With less than a month to go until Christmas, it is now finally acceptable to indulge in all things festive – and that includes binge-watching classic Christmas movies. With a whole range of feel-good films to choose from you’ll never be stuck, so here’s a sample of ten of the very best.
Christmas With The Kranks
Based on John Grisham’s novel Skipping Christmas, this Christmas comedy stars Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. A husband and wife, Luther and Nora, decide to “skip” Christmas and go on a Caribbean cruise instead. However, when their daughter surprises them on Christmas Eve saying she’ll be home for Christmas expecting a fully decorated house and home-cooked meal, hilarity ensues for Luther and Nora as they have only twelve hours to prepare for the big day.
With a stellar cast comprised of Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black, this Christmassy romantic comedy is a classic feel-good film. Two women, one from America and one from Britain, swap homes at Christmas time after going through bad breakups with their boyfriends. Both women find romance with a local man but soon realise that returning home after the holidays may end the new relationships.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This 1946 classic is one for the ages, and after all these years it still hasn’t lost its magical quality. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a man overwhelmed by life’s challenges. Upon making a wish on Christmas Eve that he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to grant him his wish. In the process, George starts to realise how many lives he has touched, and how different they would be if he was never there.
Miracle on 34th Street
Another old-fashioned classic, Edmund Gwenn plays the role of Kris Kingle. When the Santa in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade is drunk, Kris steps in and soon becomes a hit, regularly appearing as Santa in different shops around Manhattan. However, when Kris starts claiming to customers and employees that he is actually Santa, he ends up in court in an effort to determine his mental health and prove his authenticity. Is Kris Kingle really Santa Clause or is it all in his head?
A Muppet’s Christmas Carol
This twist on a classic tale is an instant family favourite every Christmas. Michael Caine plays the infamous Ebenezar Scrooge in this retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, with Kermit the Frog taking on the role of the beloved Bob Cratchit. Muppets such as Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear weave in and out of the story as Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to help him realise the true meaning of the holiday.
This modern festive classic starring comedic actor Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel has recently been voted online as the best Christmas movie ever. When Buddy the Elf realises he is indeed human, he travels from the North Pole to New York in order to find his real father. Hilarity ensues for Buddy as he tries to adapt to life in the city, which makes his usual Christmas experience very different.
This brilliant romantic comedy shows love in all it’s various forms around Christmastime through documenting the many, many character’s stories. With a massively famous and talented cast including Colin Firth, Martine McCutcheon, Emma Thompson, and Rom-Com King Hugh Grant, the best of British actors is showcased in this emotive movie. And for fans of the movie, Netflix recently announced Love Actually will be coming on the 14th of December, giving fans plenty of time to binge-watch it!
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen plays divorced father Scott in this 1994 Disney classic. When Scott has custody of his son Charlie on Christmas Eve, panic ensues for him when he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit and has to take on the duty of delivering presents himself. Soon after, Scott begins to realise that he is slowly but surely becoming the real Santa Clause, and with the help of his son Charlie, he learns about just how demanding – yet rewarding – the job can be.
Jim Carrey stars in this classic movie version of Dr. Seuss’ well-loved book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The Grinch is known by the inhabitants of Whoville, a village obsessed with the holidays, as a grumpy creature who hates festive cheer. Little girl Cindy-Lou feels sorry for the Grinch and makes it her mission to involve him in the village’s Christmas celebrations, resulting in both hilarious and heartwarming consequences for both the Grinch and Whoville.
Macauly Culkin plays the role of Kevin McAllister in what is probably the most well-known Christmas movie across all generations these days. When Kevin is mistakenly left behind by his family as they jet off to Paris for Christmas, he takes over the house and tries to live life independently. When two burglars realise he is in the house by himself and try to break in, Kevin does his best to defend his family home, resulting in brilliantly funny consequences before being reunited with his family for Christmas.