The Best Holiday Films

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Home Alone

“Home Alone” is unarguably one of the best, and funniest holiday movie ever created. 

When clever eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is mistakenly left home for the holidays, he embarks on a wild adventure, encountering bandits trying to break into his home, a possible serial killer next door, and more. 

What’s even funnier is how his family, who is on the other side of the world, deals with this unthinkable situation. This comedic but touching family-friendly story is sure to warm your holiday season. – Christine Oh

Die Hard

When it comes to Christmas movies, you ‘d expect a feel-good happy movie, not a movie about a group of German terrorists taking over a Christmas office party.

“Die Hard” follows John McClane (Bruce Willis) as he scrambles to save his ex-wife and her coworkers from a band of terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), a ruthless man that will do anything to get what he wants. 

This movie will constantly keep you and your family at the edge of your seats. I strongly suggest you take a break from all the regular holiday movies, and watch this refreshing Christmas classic. – Sabrina Contreras

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is one of the most underrated films to watch during the holiday season because of its humor.

The film is about Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), who plans to have the perfect family Christmas. But things go awry when Clark’s cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) arrives unplanned with his family and camps in their driveway.

Although it is a Christmas movie, it’s not exactly family-friendly, as its comedy is aimed toward adults. Some of the slapstick in the film may often have a younger audience scratching their heads. – Tyler Aronson

Polar Express

The 2004 masterpiece of a film, the “Polar Express,” is an overall staple during the holidays. 

In the movie we follow a small child, Hero Boy, on a journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve as he travels on the Polar Express. The 3D animation this movie provides for pleasant views throughout the movie as this is one of the prettiest Christmas movies of all time. The legendary Tom Hanks voices five of the characters in the film. In addition, the movie has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, which includes the song “Hot Chocolate,” which will almost surely stay stuck in your head for the remainder of the day. – Aidan Trejo