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The Seven Best Christmas Movies to Get in the Spirit of the Season here on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

The holiday season is officially kicked off with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas full steam ahead. What better way to embrace the festive spirit than by cozying up with a cup of hot cocoa and indulging in some classic Christmas movies? From heartwarming tales to laugh-out-loud comedies, the cinematic world has gifted us with timeless films that capture the magic of Christmas. Here’s a list of the seven best Christmas movies of all time (okay in our opinion) that are sure to spark laughter and a touch of nostalgia.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946): Frank Capra’s masterpiece remains a staple in Christmas movie collections. The story of George Bailey, a man on the brink of despair who discovers the true meaning of life and the impact he’s had on others, is a timeless reminder of the importance of love and community during the holiday season.

“Home Alone” (1990): No Christmas movie list is complete without the misadventures of Kevin McCallister. “Home Alone” is a hilarious and heartwarming tale of a young boy accidentally left behind during the holidays, defending his home from bumbling burglars in a series of slapstick yet heartwarming antics.

“A Christmas Carol” (1984): Charles Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted numerous times, but the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge is widely regarded as one of the best. The story of redemption and the transformative power of generosity is a poignant reminder of the true spirit of Christmas.

“Elf” (2003): Will Ferrell’s portrayal of Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole, brings a perfect blend of comedy and heart to the screen. “Elf” is a modern classic that follows Buddy’s journey to New York City to find his real father and, in the process, spreads Christmas cheer wherever he goes.

“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947): This heartwarming classic tells the story of Kris Kringle, who takes on the role of Santa Claus at Macy’s department store. The film explores the power of belief and the magic of Christmas, making it a perennial favorite for audiences of all ages.

“The Polar Express” (2004): Based on the beloved children’s book, “The Polar Express” is a visually stunning animated film that follows a young boy’s magical journey to the North Pole on a magical train. The film’s enchanting story and captivating animation make it a must-watch for the whole family.

“Love Actually” (2003): For those seeking a Christmas movie with a romantic twist, “Love Actually” weaves together multiple love stories set against the backdrop of the holiday season in London. With its ensemble cast and feel-good moments, this film has become a favorite for those who enjoy a touch of romance during the holidays.

As the holiday lights twinkle and the aroma of festive treats fills the air, these seven Christmas movies are guaranteed to add some fun to your celebrations. Whether you prefer timeless classics or modern favorites, these films capture the magic and essence of Christmas, making them perfect for a cozy night with loved ones. So, grab a blanket, prepare some popcorn, and let the holiday movie marathon begin!

Happy Binge Watching Suncoast!

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