home alone when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, leaving him to defend his house against burglars.
Set during the holiday season, “While You Were Sleeping” stars Sandra Bullock as a lonely subway worker who saves the life of her long-term crush from an oncoming train. As he wakes up from a coma his family mistakes her for his fiancée. Things get even more complicated in this 1995 film as she falls in love with his sheepish brother.
In an unexpected twist, this Christmas film is also a horror flick. The 1974 version “Black Christmas” follows a group of sorority sisters during winter break as they receive anonymous phone calls and girls begin disappearing. This film helped spawn the slasher genre and offers audiences a freighting but surprising ending.
Apple TV Plus obtained rights to the “Peanuts” catalog in October, which means beloved fans of the series can no longer watch the holiday specials on ABC. However, for the first time this season, fans can stream “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for free on Apple TV through Dec. 11-13 and on PBS on Dec. 13.
Whether you're looking for a new festive tradition or just something to watch while cozied up on a couch — no better way to finish off 2020 — this movie guide will put you in the perfect holiday spirit.