Christmas time means decorating the tree, shopping for gifts for loved ones, singing carols around the fire and enjoying a holiday feast. But between all the traditional Christmas activities are some moments you won't find on a Hallmark card, like gathering the family together to watch a holiday-themed movie. These cinematic classics are timeless and remind us of happy Christmas pasts, and happy Christmas futures as we share our favorite holiday movies with our kids and grand-kids.
Good news for Ocean Reef guests this holiday season. You don't have to miss out on the time-honored tradition of watching Christmas movies with the family. Our Sun & Fun Bonus program allows guests unlimited access to hundreds of movies, including some of your Christmas favorites. After a fun day and night on the town in Myrtle Beach, gather around the TV in your oceanfront room and check out a movie to spread some holiday cheer. Here are the top 10 Christmas movies of all-time:
“A Christmas Story”: This hilarious tale offers a slice of life from the 1950s and is perfect for all ages. The young hero's quest for a Red Rider BB Gun, despite repeated warning that he will “put someone's eye out,” leads to lots of laughs.
“Die Hard”: Some folks forget this Bruce Willis' action adventure thriller is centered around the Christmas holidays. While this film is rated R, it is perfect for grownups and older kids who want to spice things up with some action.
“It's a Wonderful Life”: This Jimmy Stewart classic reveals the true meaning of Christmas through the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary life, only he doesn't realize without the help of his guardian angel. This is a lengthy film but worth the time investment.
“Home Alone”: Macaulay Culkin never grows up and this movie never gets old as his character is accidently left at home for the holidays. His antics in fending off a pair of bumbling burglars will leave everyone chuckling.
“Miracle on 34th Street”: Another timeless classic that never gets old. Watch as a cynical modern world tries to make sense of the appearance of the real Santa Claus in Manhattan. This one will make everyone believe in Christmas magic.
“National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation”: Chevy Chase's best work comes in the National Lampoon trilogy, and the Christmas version may be the best one yet. Follow the mistake-prone Griswald family and their quest for a Merry Christmas.
“Polar Express”: High-tech special effects and animation create a magical story aboard Tom Hanks’ Christmas railroad ride to the North Pole. If you are on the fence about Santa Claus, this movie will make you believe.
“Scrooged”: Bill Murray might not be known for making tear-jerkers, but this modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic will send chills down your spine while also providing plenty of laughs that the famous comedian is known for.
“The Muppet Christmas Carol”: The Jim Henson characters that we have all grown to know and love provide a touching holiday tale for the whole family. Let Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the whole crew spread some holiday cheer to you and your loved ones.
“The Santa Clause”: Tim Allen is cast into this feel-good comedy. Viewers get to see a more human side of Santa in this film, with plenty of laughs and feel-good moments for children.
There you have it; 10 Christmas classics to enjoy with your family and friends this holiday season. Whether you watch them at home or your second home at Ocean Reef Resort, we wish you and your crew a happy holidays.