These Winter-Themed Movies Are the Perfect Way to Settle in and Get Cozy

The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, which means winter is right around the corner.

Whether you're a fan of the chilly season or not, you have to admit that winter is the best time to pile on the layers, grab a cup of hot cocoa and settle in for a quiet night at home.

Of course, the perfect night in also demands equally flawless entertainment. Keep scrolling for winter-themed movies that are the perfect way to settle in and enjoy the cozy season.

Ice Age (2002)

A cold weather classic, Ice Age is the perfect combination of drama and comedy to keep you fully entertained on a quiet winter night at home. You'll laugh at Scrat's acorn-obsessed behavior and maybe even shed a tear at the beautiful friendship between these prehistoric animals. But whatever feelings this animated movie might evoke, the strongest will definitely be gratitude that you're at home snuggled on your couch and not trapped outdoors during the Ice Age.

Ice Age: Mammoth, Sloth, tiger, baby

(Ice Age via Twentieth Century Fox)


Eight Below (2006)

Set in the frozen wasteland of Antartica, this arctic-themed movie focuses on a crew of sled dogs who were left behind following an accident. The movie switches between the adventures of the dogs and the plight of their owner, who struggles to find a way back to the chilly tundra to save them. It's intense, sad and a very good reminder that winter can be dangerous, which is exactly why you're safely sticking near your fireplace this season.

Eight Below: Paul Walker holding a dog

(Eight Below via Walt Disney Pictures)


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

On a lighter note, The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantasy story of four English children who discover a wardrobe that transports them into the magical world of Narnia. The movie features gorgeous snowy backdrops that will give you some appreciation for the season, while still providing a grateful reminder that you're thankfully not stuck in a world of eternal winter.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - Mr. Tumnus

(The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe via Walt Disney Pictures)


Happy Feet (2006)

Sweet and cheerful, Happy Feet is the story of an emperor penguin who doesn't quite fit in with his peers. While every penguin has a heart song that they use to attract a mate, Mumble is blessed with the talent of dancing instead of singing. This story takes us right back to the chilly backdrop of Antarctica, but this time we get plenty of good music that expertly distracts from the cold weather scenery.

Happy Feet: Penguin dancing

(Happy Feet via Warner Bros.)


Frozen (2013)

Is there any more iconic cold weather film than Frozen? Even if you hate winter, you can't watch this movie without wishing just a little bit that you could have a taste of Elsa's powers. Plus, add some sisterly love and some lovable Olaf into the mix and you've got a winter-themed film that can brighten even the most depressing of snow-filled nights.

Frozen: Elsa holding up snowflakes

(Frozen via Walt Disney Pictures)


Snow Dogs (2002)

For this comedy-filled film, we head up to the frozen landscape of Alaska, where Miami-based dentist Ted Brooks struggles to handle a team of sled dogs left to him by his late mother. Ted's difficulty adapting to the chilly weather is the perfect way to laugh at some of the more ridiculous elements of the season. Plus, cute dogs everywhere—what more could you want out of a winter movie night?

Snow Dogs: Cuba Gooding Jr. with dogs

(Snow Dogs via Walt Disney Pictures)


Ice Princess (2005)

Though not completely winter-based, this sweet movie will definitely have you reaching for your favorite fluffy blanket while you wonder how ice skaters stand the cold in those tiny outfits. This film follows Casey Carlyle, who struggles between her passion for figure skating and her mom's expectations. It's touching and riveting, and it might just encourage you to embrace some winter activities and try ice skating for yourself.

Ice Princess: Casey performing

(Ice Princess via Walt Disney Pictures)


Jack Frost (1998)

While this film definitely has a more somber plot, it's also a sweet and heartwarming way to ring in the winter season. It's the story of the unbreakable bond between a father and a son, told by a magical harmonica and a snowman. It's more than just a winter-themed movie, but it's still the perfect way to capture that cold weather spirit.

Jack Frost snowman

(Jack Frost via Warner Bros.)


Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Penguins and winter go together like peanut butter and jelly, making Mr. Popper's Penguins the cutest way to embrace your cold weather spirit. It's an adorable movie all about the power of family, which just so happens to feature some adorable waddling creatures. If you can't see a penguin in person, watching them on your TV screen is the next best thing, amiright?

Mr. Popper's Penguins: Jim Carrey dancing with penguins

(Mr. Popper's Penguins via Twentieth Century Fox)


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