Top 10 holiday movies to watch over vacation

Jack Marker, page editor

10. Frosty the Snowman – Young kids construct a snowman who is then brought to life with a magic hat. Frosty the Snowman needs to avoid melting in the warm weather so he hops onto a train that is going to the North Pole.

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie – A misfit reindeer named Rudolph goes from being bullied by other reindeer to a hero. He saves Christmas when his shiny red nose leads the way for Santa.

8. Miracle on 34th Street – A 1947 drama that tracks Kris Kringle’s adventure in becoming Manhattan’s most popular Santa. He then tries to prove that he is the real Santa in the court of law and public opinion.

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – A 1989 comedic classic that stars Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid which never gets old. The movie depicts a family that is trying to have a perfect Christmas when the father doesn’t receive the Christmas bonus he was anticipating.

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – In this 1966 animated cartoon, the angry Grinch travels to Whoville where he tries to ruin Christmas. In the process, he learns the true meaning of Christmas and love.

5. The Santa Clause – After character Scott Calvin accidentally kills Santa, he develops the physical characteristics of Santa and convinces everyone that Christmas is real. This 1994 family comedy stars actors Tim Allen and Eric Lloyd.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life – Main character George Bailey learns what his world around him would be like if he had never been born, after wishing so in a fit of anger. He gains the appreciation that his life is worth living in this emotional 1946 classic.

3. Elf – Will Ferrell stars in this 2003 comedy, which portrays the journey of Buddy the misfit elf journeying from the North Pole to meet his biological father in New York City. Once Buddy arrives in New York, he learns to adapt to his new world.

2. A Christmas Story – A timeless 1983 picture that illustrates a family’s Christmas journey. A young boy, Ralphie, hopes to get a BB gun for Christmas despite the repeated warnings that he will “shoot his eye out.”

1. Home Alone – A classic 90s comedy where a nine-year-old boy is accidentally left home alone while his family vacations over Christmas. In the film, burglars attempt to rob his house as he defends it, giving the viewer great slapstick comedy.