If you’re not already in the holiday spirit, we understand. After all, Toronto just had its first snow-free November since 1937, and what use is winter garb without snow squalls and gale force winds to put it to good use? But since Christmas is only three weeks away, we have some classic holiday films to get you in the mood.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Those loveable creatures known as the Muppets teach us the true meaning of Christmas in their version of Dickens’ classic tale.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Upset about the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown becomes the director of his school’s pageant and opts for a scrawny tree to teach his friends about the true meaning of the holiday.
The Santa Clause
After Saint Nick dies in a freak accident, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) must finish the job of spreading holiday cheer, gradually transforming into the pudgy old man much to the dismay of friends and family.
Brawn and holiday themes coexist in this 80s action movie, creating epic one-liners like “Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho.”
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
One of Chevy Chase’s finest cinematic moments, this film has plenty of dysfunctional family humour as it follows the Griswolds’ disastrous Christmas celebrations.
Left behind while his family leaves on vacation, Culkin celebrates the holidays the best way a 10 year-old kid can: stuffing his face with junk food, watching grown-up movies, and making trouble for a pair of cat burglars.
Miracle on 34th Street
Kris Kringle himself is hired to play a Macy’s Department Store Santa and teaches those around him about the true meaning of Christmas, eventually having to prove his true identity in court.
A holiday cult classic, Bill Murray plays a selfish television network exec whose real life begins mirroring “A Christmas Carol” after he stages a live broadcast of the story.
It’s A Wonderful Life
After deciding that he should commit suicide, George Bailey is visited by a guardian angel to show him that he has been blessed with a wonderful life while teaching the values of moral courage and family love.
A Christmas Story
The loveable Ralphie and his family give a nostalgic and hilarious look into the way we celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Make yourself a hot toddy and enjoy!