As December looms, the excitement and stress gets ever closer. Christmas music, sleigh bells and cold noses are all features of the festive season and what better way to warm up than curled in front of the TV with a great Christmas film on. We’ve put together a list of our 8 favourites which are sure to get you relaxed and ready for the big day.
A family favourite, Elf is the story of a human boy who grows up in the North Pole, believing himself to be an elf. When he reaches adulthood, Santa sends him to New York to find his real father. Immersed in scenery he is totally unprepared for, this film is full of fun, laughs and festivities.
Die Hard ★★★
This is the story of John McClane, a New York City cop visiting his wife during the holiday season. While at her work Christmas party, terrorists take over the tower and he is the only one who can save them. This is one for the older viewers due to his colourful catchphrases!
The Muppet Christmas Carol ★★★★
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a tale of redemption for the local, unfeeling miser Ebenezer Scrooge, told in the whimsical way of the much-beloved Muppets, with songs and jokes throughout.
The Snowman ★★★★
A charming animated film which is great for any age. A boy builds a snowman which begins to come to life and takes him to see Father Christmas. Paired with some beautifully-orchestrated music, this is a necessity for the festive season.
The Nightmare Before Christmas ★★★★
One of the many classics from Tim Burton. Jack the Pumpkin King has grown tired of doing the same routine for Halloween every year. He discovers Christmas town and becomes so besotted he tries to convert everyone in Halloween Town. A fast-paced story with fantastic animation and lots of songs to sing along to, even if its Christmas film title is debatable.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas ★★★★★
Based on the character created by Dr Seuss, The Grinch is a timeless Christmas film which the whole family can enjoy. Based in Whoville, The Grinch is a grumpy creature who lives alone with his dog, Max. He despises Christmas and the population of Whoville and lives in solitude until Cindy Lou Who befriends him.
Home Alone ★★★★★
A family favourite, this is a classic film that’s sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Macaulay Culkin plays the adorable yet naughty Kevin, who wishes his family away and actually gets his wish through a mishap with his ride to the airport. After some time alone and an attack from the Wet Bandits (during which Kevin hilariously and repeatedly thwarts their attempts on his house and others), Kevin realises how much he needs and misses his family. Home Alone ends with a wholesome family reunion which is sure to warm even the coldest night.
Love Actually ★★★★★
A lively film which depicts the lives of eight couples and the ups and downs of their lives a month before Christmas. With an all-star cast, this is a favourite which is sure to get the family around the telly.
So now you’ve chosen your film. grab a mug of hot chocolate and a fluffy blanket, get cosy and prepare to be immersed into Christmas.