I’ve taken out some of the more obvious Christmas films as I wanted to focus on more recent movies to watch. Of course, there will be those Die Hard fans and those who absolutely love the classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” who may literally scream at this blog and at me for not putting them in. Sorry, I love these too but I can’t fit everything!
So here it is… if for some unknown reason you’re struggling to find something to watch over the Christmas period and the days leading up to Santa’s arrival, check out my favourite Christmas must-watch films…
What’s on your Christmas Watch List this Year?
Office Christmas Party
Starting off at the top of my Christmas watch list, we have the Office Christmas party. Now you’re probably wondering why it’s made the list at all, but it was one of the first Christmas films I watched this year so I felt like it had to make an appearance. Whilst it may not be the first Christmas film to come to mind, it’s a fun easy watch if there’s nothing better on.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
This tells the story behind the Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale – A Christmas Carol. When I first saw this on Netflix’s Christmas list I admit that I wasn’t immediately drawn to watching the film but as soon as I did put it on I was pleasantly surprised. In this film, Dickens is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future himself so it touches on the classic tale we all know and love which was really nice.
The Christmas Chronicles
Another surprise entry for this year was The Christmas Chronicles. I first put this on as just something to watch but by the time the credits rolled I had thoroughly enjoyed myself. The film takes on a nearly ‘blair witch project’ feel as brother and sister try to capture the real Santa on film – which they do! A night of adventures and mayhem ensues… this is definitely a watch for all the family.
A Christmas Prince (and the Christmas Royal Wedding)
Everybody loves a good Christmas romance especially when it has a fairytale ending like marrying a prince! So, of course, a Christmas Prince should be on your watch list. This film first hit our Netflix screens in the winter of 2017 and everyone fell in love with it (including me)! And what’s not to love! Like a traditional Cinderella story this film will capture your heart if you haven’t already watched it.
And now, very excitingly, this year gifted us with its sequel – A Christmas Wedding! Whilst I found this sequel a little lacking compared to the first film, it’s still a good film to get you in the festive mood.
We’re starting to look back on some of the more ‘classic’ Christmas films now with the Grinch. Jim Carrey’s impression of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas has to be the best yet. Whilst I know that there has been a new animated version of the classic Dr Seuss’s tale, I always go back to this noughties Christmas film at this time of year.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
This is a new film to hit the cinemas this year and definitely brings that winter feel. Christmas should be full of magic and this film is bursting with it. I love watching films and performances that transport you to the magic of Christmas and the Nutcracker always does this for me whether I see this on stage as a ballet or in this fantastical new film.
The Santa Clause
I want to first point out that I reference the first film rather than all the sequels that followed. No other film could shine a light on the first one – sometimes you just can’t beat the originals. I think this film is a little like Marmite – you either love it or you hate it – but, for me, I always find this film on at Christmas time.
I’m a bit cheeky putting this in here as I haven’t actually watched it this holiday season yet but Home Alone is always a Christmas classic and, therefore, had to be on my Christmas watch list as well. If you haven’t watched Home Alone before, where have you been?
I don’t think any other film could pull off being both a Halloween and Christmas film, and you wouldn’t think that a scary Christmas film would be so successful. It may be old and the graphics simple, but you can’t beat the cute little Mogwai at Christmas. Plus, the score is also fantastic!
Rated the top Christmas film of 2018, Elf is a must-watch during the festive period. It’s normally so popular that you often find it played in TV so you really have no excuse not to watch it. The film follows the story of Buddy the Elf, a human that was raised by Santa’s little helper since he was a baby. When he discovers he is not an elf and that he has a dad living in New York, he ventures on a journey to find his family and spread Christmas joy in the big city.
I am so happy that Netflix had this at Christmas! I love The Holiday. It has a bit of everything – romance, comedy, and Christmas snow, It’s a heartwarming film that’s perfect for those cold winter nights cooched up with a hot chocolate or even a Nutella mug cake between your hands.
Probably one of the best Christmas films ever to be made. Everyone loves a bit of Love Actually at Christmas and it’s top of my Christmas watch list. I cry with Emma Thompson when she realises that the necklace wasn’t for her, I laugh at Hugh Grant’s dancing around Downing Street, and sing along to ‘All I Want for Christmas’ at the end. It’s got everything to make a great Christmas film! It’s as good as when it first came out and it never gets old! It has to come out every Christmas for me!
And what not to watch…
I’ve had to learn this the hard way. As much as I’d like them to be, not all Christmas films are a joy to watch. In fact, I’ve mentioned a couple that would be best to avoid this season…
- Christmas at the Coopers – I stupidly put this on this year only to miserably find out it wasn’t as funny or even as Christmassy as I’d expected it to be. Very much a disappointment.
- A Bad Mom’s Christmas – I actually watched this last year and it definitely wasn’t good enough to make my list this year. Whilst the original Bad Mom’s film is quite a laugh, this one is a bit of a let down.
- And try to avoid sequels – whenever there’s a successful Christmas film there always seems to be a sequel or two. Whilst I’ve always enjoyed the originals, the follow-ons never quite reached the mark. So I’ve made a promise to myself to avoid watching Christmas sequels.