Holiday Movie Soundtrack Favorites

holiday playlist

As promised, here is my ‘Holiday Movie Soundtrack Favorites’ playlist! These are all songs from some of my favorite holiday movies, and every time I hear them I am brought back to a particular scene or moment. These are also the movies I will be watching this winter – one every night in an eager countdown to Christmas. There are a lot of amazing holiday songs available, but these are the ones that are getting the most repeats as of late.

A Dash of Cinema’s Holiday Movie Soundtrack Favorites:

1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee {The Holiday}
2. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole {While You Were Sleeping}
3. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt {Mixed Nuts}
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel {Elf}
5. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald {Elf}
6. White Christmas – Otis Redding {Love Actually}
7. Silver Bells – Kate Smith {The Polar Express}
8. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers {Four Christmases}
9. Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale {The Family Stone}
10. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong {Sleepless in Seattle}
11. A Wink and A Smile – Harry Connick, Jr. {Sleepless in Seattle}

What songs are you listening to this holiday season?

For another playlist, check out the ‘Fall Movie Soundtrack Favorites!’


Cinnamon Spice Cupcakes

I became obsessed with cinnamon spice cupcakes when I had my first one last summer – they taste like autumn in a bite. There are many flavors you can use in these cupcakes, such as pumpkin, apple, or gingerbread. However, as a cinnamon lover, I wanted to go with something a little more subtle so that I could still taste the vanilla icing. I used this recipe and made regular sized cupcakes, topped with vanilla icing, and sprinkled with ground cinnamon. I also used these super cute Etsy cupcake papers with polka dots to add make them more fun – I gave some of them away as holiday gifts.

To make this cinnamon spice cupcake experience even better, watch Love Actually while enjoying!

Let It Snow

After you have watched the Christmas classics, it’s time for more recent movies to enjoy while it snows outside. These movies are some of my favorite holiday movies because of the romance and humor involved. They are all fantastic family films, so make a note in your calendar to cook a meal with your family and watch one of them. I’ve paired each movie with a recipe for you to enjoy while watching. When it’s cold outside and you are bundled up, go the extra mile and make something yummy for yourself. These recipes are quick and easy!

Love Actually + Brownies
The Holiday + Chocolate Ice Cream
The Family Stone + Potato Soup
Christmas Vacation + Truffle Fries
Elf + Rice Krispy Treats


Date Night

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Planning a date night? While going out to dinner and a movie can be fun, cooking a meal together and watching a movie on the couch can be an even cozier way to spend the evening. Try this recipe for a warm dinner, following it up with an easy dessert you can both make. These are an assortment of movies that are funny, sensitive, and full of romance!

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