From It's a Wonderful Life to Love Actually to A Christmas Story, there's no shortage of holiday-themed movies out there. But there are also some standout holiday scenes from movies that aren't about Christmas. Many of the scenes are poignant reminders of the spirit of the season; others are purely comedic or, occasionally, slightly terrifying.
These holiday scenes in non-holiday films prove that a movie doesn't need to be holly-jolly to be included in the festivities of the season. None of these films are considered quintessential Christmas movies, but they might be considered memorably Christmas-adjacent.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone doesn't skimp on the magic in any sense of the word. One of the movie's most powerful scenes focuses on the magic of the holidays rather than the supernatural.
There is the majesty of the Great Hall decked out in holiday decor, and the adventures of the friends who are spending their first Christmas together at Hogwarts. But most of all, there is the try-not-to-ugly-cry moment when Harry realizes that he actually received Christmas gifts for maybe the first time ever.
Actors: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough, John Hurt, John Cleese, + more
Edward Scissorhands has a Christmas scene that is hard to forget. Edward (Johnny Depp) makes a towering ice sculpture of an angel on the front lawn of the Boggs' family home in southern California. His carving sends tiny shards of ice up into the air and in all directions.
Kim Boggs (Winona Ryder) walks out into this winter wonderland, "snow" falling down all around her. She twirls around under the ice while Edward is hard at work.
Actors: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin, + more
The Christmas scene from Mean Girls is one of the most memorable moments in a movie filled with memorable moments. Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and the Plastics take to the stage at the school talent show to perform a choreographed dance to "Jingle Bell Rock."
Their dance moves shock Cady's parents. After the music pauses and Gretchen accidentally kicks the CD player into another student's face, there's an awkward silence. Cady begins singing where the song left off. The other girls join in, Ms. Norbury hops on the piano to accompany them, and the whole crowd is swept up in the holiday spirit.
Actors: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, + more
The caroling scene in The Addams Family happens during the opening credits. We see a merry band of carolers serenading the creaky, old Addams mansion. Then, the camera slowly pans up to reveal the entire Addams clan on the roof, ready to pour a cauldron of steaming hot muck on the happily oblivious singers below.
It sets the tone for the rest of the movie and is a reminder that everyone celebrates the holidays in their own way.
Actors: Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Dan Hedaya, + more