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 and feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive films, they go hand in hand. Festive films are usually quite cheesy and predictable but isn’t that what we all love? Tis’ definitely the season now, so here are my favourite Christmas films I watch every year. They are listed randomly rather than ranked in order of my best, that would just be too hard to do.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This film epitomises all that is Christmas for me. It’s a classic and for good reason. The ultimate feel good film. George Bailey hits an all time low and wishes he hadn’t been born, an angel comes to show him how life would be without him and he realises the impact he has had on the lives of many. It’s a heart warming story about how friends and family come together to help each other in times of need. I can’t help but smile when I watch this wonderful film… See what I did there..
I’ve loved this film since I was small. Poor Kevin gets left behind when his family head to Paris for Christmas. Two notorious villains are planning to rob the family home and he sets out to stop them. If your home is being burgled, let’s be honest, we all want Kevin in our corner! The kid is seriously bad ass! Keep the change ya filthy animal!
Home Alone Lost In New York
The second instalment, this time Kevin makes the airport only to end up on the wrong flight bound for New York. That kid has no luck on family trips! Kevin sure did make the best of being alone in New York though! Hotel suite, endless room service, limos and cheese pizza’s waiting at the door. He runs into Harry and Marv who plot to rob a toy store on Christmas eve, he cunningly foils their plan yet again. Go Kevin!
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. Buddy is a human raised by elves who heads to the Big Apple in search of his father. Packed with hilarity from the start. Buddy’s ones liners will stay with you for days. If you haven’t watched this yet you are seriously missing out, also you’re a cotton headed ninny muggins. Just saying.
The Santa Clause
This is a childhood favourite of mine and it still is. After Santa falls off the roof Scott and Charlie find themselves delivering the presents in Santa’s sleigh! Scott finds himself in Santa’s boots, quite literally! A fun-filled festive treat from the get go!
Miracle On 34th Street
Everyone loves a Christmas miracle and nothing warms your heart more than a film that proves dreams really do come true if you dare to believe. Santa is at the right place at the right time and saves the day for Coles department store, but finds himself in a sticky wicket after being set up by “none believers”. It’s a race against time to get his name cleared in time for Christmas Eve!
Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer 1964
This was my all time favourite movie as a child. I watched it all year round. I can still to this day watch and know it word for word. You all know the tale of Rudolph, Burl Ives narrates and sings this animated version. Just watching it takes me back to those magical times and I absolutely adore this film.
Santa Claus The Movie
Another Christmas classic that is more on the traditional side which I love. Another one I would also watch all year round. With the help of Joe and Cornelia, Santa must save Christmas from a wicked toy manufacturer who plans to try to steal it! A great Christmas must see for all the family.
My personal favourite reindeer. Possibly a less well-known movie but in my eyes still a goody. It’s a lovely little story of a girl who finds a wounded reindeer she believes to be Prancer and she does what she has to do to make him well again and return him safely to Santa on December 24th. Hurrah!
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?
A magical animation which tells the tale of a little boy who builds a snowman on Christmas eve who comes to life and takes him on an adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa. I always went to bed in hope that our snowman might come to life and take me on adventures. I’m still waiting! Maybe I use the wrong snow?
What are your favourite Christmas films over the festive period?