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Holiday Movie Marathon: Seniors' Favorite Festive Films

The Old Man from White Christmas

”We'll follow the old man wherever he wants to go
As long as he wants to go opposite to the foe
We'll stay with the old man wherever he wants to stay
As long he stays away from the battle's fray
Because we love him, we love him
Especially when he keeps us on the ball
And we'll tell the kiddies we answer duties' call
With the grandest son of a soldier of them all!”


It cost a mere 2 million to make but “White Christmas” wound up hailed as the highest-grossing film of 1954. It was pure movie magic then and still is, its spirit and songs indelibly etched upon our hearts. Seriously, anybody who says Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye’s rendition of “The Old Man,” does not always elicit goosebumps and a tear or two is basically, well…lying to you.

The list of fabulous holiday movies for seniors is endless. So, how do you choose? It’s simple. The best Christmas movies for seniors are any movie - of any genre - you can share with others. Whether your favorite is “Miracle on 34th Street,” or you can’t get enough of Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the perfect holiday movie experience must include comfy chairs, plenty of popcorn, and a warm, enthusiastic group of friends. Santa Claus is optional.

For those lucky enough to live in one of Overture’s senior apartment communities, movie nights are always popular. During the holiday season, it’s fun to reserve the theater for a private viewing with your gang. Or, community members often host more intimate movie events in their Overture apartments.

Watching a movie alone is a way to pass the time. Watching a movie with friends and loved ones is a memorable holiday event.

Check out these holiday movies for seniors. ‘Tis the season to celebrate all types of great cinema.

Casablanca

This complicated WWII love story is a classic and fan favorite, especially for Bogie buffs.

The Sound of Music

The hills will always come alive to The Sound of Music. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp family singers, this classical musical is the perfect movie to watch with the grandkids. Cuddle up and enjoy Julie Andrews in her most beloved role.

Jaws

A giant man-eating shark, a scientist and a ship’s captain locked in an epic battle make this Spielberg hit a nail biter for all ages. This movie set the gold standard for blockbuster thrillers.

All the President’s Men

Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford. Enough said. These two Hollywood icons examine the meaning of a free press while delving into the Watergate scandal.

On Golden Pond

Invite your friends at your Overture senior apartment to join you in celebrating this triumph for Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. You may feel differently about this movie’s family dynamic now that your own shoe is, how shall we say, on the other foot.  

Grumpy Old Men

Well, what could be better than a senior get-together that includes Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau? This film is the quintessential example of the benefits of continuing to make new friends and new memories as you age. Your grumpy and non-grumpy friends will enjoy!

The War with Grandpa

Watch this fun fest with your friends or your grandkids. You will laugh through the whole movie as Robert De Niro foils his grandson’s attempts to get him out of his room.

Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy is a beautiful dance between the late Jessica Tandy and a younger Morgan Freeman. The film follows the friendship that develops between them over the years. Make sure to have Kleenex handy.

Book a tour at the Overture senior apartment community of your choice today. Your fellow movie buffs await. .

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