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Best Christmas Movies for the Holiday Season: Modern Holiday Movie Favorites for Family Night or Entertaining

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Movies for Christmas are the source for some of the best holiday traditions. Gather friends or family together for a movie night. Host a holiday party with movies and snacks or spread Christmas cheer with a movie marathon that fits a low budget. Classic Christmas movies like White Christmas will always have a place in most everyone’s holiday, but there are some good contemporary movies that are high on the list of most popular holiday movie favorites.

Top Modern Christmas Movies

Henry Winkler, Dolly Parton, Jaclyn Smith, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Tim Allen, and many other favorite actors provide holiday entertainment in the spirit of Christmas. Many of the titles are televised year after year. For those who collect movies, shown below are 15 of the best Christmas holiday movie selections that can be purchased from the Amazon website.

  1. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. (2008) Starring Henry Winkler and Brooke Burns
  2. A Christmas without Snow. (2004) Starring Michael Learned and John Houseman
  3. Christmas Comes to Willow Creek. (1987) Starring John Schneider, Tom Wopat
  4. Christmas with the Kranks. (2004) Starring Tim Allen, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis
  5. A Christmas Visitor. (2002) Starring Meredith Baxter and William Devane
  6. An Unlikely Angel. (1996) Starring Dolly Parton and Roddy McDowall
  7. The Christmas Card. (2006) Starring Edward Asner, Brian Robinson
  8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. (1989) Starring Chevy Chase
  9. A Christmas Memory. (1997) Starring Patty Duke, Piper Laurie
  10. Santa Claus – The Movie. (1985) Starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow
  11. Prancer. (1989) Starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman
  12. The Night They Saved Christmas. (1984) VHS format. Starring Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney
  13. Last Holiday. (2006) Starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J
  14. The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve. (2004) Starring Molly Shannon, Steven Weber
  15. Alvin and the Chipmunks. (2007) Starring Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long

Holiday Movies for a Christmas Party or Family Movie Night

Holiday entertaining on a budget doesn’t mean cutting back on fun. Choose a holiday movie suitable for the age group and break out some inexpensive party snacks. Adults who are dropping by can bring a dish for a pot-luck dinner. Teens might bring inexpensive bags of snacks and the host can provide the sodas. Kids (and teens) might go for chili dogs or homemade pizza. Be creative and have fun without going over budget.

Families and couples can save money during the holiday season with movie nights. Add popcorn and finger foods requiring little preparation and clean up. Carry the plan one step further if there are young children in the household: Show an early movie the kids will love. Take an “intermission” to put the kids to bed. Sit down to a romantic Christmas story or holiday drama for the second half of a double-feature.


Wrap up a Holiday Movie to Give a Family Member or Friend

Know someone who would love to own a favorite holiday movie? Buy a copy when the season begins and give as an early gift that will be appreciated for years to come. People of all ages enjoy movies. Whether it’s a holiday musical, drama, love story or comedy, movies go great at parties, family events, and on quiet nights alone. Enjoy hours of holiday entertainment with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and don’t forget that holiday movies make great Christmas gifts.

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