It’s Christmas Day! The big day is finally upon us! What’s better to do after you’ve got a belly full of Christmas dinner than to sit down and watch some Christmas films?!
Not sure which one you fancy? Here are our Top 10 Favourite Christmas Films! Starting at number 10…
10. It’s a Wonderful Life
The main character in It’s A Wonderful Life, George, has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all. As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashbacks. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
Here’s a clip from the end of the film (spoilers if you haven’t seen it), when George realises it really is a wonderful life!
9. Miracle on 34th Street
Six-year-old Susan is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus. When her mum is tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at her workplace, she finds a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle who claims to be Santa himself!
This is one of our favourite scenes from the film – Richard Attenborough (the guy playing Santa) actually learnt sign language just for this scene!
8. Polar Express
On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy is growing bitterly skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus. As he struggles to sleep, he witnesses the arrival of a steam train on the street outside his home. Outside, the train’s conductor introduces the train as the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. The boy initially decides to decline but jumps aboard the train as it pulls away, and an adventure begins…
…Anyone for a beverage?
7. Jack Frost
Coming in at number 7 is a real heart-warmer. Jack Frost is a touring musician holding on to dreams of fame who never had much time for family. To cut a long story short without giving too much away, the film is basically about Jack Frost turning into a snowman. Yep. You read that right.
Here’s a clip from one of the most vital scenes of the film, which brings us all so much nostalgia.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
People often get confused as to whether this is a Halloween or Christmas film, but in this case, we’re going to say it’s a Christmas film. The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.
Whilst ‘This is Halloween’ is the most popular song from the film, we didn’t feel it was quite relevant enough. So, here’s ‘What’s This?’ instead!
5. The Snowman
We’re halfway through the list now, and at number 5 is The Snowman. This family favourite was originally a wordless book that was turned into a wordless short film in 1982. It was first shown on Boxing Day of that year and has been a must-watch film every Christmas since then. It’s definitley one of the most heart-warming Christmas films to exist.
The story is told through pictures, action, and music. As mentioned before, it is wordless; just like the book – except for the song “Walking in the Air”.
4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Also just known as ‘The Grinch’ here in the UK, based on Dr. Seuss’s 1957 book of the same name, the film was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a full-length feature film.
Before his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss had refused offers to sell the film rights to his books. However, his widow Audrey Geisel agreed to several merchandising deals, including clothing lines, accessories, and CDs. In July 1998, Geisel’s agents announced via a letter she would auction the film rights of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The Grinch about a creature who hates Christmas, and is out to ruin Christmas for everyone in an act of revenge…
3. Home Alone
You cannot POSSIBLY go an entire December without watching Home Alone (either the 1st or the 2nd – don’t even mention the 3rd and 4th).
If you haven’t seen it (where have you been?) After Kevin’s family accidentally leave for the airport without him, he wakes up to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But then he realises that two con men plan to rob his family home that he alone must protect it by leaving a variety of traps for the men inside and out of the house. This video highlights all the traps in their glory…
2. Love Actually
Ah, Love Actually. The film with every single celebrity ever in. You cannot watch this film without going ‘hey, that’s thingy from… you know, that film!’.
Love Actually shows the different aspects of love through ten different stories involving a wide variety of people, and many of them are shown to be interlinked as the film progresses. The film features fan favourites, such as Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, and Andrew Lincoln (and many, many more).
Turns out, nobody dances quite like Hugh Grant.
The number one spot has been taken by family favourite, hilarious comedy ‘Elf’. Released in 2003 – WOAH WOAH WOAH – 2003?! I know, 15 years ago?!
Anyway, the story is about one of Santa’s elves, who learns he is actually a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father, spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics. It’s definitely the funniest Christmas film out there. Give this video a watch and you’ll see…
So, that’s our list! We hope this has helped you to decide which film you want to watch. Do you agree with the order we’ve done? Let us know!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!