Opinion: Top ten must watch movies during Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas

Unwind from finals with the cheer of the best classic Christmas films on Freeform beginning Dec. 1, 2016.

Finals are just around the corner, but never fear Christmas is also near! Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas begins this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and features many different movies every day. What better way to unwind before or after finals than with some holiday cheer? Here are the top ten must watch movies:

1. “Elf”

Sprinkle some Christmas cheer into your day with this classic film filled of stars such as Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart and Peter Dinklage to name a few. Don’t forget the four elf food groups of “candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup” when you watch this unforgettable film. The first airing will be at 8:50 p.m. on Dec. 3.

2. “The Polar Express”

All aboard the Polar Express! Don’t miss this heartwarming film, centered around a young boy and his trip to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. The trip is filled with excitement, laughs and music with Tom Hanks voicing over five characters in the animated flick. The first airing will be at 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 2.

3. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Revisit Halloween Town with the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington and all his animated friends when “The Nightmare Before Christmas” returns to Freeform. While many people consider this animated film to be a Halloween classic, others think of it as a Christmas classic. No matter what you think, the first airing will be at 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 1.

4. “A Christmas Carol”

Finals have you down? Don’t say “bah humbug.” Cozy up with a hot chocolate and watch this famous animated movie. This 2009 film follows Scrooge, voiced by Jim Carrey, and his journey of self redemption. Along the way, he meets three interesting characters and discovers the true meaning of Christmas. The first airing will be at 5:10 p.m. on Dec. 2.

5. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

Follow the Griswold family as they plan a Christmas spectacular where things rarely go to plan. This 1989 film stars Chevy Chase as the eccentric father, Clark. Don’t miss this flick because is it really Christmas without the Griswold’s? Don’t miss the first airing at 7:05 p.m. on Dec. 1.

6. “The Santa Clause”

After you watch the wacky “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” settle in and watch Tim Allen bring the laughs in this iconic movie. Watch his journey as he accidentally becomes Santa Claus and slowly stumbles into his new role. This movie is filled with fun, love and plenty of Christmas cheer. The first airing will be at 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 1.

7. “Frozen”

Once you’ve “let it go” after finals, be sure to check out this fan favorite movie. As much as you might like to say you hate “Frozen,” we all know this instant hit will have you feeling warm and fuzzy. Follow Elsa, Anna, Kristof and Olaf on this epic adventure and find out if the cold ever bothered them anyway. The first airing of this film is at 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.

8. “The Year Without a Santa Claus”

When it comes to Christmas, Santa Claus and holiday cheer seem to go hand-in-hand, but imagine a year without a Santa Claus. Follow Mrs. Claus and the elves on their journey to remind Santa how important he really is. This 1974 animated flick is sure to take you back to your childlike Christmas cheer. The first airing is at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1.

9. All three “Toy Story” movies

While these aren’t Christmas movies, they are classic Disney and the perfect movies to watch while you await your final grades. Follow Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Bull’s-eye on their endless adventures as toys. Don’t miss the marathon when it starts at 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 10.

10. “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

Rounding out the list is the ultimate classic Christmas film, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.” Featuring the voice acting of legends, Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney, this film will have you feeling Christmasy even if the weather doesn’t. The first airing is on Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

While the lineup this year is notably missing classics like “Eloise at Christmastime,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and all of the “Harry Potter” films, these picks are sure to fill your home or with Christmas cheer.

For more information and the full schedule visit Freeform’s website.

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Edited by Katy Hill