Top 10 Christmas movies to watch this December


Lily Eberly, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Lily Eberly – Movies Hook and Home Alone are out of their cases and are waiting to be watched. Both Christmas movies are from the early 90s.

Many say there are way more Christmas movies — including remakes — than anyone could name. Since there are a handful, which should be on the list for Christmas 2018?

The amount of theatrical Christmas movies is 136 as of this year. It is safe to assume the majority of people have not watched all of these.

Since it’s that time of year, to get into the holiday spirit, here are the top ten Christmas movies/specials to watch in December:

  1. Elf

Elf is one of those movies that is very well known. It follows the tale of Buddy, a human who was raised by Santa’s elves, who goes to New York to find his biological father. He faces the real world and experiences romance. With an 83% Rotten Tomatoes, there’s a high chance it has good features–like humor.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The 1964 motion animation picture tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer with a glowing red nose; he is an outcast among the other reindeer with black noses. He goes on a grand adventure to save his family and friends from the Abominable Snow Monster. This is a great, heartwarming family movie.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Walton’s Christmas: The Homecoming

“I like…the message of the story,” sophomore Rosemary Chaparro from Fort Collins High School said. “Christmas is not just about the presents, but the people you’re with.” The Waltons are about to celebrate Christmas when John Walton, the father, has not returned from finding work. John-Boy, one of the children, talks to his siblings about what Christmas is about before going off to find their father. It’s an older movie that may be worth to see at least once.

A wreath sits on a kitchen counter. Wreaths are hung around this time of year — does the snowman make you think of a jolly happy soul? “I get to be warm all the time instead of dying from sweltering heat,” sophomore Glenda Chiang said about why she likes winter. (Lily Eberly)

Watch the trailer here.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The song about it being Halloween comes from the magical tale of Jack Skellington visiting the land of Christmas. Former RHS sophomore Hailey Faustino said, “My parents make me celebrate Christmas in that theme.” The theme is different from being holly and joyful, many believe it spices up Christmas. If you’re in for a change, this movie is for you.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Edward Scissorhands

No, this movie isn’t scary, no matter what you may have heard. Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands is a holiday movie about Edward coming into a family’s home and being used for the special talents with his hands. He cuts hair and he trims bushes. It’s a bit of a tearjerker, but it’s one of those movies you can’t watch just once around the holiday.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Hook

Robin William plays Peter Pan, but married and has two kids. During Christmas time, when his children are kidnapped by Captain Hook, Williams travels back to Neverland to save them. It’s a family Christmas movie full of adventure and mystery; the characters really grow on you.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Love Actually

Love Actually shows nine different stories from four weeks until Christmas to Christmas Eve. The stories are based around people’s own sense of love for someone else: Harry’s new secretary desires him; Jamie and his worker like each other, the only problem is is that she doesn’t speak English; and so on. It’s a funny romance perfect for Christmas time.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Christmas Vacation

From the bantering to the innuendoes, Christmas Vacation is one of the best movies to watch during Christmas time. “I like that it’s complete chaos,” parent Anna Nibbe said. “There’s a lot of snow; I love the snow! Christmas shopping with a little pervertedness. Chevy Chase! It’s a good story…it’s funny and it talks about crazy family members.”

Watch the trailer here.

  1. Home Alone

A classic. If you haven’t seen this movie, this year is the year to see it! Kevin McCallister fends for himself in his home against two thieves on Christmas Eve. It’s what people would call a “jolly good show”. It’s funny, it’s lighthearted, and a little cringey.

Watch the trailer here.

  1. The Santa Clause

The first of the trilogy, this movie is about the time where Santa Clause falls off of Scott’s roof. Putting on the red coat, Scott embarks his journey on becoming the new Santa. Everyone but his son and the elves believe Scott is telling lies; this leads to some crazy situations. This is a great family movie and it’s very creative, to say the least.

Watch the trailer here.

The time is coming to watch these movies, so spend time with your family and watch them; happy holidays!