With the quickly approaching holiday season upon us once again, the weather is already changing and temperatures are already dropping. Such a chilly outside environment tends to lead to staying indoors for an extended period and one of the best ways to pass time is watch a movie. So, here are eight of my personal favorite holiday movies to watch:

1) Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

This classic animation, with iconic characters and music, is always a crowd-pleaser, no matter the age range. Everyone is familiar with the story of the Dr. Seuss’s Grinch and his attempt to ruin Christmas. This movie is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

2) The Santa Clause

This movie not only embraces the spirit of the holidays, but does so without overdoing the whole “Santa” character. Comedy combined with Christmas and an underlying sentimental story, this movie is an obvious holiday favorite.

3) The Night Before

Okay, this one is probably best if viewed by an older audience. Anthony Mackie, Seth Rogen, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt celebrate a final Christmas as friends before Rogen’s character’s wife gives birth. Throughout the night, the trio go through a circus show of events, only to find themselves closer than ever.

4) A Christmas Kiss

This movie is super sweet and sappy and just full of Christmas fluff. An up-and-coming designer kisses a stranger in an elevator one night and upon learning who he is, must figure out what to do as the holiday season settles in the city.

5) It's A Wonderful Life

This Christmas classic is a great family movie. Everything from the story to the characters, this film is sure to warm hearts.

6) Lethal Weapon

For anyone that enjoys a good action movie, this is one is great for the holiday season. With the opening featuring “Jingle Bell Rock”, this film is great for all those who enjoy a good action flick with a bit of holiday theme mixed in.

7) Gremlins

This classic film is great for older children and friends. The iconic creatures mixed in with a bit of horror and a bit of comedy with a holiday backdrop make for a great feature on movie night.

8) Home Alone

The adventure of young Kevin McCallister as he’s home sick on a particularly snow day brings laughs and entertainment to any crowd due to his strategic methods of capturing thieves who are trying to break into his home.