There is nothing more festive to do at night around this time of the year than to curl up on the couch with a blanket and pillow and watch a good Christmas movie with your family or friends. Of course I couldn’t go through my 12 Days of Christmas without compiling a list of what are (IMHO) a part the Ultimate Christmas Movie List.
The Santa Claus
Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa.
All three of The Santa Claus movies are really great and I watch them all every Christmas! Tim Allen was always one of my favourite actors growing up as he was so hilarious on Home Improvement and it was my favourite show.
It is Christmastime and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents’ bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice.
What a classic! I think this would have to be the world’s all time classic Christmas movie for the ages. Its a bit crazy for sure but also quite hilarious.
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can.
I quite literally watched this tonight! I’d forgotten how cheesy but heartwarming it is!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos, which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch.
I have watched this movie every Christmas since it came out! It has such a great lesson about Christmas being about Kindness and the heart, not about the presents you buy and who has the best life.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.
Yay for Christmas Musicals! I love the Muppets and am always sorely disappointed if I miss this one on TV on Christmas Eve!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween — but alas, they can’t get it quite right.
I always thought this wouldn’t be a movie I liked as I am not always a fan of Tim Burton’s movies. However, one of my best friends, who is a huge fan of Tim Burton movies, convinced me to watch it and I am so glad I do as it again combines musicals and Christmas!
In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris’ cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris’ brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.
This is definitely my favourite Christmas movie ever! I love the cheesy romantics stuff but also I love the look of Chirstmas in England! Plus the dynamics between these four actors is just amazing!
Miracle on 34th Street
A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. Her mother told her the “secret” about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn’t expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who’s convinced he’s the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all – something to believe in.
I have only seen the 1994 version of this with Richard Attenborough but it is such a sweet Christmas movie that really leaves you believing in Santa too!
The Nativity Story
In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God’s son, the savior of the world. Mary’s pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joesph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
This probably has to be the best Christian Christmas story movie that i have watched. Doesn’t hurt that the main actress, Keisha Castle-Hughes, is a Kiwi either!
Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
This movie reveals how important it is for children to have Christmas made special for them and not so commercialized! Love this movie.
Spencer and his little sister, Katherine, are flying to Pennsylvania for Christmas with their dad. While changing planes, a blizzard moves in and cancels all flights out of Hoover Airport: they must stay in a basement room with the other unaccompanied minors. Spencer and four others – a chubby boy, a non-stop-talker, a surly girl, and a rich kid – go AWOL and get in trouble with Mr. Porter, the Christmas-hating airport supervisor. The five misfits spend the night evading and enduring Porter’s punishments, discovering all sorts of things in back rooms, making sure Katherine gets her visit from Santa, and finding among themselves a new kind of family.
This movie is kind of like Home Alone but based in an airport, and with a lot more children. I really love all the mischief they get into the airport and the way they try to make Christmas special for Katherine.
While You Were Sleeping
Lucy’s life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter’s life. Now she is a part of his family, and with a strong heart and fate on her side, others begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter’s brother. An extraordinarily true-to-life sequence of events begin to take place as Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events.
Sandra Bullock is one of my all-time favourite actresses and I loved watching her in this movie! The love story is kind of predictable but cute none-the-less. Plus it is definitely relatable to all of us who have felt unrequited love.
There you have it. That is my small-ish list of movies that I love watching at Christmas. Now I’d like to know what movies you like to watch that I haven’t mentioned!
*Movie synopses all from IMDB