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7 Festive Movies Based on Books to Binge Watch This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

By Lindsay Quackenbush

Tis’ the season for rest and relaxation (we hope)! If you find yourself with some much-deserved time off this holiday season, treat yourself to one of these festive films based on books! From Christmas classics to contemporary rom-coms and kid favorites, there’s something for every reader and viewer to enjoy!

1. Eloise at Christmastime (2003), based on Eloise At Christmastime by Kay Thompson

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Everyone’s favorite Plaza resident celebrates Christmas in this adorable, quintessential holiday film. If you love New York, a precocious protagonist, and holiday romance–this one’s for you!

2. Christmas with the Kranks (2004), based on Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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Did you know that this Christmas comedy was based on a John Grisham novel? Christmas With the Kranks is a hilarious comedic journey that proves holiday cheer. It’s irresistible, even if you try to skip it.

3. The Polar Express (2004), based on The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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All aboard the magical train to the North Pole! This heartwarming film brings to life the enchanting tale of a boy’s extraordinary Christmas Eve journey. If you believe in the spirit of Christmas and the power of imagination, this is a must-watch classic.

4. A Christmas Carol (2009), based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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Ebenezer Scrooge’s timeless tale of redemption comes to life in this classic adaptation. With ghostly visits and lessons on generosity, this film is a poignant reminder of the importance of kindness and compassion during the holiday season.

5. The Christmas Train (2017), based on The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

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Adapted from David Baldacci’s novel of the same name, The Christmas Train is a cozy and festive adventure that will make you believe in the power of serendipity. Filled with unexpected twists, this film follows a cynical journalist’s cross-country train ride, which reintroduces him to the magic of the holiday season.

6. Let It Snow (2019), based on Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson

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When a snowstorm blankets a small town on Christmas Eve, it sets the stage for love, laughter, and unexpected connections. Based on the collaborative novel by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson, Let It Snow weaves together three heartwarming romances against the backdrop of a winter wonderland.

7. Something From Tiffany’s (2022), based on Something From Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill

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Set in New York City during the most magical time of the year, Something From Tiffany’s is a lighthearted celebration of the joy that can be found in unexpected places. Watch (or read!) it if you’re looking to delight in love, friendship, and a touch of sparkle from Tiffany’s.