10 Holly Jolly Ways to Pair Food with Classic Christmas Movies


When planning your next holiday party, try whipping up Christmas film-inspired dishes for a festive movie marathon.


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Miracle on 34th Street

Santa always expects a plate of cookies for Christmas, and these giant chocolate chip ones would satisfy him and all eight reindeer. These may be too big to fit in a glass of milk, but you'll find a way to dunk 'em in.

Get the Recipe: My Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

A Christmas Story

If your guests are like the Parkers and can't handle the tableside cleaver presentation of Peking duck, serve crisp-skinned, soy-and-sesame-spiced meat inside spring rolls instead.

Get the Recipe: Peking Duck Spring Rolls

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Kevin McAllister always eats a whole cheese pizza when he's home alone, but there's one upgrade he didn't discover in the movies: Eating mac-and-cheese-topped pie anywhere is almost as good as having pizza in the back of a limo.

Get the Recipe: Mac and Cheese Pizza

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Carve up a roast beast — or just hit up the deli counter — to make tangy BBQ beef sandwiches. The red-and-green-colored caprese salad reflects the Grinch's Santa ensemble, too.

Get the Recipe: Italian Barbecued Beef Sandwiches with Hot and Sweet Caprese Salad


Buddy the Elf pours maple syrup on his spaghetti. While we wouldn’t recommend that, you could try a chocolatey syrup on warm, toasty coconut waffles.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Waffles with Chocolate Maple Syrup and Banana

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Instead of tackling a whole turkey for your National Lampoon viewing party, try Alton Brown's classic fried chicken recipe. The juicy, crispy bird will be the opposite of the Griswolds' deflated, dry mess, and no carving is involved.

Get the Recipe: Fried Chicken

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Spruce up a boring popcorn garland with a sweet and salty mix of flavors. Either string the popcorn together to decorate your house, or just eat it by the handful — both are acceptable. And if you add some peanuts in, Charlie Brown and the gang will surely appreciate it.

Get the Recipe: Chicago Mix Popcorn


In the modern take on A Christmas Carol, Frank's Ghost of Christmas Past reminds him of when he and Claire first met and ate Chinese food together. To be truly authentic to Scrooged, pair shrimp lo mein with hallucinations brought on by alcohol.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Lo Mein

Love Actually

Lava cake, to me, you are perfect. Whether you're single and devouring sweets with your girlfriends or cozying up with the most special person in your life, you can't go wrong with lots of chocolate. 

Get the Recipe: Molten Chocolate Cakes

Frosty the Snowman

If you stack enough of these coconut-covered snowballs together, you can make your own Frosty at home. Be careful — they may get up and disappear too when your guests realize how buttery and soft they are.

Get the Recipe: Snowballs

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