One of the best things about the holidays is curling up and enjoying your favorite holiday movies — especially while snuggled up in bed. No matter how old they are or how many times we’ve seen them, we all have our go-to movies that bring us much-needed comfort and joy.
But the second-best part of the holidays? Decorating, and admiring all the beautiful decorations, displays, colors and lights. So this holiday season, try bringing your favorite holiday movies to life with your room decorations! Here are five holiday movies, and the best ways to emulate them in your decorations.
- The Holiday
The Holiday has been warming hearts and setting slightly unrealistic love expectations since 2006. Even better, the film encapsulates all the cozy cottagecore and holiday vibes — making it not only perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, but also the perfect inspiration for decorating, too. While you may not be able to escape to the English countryside and meet the love of your life, you can still make your cottagecore holiday dreams a reality with a few simple touches. Try topping a farmhouse-inspired fleece throw blanket (Target, $24) with some festive accent pillow covers (Etsy, $21) to make snuggling up with a cuppa (tea) all the more cozy.
You can add to the coziness with fun cottagecore-themed mushroom string lights (Walmart, $18), or even some pine cone and garland berry lights (Amazon, $18) since no holiday décor is complete without a little twinkle.
As decorating is also about making your space personal to you and your creativity, you can also DIY a dried orange garland to freshen and brighten your space, or even cute wood slice ornaments to decorate with.
To top it all off, because you can never have too many candles, a quintessential British winter scented candle (The White Company, $34) or some neat pine tree-shaped candles (Urban Outfitters, $16-$28) will be the perfect additions to your space. To truly embrace the cottagecore holiday theme, all things cozy and quaint will be just what you need for your own wintery oasis.
- Any part of the Harry Potter series
Although the Harry Potter films aren’t technically “holiday” movies, we’ve all dreamt of the magical snowing ceiling in the Great Hall at Hogwarts and have been in awe of the film’s beautiful wintery sceneries at one point or another. You can cozy up your space with these Golden Snitch string lights (Pottery Barn, $50) for some instant holiday magic, and a fun paper banner like this one (Etsy, $13) will make you feel like you’re in one of the common rooms at Hogwarts for the holidays.
The ways you can infuse the magic of Harry Potter into your holiday décor are practically endless — like themed ornaments, stockings and more — but you can also get creative by DIY-ing decorations for your space, such as the floating candles from the Great Hall and even a wreath you can customize according to your Hogwarts house or favorite Harry Potter motifs. Now all you need is some butterbeer and Peppermint Toads from Honeydukes, and you’re set!
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a timeless holiday movie loved by all. Better yet, you can decorate your bedroom with fun pieces that celebrate this holiday classic. String lights are never a miss when it comes to decorating for the holidays, and these Snoopy string lights (Urban Outfitters, $12) are especially perfect because of Snoopy’s Santa costume.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a “Charlie Brown Christmas” without the tree. The great thing about your own Charlie Brown tree (Urban Outfitters, $24) is that you certainly won’t have to worry about it taking up too much space, as it’ll easily fit anywhere. But will be there to keep you in the holiday spirit nonetheless.
Elf, another holiday classic, is a funny, feel-good favorite guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood. Taking some inspo from this beloved holiday movie will add a fun touch to your holiday décor and definitely won’t involve chopping up, or repurposing, wooden furniture or staying up all night tirelessly making paper snowflakes. Though snowflakes are a staple in any Buddy-approved décor.
You can purchase snowflake fairy lights (Amazon, $13) or even DIY paper snowflakes to make you feel like you’re right at Gimbels. If you’d like to add a pop of color, these colorful pompom string lights (Urban Outfitters, $16) strikingly resemble Buddy’s favorite gumdrops but are great to liven and cozy up your space.
Elf is also possibly one of the most quotable holiday films, so a fun “Son of a Nutcracker” banner (Amazon, $12) is a perfect and comical, but still festive, addition to your décor.
Finally, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without scented candles. So to really set the mood, whether you’re closer to the North Pole or New York City, an Elf-inspired scented candle (Etsy, $19.80) will do the trick. Yes, your very own Buddy the Elf inspired candle, and yes, it does smell like passing through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest and past the sea of swirly-twirly gumdrops!
- Your own Hallmark Channel holiday movie
The Hallmark Channel holiday countdown is an entire event and Hallmark movies are a much-loved category of their own, especially because of the stunning and impeccable holiday movie sets.
Hallmark holiday movie décor is always the perfect combination of classy, festive and fun that you can’t help but fall in love with. To decorate your space and create your very own Hallmark movie vibe, think classic and festive red, green, gold and plaid! Curling up in a warm red plaid blanket (Target, $31.50) will cozy you right up and you’ll look the part too.
To further your Hallmark inspired décor, Hallmark’s very own Master Designer Will Brown can help you with some simple Hallmark-approved DIY decorations such as a gift-wrap garland and decorative wreath.
Other Hallmark holiday movie décor essentials can include a garland you can hang on your wall, bed frame, or decorate furniture in your space with like this mistletoe and red berry garland (Target, $20) to keep up with the classic red and green color themes.
And for the final touch? A specially made “Hallmark Holiday Movies and Chill candle” (Etsy, $18) that is available in a variety of holiday scents including gingerbread, apple maple bourbon and cranberry woods to tie your Hallmark inspired space together.
The best way to spread holiday cheer may be singing loud for all to hear, but the second-best way is decorating your room into your favorite holiday movies. However you decide to decorate for the holidays, and regardless of what your personal favorite holiday movie is, hopefully these ideas will inspire you to get creative with your festive decor this holiday season.
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