Festive movies are part of what makes the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year. Filled with memorable scenes of romance, comedy and musical numbers, these films never fail to put a smile on my face.
In no particular order, I’ve compiled 10 of my favourite holiday scenes. And before anyone blames me for causing any spoilers, I’d just like to add a disclaimer that endings MAY be ruined if you haven’t seen the film. But that being said, why haven’t you?! GO WATCH THESE MOVIES NOW.
“All By Myself” from Bridget Jones’ Diary
This one goes out to all my homies spending Christmas alone. If you’re tired of all your friends and family asking you why you haven’t found someone yet, Bridget Jones knows exactly how you feel.
This classic opening scene makes this film a mandatory pick if you’re planning a holiday movie marathon with your girlfriends. Dress up in some festive pajamas, get cozy with a glass of red wine (or a cup of hot chocolate for those who don’t drink) and sing along to your heart’s content. I guarantee that it’ll make you feel better.
Bonus: this movie also includes Mark Darcy (a.k.a. the flawless human known as Colin Firth) and former rom-com king, Hugh Grant. But who are we really kidding? Team Colin Firth all the way!
“What’s This” from The Nightmare Before Christmas
Every time I enter a bakery or department store during this time of the year, this song plays in my head as I prance around the aisles. (Yes, don’t even pretend you don’t do this!)
Christmas is a magical time with its pretty lights, colourful ribbons, apple cider and desserts galore. And while that also includes malls filled with grumpy gusses and cranky children, the sights, smells and sounds are enough to make me feel like Jack Skellington discovering Christmas Town. And plus, there’s the festive music. Those songs never get old.
Flick’s tongue gets stuck on pole in A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is a holiday staple. But the scene that gets me all the time is when Flick gets his tongue stuck on a pole. It traumatized me as a child.
But if there’s one good thing I’ve learned from this, it’s to not leave your friend when he/she is in need. Kids are strange little characters, and Ralphie kinda sucks for ditching his pal. Flick’s cries almost makes me wanna cry.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town from Elf
Everything about this movie is charming. But if there’s a scene that really gets your spirits going, it’s when Zooey Deschanel’s Jovie sings to overcome her shyness in order to get Santa’s sleigh back in the air by the power of Christmas Spirit.
It’s a moment of redemption and joy. Buddy reunites with his biological father Walter. Jovie lets the world know about her beautiful singing voice. Santa’s sleigh works again. And best of all, Walter even joins in on the singing!
The Meaning of Christmas from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Part of the reason why this scene is so special is because its themes are everlasting. Poor Charlie Brown is always worrying too much for his own good and struggles to find out what the Christmas REALLY means. As he spends practically the film’s entire 25 minutes pondering this fact, it’s at this very moment that he understands that the holidays aren’t just all about the presents, cards and decorations. It’s about the birth of Baby Jesus.
While the film definitely has a religious theme, I still think that A Charlie Brown Christmas can be enjoyed by everyone. Touching upon friendship and working together, there are things that anyone can learn from this film! And besides, who doesn’t love Snoopy?!
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
This sequence remains one of my favourite holiday scenes because the Grinch really seems to have a lot of nifty skills such as cutting shapes and fashioning a cane into a cue stick. I think he would make a great art teacher/costume designer if he used his talents for good! And besides, the song’s a classic!
Often compared to the Jim Carrey remake, I wish people would just leave them be. The films were made during two different generations. And having watched both as an eight-year-old, each film made me love Christmas even more.
Outsmarting the burglars from Home Alone
If this happened in real life, I’m sure social services would be all over the parents of this poor child. Because seriously, is catching a flight REALLY so important that you end up forgetting your eight-year-old at home?!
Luckily these parents — as foolish as they are — have a smart child who’s resourceful enough to fend for himself. Because if he wasn’t up to his own devices, he wouldn’t have been able to execute such a master plan to trump these burglars!
P.S., if any of you think I’m being too harsh on the parents, please note that I DO KNOW that this is only a film. But please, what kind of parent forgets their child at home?
It Feels Like Christmas from The Muppet Christmas Carol
Every time I see Michael Caine, I want to cry with joy. If you don’t understand my love for him, please watch him in The Dark Knight Rises or Secondhand Lions (most underrated movie ever). He is just DELIGHTFUL in whatever role he plays. Case in point, he’s also part of the reason why I love The Muppet Christmas Carol.
What could be better than a bunch of cute puppets gathering together to tell their version of a bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve? This song is my favourite because as grumpy as Michael Caine’s Scrooge is supposed to be, his dancing and smiling in this scene just makes me so happy.
Jingle Bell Rock from Mean Girls
Mean Girls isn’t a holiday movie, but to forget this scene would be absolutely unacceptable. Everything about this (and the movie) is just ICONIC.
It’s hard to believe that Mean Girls was released almost 10 years ago. But its characters, quotes and hilarious scenes have stuck with us for so long. In fact, this dance remains so popular that it was even recreated for my high school’s Christmas show. How this managed to get passed at a Catholic high school, I have no idea. But I guess I can give my classmates kudos for getting through the system!
Jamie proposes to Aurelia from Love Actually
I had to think long and hard before picking this scene. Because no holiday season is complete without at least one viewing of Love Actually, I have to admit that everything about this film is flawless (okay, maybe except the fact that Laura Linney’s character didn’t hook up with her sexy co-worker Karl).
However, if I absolutely HAD to choose one scene, I would have to pick the moment when Jamie (Colin Firth) proposes to Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz). What could be cuter than two people in love trying to communicate with each other despite the language barrier? I swear I want to cry each time Aurelia says she learned English “just in cases.” After all, who could REALLY leave behind a man as studly as Colin Firth?! She made the right decision! It’s fate!