The best and worst of holiday films

By Aubrie Smith, co-editor-in-chief

Looking for some good holiday-themed entertainment this season? Grab an old Christmas classic that’s sure to make you feel warm and cozy or a holiday season stinker that will make you choke on your eggnog with laughter.

Top five holiday favorites

  1. White Christmas

You can’t go wrong with this holiday classic. Nothing will put you in the Christmas mood faster than this feel good musical.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This movie is a guaranteed laugh. The jokes will get you every time, and you will be quoting this movie every day until the end of the year. Join the Griswold’s on their always entertaining Christmas adventure.

  1. Elf

Arguably the best Will Ferrell movie ever made, this feel-good movie will make you laugh, pour some syrup on your spaghetti and love your family more than you already do. Grab a raccoon and get ready to have a snuggle party with Buddy the Elf.

  1. A Christmas Story

Don’t forget this iconic film that has been quoted by everyone from your uncle to Fall Out Boy.

  1. Home Alone

Who doesn’t love this classic tale around the holidays? Grab a cup of hot chocolate and watch Macaulay Culkin kick some adult butt.


Worst five holidays season stinkers

  1. Jingle all the Way

If you’ve ever wanted your father to abandon you to work, only to recognize you when he’s trying to buy your affection with your favorite childhood toy, this movie is for you. With an amazing combination of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bad acting and awful CGI effects, this movie is a guaranteed laugh for your whole family.

  1. Home Alone 3

Who decided to make a Home Alone film without Macaulay Culkin? In fact, who decided to make a third and fourth Home Alone?

  1. Christmas Story 2

On the topic of awful sequels, why was this ever made? This play on a classic tale is a guaranteed laugh on the stupidity that is this unnecessary film.

  1. Star Wars Holiday Special

Star Wars was never meant to be a holiday film. That is all.

  1. Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Whoever booked Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat in this deserves an award. This movie induces vomit in the worst of ways. If you’re looking for an awful holiday movie to laugh at with the family, pick up a copy of this one – if you can find it.

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