Top 5 backseat holiday movies

From childhood, my best memories come from the holiday vacations spent with family. Whether we were flying down to Florida or driving to Indiana, I was always excited to get away. As a kid, I would take a few movies and spend hours distracting myself from the drive.

Now as I get older I find myself spending most of the ride chatting with friends or family, but if the opportunity arises, I still jump at the chance to watch a movie. It is still my favorite thing to do on a long trip.

With the holiday season upon us, and journeys ahead for many, bring a few of these movies along for the ride and you will be set for the long haul.

My top five holiday road trip movies to enjoy from the backseat include some classics for both children and adults:

“Elf” (2003)
A hilarious Will Ferrell movie about Buddy, who was raised among Santa’s elves but journeys to New York to find his real father. If you have not seen this 2003 classic, you are truly missing out on some holiday cheer. It is sure to keep any carload of passengers entertained.

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)
While appropriate and enjoyable for children, adults can still enjoy this holiday story. It is a heart-warming comedy about a bad boy come good that is great to enjoy on any car ride.

“Polar Express” (2004)
This seasonal tale can take you on a journey you never expected. It is a scintillating and endearing story about a young boy’s adventure to the North Pole, with great animations that anyone can enjoy.

“Home Alone” (1990)
A laugh for kids and adults. Follow the amazing adventures of Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left at home for the holidays all alone. This hilarious and thrilling movie can really take you on a ride as you watch the wacky events of this young troublemaker unfold.

“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009)
Although this movie is not traditionally thought of as a classic holiday hit, I decided to include it on my list of favorite holiday movies. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is a wonderful romantic comedy. Mainly for adults, it stars Matthew McConaughey who goes on a whirlwind trip that sees him mix pieces of his past escapades, with old girlfriends, with the problems he faces in his current life in order to try to sneak a peek at what his future holds. A modern twist on the classic “A Christmas Carol,” it reminds you to be thankful for the people in your life.

I know that I have enjoyed these movies time and time again each holiday year, and they never disappoint me. I hope you and your family can enjoy them as much as I do.

If you are planning a road trip this holiday season, make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter weather. Start by learning more about winter tires and snow chains.

Happy travels.

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