Grab a blanket and cozy up with the family for a holiday movie marathon. With some more than a half-century old, these family holiday films never go out of style. 

1. “Elf” (2003)

In what became an instant holiday stalwart, Will Farrell dishes out equal parts hilarity and sentimentality in “Elf.” For anyone who’s ever felt like they didn’t fit in or has experienced an identity crisis, the film’s premise cuts to the heart of what it means to belong. 

Available to rent or buy on streaming and on demand services.

2. “A Christmas Story” (1983)

A certified classic, “A Christmas Story” has stood the test of time since its release in 1983. Ralphie Parker recounts a story of Christmas past when he was determined to get what he really wanted: a Red Ryder BB gun. Throughout the movie, everyone from his mom to the mall Santa keep telling him “you’ll shoot your eye out!” — and maybe there’s some wisdom to that. TNT and TBS are known for their 24-hour marathons of this film starting on Christmas eve, so make sure to catch it (even if it’s for the twelfth time that day). 

3. “The Family Stone” (2005)

It’s a setup we’ve seen before: Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) brings his girlfriend, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker), home for the holidays to meet his progressive, Bohemian family. Tensions rise when Meredith’s conservative and traditional style clash with the Stone family, leaving her to feel alienated and misunderstood. Meredith’s knee-jerk reaction to the circumstances give Everett pause as he weighs whether or not to propose with a family heirloom ring.

Available to stream on Cinemax.

4. “The Santa Clause” (1994)

This classic is on most families’ annual must-watch Christmas movie list. Scott (Tim Allen) plans to spend Christmas eve with his son, as he shares custody with his mother. Despite not believing in Santa, Scott does his best to make the holiday special for his son until he finds himself in the middle of unfortunate circumstances that will lead him to the North Pole and around the world. In the end, Scott has no choice but to believe.   

Available to stream on Disney+.

5. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

You can probably hear the theme song now — “we’re so glad it’s Christmas vacation.” In the heyday of 80s comedy, “National Lampoon” was a cultural centerpiece with raucous films like “Animal House.” This 1989 film in the “National Lampoon” series stars Chevy Chase as the prototypical dad to end all prototypical dads in a hilarious sequence of holiday mishaps and goofs. 

Available to rent or buy on streaming and on demand services.

6. “Polar Express” (2004)

Based on the 1985 children’s story of the same name, this animated film from “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away” director and actor team Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks is one for the history books. With a production budget of $165 million, it was the most expensive animated film in history, and the first to exclusively use digital motion capture technology for character animation. While the animation has aged quickly in a time of rapid technological advancement, this heartfelt (yet at-times dark) story is one for the whole family.

Available to rent or buy on streaming and on demand services.

7. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)

It’s not Christmas without “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Whether you opt for the black and white classic or the updated, colorized re-master, this story will fill your soul with warmth. If you can convince your kids to get on board with a black and white movie, this timeless American story might just become tradition for an entirely new generation.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.