Christmas Season Streaming Guide

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Kyrsten White, Staff Reporter

The weather is getting cold, well as cold as Florida can get, and it’s nigh time to break out the hot chocolate, gingerbread, and put on a fantastic movie that captures the holiday spirit. There are a variety of classics to choose from, and I hope this list can help you narrow down your choices for the holiday season.

5. Elf

The movie Elf was released in 2003 and tells the story of a boy named Buddy who grows up in the North Pole, believing he was an elf. As he grows to become an adult, he learns the truth behind him being just a regular old human and decides to go on an adventure to find his father. Buddy travels to New York City in his full elf attire to learn that his father is a cynical businessman, named Walter Hobbs, who is on the naughty list. After taking a DNA test to find the truth, Walter decides to try for a relationship with Buddy, not realizing just how chaotic things were going to get.  

This movie is one that will always keep everyone in the family laughing. Personally, I watch this film each year around Christmastime. It is extremely fun for each member of the family, considering it is one of Will Ferrell’s movies. The humor is what really brings everyone together when watching it. While the movie itself is specifically tailored to the youngers in the family, it can really be fun for everyone.

4. The Santa Clause

This 1994 classic is the story of how a divorced dad named Scott became Santa Clause. After accidentally scaring the original Santa to fall off his roof, he puts the suit on to reassure his son. But once the suit is on, he and his son, Charlie, get transported to the North Pole. Scott is then warned that he must now take on the roles of Santa Clause by the next Christmas due a Santa “Clause.” As he begins to forget about that night, brushing it off as a dream, he slowly transitions into a Santa-like person over the next couple of months.  

I absolutely adore watching this movie because it has about everything in it. As the plot progresses, Scott learns how to manage the double-life of becoming Santa and being a dad. We see unfortunate scenes throughout the film, but also get to see our happy ending. I also like being able to move on and watch the second and third additions to this franchise and see the plot progress further on.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released in 2000 and has plenty of different remakes. As the well-known story goes, the Grinch makes his whole life journey to destroy the citizens of Whoville’s Christmas. As he begins his plan, he leaves his home on the mountainside with his little dog, Max, to create a blueprint behind what he is going to do. Unfortunately for him, he comes across a small hiccup in his scheme when he meets a young girl, Cindy Lou Who.  

I genuinely enjoy this movie and how it captures the Christmas spirit. The humor that is used throughout this movie is what makes it so fun to watch. It is a movie meant for all ages and becomes even more interesting as it dives deeper into the story behind the Grinch. I look forward to watching this movie each year.

2. Home Alone

This 1990 movie is one that will always be great for the ages. When thinking about which movies to watch during this season, Home Alone is one of the first to come to mind. This movie follows a young boy named Kevin who accidentally gets left behind by his whole family. At first, Kevin does not find this to be an issue because this leaves him to have the whole house to himself. After a day or two, a pair of con men begin their plans to rob Kevin’s house, so he must do everything he can to protect the house alone. 

I put this movie high on my list because I do not mind rewatching it repeatedly. This is a fun family movie that has the perfect amount of jokes to keep older kids and adults entertained. I really enjoy this movie because it has plenty of family content for each member of the family.  

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Released in 1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas is just one of Tim Burton’s many productions. Throughout this movie, the main character, Jack Skellington, discovers the world of other holidays. He then takes it upon himself, as nobody asked for it, to change Christmas into a new Halloween. Except, somewhere throughout this process, Jack realizes that Christmas and Halloween should continue to be the way they were, for the fact of regular old traditions.  

I personally see this movie fall under the Halloween category than the Christmas, as stated in my previous story “Spooky Season Streaming Guide,” but I can understand how it falls into both. This movie is just a classic with a decent cover of both Christmastime and Halloween time.