The Spectrum's Christmas movie picks

Holiday movies you need to see this winter


The holidays are quickly approaching and as a hard-working college student, you owe it to yourself to whip up some hot chocolate, get a nice warm blanket and watch a few beloved-holiday classics.

In no specific order, here are a few movies you should consider watching as you gear up for the holiday season.

A Christmas Story (1983)

This film follows a 9-year-old kid named Ralphie (Peter Billingsley, A Case of You) on his quest to get the only thing he wants on his wish list: a Red Ryder B.B. gun. Unfortunately for Ralphie, everyone around him, including Santa Claus, thinks Ralphie will shoot his eye out. You will fall in love with this film and a boy’s quest to make his holiday wish come true.

Home Alone (1990)

In this classic 1990 film, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin (Macaulay Culkin Eating a Slice of Pizza), must defend his home from burglars when his family flies overseas for Christmas and leaves without him. Luckily for young Kevin, the burglars foolishly fall prey to the adept youngling’s many booby traps and tricks. Home Alone is a must-watch this holiday season.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1943)

George Bailey (James Stewart, North and South, Book II) spends his entire adult life committed to the family business and the small town of Bedford Falls. After the loss of a substantial portion of his businesses money on Christmas Eve, Bailey becomes depressed. While contemplating suicide, Bailey’s guardian angel shows him an alternate reality where he didn’t exist in an attempt to persuade him that he is extremely important to the people around him.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

No holiday season is complete without some version of the classic, A Christmas Carol. The Muppet adaption is close to the original story with the added benefit of being told through a lovable cast of characters. This movie is great for those who are fond of the Dickens’ classic as well as lovable felt puppets.

Elf (2003)

It’s no surprise Elf made this list and it’s with good reason. This is one of Will Ferrell’s (Welcome to Sweden) best roles, and it’s fun for people of all ages. Buddy the Elf, played by Ferrell, is forced to leave his home in the North Pole after he discovers instead of just being a tall elf, he is actually an adopted human. Buddy travels to New York City to find his father and what follows is a mix between utter hilarity and Christmas cheer, sung loud for all to hear.

There are dozens of holiday-themed movies worthy of making this list, so make sure you stock up on your hot chocolate and settle in for a movie marathon. For the sake of the holidays, put a pause to your Netflix binge watching to watch a few of these great films instead.