The Ultimate Guide for Hosting a Holiday Movie Marathon

The holidays are a great time for spending time with family and friends. While the weather might be chilly, there are plenty of opportunities for indoor fun. Creating a festive Movie Marathon for your guests is a wonderful way to get into the spirit. Here are the best holiday movies and thematic ideas to warm up the celebration.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town; Remind the kids of this by hosting a movie marathon of this Holiday classic. If watching this with the family, this is a great time to hang your stockings, decorate the tree. Honoring the traditions in the movie, after or while watching the origin story helps get you in the holiday spirit.
If you are watching this movie with friends, add a little something special by decorating your own stocking. Find plain stockings (or long hosiery like in the movie) and break out the craft supplies. After creating the stocking, guests not only have a memory but a work of holiday art they can take home.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express was first a beloved children’s book that was reinvented into an amazing movie in 2004. This holiday classic is an essential watch for reminding us all the magic of the holidays. With this movie marathon, have a pajama party and break out the hot cocoa because this is the perfect feel-good movie. So, viewers should take strides to feel good watching it. Plus, to add a little magic of your own, rent your own train bounce house. This is a unique addition that is sure to make for a memorable marathon.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

For over five decades, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has entertained audiences of all ages. In preparation for this movie marathon, make sure to make reindeer snacks. This could be in lieu of or in addition to traditional popcorn. Plus, if you want to fashion a party out of this get-together, play some reindeer games. Top it all off by making your own reindeer antlers. That way, you and your friends can watch this holiday classic in true Rudolph style!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is timeless. Whether you prefer the numerous cartoon adaptations or the live-action movie, the story has helped hearts grow for generations. There are many adaptable, adorable themes that can sprout from this story. One of those ideas includes your furry friend or pet companion. Since, in every adaptation, the Grinch’s dog, Max, plays a vital role, invite your furry friend to the party too. Watch the movie snuggled up with your best buddy and best human friends.


Elf has become a treasured holiday classic, which is perfect for a holiday movie marathon. A fun meal to have during this movie is spaghetti. Although, Buddy will understand if you hold the syrup and candy for your meal. (After all, that is more for him!) However, for a less potentially messy idea, make paper snowflakes. This is an old-school idea that is still creative, fun and festive. Of course, also having some marshmallow hot chocolate to go with the craft and the movie is always a win.

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation is one of National Lampoon’s best movies. For many families, the holiday season isn’t complete until this classic is viewed. It is not difficult to turn this holiday classic into a movie marathon for an older audience. While this movie is not for kids, it is hilarious. Plus, to keep the party fueled, rent a popcorn machine to keep the snacks coming. Make sure to keep the cat away from the holiday lights, find Grace and pour some eggnog. You are in for a treat. This movie marathon theme is likely the only the premier to start an awesome annual holiday tradition!
The Holidays are a wonderful time, filled with excitement and fun. There is truly something special about this time of year. The excitement of the holidays and the fun of getting together with friends and family is uplifting. Hosting Movie Marathons are perfect for children of all ages to get in the spirit of the holiday season.

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