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Classic Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

Top Holiday Movies | Graphic by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

Winter has arrived, and along with it, snow and freezing temperatures. As you cozy up inside this winter season, consider the following classic movies for entertainment.  

“Grumpy Old Men” 

“Grumpy Old Men” is an often forgotten film about two retired widowers battling for the attention of a new female neighbor through the holiday season. Ann Marget plays the role of Ariel, a vivacious artist in her fifties who moves in across the street from these two childhood “frienemies” and creates a whirlwind of adventure in the air during the holidays in the early 1990s. 

The two-film series was one of the final pieces that both Jack Lemmon (John) and Walter Matthau (Max) starred in together before their passing.  

“A Christmas Story” 

“A Christmas Story” is a holiday classic taking place in the 1940s when young Ralphie tries to convince everyone around him that a Red Ryder BB Gun is the perfect Christmas present for him. The movie follows Ralphie’s journey to trying to get a BB gun, from an essay to his teacher to being mocked by a mall Santa Clause.  

The film takes place just outside of Cleveland, OH, and the house used to film the movie remains a popular tourist attraction.  

“Home Alone”  

“Home Alone” is another holiday classic about a young boy, but unlike in “A Christmas Story,” Kevin was accidentally left behind when his family went on a holiday trip, during which he must defend his family home from a pair of burglars.  

The Oscar-winning film went on to produce a sequel due to its popularity.  


Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the “Elf” in this 2003 holiday classic as he discovers that he was adopted by an elf as a baby and sets out to find his father in New York City, only to discover that his father is on the naughty list.  

Along with trying to bond with his father, Buddy must learn how to adapt to human life while also falling in love with a “fellow elf” at a local department store.  

Kaitlyn Chrosniak

News Reporter

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