Hygge Holiday Movies

December 7, 2017

Since I didn’t grow up with TV, it’s not the TV specials I look forward to but just a few movies – even though most of them aren’t technically holiday. I love listening to holiday movies whilst trimming the tree, baking or even doing something as mundane as Christmas cleaning.

But I also love finding the time to cosy up on the couch, light on the candles and the tree and sit back and watch one of the movies below for the gazillionth time.

What holiday favourites would you add to the list?

The Holiday: I’m usually not a romantic comedy fan but I fell for this movie (the tent the daughter’s built actually made it onto my bucket list of things to do). A British woman and an American switch homes during the holidays and charm, truths and hilarity ensue. I really loved both homes decor so I’d watch it just for that.

Little Women: This movie encapsulates the spirit and romance of Christmas – give, love, share, enjoy – no matter what film version you like to watch. I’m partial to the 1994 version, myself.

Family Stone: This film also encapsulates the holidays but in a very different way by showing modern day family life – the quirks, the challenges, the changes. I think it’s just such a charming, funny and heart-warming film about family bonds at Christmas and beyond.

Meet Me In St. Louis: I get a little misty every time every time Judy Garland sings “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Such a beautiful movie, a wonderful musical, and somehow Christmassy with a few wintry scenes.

Eloise at Christmastime: I thought this children’s movie would annoy me but somehow, the story of a girl living at the Plaza hotel and taking a day to go shopping for gifts, well, it charmed me. (I can’t find it for download/viewing anywhere but the link streams if free on Youtube!).

It’s a Wonderful Life: A classic although I didn’t see it until about two years ago. I’ve been in-love with it ever since.

Elf : My favourite part? “I’m in a stooooooore! And I am siiiiiinging!” I love this movie with it’s charm and wit and the complete way in which Wil Ferrel commits to being elf. Plus, I have a slight crush on Zooey Deschanel in this role. And the soundtrack is wonderful.

Anne of Green Gables: Not holiday but both this and the sequel have holiday moments in them. And they’re charming and sweet enough for the holidays.

The Bells of St. Mary’s: Again, not a holiday movie but I seem to have only ever seen it during the holidays. Although, one of my favourite scenes in a movie ever is with the children as they practice for the holiday play!

Little House on the Prairie: Officially not a movie, the Ingalls first Christmas in Walnut Grove gets me every time. You can download Season 1, Episode 15.

And for those that want a little snip of Christmas charm, here’s Anne geitting her puffed sleeves but not getting a dance invite from Gilbert 😉

(This is an updated repost from 2012)

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    decor8 HollyNo Gravatar
    December 15, 2006 at 4:03 AM

    I love Elf too, it is so cute, isn’t it? You know, I’ve never seen It’s A Beautiful Life. I must see that this year, it’s such a classic – I’m ashamed!!

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    JenniferNo Gravatar
    December 15, 2006 at 7:39 PM

    I love love love Elf. I think I have seen it 3 times this season. I love when he tries to put the star on top of the Christmas tree, the one he took out of Central Park! I have White Christmas waiting in the wings right now…

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    GaiaNo Gravatar
    December 18, 2006 at 7:31 PM

    I love Elf too!
    I also love A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We watch that one EVERY year.

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    lauraNo Gravatar
    December 18, 2006 at 10:33 PM

    As a big fan of Anne of Green Gables and Little House, I would like to recommend All I Want for Christmas. It’s set in recent times but warms my heart in the same way.

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    saraNo Gravatar
    December 20, 2006 at 9:24 PM

    I also really love to watch “Little Women” at the holidays – the one with Winona Ryder!

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    KellyNo Gravatar
    December 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    The Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol and Love Actually are Christmas essentials for my family.

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    MarilynNo Gravatar
    November 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Another excellent Christmas movie is “The Bishop’s Wife” starring David Niven and Cary Grant.

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    AmyNo Gravatar
    December 7, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Maybe getting a bit too kid-ish, but The Polar Express is a staple in our hime.

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    Jean C.No Gravatar
    December 19, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    A Christmas Story is a must see for me. And almost every version of A Christmas Carol – I’ll watch them all because I love the story and the philosophy behind the tale. Christmas is a time of redemption.

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    JillNo Gravatar
    January 5, 2018 at 11:33 PM

    Scrooge. The musical with Albert Finney. Total hygge!

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    MimiNo Gravatar
    January 24, 2018 at 10:14 PM

    Perfect choices!

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    KathyNo Gravatar
    March 24, 2018 at 11:23 PM

    Our favorite Christmas movie (story takes place during the holidays) has always been While You Were Sleeping w Sandra Bullock… my 35 yr old daughter watched it every day of her Christmas vacation from high school a couple of years after it came out in 1995! Just a very sweet, funny, romantic film…😊

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