The Ultimate Christmas Movie Playlist

By Daria Radler

Ah, Christmas! The holidays are around the corner, and this means a combination of an incredible amount of delicious food (don’t we all love Grandma’s cooking?!) as well as presents and some quality time with our families that we’ve either looked forward to or have secretly dreaded for months. Either way, I’m sure that by now you have probably established a little family tradition of your own when it comes to deciding on your ultimate Christmas movie selection. So let’s look at a few movies that should definitely make your list.


  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey has spent his entire life devoting himself to the people of Bedford Falls. Broken and suicidal on Christmas Eve, he decides that his family and friends would be better off without him. What he doesn’t know is that they have prayed for him to get through these hard times, and that their prayers have been heard: His guardian angel Clarence falls to earth to show him how different the lives of his loved ones would have been if it wasn’t for him. Heartwarmingly beautiful and deeply moving, It’s a Wonderful Life teaches us how much it means to look after one another – a message that makes this movie worth watching over and over again.

  1. Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas with the family can be a bit of a hazardous combination that you might know only too well. We can’t help but love them unconditionally, yet that doesn’t mean they can’t still drive us nuts. But still, you think your family is full-on crazy? By the end of this movie you might actually be grateful for what you’ve got because –believe me – the Griswold family is headed for trouble! A modern Christmas classic, Christmas Vacation shouldn’t be missing from this year’s movie marathon.


  1. Home Alone (1990)

Remember when you were little and the idea of having the whole house to yourself sounded like the greatest and most adventurous thing on earth? Eight-year-old Kevin definitely knows what that feels like. He clearly is the underdog in his family and has decided that families suck. When his mother sends him upstairs the night before their departure to spend Christmas in France, he can barely believe that his wish is about to come true. What follows is a row of crazy adventures in and around the house; yet, as Christmas Day comes closer, little Kevin starts to truly miss the company of his family.


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!