If you’ve been reading Substream for a while, you may have seen our weekly Take Five column, where we highlight our five favorite songs from the previous week. For the month of December, we wanted to highlight of our love and appreciation of the holidays by doing something special for our readers. So for this month, we present you with a special variation of Take Five with the Holiday Five.

We’ve gotten together with some amazing artists and music industry people to chat about their five favorite holiday movies. This will be more than a weekly column, so be sure to check in every day to see who joined us to talk about their favorite holiday movies.

Our fifth piece this month comes from Best Ex, who has been one of our favorite artists at Substream for quite some time now. Head below to check out her favorite holiday films!

Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
It is absolutely not Christmas without watching this stop motion flick from 1964. I used to watch this every year as a kid, and there’s something so soul-crushing but wonderful about the Island of Misfit Toys.

Daddy’s Home 2

I know this only has a 20% Rotten Tomatoes score, but it’s really the perfect Christmas movie. I will pretty much stan anything Mark Wahlberg is in. I loved Daddy’s Home so much that I saw Daddy’s Home 2 in theaters. Yes, I paid like £10 for this.  I’m pretty sure I was the only person hysterically laughing, but I’m going to chalk it up to British people not understanding the very American humor in this. This movie is excellent on every single level, whether you’re actually paying attention or watching it while you refresh Instagram (my preferred way to watch holiday movies). Plus, John Cena. I’m pretty sure I even cried at some point.

A Christmas Prince

Ain’t no feeling like watching an admittedly terrible Christmas film while sitting next to a fire and eating sticky toffee pudding. A Christmas Prince is perfect if you love those terrible Hallmark Christmas movies but want to watch something of a slightly better quality. What bumbling writer, clearly breaking the code of journalism ethics, doesn’t deserve to be a princess?


Another Will Farrell Christmas film, another classic. Also featuring a blonde Zooey Deschanel.

Eyes Wide Shut

My list wouldn’t be complete without something totally not wholesome, for those who prefer their holidays kind of creepy and absolutely scandalous. This film starts at a holiday party and ends at a bizarre, secret, sex party. Don’t watch this with your mom like I did.