The Holiday Movies You Should Watch This Season, Based on Your Mood

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s officially time to cozy up with your favourite holiday films. Don’t know where to begin? Twenty-eight years ago National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation hit theatres, so why not kick off your marathon with Clark W. Griswold and co.?

Whether you’re looking to settle down with a holiday classic (It’s A Wonderful Life) or a feel-good flick (Elf), or have your BFFs over for a bake-off and a good cry (Love Actually), we’ve got you covered all season long. So grab a Hot Toddy, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Mood: LOL

Christmas Prince
This so-bad-it’s-good Netflix film has quickly become a fan favourite. It follows a young journalist as she goes undercover to get the inside story on a playboy prince–and (surprise!) she ends up finding love.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase plays a father hell bent on having the hap-hap happiest Christmas only to have everything go horribly wrong once the rest of the family gets involved.

Will Ferrell plays a human raised by elves that leaves the comfort of the North Pole to seek out his real father and spread Christmas cheer by singing it loud for all to hear.

The Muppet Christmas Carol
Michael Caine attempts to keep a straight face as he re-enacts Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with wisecracking Muppets.

Mood: Nostalgic

Miracle on 34th Street
The classic about a department store Santa Claus in New York City that claims he is the real deal.

It’s a Wonderful Life
The timeless story of George Bailey and how he rediscovered the spirit of Christmas when his whole world was falling apart.

Yes, Virginia
The story of a disenchanted little girl who isn’t sure if Santa Claus is real or not, so she writes a letter to a newspaper to find out for sure.

White Christmas
Bing Crosby stars in this holiday musical about two soldiers who return from war and form a successful musical duo that head to Vermont in order to save the inn of a former commanding general.

Mood: Playful

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss’ animated classic, narrated by Boris Karloff, about a small-hearted creature who plans to ruin Christmas for Whoville with the help of his dog Max.

Frosty the Snowman
The animated classic that tells the story of Frosty, a snowman that comes to life through to the magic of accessories.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
The story of a downtrodden boy who has grown tired of the commercialization of Christmas and vows to find out the true meaning of the holiday.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol
The Disney animated take on the classic Dickens Tale, starring Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer.

Mood: Needing a good ugly-cry

Love Actually
Eight couples deal with love, life and death in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

The Family Stone
An uptight businesswoman visits her boyfriend’s eccentric family’s during Christmas and finds that she’s a fish out of water who can’t do anything right.

The Family Man
Nicolas Cage stars as an investment broker who’s offered the opportunity to see how the other half lives and wakes up to find that his sports car and girlfriend have become a mini-van and wife.

Mood: Ready to recite every word

A Christmas Story
All Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, but he must first convince his teacher, his parents and even Santa that he wont shoot his eye out.

Home Alone
Kevin McAllister must protect his home from a pair of bumbling burglars when he is left home alone by his family during a Christmas vacation.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Once again, Kevin McAllister finds himself alone during the holidays (kid never learns his lesson!), this time in New York, where he must stop a same pair of bumbling burglars from robbing a toy store. Shout out to Mr. Duncan.

Mood: Cheesy (in the best way!)

The Santa Clause
Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, a single dad who has to sub in for Santa after the jolly old man falls off a roof.

The Santa Clause 2
Reprising his role as Scott Calvin, Allen, now Santa Claus, is on a mission to find a Mrs. Claus.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Allen is back again as Santa Claus in this third instalment, but this time he needs to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The live action version of Dr. Seuss’ classic book about a small-hearted creature who aims to ruin Christmas for Whoville.

Jingle All the Way
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a dad hell-bent on getting his son the toy of the holiday season.


Mood: Eff the holidays

Edward Scissorhands
Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, Edward is the lonely creation of an inventor with scissors for hands who is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

A boy inadvertently sets loose a gang of monsters on a small town during Christmas time after breaking three important rules concerning his new pet.

Die Hard
Bruce Willis plays John McClane, an NYPD officer who tries to save his wife and several others who are taken hostage by German terrorist during a Christmas party.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King of Halloween Town discovers Christmas Town and decides to do his own take on the holiday.