My top 10 favourite Christmas films
16th September 2019
It’s that time again… Summer is drawing to a close and Christmas movies are beinging to appear on the telly. Sony have already launched their 24/7 Christmas channel on SkyTV.
So we thoughts, is there anything better than curling up in front of a warm fire as those cold, dark evenings close in and putting on your favourite Christmas movie.
I’d happily watch Christmas movies every day, and with 100’s in my collection and even more so available to stream, I figured it was about time to share my top ten.
Box office takings, internet rankings or any other poll were not considered here – these are just my favourites, pure and simple.
Starting in reverse order…
Polar Express (2004)
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
| I’m saddened that Mr. Hanks hasn’t done a live-action Christmas movie… it would be brilliant! Imagine, Turner and Hooch but at Christmas!! This, however, is a great film with a beautiful message. I watch this every year whilst I dress our tree at home. It’s a tradition.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.
|A retelling of a classic Christmas tale, but with the Muppets and a singing Michael Cane. What’s not to love?|
Home Alone. (1990)
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
| Is there a Christmas movie list that this film doesn’t appear? This one is in mine more for nostalgia reasons. I was the same age as ‘Kevin’ when the film was released so naturally, this evoked all sorts of fantasies for me. I mean what kid hasn’t envisioned doing something like this in their own home.
Love Actually (2003)
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
| What is there to say? It’s brilliant, heart-warming, funny, sad and entertaining. All of the ingredients to make a great family Christmas movie. Also, it’s quintessentially British – something our cousins over the pond have struggled to recreate in recent years.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.
| Another unusual pick for the list – but hey! it’s my list, not yours. This is a pretty cheesy, easy watch movie. I often have this on in the background whilst wrapping presents. Plus, it has the Mother from Home Alone in so that’s a winner.
Mixed Nuts (1994)
The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.
|A strange twist on your typical Christmas movie. But an old favourite of mine with a happy ending. Who doesn’t love Steve Martin!
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind.
|Yes, I prefer the sequel to the original. Now before the hate mob appear at my door with pitchforks let me explain. The first one is brilliant, it’s on the list. But I think the sequel is MORE Christmassy! It’s set in New York at Christmas for starters. There are more trees, more lights and more music.
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.
|I’m a big Will Ferrell fan, so I was always going to enjoy this. Despite being full of big laughs, there is a nice underlying story about Christmas and the spirit of Christmas here. It an extremely light-hearted feel-good Christmas movie.
A Christmas Story. (1983)
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift.
|This is I feel a slightly obscure one. I don’t know too many people that have seen it. It is brilliant and a good look back at how Christmas used to be in a simpler time. I see a lot of myself as a child in little Ralphie, when life and Christmas was full of fantasies, wonder, and awe.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. (1989)
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
|My all-time favourite Christmas movie! It’s not the only John Hughes film on the list either. I like this movie so much; I save it for myself and watch it Christmas eve when everyone is asleep. Despite all the chaos that ensues, it’s my idea of a perfect Christmas – all the family under one roof for the holidays.
Other great films that just missed out on the list.
Trains, Planes & Automobiles
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Santa Claus: The Movie
Ernest Saves Christmas
Jingle All The Way
How The Grinch Stole Christmas