The best holiday blockbuster movies to keep you entertained over winter break

Now that we’ve had our snow day and finals week is less than a week away, it’s really beginning to look a lot like the holidays. When you’re bored over break and don’t know what to do, make a cup of hot chocolate, get cozy under the covers and watch some of these classic holiday films.

Polar Express — 2004

This animated film based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg is a heartwarming story following a boy and his journey to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. The sentimental moments he and the other children experience have something everyone can relate to, and it makes you nostalgic for the times that you believed in Santa. Actors such as Tom Hanks and Leslie Zemeckis voice some of the main characters in the movie.

Elf — 2003

A movie a little lighter than the previous one mentioned is Elf. Will Ferrell stars in the movie and creates the perfect Christmas comedy to watch with your family. The film begins with Ferrell, playing a human elf, who begins to notice how much different he is than the other elves. After deciding he needs to move away, he tracks down his father in New York City and says hello to a new life outside of the North Pole.

A Christmas Story — 1983

One of the best holiday classics is A Christmas Story, based off of Jean Shepherd’s writing. The story is about Ralphie Parker, played by Peter Billingsley, and his navigation through the chaotic holiday-themed shenanigans he gets involved in. This movie is one of the most famous holiday films, and it lives up to the expectations.

Home Alone — 1990

One of the favorites of our generation is Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister. Amidst all the stress and disorder of traveling for the holidays, Kevin gets left behind as his family leaves for the airport. As the McCallisters are off on vacation, their youngest remains at home, left to fight off some absurd burglars using clever boobytraps.