Holiday Movies Marathon: Must-Watch Films to Get You in the Spirit (2000s and Beyond)

The holiday season is synonymous with many delightful traditions, and one cherished pastime that brings joy to both young and old is the holiday movie marathon. There's nothing like cozying up by the fireplace with hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and a contemporary holiday film. Whether you're looking for heartwarming tales, festive comedies, or animated adventures, our curated list of must-watch holiday movies from the 2000s and beyond will infuse your home with the season's Spirit.


1. "The Holiday" (2006)

  • Director: Nancy Meyers

  • Two women from opposite sides of the Atlantic swap homes for the holidays and find unexpected love in this charming rom-com.


2. "Elf" (2003)

  • Director: Jon Favreau

  • Join Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, on his whimsical journey to discover his true identity and bring holiday cheer to New York City.


3. "Love Actually" (2003)

  • Director: Richard Curtis

  • This ensemble romantic comedy weaves together multiple love stories set against the backdrop of the London holiday season.


4. "The Polar Express" (2004)

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis

  • Embark on a magical train ride to the North Pole with a young boy who learns the true Spirit of Christmas.


5. "The Family Stone" (2005)

  • Director: Thomas Bezucha

  • Follow the charmingly dysfunctional Stone family as they come together for a memorable holiday gathering filled with laughter and love.


6. "Four Christmases" (2008)

  • Director: Seth Gordon

  • Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as a couple forced to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day, leading to comical chaos.


7. "The Grinch" (2018)

  • Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

  • This animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's classic tale tells the heartwarming story of the Grinch's transformation from a holiday-hating recluse to a festive friend.


8. "The Christmas Chronicles" (2018)

  • Director: Clay Kaytis

  • Join siblings Kate and Teddy as they embark on an epic adventure to save Christmas with some help from Santa Claus.


9. "Last Christmas" (2019)

  • Director: Paul Feig

  • Embrace the magic of London during the holiday season as Kate, played by Emilia Clarke, discovers the true meaning of Christmas.


10. "Klaus" (2019)

- Directors: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López

- This heartwarming animated film tells the origin story of Santa Claus and the power of selflessness and goodwill.


These contemporary holiday movies are perfect for creating a cozy and festive atmosphere in your Toronto home. Whether you're seeking heartwarming messages, laughter-inducing comedies, or enchanting animated tales, this selection has something for everyone. So, dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and let the holiday movie marathon begin—a cherished tradition that will warm your heart and bring holiday cheer into your home.


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