It’s a Holly, Jolly Time of Year: Chefs' Favorite Christmas Songs and Movies

Find out what seasonal songs and movies your favorite chefs are into this time of year.
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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the focus is on the upcoming holiday season, and with that comes all manner of holly-jolly hall decking, including for many a switch of playlists and favorite movies. This time of year, even Food Network chefs are celebrating the season with their top picks for Christmas songs and movies — and, as you might guess, their favorites are as varied as their styles of cooking. Read on below to hear what they had to say.

Bobby Flay
Song: "Run DMC’s 'Christmas in Hollis.'"

Movie: "I love Elf. It’s so good. 'World’s Best Cup of Coffee — Congratulations!'"

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Alex Guarnaschelli

Song: "Probably my favorite Christmas song is 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,' the Bruce Springsteen version. 'Cause he just kind of shouts and giggles his way through the whole song, which I think is appropriate."

Movie: "Elf. Definitely. When he goes into the diner that says 'World’s Greatest Cup of Coffee' and he’s like, 'Congratulations, you did it!'”

Guest judge Scott Conant, as seen on Food Network's Chopped Junior, Season 1.

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Scott Conant

Song: "If you’ve never listened to the Lou Rawls Christmas Album, it’s a great album. So I think it’s hard to pinpoint one song."

Movie: I know that people are going to make fun of me for this, but Love Actually; it’s not necessarily a Christmas movie, but it actually is.

Sunny Anderson poses for a portrait between takes during Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 2.

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Sunny Anderson

Song: "Anything Mariah [Carey]. All Mariah, all the time."

Movie: "Oh, I love Charlie Brown. And then The Grinch will come on and I’ll watch that."

Anne Burrell
Song: "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree"

Movie: "Miracle on 34th Street, the original black-and-white,- version, where Natalie Wood was the little girl."

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Amanda Freitag

Song: "I kind of like Bruce’s Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."

Movie: "We put [A]Christmas Story on a 24-hour reel in my house. We can never get enough of it."

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Valerie Bertinelli
Song: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

Movie: "Elf is my absolute favorite Christmas movie, and then, of course, It's a Wonderful Life."

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Michael Symon

Movie: "[A] Christmas Story, because it’s filmed in Cleveland."

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Giada De Laurentiis

Song: "The Adam Sandler Hanukkah song. Jade and I sing it together."

Movie: "It’s a Wonderful Life, with Jimmy Stewart."

Aarón Sánchez

Movie: "You can’t go wrong with A Christmas Story."

Geoffrey Zakarian poses for a portrait on the set of Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 2.

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Geoffrey Zakarian

Song: "I like the Peanut’s version of Christmas Time Is Here."

Movie: "The Grinch who Stole Christmas is really funny."

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