Jolly Christmas Movies to Watch


Jessica Lednum, Staff

The vibe around Christmas time is magical. Charities and donations are set up to help less fortunate families celebrate the holidays. Children even get to meet Santa and his elves at the mall. It’s the season to give back to the community and for people to show their love and gratitude toward others.

Christmas is also the time for families to get together. Watching movies is a great time to relax and bond with each other. Who doesn’t love to watch movies for the countdown to Christmas? Here’s a few Christmas movies to watch with your families this December.

  1. Home Alone

A day before the McAllisters go on a holiday trip to Paris, their 8-year-old son, Kevin acts out. His mother makes him sleep in the attic after a fall out, and Kevin wishes he had no family at all. The next morning, the family rushes out the house, accidently leaving for the airport without Kevin. He wakes up to an empty house, believing that his wish came true. He has the time of his life alone until two men plan to rob the McAllister residence. To protect the family home, Kevin sets up booby traps to catch the men.

“I like [Home Alone] mostly because it’s nostalgic to when I was younger, it’s just a holiday classic,” senior Empress Tremble stated.

  1. The Santa Claus

On Christmas Eve, divorced father and toy company executive Scott Calvin gains custody of his son Charlie. Santa Claus arrives on the family’s roof, and Scott’s shout startles him into a fatal fall. Santa’s body disappears, and Scott and Charlie are magically transported to the North Pole. There, an elf tells them that Scott is required by law to take on Santa’s identity. Charlie tells his mom and psychologist about the news, only to be told that Santa isn’t real and that he’s being warped by his dad. Over the next several months, Scott gains weight and grows a white beard. He must convince his employers and ex-wife that he’s not crazy and that he’s really Santa Claus.

“I enjoy that [Scott] is doing this all for his kid, even though he’s going through a separation,” senior Kaiya Watkins-Brent said.

  1. The Polar Express

A boy named Billy begins to question the existence of Santa Claus. Then, the night of Christmas Eve, an enormous locomotive pulls up in front of his house. The train is bound for the North Pole, promising to take Billy and other children to visit Santa. The train’s conductor as well as other passengers help turn Billy’s crisis in faith into a road to self-discovery.

“My favorite part of Polar Express is when they all had hot cocoa on the train because I love hot coca,” senior Amber McGuire shared.

  1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Based on the Christmas classic by Dr. Seuss, the live-action adaptation tells the story of a Christmas hating Grinch who tries to steal Christmas from the Christmas loving Whos. The Grinch takes all their presents and decorations. The residents of Whoville along with the Grinch come to realize that Christmas belongs to what’s in their hearts, not what’s under their trees.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas has always been one of my favorites movies. The movie does an amazing job highlighting the impact that anger and isolation can have on someone for a lifetime. I remember watching it as a kid and I loved the Grinch’s dog! Although the movie ultimately thrives off its humorous appeal, the overall message is what has made me come to love it. From a young age, through the character Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas taught me to always see the good in people and to be accepting of others despite their differences,” senior Sierra Kinsler expressed.