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December 5, 2023

How to Host a Magical Christmas Movie Night

Get Ready to Watch Your Favorite Films

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Two hands holding cups of hot cocoa on a family movie night, while a Christmas movie plays in the background.

iStockPhoto / Biserka Stojanovic

The holiday season is a magical and special time of the year, full of heartwarming memories, delicious food, and, of course, Christmas movies! It’s the perfect time to gather with your loved ones, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy a festive movie marathon. So grab some popcorn and get ready to snuggle up on the couch because we’re about to get started!

Select the Perfect Movies

Curate a lineup of your favorite Christmas classics or dive into the heartwarming world of Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie schedule. From heartwarming love stories to tales of family and friendship, there's a Hallmark Channel holiday movie for everyone! Check out their schedule and create your personalized movie marathon lineup.Or try some of the suggestions below.

A Festive Crowd-Pleaser

Spirited on AppleTV+

Holiday musicals are back in a big way with this jolly romp starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. A fun take on Charles Dickens' iconic tale, A Christmas Carol, fans of the classic will enjoy this fresh and funny spin.

A New Family Favorite

A Christmas Story Christmas on HBOMax

We all love Ralphie! This surprisingly well-thought-out sequel to the beloved A Christmas Story is a must-see this season. Striking a balance between nostalgia and newness, the film finds a way to connect the dots between the classic movie we love and a fresh story. 

A Winter Romance

Falling for Christmas on Netflix.

This holiday rom-com took a note from Hallmark Christmas films with a take on the 80’s film Overboard. Millennial couples will love watching Lindsay Lohan grace the screen again for some silly, romantic fun.

Dress for the Occasion

Encourage everyone to embrace the holiday spirit by wearing their favorite Christmas-themed pajamas or cozy sweaters. Matching family outfits or festive accessories like Santa hats, reindeer antlers, or jingle bells can add an extra touch of fun. Planning on watching a much-loved movie? Have everyone dress as their favorite character!

Pick the Best Spot

Choosing the right spot to watch your Christmas movies is crucial. If you want to be cozy and snug, set up in your living room with some comfy couches and chairs. However, if you want to transform your backyard into an outdoor theater experience, consider getting a projector and some blankets for seating.

Stock Up on Snacks

No movie night is complete without delicious snacks and treats! Prepare a festive spread of holiday-inspired goodies such as hot cocoa with marshmallows, peppermint bark, gingerbread cookies, or even Christmas popcorn with fun toppings like peppermint, chocolate drizzle, or holiday spices. Get creative with your snacks and let the flavors of the season accompany your movie-watching experience.

Interactive Activities

Make your movie night interactive by incorporating fun activities between movies. 

  1. Have a hot cocoa taste test, where everyone can vote for their favorite flavor combination. 

  2. Set up a DIY ornament station, where each family member can create a unique keepsake. 

  3. Set up a “snowy” photo zone for some fun family pictures. 

  4. Organize a gift exchange with small presents to add an extra element of excitement to the evening.

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