Happy Holidays! The Enstars staff has put together our favorite holiday movie countdown that we will be watching this Christmas weekend.
#6: The Santa Clause (1994)
Toy executive Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is transformed into Santa Claus and must save Christmas after he accidentally causes the original Father Christmas to fall to his death in this 1994 film. This Disney classic also stars Eric Lloyd, Judge Reinhold, and the late Peter Boyle.
#5: A Christmas Story (1983)
Next year, A Christmas Story will celebrate its 35th birthday. Several generations of fans have fallen in love with Ralphie Parker's (Peter Billingsley) quest to get a Red Ryder BB Gun. The film also starred Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin as Ralphie's parents. A few weeks ago, Fox brought the classic holiday film to life with the three-hour musical version of A Christmas Story: Live. Despite having an all-star cast that included Fred Armisen, Matthew Broderick, Ken Jeong, Jane Krakowski, and Maya Rudolph, the live action adaption was panned by critics.
#4: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Film director Tim Burton gave Halloween one last chance to shine during the holiday season in the classic 3D animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. When Halloween Town's Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon [speaking voice] and Danny Elfman [singing voice]) accidentally discovers Christmas Town, he sets in motion a chain of events that leads to the kidnapping of Santa Claus. The film features an excellent score and songs from Danny Elfman and a scene-stealing boogieman (Ken Page). Recently, Elfman, Page, and Catherine O'Hara (Sally) brought Halloween Town to New York City's Barclays Center for an epic live-to-film experience.
#3: Elf (2003)
Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) showed audiences around the world the true meaning of Christmas in this epic Christmas comedy. After learning that he is human from Santa and the elves, Buddy ventures to New York City to meet his biological father (James Caan) and his family. Zooey Deschanel , Ed Asner, Artie Lange, and Amy Sedaris also star in this film.
#2: Home Alone (1990)
Where were you when you first heard Kevin McCallister's (Macaulay Culkin) iconic scream in the very first Home Alone? When the McCallisters accidentally leaves their youngest son at home, Kevin must man up and save his childhood home from two aggressive burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). O'Hara, John Heard, and the late John Candy also star in this beloved holiday classic.
#1: It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
For over 71 years, generations of families have watched It's A Wonderful Life. The Frank Capra-directed film showcases the journey of George Bailey (James Stewart), who is down on his luck. However, thanks to the interference of his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), George learns what would happen if he was not born. The film stars Lionel Barrymore as the wicked Mr. Potter, whose performance earned him a place on the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Heroes and Villains countdown.
If you cannot get tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, or Coco, we highly recommend that you see either the six movies that we mentioned or some of our honorable mentions including National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Jack Frost, A Muppet's Christmas Carol, and Jingle All the Way.