From The Grinch to Love Actually, Here Are Our Favourite Holiday Films

December 20, 2022
Emma McNally

Here at K&P, we’re big fans of winding down by curling up on the couch with a great film as the snow starts to fall.

Today, we’re rounding up our favourite holiday films to watch with loved ones, preferably with a hot chocolate in hand and some cozy blankets to keep us warm.

Check out our top list below:


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) – I love the 2000 remake with Jim Carrey as well, but I have so many fond childhood memories of watching the original Grinch movie when it came on TV and my whole family would watch it together.


Love Actually – It’s so cheesy but so feel-good as well, I’ve been watching it every evening of December 25 for so many years, maybe 15?


Love Actually – The cast, the soundtrack, the intertwining story lines; they don’t disappoint. “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”


Love Actually – It touches on all shades and temperaments of love, set in the context of Christmas. It has a bit of everything, be it humour, heartbreak or romance. A perfect holiday watch, and a reminder to not to lose sight of the truly important thing which is love!


Just Friends – Ana Faris (one of my favourite actresses) steals the show with her expected chaotically clueless comedy routine with the help of Ryan Reynolds. Together they create comedic magic in this instant holiday classic.


Elf – Will Ferrell is hilarious and it’s the perfect balance of funny and cheesy for a Christmas film. Also, just a generally good movie – I watch it even when it’s not Christmas!


Miracle on 34th Street – Simply put, it’s a Christmas classic. I love the storyline of a little girl learning that your dreams can come true if you really believe, and in this case it’s Santa Claus – so cute!


Barbie in the Nutcracker – Not a joke, it’s amazing – but because it is impossible to find these days, and for the sake of my reputation, let’s go with The Polar Express! A timeless classic with a great score that really just gets me into the holiday spirit, even if the animation style is a little unnerving.


Home Alone – It feels so nostalgic to me and always puts me in the Christmas spirit along with a cup of hot chocolate!


Home Alone – I saw the movie for the first time as a kid, and was fascinated by their big house, all the snow, and the funny adventures and plans the kid put together to get the thieves to go away. Been re-watching as a tradition almost every holiday! The first one is my favourite, but the one in NYC is nice as well.


Home Alone – The movie centers around Kevin McCallister who manages to portray a perfectly lovable, hilarious child who is simultaneously devious and terrifyingly intelligent. I love that the movie has such iconic and memorable lines such as “Keep the change, ya filthy animal”. Overall, it’s a classic movie that you can put on at any time of the year and it’s suitable for most audiences!


A Nightmare Before Christmas – I always used to watch it with my sister as a kid and it just got me so excited for the holiday season with family. Also, the music slaps.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – This movie brings me so much joy and it’s one of those movies that my entire family agrees to watch, no arguments. I love how hectic the holiday is and the movie is full of one-liners that my family has been quoting for decades. It also has that coziness and feeling of warmth I find in movies from the 80’s and 90’s.


The Harry Potter Franchise – Nothing rings in Christmas (for me) better than watching Harry, Ron and Hermione grow into heroes and seemingly find a way to celebrate the holidays with every film as well.

If you’re still deciding which movie should be the star of your holidays this year, we hope you’ll take our list of favourites into consideration. While sticking to the nostalgic classics will never disappoint, it’s always fun to try something new every once in a while, too.

That’s how new traditions are born, after all.

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