Like horror movies in October, December is the only time you absolutely must watch your favorite holiday classics — no exceptions.
Some of these movies, like the holidays themselves, are very warm. Others are darker than you might expect.
We've come up with a list of what to watch while you are spending the holidays with your family, from the classics to a few choice curveballs.
These are the 12 best holiday movies to catch up on or enjoy all over again:
12. Yes, Seth Rogen's raunchy ensemble comedy "The Night Before" was just released this year, but it already feels like something that people will watch for years to come. It's a hilarious, dark, and surprisingly sweet Christmas movie for people who just can't connect to the Christmas Spirit.
11. Based on the classic children’s book, "The Polar Express" has CGI wizard Robert Zemeckis bringing to life a boy’s magical ride to the North Pole. Tom Hanks is along for the ride as the voice of the numerous characters. If you’re a fan of the book, the visuals in the movie go beyond anything you imagined.
10. In "Bad Santa," Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic conman who poses as a mall Santa every year to make out with all the money, jewels, and clothes he can get his hands on. But things change this year as he befriends a troubled kid. If you want to be anti-holiday (while also still being pretty holiday) this year, there’s no better movie to watch.
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