What's Playing on Optik TV - 2019 Holiday Movie Guide

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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). 


A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965


Genre: Animation/Comedy

How to watch: Video on Demand rental

Rating: G, for all audiences

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)



Die Hard, 1988


Genre: Mystery/Thriller

How to watch: Superchannel VOD (must be subscribed), STARZ VOD (must be subsribed)

Rating: R, for adults

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)



Elf, 2004


Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Comedy

How to watch: Video on Demand rental

Rating: PG, parent guidance suggested for some mild rude humor and language

Description: When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. (from Google Reviews)



Gremlins, 1984


Genre: Fantasy/Horror

How to watch: STARZ VOD (must be subscribed)

Rating: PG-13, adult situations/language; violence

Description: A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (from IMDB)



Home Alone, 1990


Genre: Adventure/Comedy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

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)



How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000 (remake)


Genre: Fantasy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

Rating: PG, for some crude humor

Description: On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch, who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town. (from IMDB)



Jingle All The Way, 1996


Genre: Comedy/Family

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

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)



Love, Actually, 2003


Genre: Romantic comedy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

Rating: R, for sexuality, nudity and language

Description: Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be. (from Google Reviews)



Miracle on 34th Street, 1994 (remake)


Genre: Drama/Fantasy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

Rating: PG, for some mild language

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)



National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation, 1989


Genre: Comedy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

Rating: PG-13, for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity

Description: Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he turns everything completely around, causing a domino effect of disasters. (from Google Reviews)



The Polar Express, 2004


Genre: Animation/Fantasy

How to watch:  Video on Demand rental

Rating: G, for all audiences

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)



Which holiday movie is your all-time favourite? Share your thoughts with us below!