Seeing as it’s only a few weeks until Christmas, in todays post I thought I would share with you my top 10 Christmas films. When the nights are dark and the air is crisp, one of my favourite things to do is snuggle up under a blanket with a hot chocolate and marshmallows and watch a Christmas film, or ten! What better way to jump into the festive season? Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive films. I’m not gonna lie, I found it SO hard to narrow it down to just ten as there are so many amazing Christmas films out there. Festive films are usually quite cheesy and predictable but isn’t that what we all love? So, in no particular order, my top 10 are…
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Seeing as this is one of my favourite Christmas movies of all time, I kind of had to include it in this post and share with you all why I love it so much. The basic storyline as most of you probably know is about the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who despises all things Christmas and plans to ruin the holidays for the village of Whoville. Hopefully he can rediscover the Christmas spirit before it’s too late. This movie is great family entertainment for adults and children alike. I give it my highest recommendation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Starring Will Ferrel as a gigantic, oversized elf named Buddy, this Christmas classic is delightfully enjoyable for all the family. It was viewed by my family and I a couple of days ago and once again I was reminded of how much I love this movie. For those who haven’t seen it, how haven’t you? Buddy (Will Ferrell) snuck into Santa’s bag of toys and wound up at the North Pole. He is raised as an elf and doesn’t discover he’s an elf until he’s well into his thirties! Then he learns that his real father works at the Empire State building in New York and so this is where Buddy’s journey begins. I don’t even need to go to great lengths to talk about how amazing Buddy the Elf is. He loves Christmas, he loves candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup, he loves spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. I think this is my favourite ever Will Ferrell movie. One of the funniest films of all time, let alone one of the best Christmas films! The whole film is funny from start to finish, but the part when the manager announces that Santa’s coming to town and Buddy’s over hysterical reaction is probably the funniest. t’s unbelievable how genuinely childlike Will Ferrell is throughout the film from believing the “world’s best cup of coffee” sign to thinking perfume was edible fruit spray to misjudging a small person as an elf. Will Ferrell was the perfect actor to play this character. Between his expertise in comedy and his hilarious facial expressions, I’m certain no one else could have pulled off this role. This is a feel good Christmas movie for the whole family and is my absolute favourite movie to watch during the festive season.
No Santa, no fantasy, just pure comedy gold with a lot of romantic elements over the Christmas period. Looking at nine different intertwined stories from a newly elected Prime Minister falling for a junior member of staff to a married man tempted by an attractive secretary at an office party, this film has it all. All of your emotions will be tugged in this delightful film but it’s probably best to watch without the kids! There’s lots of snow, Christmas songs, romance and comedy mix ups, perfect!
8 year old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is left at home for the holidays whilst his family accidentally fly to Paris without him (how?!). You’d think the young boy would be sad and lonely, but he embraces life to the max. Full of mischievous fun and frolics, he has to defend his house from two burglars, and he does so in spectacular fashion with some very well thought out defence strategies. Thankfully all ends well in this family fun Christmas comedy. It’s just not Christmas without this movie and it seems to have become a bit of a festive classic. This will have both the adults and children laughing away and it’s one of my top films to watch over the festive period!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Snowman, it’s a classic we all remember so well from when we were young. Despite being 18 years old, it remains a family favourite at this time of year, with its simple heartwarming story and beautiful music score it’s the perfect film for getting in the Christmas spirit. It’s a great film to watch on Christmas Eve before bed or Christmas day when dosing on the sofa after a big dinner!
Miracle on 34th Street
Do you remember the sweet, innocent girl from Matilda? Well she is now a sceptical six year old girl named Susan, living in New York, who refuses to believe in Santa Claus. In comes Richard Attenborough who plays the role of a department store Santa, but he plays the role almost too well, and starts believing he is himself the real Santa. However, when all of Sarah’s wishes come true, the realisation that he is in fact the real Santa Claus comes to light. A heart-warming Christmas tale with a lot more to the story than meets the eye.
Santa Claus the Movie
The classic that is always shown at this time of year is Santa Claus the Movie, never has there been a more lifelike Santa. This really is one of THE most Christmassy films. With lots of magic, snow, reindeers and elves it really is a lovely film to watch as a family, telling the story of Santa and his toy making elves perfectly. The kids will be in awe as they see Santa flying his sleigh and with a heartwarming story throughout the film, this is a feel-good classic.
The Polar Express
All aboard! Who doesn’t love a magical train ride to the North Pole to show you that seeing is believing to make a believer out of you. Complete with dancing chefs and waiters and Tom Hanks as conductor. Will this magical journey make a believer out of you? This movie has been a firm favourite of mine for years and is the perfect Christmas movie to sit and watch with the whole family.
The Santa Clause
Starring Tim Allen, this Christmas classic from Disney is one of my favourites! Not only does Tim Allen put on a superb job of transforming into one of the best Santa’s of all time, but he allows the audience to fully relate to his believable story! The story line is original, exciting and fun for all the family, and if you didn’t believe, well you might just do after watching this film.
The last but certainly not least movie on my list is yet another rom com, The Holiday. Amanda is a California Hollywood Producer who just discovered her unfaithful boyfriend and Iris is an England working girl who is in love with a man who is about to be married. They met on a house exchange website and want to get away for their holidays. Both characters learn many things about themselves when they are on holiday. This romantic comedy is great for a girls night in and pairs well with a nice glass of wine!
What are your festive film choices? There are so many Christmas films out there to choose from, so why not put a couple of evenings aside over the holidays and get the family together for a good old film night. Just don’t forget the choccies and mince pies.