The best Christmas involves eating the tastiest treats, drinking buckets of Whittards hot chocolate and bingeing on the most magical and truly funny Christmas films. Here are some of my favourite films to watch during the festive season to really get you in the spirit for Christmas!
Jim Carrey wows again in this classic Dr Seuss adaptation! What I love is the authenticity of it, and how daring it was to have a scrooge-like character take centre-stage in such a heart warming and funny way. The Grinch is the necessary cynical injection you need and secretly love to enjoy at this sickly sweet time of year. 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? Add Michael Caine and some muppets and you have The Muppet Christmas Carol!
Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
For years all I could remember about this film was the homeless boy who wolfs down the ham and can of coca cola that a girl leaves on her door step. Like an earworm that you can’t remember the song name of. Then, one year it was on TV and I suddenly had a wave of sensory memories. The sound and smell of tinsel as we unravelled it and wrapped it round the tree. This one film holds so much nostalgia, even for a first time viewer, so it is not to be forgotten!
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 about 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!
The Chronicles of Narnia
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 dream 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? Or settle in for a cosy evening watching The Chronicles of Narnia with some turkish delight and a sweet and foamy and creamy concoction that warms you right down to your toes! Just don’t trust the White Witch!
What would a Christmas film night be without a bit of classic Potter? Hogwarts is genuinely a dream Christmas, I always thought Harry got the better deal, staying there for 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!