It’s the most wonderful time of the year and one of the highlights of the lead up to Christmas is the abundance of wonderful films available to help us get into that festive spirit. Christmas films are something the entire family can enjoy and this year I’ve made it my mission to watch as many Christmas films as possible. So, here are my top ten Christmas classics.
1. Love Actually
This is the only film with multiple narratives that was truly effective. Each story drives home the complexities of love and has an all-star cast that brings these stories to life. From the innocence of a first love to the messy breakdown of a marriage and the effectiveness of cue cards, love actually is a perfect Christmastime film.
2. The Grinch
The Grinch is an absolute legend and we’ve been gifted three different takes on this character. The one I am most familiar with is Jim Carrey’s version who is delightfully menacing when it comes to Christmas. Now, the film has a lot of faults, but this film will definitely get you in that Christmas spirit.
3. Arthur Christmas
This is a positively charming film. Arthur Christmas provides an insight into Santa’s Christmas operations. The Clause family are an eccentric bunch, and when a child is forgotten on this Christmas delivery, it is the youngest member of the family, Arthur, that takes on the responsibility of ensuring this child is not forgotten. It’s a series of mishaps and chaos, but Arthur’s determination to fulfill his duty is admirable and inspiring.
4. The Christmas Chronicles
This film is on my immediate to-watch list. This is the type of film that has the right amount of cheesy cliches, but also a lot of heart. I can easily see this film become a Christmas classic.
5. Jack Frost
Not a film people immediately turn to, but even with its terrible graphics and sub-par script the film has a nice message and explores the themes of loss and grief.
6. Home Alone
This has got to be my favourite Christmas film of all time. It’s a timeless classic and I dare anyone to watch this and not laugh. Home Alone is brilliant in its mischief and crazy antics but also has some tender moments that make you all warm and fuzzy.
A family favourite. This film just makes me jolly. Buddy is the most positive character in existence. His innocence is palpable as his life among Santa’s elves has left him hidden from the messy nature of the world. His curiosity about the world and his biological family leads to some hilarious moments.
8. The Polar Express
The Polar Express transports us to the most magical winter wonderland. Here was takes the doubters, the kids that no longer believe in Santa Clause. It’s a very simple concept, but there’s a nostalgic factor to this film as is brings back those feelings of childish glee and wonder when it came to Santa.
9. A Christmas Carol
A lot of people criticised this film for taking a darker tone, but I thought that’s what made it so refreshing. The bleak pessimism of Ebenezer Scrooge was matched by the ghost’s visit. It drove the message home and really highlighted just how much of a profound effect these ghosts had on Scrooge.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I’ve been confused by this film for a long time. I’ve never watched it before and it’s always because I’m torn between classing this as a Christmas film and a Halloween film. It has elements of both, and it’s so typical of Tim Burton to combine these two completely contrasting holiday’s and create this unconventional Christmas film. I definitely plan on ticking this film off the list this year.
What’s your favourite Christmas film?