Ten Christmas Films You Should Watch
I love films, I have previously worked in Blockbusters (RIP) and HMV so I have quite the collection of DVD’s and Blu-Ray. One thing I love about Christmas is sitting down and watching films, either as a family or one my own. One of my favourite cinemas in London even does a season of Christmas films which is great so I thought I would put together my top 10 favourite christmas films.
1 – Die Hard. Yes it is a christmas film, and one I love and can watch any time of the year, not just at christmas. Who doesn’t love Bruce Willis running around Nakatomi Plaza hunting down Alan Rickman. Probably not one to watch with little ones though.
2 – Home Alone 1 & 2. I love the first two Home Alone films. They are great for the whole family, and the second one has always made me want to go to New York. In the first one, Kevin McCallister, an 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. In the second one Kevin somehow ends up in New York alone, trying to fight off the same pair of burglars from the first film.
3 – The Nightmare before Christmas. A lot of people say this is a Halloween movie and not a christmas one but it’s definitely a christmas film. It’s great, I love earlier Tim Burton films, the soundtrack is amazing and it’s a teenage goths dream.
4 – Elf. Santa, I know him!!! I can get a bit fed up of Will Ferrell after a while but I still enjoy this one.
5 – Gremlins. I was one when this film came out so obviously it was a good few years until I saw this film, but it’s a classic. Just don’t forget about the 3 rules to owning a mogwai – No water, no food after midnight, and no bright light – then you’ll be fine.
6 – White Christmas. I remember when I was little and I used to watch this with my granddad. He is a big fan of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and I grew up listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra and stuff like that.
7 – The Snowman. Ideal for little kids, and big kids. Another classic, again from the earlier 80’s but it’s so good. Based on a popular wordless book by Raymond Briggs that told the story through a series of pictures. It definitely gets me in the festive mood. Clem watched this at nursery last week which I thought was a great idea, and we will definitely be watching it again before Christmas day.
8 – Muppets Christmas Carol. Who doesn’t love the muppets! A classic story re-told by the muppets. I love it, great for the whole family.
9 – Love Actually. Worth watching for the cast along, seriously everyone is in this including Bill Nighy. Love Actually is about the lives of eight very different couples who are dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
10 – The Polar Express. So technically I’ve already done ten christmas films but this is another one that is great to sit down and watch as a family. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
So that’s my list of 10 christmas films you could watch over the festive period. Do you have a favourite one that isn’t on my list? Personally I will definitely be watching Die Hard a couple of times over the next few weeks.