It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Yesterday, offices and schools all around the United Kingdom closed their doors for the holidays, and we can all finally relax and enjoy the festivities! So what better time, I hear you ask, to curl up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film? Here are our top ten picks:
10) The Santa Clause (1994)
Starting with a golden oldie- The Santa Clause sees divorced Dad Scott taking the place of Santa after an accident results in the death of the original. All the Christmas classics are here- from the elves workshop and the North Pole to the magic of Christmas Eve. A heart warming tale of Father and Son makes this the perfect family film.
9) Just Friends (2005)
If you are looking for something to make you laugh this Christmas season, Just Friends is the film for you. A ridiculous storyline and even more ridiculous acting will have you rolling on the floor with laugher! Chris Brander, the chubby high school student with a crush on his best friend, returns trim and successful (Ryan Reynolds- hello!) to win the girl of his dreams…
8) Nativity! (2009)
The Nativity play is an essential part of your Primary School experience, and this film captures the essence of that brilliantly. When Mr Maddens gets himself into a slight pickle (telling the press that Hollywood has optioned the schools Nativity), he must find a way to get out of his enormous lie… or make it come true.
7) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
It is hard to believe that It’s A Wonderful Life was made in 1946- because the story is still so relevant and touching. Who can forget the ultimate romance goals (‘You want the moon? I’ll get you the moon!’) or the despair and hope that this story inspires. This film will make you cry, laugh and remember how blessed you are this Christmas time.
6) Home Alone (1990)
Is it really Christmas until the annual viewing of Home Alone has taken place? Kevin McAllister is left alone at Christmas when his family forget to take him with them to Paris- and he more than fends for himself against the two robbers who are out to get him. This film has become an integral part of Christmas- with lines like ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal!’ inspiring Christmas jumpers all over…. including mine !
5) The Holiday (2006)
Okay, so The Holiday is pretty much a perfect film. The Rom Com QUEENS Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play opposite the comedy genius of Jack Black and the pure eye candy of Jude Law… and together they will melt your heart right out of that winter thaw.
4) Elf (2003)
Will Ferrel scores in his attempt to make a Christmas Classic. Buddy the Elf is actually a human who crawled into Santa’s sack as a baby, and now returns to New York to reunite with his real father. Buddy is allll about Christmas- making this the perfect pick if you really want to get into the Christmas spirit.
3) How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is adapted from the Dr Seuss story of the same name. Jim Carrey plays the Christmas hating Grinch, who conspires to steal Christmas from the Who’s of Whoville. His plan is countered by Cindy Lou Who- whose continuous search to find the true meaning of Christmas helps her see past the gifts and decorations, and reach out to the mean green Grinch.
2) Love Actually (2003)
The ultimate Rom Com, Love Actually is a Christmas tradition. A whole host of characters intertwine and scatter in their individual stories of finding and falling in love. There is a story here for everyone, and almost every great British actor you can think is amongst the cast. This movie is so Christmassy and feel good, it will leave you with a warm heart and ready for the big day.
1) The Polar Express (2004)
My personal favourite Christmas film- The Polar Express is a thrill ride of a movie- Hero Boy doesn’t believe in Santa. He thinks he has busted the myth, and the magic is over. That is, until the Polar Express pulls up outside his door, and the omnipotent Tom Hanks calls those fateful words- ‘All Aboard!’ Then comes a rollercoaster of a storyline. Ghosts, talking puppets, caribou and perilous train track accidents will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. This film truly brings the magic back into Christmas, and is well on its way to becoming a true classic.