It’s the most wonderful time of year for food, presents and movies, with Christmas being the best time for movie marathons whilst munching your way through a tub of roses. Whether you’re in the mood for a tried-and-tested true family classic, a hallmark rom-com or a bit of action there are so many movies to choose from, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve made our list and we’ve checked it twice. So whip up some Christmas cocoa and cocktails, grab your snacks and a blanket and settle in with our guide, (old and new) to the best Christmas movies.
An absolute classic, a must watch that never gets old. Hilarious and heart-warming, watch Will Ferrell tell the story of a human man raised as an elf in the North Pole, despite being 5 feet taller than everyone else.
The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2
What could be better than cool Kurt Russell and the glamorous Goldie Hawn starring as Santa Clause and Mrs Clause. The story follows two kids who encounter Santa in their own home and find themselves in a magical adventure to save Christmas. A great watch for the whole family.
This charming romantic comedy about a pair of house-swappers that fall in love abroad, will definitely make you want to spend next Christmas in an English country cottage or star-studded LA (minus Jude Law of course). Just enough romance without being soppy and heart-warmingly festive.
Plains, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
A must watch to get you laughing. If you’ve not seen it, you won’t be disappointed. Funny men John Candy and Steve Martin team up for a holiday tale gone awry. Watch these two comedy greats at their best, playing two rivals just trying to make their way home for Christmas.
What if Santa was bad? A darker comedy for adults, as Billy Bob Thornton poses as Santa so he can rob the place with his partner in crime. Ideal for when the kids have gone to bed and you want a good laugh.
Dr Suess’ The Grinch
No festive list is complete without an appearance from the Grinch. This recent animated version is perfect for family viewing. Watch everyone’s favourite green holiday grump (Benedict Cumberbatch) in a funny, heart-warming and visually stunning story about Christmas spirit.
Is Dies Hard a Christmas film? We say, Christmas isn’t Christmas without Bruce Willis saving the world. This action flick is sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you watch an office Christmas party taken over by terrorists. A bit of nail-biting action watching over Christmas never hurt anyone.
Words don’t quite do this movie justice. It’s been over 30 years since Home Alone hit the box office, but we’ll never tire of watching 8 year old Kevin McCallister de-rail the wet bandits home burglary plans with booby traps in an attempt to save his home. A must watch “you filthy animals!”.
Meet Kate, a young aspiring singer subscribed to making bad decisions and working as an elf in an all year-round Christmas store. In comes Tom, a handsome charmer who seems to good to be true. A little yuletide romance to warm the cockles. Featuring GOT dragon queen Emilia Clarke.
Based on a Children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and starring the legendary Tom Hanks in a fantasy animated adventure, where a little boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole and discovers the significance of the festive holiday along the way. Perfect for family viewing.
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a shimmying Hugh Grant, playing a newly elected prime minister, besotted with his junior staff member! Follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in a frantic month before Christmas.
A Netflix original about a postman who befriends a reclusive toymaker is a great family film to keep the little ones entertained. Simple acts of kindness, helping melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of festive cheer and joy to a cold, dark town that desperately needs it.
A 1980’s classic holiday horror! Find out why you should never feed Mogwai after midnight. A young man breaks three important rules concerning his new cute and fuzzy pet, and unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters on a small town.
Watch a now grown up, workaholic Peter Pan return to Neverland to save his kids from the clutches of vengeful pirate Captain Hook. Featuring a star-studded cast including Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman. A funny and heart-warming movie to let go and recapture your youth and childhood.
Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
This 90’s remake of the classic starring Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle is an all time feel good film. With scepticism around if Santa Clause is real, a little girl and a lawyer set out to prove the man claiming to be Santa is the real thing.
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