Movies to Watch this Holiday Season

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Idelis Pizarro, Contributing Writer

Be sure to bundle up in a warm blanket and have some hot cocoa nearby, because this holiday season is the perfect time to binge watch Christmas movies. Not only are there new Christmas movies coming out this year, but classics to watch, too.

“A Christmas Story” follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air rifle. Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

Next up is “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2.” When a young Kevin McAllister (Maculay Culkin) is accidentally left home while his family goes on a Christmas vacation, he must protect his house from burglars, and in the second film, find his way around New York City. What’s more iconic than seeing a young boy set up booby traps for bandits?

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is an animated classic that follows Charlie Brown, who seeks the true meaning of Christmas with the help of his friends, his dog, and one tiny Christmas tree.

“The Polar Express” is another animated Christmas movie, released in 2004. A little boy, who remains unnamed throughout the film, along with other kids, take a magical train ride together to the North Pole. It features Tom Hanks in an animated adventure based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Another classic movie is a musical starring The Muppets playing Charles Dickens characters in “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” The movie adds a comedic spin to the classic Christmas tale.

Next up is 2003’s “Elf,” about a human raised by an elf in the North Pole who later makes his way to New York City to find his real father.

Who could forget about Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas?” It blends Halloween and Christmas in a way that’s both spooky and heartwarming.

Capping the list is an animated film from 1966, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” based on the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. The Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville but faces an issue after he meets Cindy Lou, who changes his heart.

This list of movies can help keep you occupied this holiday season. Binge watch with friends or family, and remember to stay cozy.