One of the best things about the holidays are the movies that play all the time on TV. I’ve compiled a list of some of my personal favourites, and maybe there are some of yours on this list too!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas. A TV Special based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz aired on CBS in 1965. Follow Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang as Charlie finds the true meaning of Christmas.
- Frosty the Snowman. “Happy Birthday!” Frosty exclaims as Professor Hinkle’s magic hat is placed on his head. Based on the popular song, this movie was first aired in 1969.
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). Based on Dr. Seuss’ book and narrated by Boris Karlof, this movie is a personal fave. Dr. Seuss first wrote the book about the over commercialization of Christmas and getting back to the true meaning of Christmas.
- Twas The Night Before Christmas. Based on the poem, this TV special first aired on CBS in 1974. This is a story about a mouse and a clockmaker who try to appease Santa when he is offended by a letter sent stating that the writer does not believe he exists.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the Johnny Marks song of the same title, this classic was first aired in 1964 and teaches us all that we may be different but that’s what makes us all special.
- Home Alone. Kevin McAllister is accidentally left alone when his family leaves for France, he is left to defend his home from burglars. Macauly Culkin and Joe Pesci make this film a holiday treat!
- Mrs. Santa Claus. Starring Angela Lansbury, this is a story of how an ignored Mrs Claus takes the sleigh out and becomes stranded in New York when Cupid is injured. There she poses as Mrs North who befriends the Jewish family she boards with and becomes involved in the women’s suffrage movement as well as child labour issues.
- Christmas Vacation. The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
- The Santa Clause. Starring Tim Allen as as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall to his death from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son, Charlie, finish the late, legendary St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns he must become the new Santa.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). A live action remake of the 1966 cartoon, Ron Howard and Jim Carrey bring this classic tale to life.