When the radio starts playing Christmas Songs and the tree has gone up, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a big mug of tea and a Christmas cookies to enjoy a film. Nothing gets us in the festive spirit quite like watching a Christmas film by the fire. But with so many festive films out there, we’ve put together our top 10 for you to enjoy.
If you’re after a classic, White Christmas is a must see, set in 1944 and starring Bing Crosby, it’s a romantic tale set in a lodge in Vermont. If you’re after a more modern love story then The Holiday is a great option. The cast, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett, Jude Law and Jack Black will have you laughing and crying your way through, and the scenery and sets are so beautiful too!
An 8-year-old troublemaker accidentally left at home while his family goes on holiday for Christmas, who has to defend his home from burglars… Is there anyone who is a Home Alone fan? Being massive fans of New York City, Home Alone 2 is also in our Top 10 Christmas films.
Danny isn’t really a fan of Love Actually but I can’t help but really like it. The soundtrack is amazing, I’m a fan of so many of the cast ( any film with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant has my vote). The film documents the lives of different couples, all loosely interlinked, dealing with their love lives in the build up to Christmas. Would Love Actually make your Top 10 Christmas film?
We all have those films that make us think of Christmas as a child, for Danny, it’s The Muppets Christmas Carol. The well-known story of Scrooges ‘Bah Humbug!’ attitude in A Christmas Carol told by the Muppets. I remember watching it together last year and he knows all the words to all the songs, and a lot of the film too. For me, I love watching The Santa Clause. I remember watching it when I was younger, and my mum always tells stories of how I was convinced I’d seen Santa and his reindeer on the roof of our house, so I guess I can relate to the boy when no one believes him. It’s so fantastically Christmassy and the way they imagine the North Pole is every child’s dream.
More recently, a young boy set off on a magical adventure by boarding The Polar Express. During this adventure, he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. ‘ The best way to spread Christmas joy is to sing loud enough for all to hear.’ Can you have Christmas without watching Elf, we’re not sure. Buddy who has been raised by elves at the North Pole goes to NYC to find his real dad. No matter how many time you watch Elf, you will laugh out loud and find yourself quoting the film repeated until you can watch it again next yea.
Finally, a very under-rated holiday film set in the mountains that is filled with the message of living your life to the full is Last Holiday. It’s all about facing fears, and not taking a day for granted and living each day like it’s your last. If you haven’t watched it, it will be something new for you this year and it will get you in that go-getter mindset for the year ahead!