Christmas, for me, is about spending time with friends and family. Eating, drinking and watching the best Christmas films. Here are some of my favourite films to watch during the festive season to really get you in the spirit for Christmas!
The Grinch is a film that seems to pass quite a few people by and I don’t know why! What I love is the authenticity of it. The atmosphere of Whoville is perfect for children, and there are some laughs in there for adults too!
When you ask people what their favourite Christmas film is, I bet more than half say Elf. It’s a film that took a while to really grab my attention, but when it did I was hooked. Humour and Christmas are a perfect combination!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Who doesn’t know the story of A Christmas Carol and Scrooge? I’d be surprised if anyone said they didn’t. Add Michael Caine and some muppets and you have The Muppet Christmas Carol!
Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
The reason I love this film is because it reminds me of when I was little. For years all I could remember about this film was the homeless boy who wolfs down the ham and can of coca cola that the girl leaves on her door step. Then, one year it was on TV and I got a strong nostalgic feeling, and suddenly remembered how exciting Christmas was when I was younger. It may be your standard, cheesy Christmas film – but it’s better than the rest!
A Christmas favourite for everyone! Home Alone is hilarious and Kevin’s time on his own is pretty much what a regular Christmas should be like – minus the baddies! Huge bowls of ice cream and endless pizza deliveries!
Home Alone 2
Home Alone 2 is my favourite of all the Home Alone films. Christmas in New York – what a dream! But obviously, this isn’t what Home Alone is about. It’s about torturing escaped criminals who are determined to catch you, with help from a homeless bird-lover.
I absolutely love The Holiday. Who doesn’t dream of a Christmas holiday away from home? Though to be honest, I prefer the English cottage to the LA dream home. Add a few love stories and it’s a rom-com Christmas classic.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme! Cool Runnings is a feel-food fictional film based on the Jamaican team in 1988 who go for glory at the Winter Olympics. It’s a much needed comedy to break up the usual soppy or cheesy Christmas films.
Andy has been on at me about Polar Express for weeks, so he got it on DVD as an early Christmas present from Santa. We watched it the other night and I loved it that much, it made it on this list! A Christmas adventure like no other, Polar Express is a story revolving around a boy who no longer believes in Santa. A trip to the north pole fixes this… or was it all a dream? Either way – believe!
Reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when I was younger had me dreaming that there was a snowy world on the other side of my own wardrobe. When Lucy walks through and meets Mr Tumnus it’s how I imagine every winter. It’s a shame that the reality of winter is icy cold fingers and black ice. Maybe a trip to a snowy forest is in order?
Ok ok, so Harry Potter isn’t a Christmas film as such, but any excuse to watch it, right? The reason I’ve listed it here is a Christmas at Hogwarts is genuinely a dream Christmas. Winter walks in Hogsmeade, with a swift pint of butterbeer by a log fire. Then back to the school for the most perfect Christmas dinner that will definitely leave you in a food coma for the rest of the night. Oh, and not to forget a Christmas jumper from Molly Weasley!
Edward Scissorhands may have featured in my best Halloween films post, but it is a Christmas film. The scene where Edward is working on an ice sculpture and Kim spins around as the flakes fall is magical. Here’s hoping there’s snow on Christmas day this year!
Have a wonderful Christmas!