Holiday Films: Seasonal classics, and unusual favorites

Holiday Films
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We don’t always have time to watch as many of these as we’d like, but we love our holiday films.

From classic and modern adaptations of A Christmas Carol, to more off-beat selections like About a Boy, there’s something here for every audience. Please share your holiday favorites by leaving a comment below!


A Christmas Carol (1938)
An overacted classic with the merriest Cratchits and Scrooge you’ll see on film.
Starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge; Gene and Kathleen Lockhart as Mr. & Mrs. Cratchit

A Colbert Christmas (2008)
A musical spoof with adult themes! Enjoy this one after the kids go to bed.
Starring Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, with John Legend, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Feist, and Jon Stewart

A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
If you don’t enjoy The Muppets, check your pulse.
Starring Michael Caine as Scrooge

About a Boy (2002)
What happens when a self-centered guy meets a crazy, complicated family?
Starring Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
A great film to reflect on the year past and the next one ahead.
Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Scrooged (1988)
Hilarious, yet nuanced, interpretation of the classic story.
Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane

Animated Films

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Charlie Brown has the antidote to commercialized holiday consumption.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Narrated and sung by Boris Karloff!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
What happens when ghosts and ghouls meet Santa?

Published by Sarah Scully

Sarah is a librarian as well as an avid knitter and occasional knitwear designer. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, painting, and writing with fountain pens.