1. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This holiday season, students are cramming their way through the last straight of the race to Winter Break. Grumpy, tired, and alone, we may feel a little like the Grinch. In Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, watch Jim Carrey’s eccentric performance to revive your broken souls.
2. Home Alone (1990)
In this mainstream cult blockbuster that somehow became a Christmas Classic, Home Alone brings childhood dreams of adventure onto the screen. Macaulay Culkin’s portrayal of Kevin McCallister, a kid forgotten at home by his family during Christmas vacation, ties in every kid’s dream of having their house to themselves with no parental supervision.
3. Elf (2003)
In this 2003 banger, Will Ferrell stars as Santa’s 6’3″ elf. If you haven’t already seen this, what have you been doing with your life?
4. The Polar Express (2004)
If you were at SAS during Elementary School and maybe even in Middle School, you were probably shown The Polar Express preceding the arrival of Winter Break. Watch this nostalgic film, curl up in some cozy blankets, and drink plenty of hot chocolate to travel back to the glory days.
5. Love Actually (2003)
In the heart of romantic comedies Love Actually lies as the ultimate Christmas love story. Set in the UK, Love Actually follows ten separate stories of romance and heartbreak. If you haven’t seen Love Actually yet, put it on the top of your to-do list!
6. Mean Girls (2004)
Not technically a Christmas movie, Mean Girls does happen during Christmas and screens the iconic “Jingle Bell Rock” performance by Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith, and Cady Heron. A comedy that lasts all seasons, Mean Girls tests the dynamics of high school drama.
7. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life follows the story of George Bailey, a man who wishes he had never been born. During the Christmas season, with the help of an Angel, George Bailey realizes the impact of his life on his family, friends, and community. This 1946 classic reminds us how wonderful life really is.