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Vedge these hits and flicks this holiday season

Graphic by Audrey Delgado

Graphic by Audrey Delgado

Graphic by Audrey Delgado

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From road trips to cozy nights, the holiday season isn’t complete without the timeless tunes and feel-good movies. Sometimes one flick or playlist is just enough to transition from Grinch to Frosty. This holiday season, put up decorations or have a hot cocoa fueled marathon with these songs and movies.

Music 

Whether it’s an ugly sweater party or an evening by the fire these hits are a guaranteed way to boost holiday spirit. 

  • Mariah Carey’s iconic 1994 album A Merry Christmas features the song that’s made her $60 million over the years, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
  • Christmas by Michael Bublé (2011) features his cover of 16 holiday hits including “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Jingle Bells.”
  • Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber caught everyone’s attention in 2013 when he released this 11 song album, with 6 originals, co-written by the singer himself.
  • Acapella group Pentatonix has released 3 holiday albums over the last 5 years, That’s Christmas to Me, A Pentatonix Christmas and Christmas is Here!, as well as a holiday compilation The Best of Pentatonix Christmas with unique covers of all the classics.
  • Christmas Kisses and Christmas & Chill are Ariana Grande’s holiday EPs (Extended Play record), including her most known holiday original “Santa Tell Me.”
  • John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas album released in 2018 features a total of 14 songs, 6 of which are originals. 

New Music Releases

  • “All I Want For Christmas is Love” by Jordan Fisher and Julianne Hough
  • “Like It’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers
  • “A Hand For Mrs. Claus” by Idina Menzel and Ariana Grande
  • “Love You More At Christmas Time” by Kelly Rowland
  • “Make It To Christmas” by Alessia Cara
  • “Just Ain’t Christmas” by Ne-Yo

Classic Holiday Films 

With a variety of 60’s animation and CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) remakes, these classics are great to watch and rewatch every year. This holiday break, grab some cookies, a warm blanket and binge these timeless movies.

  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas 
  • The Little Drummer Boy
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Home Alone
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Santa Clause trilogy 
  • A Christmas Carol 
  • Elf 
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original-1966 & remake-2000), The Grinch (2018)

2019’s New Film Releases

Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and the recently launched Disney +  add new content for their members year-round, and the holiday season is no exception. Here’s a look at some of 2019’s newest movies.

Netflix’s Let It Snow tells the story of a superstar and six relatable, small-town teens who encounter a surprising snowstorm on Christmas Eve. This movie tackles the complexity of crushes, friendships and family all in a day’s time. Concluding with a long-awaited party in the town’s local restaurant that night, the characters realized how one day can change their lives.

Another Netflix original, Holiday Rush focuses on a radio DJ who loses his show just before Christmas. Once his family of five moves into their old house, ‘Rush’ must show his children to value family and intangibles over material items.  

Santa Girl follows Cassie, the daughter of Santa Claus, who sets off to college in pursuit of a normal college life. After a few months away from the North Pole, she must deal with an arranged marriage to the son of Jack Frost on Christmas Eve.

The animated film Klaus is the origin story of Santa. A postman and a toymaker team up to deliver old toys to the children of the town. The children then begin writing letters in hopes of receiving a toy of their own. Once the adults hear of this, they go after the pair who must work together to save the toys and the spirit of the children.

So whether it’s tuning in to Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas marathon or bopping out to Spotify’s “Ultimate Holiday Playlist” these films and tunes can transform anybody into “a jolly happy soul.”