The Best Christmas Movies to Watch Between Now and December 25

It's the most wonderful time of the year, which also means it's the most wonderful time of the year for cinema, with yearly new movies and all our favorite classics playing on repeat from Thanksgiving all the way until Christmas. It's important to watch all your favorites and reminisce on the holiday memories they've provided you over the years, but also you should check out some new ones you haven't seen before but have been recommended. Hallmark released an insane number of new holiday films this year, so you really never can run out of new ones to watch. There are so many priceless films out there that celebrate all aspects of the holidays in fun and unique ways. They all promote important holiday values and help to show us what really matters this time of year. 

I know I'm not alone when I say Christmas sneaks up on me faster and faster each year. We get so caught up in our busy lives, be it working, exam schedules, looking after loved ones, or anything else that leads to a few stressful weeks leading up to December 25. You owe it to yourself and everyone you share a home with to take some time out of your busy schedules to sit down together and watch some heartwarming films about the time of year we love so much but that never lasts long enough. It's not much, but it's at least an hour and a half each day that you can hit pause and immerse yourself in someone else's life for a bit.

December 9: Planes Trains and Automobiles

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"Well Marie, once again my dear, you where as right as rain. I am, with out a doubt, the biggest pain in the butt that ever came down the pike. I meet someone who's company I really enjoy, and what do I do? I go overboard. I smother the poor soul. I cause him more trouble than he has a right to. God, I got a big mouth. When am I ever gonna wake up? I wish you were here with me right now. But... I guess that's not gonna happen. Not now, anyway."

For everyone traveling this Christmas season and hoping for the best, this movie is right up your alley. In this classic John Hughes holiday film, Neal (Steve Martin) tries endlessly to return to his family for the Thanksgiving, but can't seem to catch a break, or escape his only companion, Del (John Candy),

December 10: Home Alone

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"Bless this highly nutritious macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen."

This is a childhood favorite for everyone, and we all surely once dreamed about being in Kevin's shoes, having our families magically disappear for a little while and having a huge house to ourselves. That is, until we realize it's the happiest time of year and it must be spent with family, no matter how much they get on our nerves. 

December 11: The Family Stone

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Everyone is reminded over the holidays how slightly (or majorly) dysfunctional their family is, and this movie is no different from the average slew of interesting souls housed together under one roof to celebrate. Except they don't approve of their favorite son's soon-to-be fiancée, to make matters even more interesting. Highlights include the iconic cast of neverending incredible actors and staring at Dermot Mulroney's face.

December 12: Trading Places

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Imagine switching lives with someone of the complete opposite socio-economic status. These two men see the holidays through a completely different perspective as they, quite literally, trade places as part of a larger scheme. You're in for some quality laughs.

December 13: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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This was my childhood favorite, especially because I was an animal lover growing up. This classic holiday tale teaches children not to exile anyone for being different, and that the little things that make us different are what truly make us special. Celebrate what makes each person you know unique this holiday season, in honor of Rudolph.

December 14: A Christmas Story

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Follow Ralphie through his adventures dodging bullies, Christmas shopping, and almost "shooting his brains out," as his family has to say about his desires for a Red Rider Air Rifle from Santa. And after you watch the original, catch the Live version on Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Although the live movies cannot always live up to the incredible originals they recreate, it's got an all-star cast you won't want to miss. If you haven't finished all your Christmas shopping, get your own leg lamp here to give to a loved one to make them feel truly special.

December 15: Christmas Vacation

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 “We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f***ing Kaye.”

The Griswolds are back for an even better sequel than the original Vacation, especially for those who love Christmas (shoutout to David Pollack). This movie is the most hysterical representation of how cuckoo a family can truly be, and a test of everyone's patience as they see just how ridiculous the holiday can become, but they nevertheless persevere and celebrate Christmas together as a family.

December 16: Four Christmases

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"My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!" -Brad

This movie takes us into the realities of visiting crazy family members over the holidays. Between the two of them, they have four separate Christmases to attend due to divorced parents, each bringing its own adventures and miseries that threaten to tear apart their relationship and ruin everyone's Christmas.

December 17: Mixed Nuts

"Just remember that in every pothole there is hope. Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the P, and add it to the H, the O, and the E, and rearrange the letters... or contrariwise, you remove the O, T, and the L, you get "hope". So, just remember, in every pothole there is hope!"

A holiday comedy centered around a man who runs a suicide prevention hotline. The chaos ensues from there as he finds out he's being evicted and an exciting love triangle takes off. A hopeless yet hysterical holiday comedy to keep you both laughing and grounded throughout the season.

December 18: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

A completely unique cartoon Christmas movie, the Grinch takes us all back to our childhoods when we feared ugly green monsters would steal the magic of Christmas from us. It was such an iconic movie to instill exactly what Christmas was truly about into the minds of little children (and adults, too!).

December 19: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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Kevin strikes again, taking on New York City by himself and outsmarting every adult he comes across in the Big Apple. It's Kevin like we've never seen him before, and you can't miss this epic sequel if you haven't seen it already.

December 20: Elf

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"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

Forever the most iconic Christmas movie. No explanation needed.

December 21: Just Friends

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"The truth is, I'm scared to be your friend, because I'm always going to want more. But then I got to thinking that I would rather have you in my life as a friend than not at all."

Picture Ryan Reynolds, but super nerdy and wearing a fatsuit, and he has a huge crush on his best friend who has completely friend-zoned him. Flash forward 10 years and he's handsome, successful, funny, and back in New Jersey to try and steal her heart. Prepare to die laughing and see a whole new side of Ryan Reynold's acting abilities.

December 22: Serendipity

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"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: 'Did he have passion?'"

This is such a whimsical and romantic movie that keeps viewers on their toes through the whole thing. These two fall for each other and leave the rest up to fate, so you have to watch the movie to see if destiny brings them back to each other. They seem so perfect for each other from the start, hitting it off right away, but they let the magic of Christmas handle the rest.

December 23: The Holiday

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"I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives." -Iris

This is such a cliché love story, but it never loses its magic for me as the two protagonists seek to find happiness away from their respective homes during the holidays. In their own searches for self discovery and solace, they form deep friendships and even spark romance along the way. Plus, Iris's home in the Cotswolds is such a picture perfect place to spend any holiday -- or any day, for that matter.

December 24: While You Were Sleeping 

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As Lucy stares at her beloved Peter, a total stranger whose family is led to believe she is going to marry, she whispers, “Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever, like, seen somebody? And you knew that, if only that person really knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with and realize that you were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with. Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven’t even talked to? Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?” 

December 25: Love Actually

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The ultimate Christmas movie to make you believe in all things magical that come with Christmas, but mainly love. This one is my all-time favorite, and I could watch it endlessly without tiring of it. Follow along with numerous completely unique love stories and watch how they all unfold, all in the short but magical time that is Christmastime.

"It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it is not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends."

Plus an important message from Uncle Bill, "Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star and they give them to you for free!"

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