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The holidays are once again among us. Many celebrations are ahead, so take some time off, relax and unwind watching some of our top holiday movies.


12. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1996 and 2002)

Two adaptations of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to make your heart grow three sizes. The 1996 adaptation is the animated classic, while the 2002 version is the live-action one. Both are based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book with the same name. Therefore, both movies revolve around the Grinch trying to steal Christmas from all of the residents in Whoville.   

    11. “Love Actually” (2003)

A romantic comedy movie that follows different couples and characters that fall in love …and out of it. The stories are intertwined and it all happens during the holiday season.

10. “Scrooged” (1988)

Bill Murray plays a selfish TV executive named Frank Cross, who has to do a live broadcast of “A Christmas Carol.” It turns out, though, that his life becomes like “A Christmas Carol.”

9. “A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)

Another remake of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” told through the Muppets. Kermit the Frog is Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine is Scrooge in this twist.

8. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947 and 1994)

Both the original movie and remake center around a girl skeptical about Santa Claus and an older man named Kris Kringle hired to be Macy’s Santa. This Macy’s Santa, though, claims to be the real deal.

7. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

The Griswalds are back in this holiday movie. This time, Clark Griswald wants the perfect Christmas for his family. Of course, things don’t go as planned for the Griswalds as things get out of control quickly, especially with the unplanned arrival of cousin Eddie.

6. “Home Alone” (1990)

After Kevin McCallister wishes that his family was gone after being sent to sleep in the attic at night, he finds that his wish has come true the next morning. His family is gone. They left to vacation without him. Kevin takes advantage of the situation of being by himself, but eventually finds it quite lonely, especially when he has to protect his house from two robbers by himself.

5. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Even though it’s debatable on whether or not it is a Halloween movie, Christmas movie, or both, a majority of people seem to still enjoy it around Christmas time. Created by Tim Burton, the audience follows along with Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, who feels bored with the same thing year after year. He accidentally stumbles upon Christmastown and becomes inspired to take over Christmas.

4. “Elf” (2003)

Comedian Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human raised by an elf after accidentally ending up in the North Pole. He doesn’t realize he is human at first, until he overhears a conversation. He then sets out to find his real father.

3. “Bad Santa” (2003)

A drunken, depressed mall Santa and his con partner dressed as an elf attempt to rob the various stores.

2. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

A suicidal man named George wishes he was never born. When his wish comes true, he starts to realize his impact on the world and his mistake.

Here it is, the No. 1 holiday movie:

1. “A Christmas Story” (1983)

A young boy named Ralphie tries his best to get ahold of a Red Rider BB gun, even though people keep telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

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