Watching films is a Christmas tradition for many, right alongside home decorating and gathering with family and friends for special meals and swapping presents. Here are some Christmas themed DVDs to borrow for free from the Livingston Library, that span a wide variety of genres, including classic dramas, musicals, romance, action films, family melodramas, comedies and some horror/muirder flicks.
Grab some cookies and popcorn, get some warm blankets and throws, and relax and enjoy any of these films with your family in the comfort of your home.
A beloved patriarch asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Follows three under appreciated and over burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. If creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.
Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed, and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid,’ chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine. Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior.
When several sorority sisters decide to celebrate Christmas with a series of parties, they discover that a killer is stalking the campus.
Classic Dickens story about a bitter old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s given a chance for redemption when three ghosts come to visit him on Christmas Eve.
When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through, and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground. Unexpected relationships bloom for a musician stuck with her dysfunctional orchestra mates.
When happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation, and unable to escape, they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities.
Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. Joined by two sisters, they travel to Vermont for a white Christmas.
George Bailey is not having a good day. His life in the sleepy little town of Bedford Falls has been thrown off track, perhaps never to recover. His business has failed, he’s wanted by the police, and he’s had a fight with his beloved wife Mary. On this disastrous day, his responsibilities and frustrations overwhelm him, leading him to a bridge and serious contemplation of suicide. It’s up to an angel named Clarence to convince George that his life has been one of worth and that it’s still worth living. After taking a long look at George’s life, the angel offers a portrait of what life in Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born. This classic, sentimental favorite that celebrates its 75th this year, has become a Christmas tradition.
In recovery from a life-threatening illness, Kate’s work as an elf at a Christmas-themed shop begins to suffer as she keeps the secret from her employer and does not discuss it with her first-generation immigrant parents or her distanced sister. As the holidays draw closer, she encounters the same kind-hearted man repeatedly, and finds herself eventually warming to him despite his unreliable nature, letting his optimistic worldview gradually change her and allow her to open her heart.
It follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
With the approach of Christmas causing him to feel lonely in life and love, Robert Malone braves the wintery snow to arrive home from his job at the grocery store only to find a stranger standing in his home. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a romantic late life love affair that takes a heartfelt and wonderful journey with an unexpected turn.
Madea (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece, Eileen , to the small town of Buck Tussel to pay a surprise visit to Eileen’s daughter, Lacey , who has refused to come home for Christmas. The real reason Lacey is avoiding her judgmental mother is that she has secretly married Connor , a white classmate from college. When Eileen and Madea arrive at Lacey’s farm, she tells them that Connor is an employee, but her lie soon spins out of control.
Boyd and his family are forced to spend Christmas at his parents’ house. When he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise and save Christmas.
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
When the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
Season’s greetings and happy home viewing!
–Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian