Ho, Ho, Ho, Holiday Dating Tips from Classic Holiday Movies

‘Tis the season for holiday movies! That’s right– time to bring down those oldie-but-goodie classics you’ve stashed away with your lights and decorations in the attic. With Bing Crosby crooning over the radio, strings of lights brightening the snow-laden streets and the smell of oven-baked cookies filling the air, there’s probably no time better to get into the dating scene than the holiday season–holding hands while ice-skating, cuddling by the fire, “accidentally” meeting him under the mistletoe. In celebration of the holidays here at Her Campus, we’ve rounded up some of our all-time favorite holiday movies and taken their tips on dating during the holiday season. So snuggle up in your favorite cashmere sweater (or the arms of that cute guy) with a cup of hot cocoa, and pop in one of these holiday flicks.


When the silly, loveable, if a little sugar-crazed Buddy the Elf packed his bags and left the North Pole for the Big Apple in search of his origins, he unexpectedly fell in love with Jovie, a department store elf in need of some holiday cheer. She was definitely a little more than skeptical after their first encounter in the girls’ locker room (awkward…), but they bonded over a winter date of ice-skating, skipping through the snow, and window-shopping. What can you take away from Jovie and Buddy’s relationship for you and your winter break fling? Don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. Their relationship is so innocent and naïve– there are no mind games, pretenses, or anything that drives us crazy to ruin the fun! There’s no better time than the holidays to get in touch with your inner child!

It’s a Wonderful Life

We all know It’s a Wonderful Lifeas the classic Christmas movie starring Jimmy Stewart who plays George Bailey, a down-on-his-luck family man. But when an angel named Clarence grants him the chance to see what the world would be like without him, he begins to learn what’s truly important in life. We get so caught up in the holiday theme, we sometimes forget about the sweet love story between George and his childhood sweetheart-turned-wife Mary Hatch Bailey. George is willing to do anything for Mary (“You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down!”) and in turn, Mary has her husband’s back even through their worst hardships. Especially in the season of giving, it’s so important to support your loved ones (from your boyfriend to your mom) and never forget the impact we have on each other. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

We’d like to think that spending the holidays with the family is always a picture-perfect Christmas card, but come on, collegiettesTM, we know that’s not true! That’s why National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacationstarring the Griswold family makes our list of holiday classics; this movie makes our families seem a little more normal by comparison. So what if Uncle Lewis just blew up the Christmas tree and Aunt Bethany wrapped up her cat in a box, all while your cousin Eddie is tramping around the front lawn in his underwear? They’re your family and isn’t thatwhat the holidays are really about? Loving, if not sometimes simply tolerating, the crazy side of the family?But take a word of caution from this kooky movie–family and romance don’t always mix, especiallyduring the holidays. You don’t want to scare off that holiday cutie with your gone-over-the-edge dad, since this can happen.

Miracle on 34th Street

Even as grown-up collegiettesTM, who doesn’t love Santa Clause?In this classic, a Macy's Santa claims to be the real deal and tries to change the minds of a less-than believing events director and daughter who are both in need of some holiday magic. There are some things you never grow out of and no matter how old you are, you’re never too old for the holidays. Take a lesson from little Susie Walker: learning to trust. Sometimes it’s good to believe in people (Santa or not!).