1. HOUR 0 – 1.5: A Christmas Story
You gotta kick it off with the all-time classic, and savor it since you won’t be watching it a billion more times over the next day like some do.
2. HOUR 1.5 – 3: Any version of A Christmas Carol
It’s been interpreted or channeled too many times to count! If you’re marathoning with children in the room, the Muppets can’t fail. For an adult twist, bring some Bill Murray into your life and watch Scrooged.
3. HOUR 3 – 4.25: The Nightmare Before Christmas
WHAT’S THIS?! It’s blurring the line between cute and creepy Christmas, and starting some sing-a-longs too!
4. HOUR 4.25 – 6: Edward Scissorhands
Nothing like an additional dose of beautiful Tim Burton footage to “brighten” the holiday spirit.
5. HOUR 6 – 7.5: Home Alone
Great ’90s holiday film or GREATEST ’90s HOLIDAY FILM? Your answer better be the latter, you filthy animal.
6. HOUR 7.5 – 8: South Park, “Mr. Hankey”
From one kid too wise for his own good, to FOUR MORE, and their special seasonal friend.
7. HOUR 8 – 9: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
Although he’s on every night, 2008’s Colbert Christmas special is timeless as he sings along in the company of legends to escape being trapped inside by his mortal sworn enemy: BEARS.
8. HOUR 9 – 10.5: Elf
The only person that’s charming enough to follow someone like Stephen Colbert has got to be Buddy the Elf!
9. HOUR 10.5 – 12.5: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Well, you’re already back in New York after the last one. Moreover, HOW CAN YOU RESIST THE MOST PRISTINE SEQUEL OF OUR LIFETIME? SPOILER ALERT: This movie is as secretly sweet as the pigeon lady turns out to be.
10. HOUR 12.5 – 13: Seinfeld, “The Strike”
Too much cheer for you in the first half-day of your marathon? Forget about it and celebrate Festivus instead.
11. HOUR 13 – 15.5: Harry Potter
Enough New York for now — how about a trip to Hogwarts? Whether you’re at the beginning or the end of the wizard’s tale, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up and spend some precious time with Potter and pals.
12. HOUR 15.5 – 16.5: The O.C., “Chrismukkah”
In an alternate universe where the sun never stops shining, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny are Ryan, Marissa, Seth, and Summer. The Cohens set the bar for all of us when it comes to celebrating the holidays so inclusively! If only we ALL acknowledged the magic of Chrismukkah…
13. HOUR 16.5 – 18: While You Were Sleeping
From one romance that resulted from a rescue to another, this modern classic rom-com makes it evident that sometimes risks are totally worth taking, and the holiday season acts as a fitting sentimental backdrop for flourishing love.
14. HOUR 18 – 19.5: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
It’s not a holiday in America without the Griswolds.
15. HOUR 19.5 – 20.5: The Office, “A Benihana Christmas”
The mishaps of Michael Scott and the lovelies of Dunder Mifflin are more incredible than ever as the men and women split up how they commemorate corporate Christmas, including a most unforgettable rendition of John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”
16. HOUR 20.5 – 22.5: Love Actually
We’re so lucky to have this contemporary classic to look forward to every year! So warm and fuzzy you can feel it in your fingers, and feel it in your toes.
17. HOUR 22.5 – 24: It’s a Wonderful Life
Every time a movie marathon finishes, a super-relaxed couch potato gets its wings!