6 Movies To Warm You Up This Holiday Season

Time to cozy it up—it’s Christmas, after all

When you start hearing Jose Mari Chan everywhere you go, it’s a clear signal that Christmas is just around the corner—and we’ve been hearing a lot of Christmas In Our Hearts recently.

With all the hullabaloo happening around the world, getting into the spirit of the holidays may seem like a chore. But don’t give up just yet! These awesome Christmas-themed titled will surely get you into the merry-making mood.

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Joyeux Noël

Starring Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis

In December 1914, World War I was at its most brutal but opposing sides found a way to commemorate Christmas with a bloodless truce.

Joyeux Noël is a fictionalized account of this event that happened in the Western Front as seen through the eyes of some French, Scottish and German soldiers. This movie speaks volumes about the division the world is still seeing today. Hopefully, we as a global community will also find a way to celebrate the holidays despite our differences.

Love Actually

Starring Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Martin Freeman, Rowan Atkinson

No Christmas must-watch list is complete without this perennial favorite. Featuring a slew of familiar faces (yes that was Mr. Bean selling a necklace to Professor Snape), Love Actually is about the many kinds of love we have in our lives and how the characters showed and expressed their love (or lack thereof) on Christmas Day.

It’s a film that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside whether or not you have a significant other on Christmas Day.


Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart

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Many people go to great lengths to spend Christmas with their families. In this flick, Buddy, one of Santa’s elves—or so he initially assumes—goes to New York City all the way from the North Pole to meet his biological father. While this happens, he tries to spread the Christmas spirit to the seemingly indifferent New Yorkers.

Elf is as hilarious as it is heartwarming. On the surface, it looks like a stereotypical Christmas movie, but its fun and unexpected twist makes it unique from other Christmas flicks.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

With the voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Ed Ivory

With Halloween and Christmas being close to each other, a crossover was bound to happen. Fortunately, we have Tim Burton to make our ghoulish yet merry dreams come true.

Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town, discovers a portal to Christmas Town and is awed by the holiday. As he privately grows weary of the same Halloween tradition every year, he plans to take over Christmas Town and celebrate the holiday for the year—to abysmal results.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is not quite a horror film nor a holiday film, so it’s safe to say that it’s in a genre on its own—and that’s what makes it a classic.

Tokyo Godfathers

With the voice talents of Tōru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto

Another animated feature, Tokyo Godfathers is loosely based on the book Three Godfathers by Peter B. Kyne. In this adaptation by Satoshi Kon, three homeless people find a baby while scrummaging through garbage on Christmas Eve.

The film revolves around their quest to find the parents of the child, whom they named Kiyoko, meaning “pure child.” Its themes of miracles, family, love and forgiveness make Tokyo Godfathers a holiday hit.

Die Hard

Starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bed

Most people are already aware of Die Hard—thanks in part to Jake Peralta’s never-ending references on Brooklyn 99. For the uninitiated, Die Hard follows the heroic acts of NYPD detective John McClane inside the Nakatomi Corporation building against German terrorist Hans Gruber and his plans of a massive robbery.

It’s an unusual entry as even film critics are torn whether to consider Die Hard a Christmas movie or not. Whichever way, it’s definitely a film that you can enjoy, holidays or not. If you want something less sappy and more kick-ass to make you scream “Yippee-ki-yay!” this movie is for you.

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Binge on these Christmas movies, of which some are on Netflix, to get you into the holiday spirit and shop for gifts today!

Art Alex Lara

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