It all starts with feasting. Then comes the decked halls, piles of presents, merriment and more. And finally, there’s the celebration to usher in a fresh, sparkling new year. And amid all of that, there’s time together, laughing with the family, enjoying each other’s company and making new memories.
When you’re ready for a little family time this holiday season, why not plan a perfect movie night? Here’s how.
Choosing the Movie
We all have our favorites. For some, it’s the giggle-inducing antics in A Christmas Story. For others, it’s the belly laughs of Elf. And there’s the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, which have delighted holiday film seekers for decades. Or perhaps, you are looking for something a little more sophisticated … or just something a little more appropriate for New Year’s.
So which do you choose? Consider your audience, and what they’ll enjoy most, and then go from there. Need a little inspiration?
If you aren’t totally over holiday movies yet:
- Home Alone
- Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 one, preferably)
- Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
- A Christmas Story
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Santa Claus, The Movie
- The Santa Clause (or either of the sequels)
- The Polar Express
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- White Christmas
- Christmas with the Kranks
- A Christmas Carol
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Babes in Toyland
- Little Women
If you’re looking to the New Year:
- Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
- Sleepless in Seattle
- Untamed Heart
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- Trading Places
- Ocean’s Eleven (1960)
- An Affair to Remember
- Bridget Jones’ Diary (older kids)
- Sex and the City: The Movie (older kids)
Planning the Snacks
Snacks during perfect movie night this holiday season? So important. Sometimes, we make a meal out of the snacks by ensuring there’s a good mix of more healthful options with tasty, fun options. So, break out the mozzarella sticks and the veggie platters with hummus. Perhaps some baked wings? Don’t forget the fruit too. Chips and dip? Yes, please! And maybe some salad too? Well, only if it’s on a stick.
Tips for Great Movie Snacks:
- Include at least one snack each person loves. Ideally, each person should like 2-3 of what you plan, if you are going to have multiple snacks offered.
- Keep snacks to mostly finger foods. These are easiest when watching movies, and make for a fun time.
- Mix it up with healthy and more indulgent snacks. You want to balance it out!
- Little plates encourage everyone to pace their eating. This is a good thing.
- Drinks are a must. A nice mocktail can be fun for all.
Most importantly, don’t forget the popcorn. What’s a movie without popcorn? Popping and flavoring your own popcorn is always fun. But it’s okay to switch it up too.
One popcorn that I’ve been loving lately is new-to-me. Pop Works & Company makes a line of creative, ready-to-eat popcorns with flavors including Cookies & Cream, Salted Caramel & Fudge, and Birthday Cake. Made with big, airy popcorn and covered with sweet wonderfulness, these popcorns elevate this favorite movie snack to dessert status.
Available exclusively online, Pop Works & Company lets you choose one of your favorite flavors or “Build a Box” by mixing and matching all three flavors. It makes an awesome hostess gift, but is also good for movie nights anytime. Want to try it? The company is offering an introductory price of $15.99 on its Pop Box, a colorful and versatile box which can be filled with the 3 different popcorn flavors — and they’re offering free 2-Day shipping through New Year’s Eve.
Have you had a holiday movie night? What was your favorite part?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.