Many of us love the holiday season for a myriad of reasons. It might be the omnipresent Christmas music and festive decorations, or the general holiday buzz. There’s usually something about this season that energizes us. For me, it’s the 24/7 Christmas-themed movies, particularly the classics from my youth in the 80’s and 90’s, aka the era of great holiday movies.
We might have different criteria for how we classify movies as “classics” but as far as I’m concerned, anything you enjoy that evokes memories of time spent with family during the holidays is a great movie to me. On that note, we know you have your own go-to classics so I thought I’d share my top 10 Optik TV VOD holiday hits available on Optik TV with you (in case you're jonesing for some new titles).
Description: Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy's advice and directs the Christmas play. And what's a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly never-green Charlie Brown brings back - until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again (from Rotten Tomatoes)
Description:Just as Detective McClane lands in LA to spend Christmas with his wife, he learns about a hostage situation in an office building. Hans Gruber is the culprit and McClane's wife is one of the hostages. (from Google Reviews)
Rating: PG, for slapstick action, language, mild frightening scenes and brief rude dialogue
Description: 8-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he has to put up a fight. (from Google Reviews)
Rating: PG, for action violence, mild language and some thematic elements
Description: Workaholic Howard Langstonwants to make things up to his son, Jamie, and wife, Liz. He promises to get Jamie the hottest toy of the season, Turbo-Man - even though it's Christmas Eve and the toy is practically sold out. As Langston hunts down the elusive gift, he runs into mailman Myron, another father on the same quest. With the clock winding down, Langston's moral code is tested as he starts to learn the real meaning of Christmas (from IMDB)
Description: A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle, Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list.But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all, something to believe in. (from IMDB)
Description: A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. His life takes a turn after he encounters special people that make his journey memorable. (from Google Reviews)
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