Start your holiday season with the right film

Published 11:45 am Monday, November 28, 2022

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This week at Tryon Theatre, we have a second run of this past week’s film, “Ticket to Paradise,” in hopes to give people who were away for the Thanksgiving holiday another chance to enjoy it. With that in mind, we wanted to use this week’s column as an opportunity to highlight the next holiday in the season, and recommend our favorite films to enjoy during the holiday. 


For many people, Christmas movies have long been a cherished and integral part of celebrating the holiday season. From earnest and even somber stories of loss and love to screwball comedies, and almost every interpretation in between, Christmas movies have effectively tapped into the broad spectrum of emotions we associate with the holidays. But through all the varied memories and feelings, both in life and in film, the one constant is that of comfort. There is solace in returning to a beloved setting in a favorite film and finding the same reliable faces and feelings.

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In appreciation of the important role that Christmas films play in holiday traditions, as well as the great comfort they bring to us during this most celebrated season, we at Tryon Theatre wanted to capitalize on this week’s column to recommend our most adored Christmas films. Sadly, we aren’t able to show any of the films listed below at Tryon Theatre this season, as we are already committed to feature films for the month of December. However, we hope that these films can make an appearance on your screen at home and provide you with some holiday comfort! 


We polled our wonderful staff for their family’s respective favorites and have consolidated their selections below. We assume many of these films will already be on your own list of Christmas favorites, and for the ones that aren’t yet part of your rotation, we recommend you give them a chance! 


  • It’s A Wonderful Life (Capra 1946)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (Seaton 1947)
  • White Christmas (Curtiz 1954)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Roemer 1964)
  • A Christmas Story (Clark 1983)
  • Die Hard (McTiernan 1988)
  • Scrooged (Donner 1988)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Chechik 1989)
  • Home Alone (Columbus 1990)
  • Muppet’s A Christmas Carol (Henson 1992)
  • Batman Returns (Burton 1992)
  • Love Actually (Curtis 2003)
  • Elf (Favreau 2003)
  • Christmas with the Kranks (Roth 2004)
  • The Family Stone (Bezucha 2005)