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4 Film Recommendations for Your Holiday Season

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Written by Kailyn Bell
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Edited by Sarah Claire Eleazer
Lifestyle November 29, 2023

Fall is over and it’s time to switch out the candy corn for candy canes. Colorful lights are wrapped around trees and Santa inflatables are spilling out of chimneys. Candles being burned, and dreidels spun. The best part of the holiday season is curling up with a mug of hot chocolate or a wintry cocktail and basking in the mouthwatering smell of cookies in the oven. 

Gather your snacks and get ready for a movie marathon because you won’t want to stop streaming this holiday watch list:

1.  Timeless Favorites

‘Tis the season and nothing beats the nostalgia of these timeless flicks. If you go through the holidays without watching at least one of these films, well you might just be Scrooge...

Home Alone | 1990 | Disney+ | PG | 1h 43m | Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

The Santa Clause | 1994 | Disney+ | PG | 1h 37m | Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson

A Christmas Story | 1983 | HBO Max | PG | 1h 33m | Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation | 1989 | HBO Max | PG-13 | 1h 37m | Chevy Chase

Elf | 2003 | HBO Max | PG | 1h 37m | Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

Die Hard | 1988 | YouTube TV | R | 2h 12m | Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia (We couldn’t resist adding this one to the list)

2.  New Releases

Not all these movies are holiday themed, but they do premiere around the season. Make sure to check out these highly anticipated films. 


May December | December 1 | Netflix | R | Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore

Candy Cane Lane | December 1 | PrimeVideo | PG | Eddie Murphy, Timothy Simons

Waitress: The Musical | December 7 | Theaters | PG-13 | Sara Bareilles, Joe Tippett

Leave The World Behind | December 8 | Netflix | R | Mahershala Ali, Marisa Yeres Gill

Wonka | December 15 | Theaters | PG | Timothee Chalamet, Paul King, Rowan Atkinson

The Color Purple | December 25 | Theaters | PG-13 | Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey



3.  Fun for the Whole Family

Hang up your stockings and gather around the television to kick off the holiday season with these animated films for everyone to enjoy. 

The Grinch | 2018 | YouTube TV | PG | 1h 25m | Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 1965 | Apple TV+ | G | 25m | Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer

The Polar Express | 2004 | HBO Max | G | 1h 40m | Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter

A Christmas Carol | 2009 | Amazon Prime | PG | 1h 36m | Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth

Santa Claus is Coming to Town | 1970 | ABC | G | 48m | Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn

Klaus | 2019 | Netflix | PG | 1h 36m | Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones



4.  Hidden Holiday Film Gems

With so many movies out there, these festive films may have accidentally slipped through the cracks. Or maybe the Grinch swiped them before you noticed. Catch up on these recently loved holiday favorites.


Mercy Christmas | 2017 | Amazon Prime | PG-13 | 1h 23m | Casey O’Keefe, Gwen Van Dam

Just Getting Started | 2017 | Netflix | PG-13 | 1h 31m | Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, Rene Russo

Holidate | 2020 | Netflix | PG-13 | 1h 44m | Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth

Love The Coopers | 2015 | fuboTV | PG-13 | 1h 47m | Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman

Office Christmas Party | 2016 | Amazon Video | R | 1h 45m | Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller

A Bad Moms Christmas | 2017 | Netflix | R | 1h 44m| Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn


Without a doubt, the holidays are our favorite time of the year. This season makes everything seem better. The music. The food. The family time. The magic. The films.
Whatever you decide to watch, sit back, relax, and enjoy from the comfort of your Greystar apartment.

Make sure to keep an eye out for more holiday-inspired content on the Greystar blog!

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