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By: Elizabeth Bemis on December 11th, 2019

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Best Holiday Movies for Seniors

Aging & Caregiving  |  Holidays  |  entertaining seniors

The calendar doesn’t need to be turned to December for you to enjoy holiday or winter-themed movies! These feel-good flicks are great to put on any time, especially for seniors in assisted living communities.

A movie marathon is one of many great winter activities. Here’s our list of favorite holiday movies for seniors.

Christmas in Connecticut

A newspaper columnist who has been pretending to be housewife and mother on a Connecticut farm now has to put on the perfect domestic show for her editor and a war hero. A love triangle and lots of laughs make Christmas in Connecticut (1945) a perfect holiday movie for seniors.


Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis (1942) is both a musical classic and a heart-warming love story that can brighten up any winter day. Judy Garland stars as one of four sisters living with their parents in St. Louis right before the 1904 World’s Fair, and sings a number of songs seniors in assisted living communities are sure to recognize.


It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is a Frank Capra classic that can put a smile on your face and also bring a tear to your eye. Jimmy Stewart stars in this beautiful story which is full of life lessons about how our good deeds, though they seem small to us, can have a profound impact on others.


Miracle on 34th Street

Both the original Miracle on 34th Street from 1947 and the 1994 remake are feel-good features on our list of holiday movies for seniors. When a little girl encounters a department store Santa, she’s convinced she’s found the real one. Can he prove he’s the real Santa, and can he make her Christmas wishes come true?



Elf was a 2003 box office hit that has since become a holiday classic. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human who was adopted by elves in Santa’s workshop and is now looking for his human father. Following Buddy to New York City brings plenty of laughs and Christmas joy to a senior holiday movie night.

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Love Actually

Love Actually (2003) follows multiple, intertwining Christmas love stories in London. The various love stories are charming, and the cast is packed full of familiar faces like Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and more. With an R-rating, this is a movie best suited for adults, not the entire family.


Home Alone

When his parents accidentally forget to take Kevin with them on their Christmas vacation, he’s forced to defend their home against two burglars. Home Alone (1990) is still fun no matter how many times you’ve seen it, and it’s the perfect addition to any list of holiday movies for seniors.


A Christmas Story

Watching A Christmas Story (1983) has become a holiday staple for many families. This Christmas movie focuses on Ralphie, a little kid who wants a Red Ryder BB gun more than anything in the whole world. Now, he just has to convince his skeptical mom and grumpy dad!


White Christmas

Two World War II performers join a sister act to entertain at a holiday show in a Vermont hotel. White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, is one of the most famous Christmas movies and musicals of all time, making it the ideal addition to your senior holiday movie lineup.

Now that you have a long list of holiday movies for seniors, it’s time to pop some popcorn and enjoy some uplifting films! A holiday movie marathon is a great reason to bundle up and stay indoors this winter season. Since winter can be a challenging time for seniors, holiday movies are the perfect way to keep them entertained and happy this winter.

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About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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