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Best Christmas Movies To Watch During The Festive Season

by Alina Wong. |

'Tis the season, to snuggle up with a good cup of hot chocolate, treating loved ones (and yourself) with lavish gifts and presents, and not forgetting to mention, gingerbread and the ever-so-slightly boozy fruit cake.


Let’s first of all acknowledge the inevitability of losing the Christmas spirit as we get older but fear not, the magic of cinema is here to liven you up, there’s nothing like turning on a good ol’ Christmas movie to enhance the spirit of festivity!


Here’s a list of Christmas movies snug cosily into their own special category stockings:


The Good Old Classics


1. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

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Nominated for 5 Oscars, this 1946 Christmas classic never fails to draw the waterworks, so a box of tissues prepared and ready to go is highly recommended. Magical, heartfelt and charming, it’s definitely one to watch with the entire family as you laugh and cry together, cherishing the little moments during this hustle and bustle season.


2. Home Alone 1-4

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How can we miss this out and who can ever forget Macaulay Culkin’s cheeky face on this iconic poster? Carefully and magnificently calculated schemes and wacky antics are only part of the fun in this film which premise blooms after a family accidentally leaves their child at home alone. Sit back and prepare to be utterly entertained with this festive must watch.


Modern Classics


1. Love, Actually (2003)

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Star-studded with some of the most talented British actors and actresses like Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and even a small cameo featuring Rowan Atkinson is one of the most hilarious scenes in the movie. Love Actually entangles the delightful stories of different families and relationships – both romantic and “platonic”, you’re bound to love the all the scenarios and events that ensue, with a hint of that staple nonchalant yet irresistible British humour.


2. Elf (2003)

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For a movie about a full grown man thinking he’s an elf, its themes are pretty grounded in reality, we enter the real world along with the movie’s protagonist, Buddy, as he ventures through love and life. Will Ferrell pulls off this role perfectly, making the childish tendencies of an adult seem charming. The movie is undoubtedly a light-hearted treat – though I don’t think I can say the same for Buddy’s signature breakfast pasta.


Guilty Pleasure Rom-Coms


1. The Holiday (2007)

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Have you ever wondered how Christmas would be like in a foreign country? The Holiday is about two ladies who have a troubled-men problem; stumbling upon a house exchange website. Iris, from Surrey swaps with Amanda from America during one Christmas, giving them an experience of a lifetime.


2. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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After being mistaken as the partner of a comatose man, a young woman accidentally finds herself falling in with the comfort of his family. With incredible performances, a lovable premise, and endearing twists and turns, this movie is both heartwarming and funny but still manages to tug at your heartstrings with its subtle sentiments. I promise that the ending will make you smile.


Millennial Gold


1. The Princess Switch (2018)

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Behold, our prayers have been answered, the classic twin switch scenario has been a well-used trope that has produced pleasures such as The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Monte Carlo, now we finally have a festive rendition starring Vanessa Hudgens, and that’s always a plus! As cheesy and unbelievable as this story gets, it is without a doubt extremely enjoyable and filled with tacky scenarios and cute love interests.


2. Let It Snow (2019)

Image: What's on Netflix


Much like Love Actually, different stories all align and intertwine with one another. However, this modern homage stars up and coming young actors and actresses as they dwell into subjects like homosexuality, trying to getting out of the ‘friendzone’, self-identity and social media. It’s an exciting and endearing modern twist to another Christmas movie favourite.



Animated Wonders


1. The Polar Express

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You either love it or hate it, but it’s hard to ignore how significant this film is during this season. The animation is both taunting and mystifying, it might take some time to get used to but the story of a child invited on a magical train never fails to make you believe in the beauty of Christmas again. Say what you want but the hot chocolate train scene was just so incredibly mesmerizing to watch.


2. Arthur's Christmas (2011)

Image: Metro UK


Every. Child. Matters! The story of Santa Claus has been told umpteen times at this point but Arthur Christmas has embedded a fresh, new spin into this classic tale. Arthur, the film’s protagonist, is set on bringing the true meaning of Christmas back to life among the modernity of technology and materialistic nature.


Festive Oddities

1. Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

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Christmas. Musicals. And Zombies? But need I say more. There’s just nothing like encountering the apocalypse the day before Christmas, this film can only be described as completely bonkers but a WHOLE lot of fun. This is perfect for those out there who aren’t looking for a conventional cookie-cutter Christmas movie, and in fact, you get an extra-large peppermint flavoured candy cane spear instead.


2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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I repeat. This is not a Halloween movie! Okay, maybe it borders between the lines of both festivities but it is nevertheless still a perfect watch during this season. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a beautiful fantasy about Jack Skellington of Halloweentown stumbling across and being complete entranced by Christmas Town. Bonus points for being enchantingly animated in stop motion.


We hope this list gave you a good variety to choose from depending if you're feeling like watching a straight-up Christmas movie or a rom-com to unwind after that big Christmas dinner. Do you have any favourite must-watch Christmas movie every year? Let us know below!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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