Small Details From Holiday Movies That Enhance Even Our 100th Rewatch

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Vote up the details you missed the first time around.

Holiday movies have been around since the medium was created, and every year, several new ones hit theaters and streaming services. While Christmas holds the majority, numerous holiday movies relate to Easter, Chanukah, Groundhog Day, and many more. Whenever these movies come out, people flock to see them, and they're all jam-packed with small details few fully notice. After all, there's usually so much going on; it's easy to miss a small detail.

Fans of holiday movies have picked apart every scene, finding interesting details that make them all the better. Still, no matter how many times you watch a holiday film, there's no way to see every detail that shows up on the screen - after all, they're absolutely packed with small but impactful details. Nevertheless, plenty of people have noticed them and posted their findings on the MovieDetails subreddit. This list takes a look at some of the best small details from holiday movies that demand a rewatch.


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    319 VOTES

    There's A 'Blues Brothers' Easter Egg In 'Trading Places'

    From Redditor u/VictorBlimpmuscle:

    In Trading Places (1983), Louis Winthorpe’s (Dan Aykroyd) prison number is the same as Jake Blues’ (John Belushi) prison number in The Blues Brothers (also starring Aykroyd, both movies were directed by John Landis) as an homage to Belushi, who had died the year before.

  • 2
    252 VOTES

    The Elves In 'The Santa Clause' Keep An Eye On The Family

    From Redditor u/SirSpeed:

    In The Santa Clause (1994) when Charlie is at school you can see an elf behind him in class meaning they were keeping tabs on him and his dad

  • 3
    200 VOTES

    Buddy's Jump Scares Completely Real In 'Elf' Thanks To Remote Controlled Jack In The Boxes

    From Redditor u/thejohnblog:

    In Elf (2003), Will Ferrell's jump scare reactions were genuine. Director Jon Favreau had the Jack in the Boxes wired to spring by remote control at his choosing.

  • 4
    199 VOTES

    Buddy's Montage Was Filmed With Real New Yorkers In 'Elf'

    From Redditor u/HannibalGoddamnit:

    In Elf (2003), Will Ferrell, Jon Favreau, and a single cameraman ran through New York on the final day of shooting and interacted with random people on the streets to film the "Buddy discovers New York" montage.

  • 5
    204 VOTES

    Bill Murray's Brother Plays The Mayor In 'Groundhog Day'

    From Redditor u/ShivDoot:

    In Groundhog Day (1993), Bill Murray's brother plays the mayor. Bill Murray asked for his brother to get a part in exchange for doing the movie.

  • 6
    112 VOTES

    Neil's Wife In 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' Is Watching 'She's Having A Baby In Bed'

    From Redditor u/JurassicWorldWarZ:

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Neil's wife is watching She's Having a Baby, which didn't come out until a year after this movie. John Hughes made both films.