Holiday Movie Advent Calendar

Ugly sweaters. Secret Santa gifts. Tree lightings. That inedible fruitcake your sweet Aunt Gladys sends without fail. These are some of the time-honored markers announcing the holiday season is upon us. But for us film-lovin’ folks at the Chronicle, what gets us most merry is revisiting, or newly discovering, the movies and TV offerings inspired by the holidays. In the spirit of this season of giving, we’re unveiling a new viewing recommendation every day from December 1 through 25, from black-and-white classics to black comedies, blood-spattered ho-ho-horror and yuletide-special TV episodes.

Holiday Viewing: <i>The Shop Around the Corner</i>
The Shop Around the Corner
The essential Jimmy Stewart Christmas movie (no, not that one)

Dec. 1, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Black Christmas</i>
Black Christmas
The giving season can be murder in the original slasher

Dec. 2, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>A Christmas Tale</i>
A Christmas Tale
Turns out Christmas dinner is just as fraught in French

Dec. 3, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>The Dead</i>
The Dead
The shadow of Christmas past hangs long over Huston's classic

Dec. 4, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Elf</i>
Elf
One for the whole family

Dec. 5, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>The Lion in Winter</i>
The Lion in Winter
It’s 1183 … but squabbling with the family is timeless

Dec. 6, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Krampus</i>
Krampus
How to avoid being dragged away on Krampusnacht

Dec. 7, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Gremlins</i>
Gremlins
Classic black comedy has the blues

Dec. 8, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale</i>
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Some Santas belong on the naughty list

Dec. 9, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>The Best Man Holiday</i>
The Best Man Holiday
Bust a gut laughing, or cry your guts out: You get it both ways

Dec. 10, 2017

Holiday Viewing: <i>Doctor Who</i> at Christmas
Doctor Who at Christmas
Which are the best (and worst) of the BBC classic's Xmas specials?

Dec. 11, 2017

Holiday Viewing: The Spirit of Christmas
The Spirit of Christmas
A ridiculous delight in the Hallmark movie pantheon

Dec. 12, 2017

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