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Elf Holiday Family Movie Night

Today we are sharing our favorite holiday movies and TV specials.  Our choice was “Elf”.

elf holiday movie night

As much as our family loves classic holiday movies, the new flicks are beginning to make it to our yearly holiday rotation. One of the new classics we love to watch every year is “Elf”. This light-hearted story of Buddy the Elf will have you believing in Santa and the magic of Christmas.


Brought to the North Pole as a stow away in Santa’s sack, Buddy is raised by elves since he was a baby. It is not until he is an adult that he begins to feel out of place in the elf world and begins to question his place there. Upon revealing his angst to his Papa Elf, he then learns the identity of his biological father. Buddy makes the decision to travel to New York City to find his father. Unfortunately his father, Walter, is a cynical, non-believing, workaholic who doesn’t welcome Buddy with open arms. Buddy is determined to make a connection with his father but is often challenged and chaos ensues. Will Buddy find his place in the human world? Will he make a connection with his father and help him discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Elf Movie Night

“Elf” makes perfect movie night. Buddy’s propensity for sweets will help you create quite a menu. Plus there are plenty of opportunities for Elf themed activities to do before and during the movie. We’ve done two of them so far. Each time we find new ways to tap into our inner elf.



The menu I planned for our movie nights was sweet, sweet and more sweet. Though I did try to sneak in a little healthy sweetness.

For dinner, we had syrup flavored “spaghetti” pancakes with marshmallow “meatballs”, Maple syrup was poured into the batter because syrup is an elf’s favorite food. I used my pancake pen to squiggle spaghetti shaped pancakes. Each pile was topped with large marshmallows.

What’s a movie night without snacks? First, I made fruit elves. Bananas are topped with green apple hats and put onto toothpicks. I used writing gel to make elf faces.

elf popcorn with m&ms and sprinkles

We also had a huge bowl of popcorn mixed with festive M&Ms and green sugar sprinkles.

elf punch

To wash it all down, I made an elf punch, lime sherbet with ginger ale. I rimmed the glasses with honey and green sugar crystals.


Before the movie we made elf hats out of green and red construction paper. I also printed out an elf application and had some fun Buddy coloring pages.

elf holiday movie night activity table

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. The evening can be topped off with Christmas carols or maybe even a little Christmas karaoke.

An “Elf” movie night is a great way to usher in the holiday season and bring out the Buddy in all of us. Don’t be a cotton headed ninny muggins! Plan your own “Elf” movie night.

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Monday 14th of December 2015

We absolutely LOVE Elf and sadly it is the one Christmas movie that we haven't been able to find with our move to a new place. So, needless to say, we will be purchasing a new copy!! I can't wait! Will Ferrell does a great job, he has us all dying of laughter throughout!


Monday 14th of December 2015

We LOVE this move at our house and in fact were just quoting the syrup scene last night and explaining to the kids there is sugar in syrup. :)

Becca Robins

Sunday 13th of December 2015

I hate to admit this, but I didn't watch Elf for a very long time because I was weary of yet another Will Ferrel movie. I watched it like 4 years ago for the first time (I think) and I was kicking myself for not watching it sooner. Now we watch it each year, usually 2 times a year. These are some great ideas I might throw in to a movie night if we watch it again this year.


Tuesday 8th of December 2015

I love that you do these movie nights just for fun... and the "spaghetti and meatballs" were such a great idea! We watch Elf at least once a year, too! :)


Thursday 10th of December 2015

Thanks! With busy lives, these nights give us the perfect occasion to slow down and enjoy some family time.

Heidi Strawser

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

We have a BUNCH of Christmas movies and we try to watch them all throughout the month of December. Elf is our all-time family favorite, though. It's one that EVERYONE loves. No matter how many times we watch it, we still laugh and laugh.


Thursday 10th of December 2015

I held off on Elf for a long time not really knowing what to expect and now I can't get enough. It's funny but not too silly which I can appreciate.

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