The holiday season brings with it plenty of fun activities and traditions. Among these are watching both classic and new holiday films. Over the years, hundreds of holiday films have popped up on the big screen or on TV. Although not all are worth watching, some holiday films are instant classics and can be watched over and over again. Below are five popular holiday films that never get old.”Elf””Elf” first hit the big screen in 2003 but quickly became a holiday film sensation. After all, it would be hard not to fall in love with the film’s main character, an elf known as Buddy. With the role of Buddy played by Will Ferrell, this fast-paced comedy follows the adventures of Buddy – a full-grown man who believes himself an elf-as he leaves the North Pole and searches for his biological parents. Anything but boring, “Elf” is one of the most popular holiday movies of all time. Will Ferrell knows how to play a good role, and “Elf” is further proof that he never fails.”Four Christmases”Making its debut in 2008, “Four Christmases” is a heartwarming comedy that everyone can relate to. Starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, “Four Christmases” tells the story of a couple who have chosen to celebrate Christmas on their own and avoid their pesky families. Unfortunately for the couple, their flight to Hawaii is canceled at the last minute. Even worse, they’re shown at the airport on national television. Coincidentally, a few family members happen to be watching TV and realize that the couple will be at home for Christmas and not abroad. Reluctantly, the couple head home to celebrate Christmas with their large families. The events that unfold are true testimony to just how difficult and wonderful families can be, not to mention the pressures that the holidays bring. A fun and touching comedy, “Four Christmases” has a few twists that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
“The Santa Clause”Premiering in 1994, “The Santa Clause” is a film that any kid of the ’90s will never forget. Little did anyone know at the time of its release, but “The Santa Clause” would precede several popular sequels focusing around the life of Scott Calvin, a man who accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. If his life weren’t complicated enough already-he’s already going through a divorce and having to juggle his young son’s emotions-Calvin is shocked to discover that he has been recruited to replace Santa Claus. A tasteful comedy with plenty of laughs, “The Santa Clause” is a real classic.”The Polar Express””The Polar Express” is an ingenious holiday film that brings the magic of Christmas to life. Although animated, “The Polar Express” is nothing like an ordinary cartoon. Starring actors such as Tom Hanks, the film takes viewers on a real adventure that will have them coming back for more. The main character in the film, Billy, badly wants to believe in Santa Claus but can’t seem to bring himself to believe in something that his family claims is a myth. On the night of Christmas Eve, Billy goes to bed only to awaken to a mysterious train, The Polar Express, at his doorstep waiting for him to board. Skeptical, yet mesmerized, young Billy is told that he’s been chosen, along with a handful of other children, to be given a seat on the Polar Express that is destined for the North Pole. For Billy, the train ride proves to be quite the journey, both on his trip to self-discovery and through the suspenseful events that take place. An exciting film, “The Polar Express” is a delight to watch for young and old alike.
“A Christmas Story”A classical holiday film, “The Christmas Story” first aired in 1983 and has become a holiday hit ever since. Often aired on popular channels such as TBS, “A Christmas Story” is a classic that everyone should watch at least once. The film is centered on the adventures of nine-year-old Ralph, who badly wants a BB gun for Christmas. Unfortunately for Ralph, most of the adults in his life don’t think it’s a good idea. Desperate for his BB gun, young Ralph tries enlisting the help of Santa Claus. Throughout the film, poor Ralph is being pursued by a pair of bullies in addition to dealing with his mother and father’s constant feuding over an inanimate object. A classic Christmas comedy, this film is endlessly entertaining and never goes out of style.These five fantastic holiday films are sure to warm hearts and provide entertainment for anyone during the Christmas holidays. While some are comedies and others tragedies, the basic message is still the same: Christmas is all about love, giving, and learning valuable life lessons. So, snuggle up, grab the popcorn, and get ready to enjoy some fantastic holiday films.
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