The best holiday movies & T.V. shows of the season

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A Christmas Inheritance
If you’re looking for the cheesiest, most predictable, and most cliché Christmas movie out there, A Christmas Inheritance is just what you want. It tells the story of a New York girl heading to a small town to discover the true spirit of family and Christmas. Snow storms, Christmas cookies, ridiculous romance, and poor renditions of classic holiday songs….What more could you want?
The Nutcracker
Watch the New York City Ballet dance through the classic Christmas story. Witnessing the age-old tale of Clara, the Nutcracker, and a land of magic will transport you to the perfect Yuletide world. (The Washington Ballet is doing the Nutcracker now at the Warner Theatre, see it live! Tickets on sale now at!)

Rugrats Chanukah (S4 E1)
Watch the Rugrats gang get into their loveable antics as they traipse around the Synagogue, unite families, cause trouble, eat latkes, and most importantly…learn about the true meaning of Hanukkah!
It’s a Wonderful Life
When Guardian angel Clarence is sent to Earth to show George Bailey what his town would have been like without him, George realizes the true importance of his own life, and the true magic of Christmas.

Live TV

25 Days of Christmas Marathon
All winter long you can catch favorites like “The Santa Clause,” “Mickey’s A Christmas Carol,” and “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” From now until December 25th, holiday movies are running all day long, so go to to see the schedule now!

AMC runs a specific holiday special so go to to see their schedule and catch the best movies (listed below)!
When Buddy The Elf discovers that he is in fact not an elf, but instead a human, he strikes out on an adventure away from the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop, to NYC in search of his father. Watch Buddy learn the meaning of family as he spreads Christmas spirit!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold is dreaming of the perfect Christmas, but with his family? Not a chance! Watch the Griswold family struggle through the Christmas season with antics and mishaps at every turn. Maybe, despite their dysfunctionality, they’ll have one of their most memorable holiday seasons yet…
Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer
Watch the classic tale of the most famous reindeer of all! A Rankin/Bass claymation-style Rudolph (complete with a glowing nose) and his friends teach forgiveness and acceptance.

A Christmas Story
This family-favorite movie follows Ralphie on his quest to get a BB gun for Christmas, but not just any BB gun – it’s a Red Ryder BB Gun! Watch Ralphie get into all sorts of classic holiday hijinks (the movie airs for 24 hours straight Christmas day!