My Favourite Christmas Films

Monday, 19 December 2016
I love Christmas films. Love, love, love them. So much so I start watching them in the beginning of November; I need to start early so I can watch them all and have time to watch them all again. Oh yes, I am a Christmas obsessive, if you aren’t, then this probably isn’t the blog for you. My favourites are films that I have been watching for years, some since I was a child so there is also a nostalgic aspect of watching them which takes me back to Christmas’ during my childhood which I just loved. The films are just so enjoyable to watch and can put you in such a great mood. If anything is going to get you in the Christmas spirit, it’s a Christmas film. These aren’t in any particular order, I found it too difficult to choose my top favourite because I love them all too much.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Catchy songs, great animation and mixing two of my favourite holidays together, The Nightmare Before Christmas is perfect from beginning to end! I’ve always been a bit of a goth at heart and I love all the different creatures of Halloween town and how it’s a little bit dark. I dare you to watch this and not want to sing all the songs for days after!

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Of all the films on the list, this is one of the first that I watched, possibly on par with the Home Alones. Similar to The Nightmare Before Christmas, it has really catchy songs and I think Michael Caine is perfect as Scrooge. I was a huge fan of the muppets growing up and this film will always be a favourite of mine.

Home Alone 1 & 2

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Possibly the most popular Christmas films EVER and for good reason. Watching it as a child I found it absolutely hilarious with all the slapstick comedy. Watching it as an adult I have to question the parenting skills on display, however, I still laugh at them even now and always feel super Christmassy after watching them. Special mention to Tim Curry in the Home Alone 2 who I think is fab!

The Santa Claus

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For some reason it’s a tradition that this is always the first Christmas film I watch of the year. Although the little boy Charlie can get a tad annoying, there’s just something really cute about this film and I really really want to go to the North Pole!

Love Actually
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If the “to me you are perfect” scene isn’t enough to warm your heart then I don’t know what is! Love Actually is such a feel good film, you literally can’t watch this without feeling amazing afterwards. It does have it’s sad moments but ultimately it all works out in the end because, you know, it’s Christmas!

Elf

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Although this film came out in 2003, I’m slightly embarrassed to say I only watched it for the first time a couple of years ago. I know. I honestly didn’t know what I was missing. Elf is hilarious and Will Farrell is brilliant as Buddy the Elf. I love any film that shows New York at Christmas because it is a dream of mine to go there at Christmas time, so this film has a big thumbs up from me.

The Grinch

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When I first saw this film I found Jim Carrey’s Grinch really creepy and didn’t watch it again for a long time. When I did finally watch it again, I actually found it really funny and haven’t looked back since.

Die Hard

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Yes, this film isn't necessarily about Christmas but it's set at Christmas time and my sister and I watch it every year so it counts! One of Bruce Willis’ most famous films and full of classic one liners, this film is honestly so good and a thrill ride from start to finish. I also love Alan Rickman in this.

Miracle on 34th Street

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I just love Richard Attenborough, he makes the perfect Santa Claus and can I just mention how adorable Mara Wilson's (Matilda from Matilda) wardrobe is? I live for those coats! Another really cute Christmas film that I can watch over and over.

The Holiday

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I remember after seeing this in the cinema I literally could have skipped home as it put me in such a good mood. I am in love with the village setting and want to live there so badly. Such a great cast and the perfect feel good Christmas film!

Jingle All the Way

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Another fantastic comedy which I still laugh at when watching for the 100th time, this is the only film that I’ve seen with Arnold Schwarzenegger where he hasn’t played a robot and I think he’s brilliant in it. There are so many laughs in this film and it's great depicting the struggle parents have getting their kids presents. A close friend of mine has just been through this struggle with her daughter's Christmas present so I know it's realistic!



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