With Halloween coming and going, we can finally justify turning our attentions to the festive period.
And what better way to do that than by bunkering down in front of the TV, working your way through selection boxes and powering through an endless list of Christmas films?
It’s hard to pin down just what it is that makes a Christmassy film great, the winning formula is a fine balance between tugging on the old heart strings and making striking that feel good factor.
Many have tried and failed but we’ve picked our top ten festive films to get you on your way to counting down the days.
10 – The Muppet Christmas Carol
This isn’t the last time you’ll see a clever retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol make this list. From Kermit playing Bob Cratchit to Michael Caine’s eternally grouchy Ebenezer, the 1992 comedy caper has it all. Just remember, light the lamp, not the rat!
Synopsis: The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.
9 – Scrooged
What more could you possibly want to get you in the holiday mood than Bill Murray?
Synopsis: A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
8 – Die Hard
Yep. We went there.
Synopsis: An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
7 – The Holiday
There’s nothing cool about not liking soppy Christmas films. Stop lying to yourself and just ENJOY IT.
Synopsis: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
6 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas
While Jim Carrey has had some amazing performances, it’s a close call on whether his turn as the Grinch tops the likes of Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Liar Liar. This green grouch brilliantly brings the 1957 Dr. Seuss book to life as this onion-munching meanie finds the true spirit of Christmas.
Synopsis: On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (Jim Carrey), who plans on ruining Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.
5 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Ok, it’s Thanksgiving rather than Christmas but I’m still counting it. No matter how many times I watch this, it still makes me fully belly laugh throughout.
Synopsis: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.
4 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Halloween movie, is it a Christmas movie? Is it both? Either way, Jack Skellington is most definitely in our list.
Synopsis: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
3- The Santa Clause
It just doesn’t really get anymore wholesome than this, does it?
Synopsis: When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
2 – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Picking one Home Alone was an extremely tough task – though Lost In New York just about edged it for us. Even if it was a terrible advert for parenting.
Synopsis: 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.
Has there ever been a better feel-good film than Elf? Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel falling in love, Jon Favreau directing – it’s all just wonderful and a more than deserving winner.
Synopsis: 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.
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