A lively conversation broke out today in the Yes Louisville HQ. We LOVE holiday movies. Like, A LOT. But there are TONS to choose from & so little time to get all the festive viewing done. So, which ones are a MUST WATCH between now & the 25th?

After much debate we agreed on these binge-worthy favorites…in no particular order. Because rating them would’ve created total chaos. 

Elf (2003) – If you don’t love this movie, we probably can’t be friends because you’re a cotton-headed ninny muggins. 

Polar Express (2004) – Animated Tom Hanks & bells & trains. Just believe.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – We can all relate to these less-than-perfect holiday happenings, although most of us have never been on the Griswold level…& that makes us feel better about our own family madness. 



It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – Most of this movie makes you think it should be titled “It is the Worst Life Possible,” but wait for it…it gets good.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – The year is important. There are many versions of this great film, & yes that little girl from Matilda is precious, but the real Miracle on 34th stars Maureen O’Hara & John Payne. Most of you have no idea who they are. Watching this will fix that & help you open your mind to all that is possible when you believe.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) – Much love to Jim Carrey, but the original is where it’s at with this one. No debate. 

White Christmas (1954) – Oh, Bing. Bing & Danny. Danny & Bing. And Rosemary Clooney, one of our favorite musical Kentuckians. Watch & be filled with wholesome holiday melodies set in a simpler time. 

A Christmas Carol (1984) – We love the many interpretations of this tale by Charles Dickens, but our favorite one for grown-ups is the George C. Scott version. He’s the best screen Scrooge ever. If you have little ones & want to learn the lessons of the three spirits in a less traumatic way, we suggest The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) or Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) – Two words. Claymation masterpiece. Watch it. Sing-a-long. Have a ball!

Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) – It’s not the holidays without watching Kevin McCallister boggle burglers in these back to back comedy gold mines. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

A Christmas Story (1983) – Don’t listen to mom, we all need Red Ryder BB Guns & we will not shoot our eyes out. 

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) – More claymation magic. See what mayhem ensues when Santa decides to take a holiday from the holidays! 

Die Hard (1988) – Why is a movie made of mostly explosions & expletives on the holiday movie list? Because all the dudes in the office said it had to be. So, Yippee Ki Yay Mother Bleeper!

Love Actually (2003) – All the guys in the office love this one, too.  He he. But, seriously, these interwoven plots of holiday love will melt even the hardest of hearts. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) – There’s nothing more endearing than the Peanuts Gang learning what this season is really all about. It almost didn’t make it on TV, but we’re sure glad it did. 

Also, you can catch several of these classics at The Louisville Palace Theatre on Sunday afternoons NOW through the end of the month! CLICK HERE for showtimes! Tickets are just $8 & snack specials are available for the whole family!

We’ll be checking in on the socials to see how your holiday watch-a-thon is going. Be sure to follow us @YesLouisville on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter! Happy Holidays!

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