Movies and TV specials have always been holiday must-haves to add that extra cheer and joy. From Regina King’s infamous shower scene in This Christmas to watching Jim Carrey become a total Grinch, holiday flicks unite families with unforgettable one-liners, songs and heartfelt moments, reminding us of what matters most during the season.
This time of year is rooted in memory-making. With a new holiday line-up, a few new films give viewers a sense of original storytelling. This holiday season, check out some of these classics and hidden gems taking over the Christmas rotation that you and your family can watch this year.
Candy Cane Lane
In this family-friendly film, heavy hitters Eddie Murphy and Tracee Ellis Ross join forces as their characters race to ensure they break the spell of an evil elf to save Christmas before the clock strikes midnight.
The Will Packer-produced film has many relatable moments, from the sibling shade to classic Christmas renditions. This Christmas reminds us all of the importance of what it means to be a family and always have each other’s back.
Dashing Through the Snow
Ludacris plays a divorced social worker who takes his daughter on a ride along with him on Christmas Eve. Ludacris and Lil Rel Howery team up for a new adventure as they come together to help the community believe in the magic of Christmas.
Best. Christmas. Ever.
Brandy is checking off another accomplishment on her bucket list. Not only did she release a new Christmas album, but she’s ringing in the holidays with a new film dedicated to fun holiday cheer with Best. Christmas. Ever.
We’ve all imagined what to do if we were home alone like Kevin McCallister. This film has everything from heartfelt scenes to mischievous chaos at the hands of a kid left behind for the holidays. Watching this film never gets old, so adding this to your watchlist makes sense.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey embodies the essence of the Grinch with his witty commentary and animated mannerisms. No matter the age, Christmas lovers will enjoy the story of the Grinch with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol will always be a hidden gem. For many Zillennials, being in the digital age can make us lose sight of what’s important. However, sitting by the fireplace and watching this can remind us of what truly matters during the holiday season.
About Kenyatta: Clark Atlanta University and Medill School alumna Kenyatta Victoria is the Girls United writer covering everything from news, pop culture, lifestyle, and investigative stories. When not reporting, she’s diving deep into her curated playlists or binging her favorite comfort shows.