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The ultimate December content challenge

This list is guaranteed to take you from finals season to the end of winter break with your chill *actually* intact. 

The Santa Clauses πŸŽ„πŸ€£πŸ“Ί

Six-word plot summary: Santa's family moves to the real world. 

The watch vibe: Family awkwardness but make it Christmas-y. Bonus: Season two dropped on Nov. 8, which means there are 12 new episodes if you're in the mood for a content binge. 

Frozen Fever β„οΈπŸ€£β°

Six-word plot summary: Elsa's cold might ruin Anna's birthday.

The watch vibe: When you'd like to watch Frozen and feel like a kid again but your study break is only 10 minutes.

Gilmore Girls "Love and War and Snow" β„οΈπŸ“Ί

Six-word plot summary: A snowstorm hits; Lorelai called it.

The watch vibe: When you feel like you can literally smell snow coming.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special πŸŽ„πŸ« 

Six-word plot summary: HSMTMTS cast gloriously singing Christmas songs.

The watch vibe: When you wish your life was a musical where everything just magically fell into place.  

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer πŸŽ„πŸŽžοΈ

Six-word plot summary: The famous reindeer's adorbs origin story.

The watch vibe: When you're feeling peak vintage (or just want to make your dad happy on movie night). 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Four siblings on a magical journey. 

The watch vibe: When you want to feel like epic, world-changing adventures are ahead. 

Little Women β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Historical drama, sisters and Timothée Chalamet. 

The watch vibe: Girlpower but make it Victorian (oh, and high-key swooning over Timothée time). 

Happy Feet  β„οΈπŸ« 

Six-word plot summary: Adorable animated penguins dancing and singing.

The watch vibe: When finals stress is making everything seem dire and you need to turn off your brain and smile. 

Snow White and the Huntsman β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: The fairy tale classic, just darker. 

The watch vibe: When it's a night to go big—big action scenes, big special effects, big movie stars, big all of the above. 

Friends "The One with the Holiday Armadillo"πŸŽ„πŸ€£πŸ« πŸ“ΊπŸŽžοΈ

Six-word plot summary: Ross celebrates Hanukkah with his son. 

The watch vibe: When it feels like your day has been a disaster—as a reminder that disaster days can actually turn out to be hilarious and iconic. 

The Office "Christmas Party" πŸ« πŸ“ΊπŸŽ„πŸ€£

Six-word plot summary: Michael Scott ruins a party (duh). 

The watch vibe: When the only thing you want for Christmas is to laugh for 22 minutes straight. 

Never Have I Ever "...Been a Perfect Girl" β„️πŸ₯ΉπŸ« πŸ“Ί

Six-word plot summary: Devi confronts Paxton at winter dance. 

The watch vibe: When life feels full of mixed messages and you're spiraling. 

Christmas... Again?! πŸŽ„πŸ€£

Six-word plot summary: Girl relives Christmas Day on repeat. 

The watch vibe: When you feel stuck in a winter rut and need a little perspective. 

Taylor Swift's "Back to December" music video β„️πŸ₯Ήβ°

Six-word plot summary: Taylor sings, house fills with snow. 

The watch vibe: Sad + winter + dramatic + too busy to watch anything long. 

The Proud Family "Seven Days of Kwanza" πŸŽ„πŸ“Ί

Six-word plot summary: Learning the meaning of the holidays. 

The watch vibe: When you need a little boost of courage to reach out to someone new. 

Rugrats "A Rugrats Chanukah" πŸŽ„πŸ“ΊπŸŽžοΈ

Six-word plot summary: Babies retelling the story of Chanukah

The watch vibe: When you need something adorable yet entertaining to watch while babysitting your younger cousins. 

Noelle πŸŽ„πŸ€£πŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Santa's daughter has to save Christmas. 

The watch vibe: Spunky girl vibes meet holiday mayhem. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Kid wizards learn magic, fight evil. 

The watch vibe: When you're totally dreading going back to your actual school but would leave for Hogwarts right this second if you could. 

Let it Snow β„️πŸ₯ΉπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Friends get deep during a snowstorm. 

The watch vibe: TFW winter break reminds you that it's almost a whole new year and you get all Deep. In. Your. Thoughts. 

Brat TV Holiday Spectacular πŸŽ„πŸ€£

Six-word plot summary: Holiday good deeds at the mall. 

The watch vibe: When you're missing the besties you can't see during break. 

Wish Upon a Star β„οΈπŸΏπŸŽžοΈ

Six-word plot summary: Sisters switch bodies and chaos ensues.

The watch vibe: An impeccable '90s aesthetic meeting Freaky Friday

Godmothered β„οΈπŸ€£πŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: A fairy godmother-in-training tries her best.

The watch vibe: When you're living that something-to-prove attitude. 

March of the Penguins β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Documentary about penguins' mating ritual journey. 

The watch vibe: Those "yeah, it's winter break, but I still feel like learning something" days. 

The Empire Strikes Back β„οΈπŸΏπŸŽžοΈ

Six-word plot summary: Star Wars, which means space adventures. 

The watch vibe: When the ice planet Hoth scenes are as much winter as you need in your movie night. 

Teen Beach Movie πŸΏπŸ« 

Six-word plot summary: Teens pulled into an old musical.

The watch vibe: When it's so cold out that you're officially kind of over winter and just want to pretend it's summer. 

Togo β„️πŸ₯ΉπŸΏ

Six-word summary: A hero sled dog's true story. 

The watch vibe: *Turns all emotions up to the maximum level*.

Beauty and the Beast β„οΈπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Brilliant girl saves sour prince/beast. 

The watch vibe: When you're in your underdog hero era. 

New Year's Eve β„️πŸ₯ΉπŸΏ

Six-word plot summary: Sooo many New Year's Eve stories. 

The watch vibe: New Year's Eve *is* a vibe. 

Check out more pop culture posts:
❄️ Mean Girls is making a comeback: Here are 5 fetch takeaways from the OG 
❄️ Random acts of kindness inspired by our fave Disney shows 
❄️ The Gossip Girl-approved guide to holiday fashion

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by Kayleigh Roberts | 12/1/2023