HGTV Editors' Favorite Holiday Flicks + Recipe Pairings
See what's in our editors' holiday movie queue, plus grab 15 delicious recipes for your marathon watch parties.
The holidays are a time to eat, drink and be thankful your Netflix subscription doesn't have a binge-watching limit. With the holiday season in full force, our editors share what's in their Christmas movie queue, including the perfect sips and snacks for pairing.
"It's a little trite, but I really love The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. When I was a single girl in my first house, I took a day off work to prep for a holiday house party while watching this movie (more than once, I must admit). So it actually makes me think of appetizers and wine. For some reason, little quiches come to mind — they must have been on my party menu! But my favorite holiday appetizer is sausage balls, so for a rewatch, I’d have to throw a few of those into the mix, too." — Kelly Smith Trimble, Executive Editor
Mini Quiche Florentines
Sausage Hors d'Oeuvres
Mini Quiche Florentine
The classic combination of spinach and Swiss cheese paired with the fresh thyme and Parmesan make these bite-sized quiches an instant hit with even the pickiest eaters.
"The Holiday is one of my favorite movies to watch this time of year. There's one scene where Jack Black's character (Miles) tells Kate Winslet's character (Iris) that he's going to cheer her up by making some Christmas fettuccine. After that, we see Cameron Diaz (Amanda) getting ready to eat a delicious-looking plate of pasta. It gets me every time — I always end up craving fettuccine alfredo, and I think this is the year I’m finally going to make some for my movie night. It just sounds so rich and comforting for a chilly winter day." — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
"I don’t even like eggnog, but I always feel compelled to pour myself a glass while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But only, ONLY, if it's served in a Marty Moose glass from Wally World." — Mallory Ziglar, Social Media Manager
"I can't think of a better movie and cocktail pairing than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with spiked eggnog. It's imperative that you drink the eggnog from this cup, though. To enhance your viewing experience, channel Cousin Eddie and wear only a bath robe, crew socks and loafers. (Trapper hat, cigar and beer are optional.)" — Molly Miller, Apple News Editor
Editor's note: Great minds think alike, Molly and Mallory!
Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog
Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)
No holiday is complete without this traditional Ecuadorian family recipe for eggnog. Rumpope, pronounced "rom-poe-pay," uses eggs, condensed milk, peaches, vanilla extract and cinnamon to create a sweet, silky beverage that's perfect for cool winter nights. Add rum for an adults-only gathering, or serve it on the side so guests of all ages can enjoy this holiday treat.
Bohemian Belgian Waffles
Maple Chili Popcorn
"Every year I watch Scrooged with Bill Murray. I still have the movie on video cassette, even though I chucked the player a few years ago. Who doesn't like Bill Murray? And Carol Kane's kooky and violent Ghost of Christmas Present character is a riot. I think the movie would pair well with a drink worthy of Bill Murray's media mogul character in the film — how about a strong Manhattan?" — Paul Cox, Operations Director
"White Christmas and hot cocoa with Baileys." — Deanne Revel, Managing Editor
Hot Spiked Cocoa
Hot Chocolate With a Kick
"What would a viewing of Home Alone be without 'a lovely cheese pizza, just for me'? Kevin McCallister lived every '90s kids' dream by ordering an entire pizza for himself. WITH NO ADULTS. 'Keep the change, ya filthy animal'!" — Mallory Ziglar, Social Media Manager
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
"I'm going to take it old-school and confess that I love watching the 1964 stop-motion version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer with peppermint hot chocolate (marshmallows not required, but strongly encouraged). We started this tradition in my house a couple of years ago and now it has become our seasonal staple." — Katie Friedman, Editorial Intern
Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa
Peppermint Ice Cream Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Ice Cream Hot Chocolate
"It's a hotly debated subject and countless articles have been written about why Die Hard deserves to be included in the pantheon of holiday movies. Not only is it a great action movie, but it features Christmas music throughout and is essentially about a father trying to see his family for the holidays. Sure, there are a few explosions, but (spoiler alert!) everything ends up fine in the end. My wife loves classic Christmas movies, though, so our tradition is to watch a few of her favorites before closing out the night with Bruce Willis crawling around Nakatomi Plaza rescuing his wife from an office Christmas party gone bad." — Ryan Reed, Editor
RECIPE SHORT LIST:
Sausage Hors d'Oeuvres (Food Network)
Fettuccine Alfredo (Food Network)
Maple-Perfect Manhattan Cocktail (Food Network)
Easy Pepperoni + Four-Cheese Pizza (Food Network)
Movie Night Bingo
Keep guests engaged with a holiday movie bingo. Decide when to start, what movie(s) will be playing during, the rules, and prizes before the party. When guests have their beverages and snacks and are ready to play, hand them handmade holiday movie themed bingo cards, designate a judge and begin playing! Regular bingo rules apply: The first guest to cross off items straight across or diagonally wins a prize (or just glory!).