Christmas movies are a great way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. There are classics as well as new Netflix originals that are must-see this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
The skies are dark, it’s snowing outside, the cookies are in the oven, and the Christmas tree is lit as you sit down to choose the first Christmas movie of the season.
If you’re like me, choosing the movie takes about the same time as watching one. I’ve compiled 14 of my favorites and the favorites of other Dixie State University students into a list organized by gender.
Maddy Riches, a freshman design student at Herriman, said, “Christmas movies are uplifting and bring people together. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like at least one Christmas movie.
The Polar Express (2004)
Fun fact, Tom Hanks voices six of the characters in “The Polar Express,” an animated film about a boy who boards a magical night train on Christmas Eve. Hanks is the voice of the hero boy, father, conductor, tramp, scooge and Santa Claus.
Unlike most movies, “The Polar Express” doesn’t name the main character. Does that leave more questions or does it leave interpretation open to viewers? This can only be answered with a personal opinion.
Once Upon a Time Mickey’s Christmas (1999)
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” is a three-part compilation of Christmases from the nephews of Donald, Goofy and Mickey Mouse. In “Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas,” Louie, Huey and Dewey wish Christmas was everyday. Goofy works hard to prove to his son that Santa is real in “A Very Goofy Christmas”. Mickey and Minnie showcase the iconic Christmas altruism in “Mickey and Minnie Magi’s Gift”.
Twice Upon A Mickey’s Christmas (2004)
“Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” is a five-part compilation featuring the Christmases of Minnie, Daisy and Donald. In “Belles sur glace”, Minnie and Daisy learn the importance of friendship by participating in an ice skating competition. In “Christmas: Impossible,” Louie, Huey, and Dewey try to get their name off the villain list when they visit the North Pole. In “Christmas Maximus”, Goofy’s son Max is embarrassed when he brings his girlfriend home for Christmas. In “Donald’s Gift”, Donald Duck forgets the Christmas spirit when he feels haunted by the Christmas song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. In “Mickey’s Dog-Gone Christmas”, Pluto fled to the North Pole after a fight with Mickey.
Two women with male problems move houses during the holidays. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law star in this holiday romantic comedy.
Unexpected love in a new place was exactly what Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) needed. If you want to feel the pure love of Christmas, add this movie to your watchlist.
Hard Love (2021)
Newly added to Netflix on November 5th, “Love Hard” will keep you interested in its twists and turns. Natalie, a screenwriter for the film from Los Angeles, makes a living writing about her disastrous dates through dating apps. When the Christmas season arrives, she thinks she has found a keeper, but finds a catfish instead.
This romantic comedy will make you laugh and teach you a lesson in deception when looking for love.
The Holiday Calendar (2018)
The Christmas magic of an old holiday calendar helps photographer Abby find the love in her friendship.
In this Netflix original, each day the calendar opens to reveal a little character who magically plays a role in her day and leads her to follow her dreams in her career and relationships.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Extreme Christmas fans Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas when their daughter is not able to spend it with them. The neighbors are furious and when the girl changes her plans, the Kranks have to organize their usual Christmas in a few hours.
Ashley Wilson, a second year dental hygiene student at St. George, said: “My all-time favorite Christmas movie is Christmas with the Kranks because every year I watch it with my family and it’s one of the funniest Christmas movies of all time.
Father Christmas (1994)
Tim Allen is Scott Calvin in “The Santa Clause”, a humorous film about how Santa Claus was born. The contract called “The Clause” is signed when the Santa Claus costume is put on by someone else.
Santa Claus 2 (2002)
In Scott Calvin’s second tale as Santa Claus, Calvin returns home to find a Mrs. Claus and help his son get off the villain list.
Santa Claus 3: The relief clause
In Scott Calvin’s final story as Santa Claus, Jack Frost attempts to take the lead from the Christmas vacation while Santa focuses on his wife and future mother, Mrs. Claus.
Home Alone (1990)
Kevin is left behind when his family travels to Paris for the holidays. At first Kevin has the freedom he always wanted, but when two burglars target his house, he sets traps all over his house to catch them.
The importance of family during the holidays is emphasized in “Home Alone”.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The story of Dr. Seuss’ Grinch comes to life in the live-action version starring Jim Carrey. The classic story of Cindy Lou who befriended the villainous Grinch is comically told in this version while also expressing the true meaning of Christmas.
Laura White, a first year psychology student at Logan, said, “The Grinch is my all-time favorite movie. It’s so relevant and I can’t go a day without citing it at least twice.
Buddy, a stowaway who grew up in Santa’s workshop, travels to New York City to find his real father. Will Ferrell, as Buddy, tries to be a part of his father’s world and conquers love, work and Christmas.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
All goes wrong as the Griswold family prepare for their annual Christmas celebration.
Riches said: “The Christmas holidays are the funniest movie ever, my family and I quote it all year round. We watch it together every year when we set up the Christmas tree, it has become the one of my favorite traditions.