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Holiday Movie Recommendations From Thanksgiving Through New Year's Eve

Updated on January 21, 2013

Happy Holidays

The holiday season is a time of family, food, friends, and gifts (I ran out of f-words…).  To quote my idiot brother, “the best part of the holidays is watching movies and holding hands under the covers.”  That never happens; he’s simply ridiculous and borderline insane.  However, he does make an excellent point—holidays are a great time for getting together and watching movies—or being alone and watching movies, whatever floats your boat. 

Holiday movies span age demographics and genres.  There are so many good, bad, and terrible ones to sort through, so I decided to make a list of recommendations, one for each day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.  I consulted my friends about what movies to include/exclude, and came up with a pretty wide variety, like a mixed tape of holiday films.  I have not seen all of these movies <yet>, so if there is one that you think is awful, I will deny ever seeing it/blame it on one of my friends—whether it’s true or not.

When you’re looking for an escape from your obnoxious mother-in-law or creepy uncle, hunker down with your Netflix and check out these suggested titles and know that someone else out there is feeling your pain and crying over It’s a Wonderful Life (and their horrible relatives) with you.  Warning: not all of these are appropriate for children and/or the elderly with pacemakers.


It All Starts In November

Thanksgiving, November 25th:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

November 26th: ThanksKilling (2009)

November 27th: Home for the Holidays (1995)

November 28th:  Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

November 29th: Dutch (1991)

November 30th: Nobody’s Fool (1994)

Chanukah Starts December 1st

December 1st: 8 Crazy Nights (2002)

December 2nd: Holiday Inn (1942)

December 3rd: A Rugrats Chanukah (2004)—Available in the Rugrats: Holiday Collection on Netflix

December 4th: Family Stone (2005)

December 5th: Shalom Sesame (1987)

December 6th: Die Hard (1988)

December 7th: South Park: Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo (2001)

December 8th: The Nutcracker (1993)

December 9th: The Hebrew Hammer (2003)


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

December 10th:  The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

December 11th:  The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

December 12th:  Frosty the Snowman (1969)

December 13th:  Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

December 14th:  The Santa Clause (1994)

December 15th:  Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

December 16th:  Love Actually (2003)

December 17th:  Elf (2003)

December 18th:  Scrooged (1988)

December 19th:  A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)


Time To Get Serious

December 20th:  How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

December 21st:  Santa Claus:  The Movie (1985)

December 22nd:  It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

December 23rd:  Home Alone (1990)

December 24th:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas, December 25th:  A Christmas Story (1983)


When You’re So Over Christmas

December 26th:  Gremlins (1984)

December 27th:  Bad Santa (2003)

December 28th:  The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

December 29th:  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

December 30th:  Happy New Year Charlie Brown!  (1986)

December 31st:   When Harry Met Sally… (1989)


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    • Megavitamin profile image

      Megavitamin 7 years ago

      Thanks, Stan! I can't imagine Christmas without the Griswalds. As a bonus this year, Randy Quaid is proving himself to be as nuts-o as Cousin Eddie!

    • Stan Fletcher profile image

      Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Love this hub. I'm a huge movie buff and some of these are my faves. Cousin Eddie is one of the funniest movie characters in the history of mankind.