What better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to watch a festive film in the comfort of your dorm.

To help you avoid the hoards of Hallmark movies and cheesy Netflix films, I have compiled a list of the best of the best Christmas movies and TV specials to help maximize your holiday spirit with the best content possible.


“Elf” is one of those movies that you must watch every year before Christmas. Will Ferrell takes us on a journey to find his family that is filled with wacky elf shenanigans and adventures that can’t be found in any other movie. Nothing fills me more with holiday cheer than watching Buddy the Elf happily bounce about New York City and “spread Christmas cheer for all to hear.” 

•Home Alone 

Both “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” are classics. It would not be the holiday season without witnessing Kevin McCallister take down the bad guys in his prank-ish way. Both watching Kevin guard his home or watching him get lost in New York I think it’s safe to say that these films allow us to watch an action, comedy Christmas movie, and what’s better than that.

•Charlie Brown Christmas

You know it’s the Holiday season when Charlie Brown and Snoopy appear on the TV dancing to that extremely catchy tune that Schroeder plays on his tiny piano. Nothing brings in the holiday season like seeing Charlie’s tiny Christmas tree, Linus’ monologue about the importance of Christmas and the classic scene of  the Peanut’s gang dancing on the stage. 

•Arthur Christmas

In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated holiday movies of all time. We follow the son of Santa in his efforts to get a forgotten gift to a little girl, because he believes everyone deserves to have the best Christmas they possibly can. Filled with unique characters and a creative plot this movie tells the story of Santa in a new and extremely fun way. 

•Santa Claus 

Tim Allen’s “Santa Claus” is such a corner stone of Christmas movies that cannot be overlooked. All three of these movies are knockouts and emphasize the amazing spirt that comes with Christmas time. Whether it’s the origin of Tim Allen’s Santa Claus, his quest to find a Mrs. Claus or the battle against Jack Frost these movies truly will get anyone into the holiday spirit. 

So, now that you know what’s best to watch grab some cocoa and candy canes get comfy on the couch and enjoy all this Christmas goodness.

Riley Utley is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter: @rileyutley

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