December 11, 2022

7 of the Best Holiday Movies to Stream This Season

Whether you need a break from studying or you want to host a movie night before all your friends head home for winter break, the best way to put yourself into a seasonal mood is with some holiday movies. If you want some hits that won’t disappoint, stream some of these top choices.

1. Elf

University is stressful, especially when you’re preparing for finals. Something lighthearted that makes you laugh may be just what you need. A classic movie that fits the ticket is Elf, which stars Will Ferrell as an overgrown elf in New York City. Even if you’ve seen it multiple times before, it’s worth streaming again this year.

2. Nightmare Before Christmas

Is The Nightmare Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? It doesn’t really matter — it’s a great choice to stream around either holiday. If you find all the seasonal cheer a bit too much for your liking, this movie is sure to make you happy.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Another movie that’s ideal for anyone who’s not looking forward to the holidays is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Who knows, maybe you’ll be like the Grinch and have a change of heart by the end.

4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will prepare you for any family gathering this holiday season. There may be some points that remind you of your own relatives, which will only add to the comedy.

5. Home Alone

Are you feeling alone while you count down the days until you leave for winter break? At least your family hasn’t forgotten about you while they go on vacation. This movie is a hit because of the ingenious traps the protagonist Kevin McCallister creates for the burglars who try to break into his home.

6. The Santa Clause

Bring back a sense of magic to the holiday season by streaming The Santa Clause. It’s about an ordinary guy who becomes the next Santa Claus and needs to save Christmas while keeping his identity secret. Remembering how you used to feel around this time of year when you were a little kid may make you miss home — but the good news is winter break is just around the corner.

7. Die Hard

Although most holiday movies are comedies, there are some exceptions — a notable one being Die Hard. If you’ve already watched the first Die Hard movies and are looking for something new, the good news is there are five in the series, all of which star Bruce Willis doing some incredible stunts.

To fully enjoy holiday movies, you need to watch them on a bigger screen than your laptop. If you have no space in your dorm room for a TV, take it as a sign that now would be a good time to search for more comfortable housing. You can find Carleton University apartments at the Revalie, which come already equipped with a 55-inch smart TV. Plus, you’ll find even bigger screens in the Clubhouse, where you can socialize with other students. Check out all our great amenities by taking a virtual tour.

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