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12 Christmas movies that will get you into the festive mood

12 Christmas movies that will get you into the festive mood


Christmas movies are as much a part of the holiday season as turkey, presents and christmas trees. And if you’re short of ideas on what to watch over the Christmas holidays, our seasonal list of the best festive movies may just provide you with the inspiration you need to get in the spirit of Christmas.

1. Home Alone

Directed by: Chris Columbus (1990)
Starring: Macaulay Calkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara
Why We Love It: Dug from the basements of our Christmas pasts, the movie features an eight-year-old boy (Kevin McCallister) who, after a particularly bad scolding from his mother, wishes he had a nicer family. He wakes up on Christmas morning to discover he’s the only one left in the house. He thinks his wish had come true – when in fact his family have actually left him there by mistake. Queue a hilarious sequence of events, and some seriously inventive booby traps…
Festive Factor: 4/5

2. Love Actually

Directed by: Richard Curtis(2003)
Starring: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth
Why We Love It: Even if you’re not a fan of rom-coms, you’ll be hard-pressed to resist the charms of this quintessentially English, slightly awkward, heartwarming tale. The star-studded movie focuses on the lives of eight very different couples and their love lives leading up to Christmas day. Not the most challenging movie you’ll ever see, but festive and fun all the same.
Festive Factor: 4/5

3. Miracle On 34th Street

Directed by: George Seaton (1947)
Starring: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood
Why We Love It: Another Christmas classic we simply can’t do without this season. Set in New York, the somewhat far-fetched story centers around a confused group of individuals who, after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, start to reason that the department store Santa could be real. A nutty conclusion to arrive upon? Yes, that is, aside from the little miracle that just might take place on 34th street…
Festive Factor: 5/5

4. The Holiday

Directed by: Nancy Meyers (2006)
Starring: Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black
Why We Love It: The cast! Could there be a better cast for a Christmas rom-com? You have to watch it purely for the amazing chemistry between Jude and Cam.
Festive Factor: 4/5

5. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Directed by: Brian Henson (1992)
Starring: Michael Caine, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo The Great, Miss Piggy
Why We Love It: A film adaptation of a classic Dickens novel, in which Charles Dickens is played by Gonzo The Great, Ebenezer Scrooge by Michael Caine and Bob Cratchit by Kermit The Frog? You know it’s going to be amazing before it even starts. Heart-warming, fun, festive and family-friendly, the Muppets will bring Christmas right to your home!
Festive Factor: 4/5

6. The Chronicles Of Narnia

Directed by: Andrew Adamson and Michael Apted (2005)
Starring: Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Ray Winstone, Dawn French
Why We Love It: The film adaptation of C.S Lewis’s fantasy novel – The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe – has snowy landscapes, ice queens, Turkish delights and friendly, talking animals. If you do find anything less than festive about this epic children’s adventure, please let us know – we’re yet to discover anything ourselves!
Festive Factor: 5/5

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Directed by: Sharon Maguire(2001)
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
Why We Love It: While we’re on the theme of festive, English, slightly cringy rom-coms, here’s another one of our Christmas favourites – Bridget Jones’s Diary. Adapted for screen from Helen Fielding’s popular chick-flick novel – a loosely modern tale of Jane Austin’s Classic Pride and Prejudice – the film follows the love and life of English heroin and broadcast journalist Bridget Jones. Super-girly, but definitely fun and festive to watch.
Festive Factor: 4/5

9. Elf

Directed by: Jon Favreau(2003)
Starring: Will Ferrell
Why We Love It: How can we forget Elf? Predictably ridiculous, this film tells the story of an oversized helper who reaps havoc on his Elf community because of his unusual height and is sent packing to America to discover his true identity. If you’re looking to escape the serious and sane, this may just be silly enough for you.
Festive Factor: 5/5

10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Directed by: Ron Howard(2000)
Starring: Jim Carey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor
Why We Love It: Taylor Momsen, former Gossip Girl star, had her big break at the tender age of ten playing Cindy Lou Who in this freaky film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s children’s book. Jim Carey plays the (frankly terrifying) Grinch, who plans to steal Christmas from the mythical and happy land of Whoville.
Festive Factor: 4/5

11. The Polar Express

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis (2004)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola
Why We Love It: A little boy who struggles with the notion of Christmas is whisked aboard a magical train heading to the North Pole where he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and proves Santa’s existence. It’ll make you believe that Santa really is real.
Festive Factor: 4/5

12. A Christmas Carol

Directed by: Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz (1938)
Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart and Kathleen Lockhart
Why We Love It: A Christmas classic from the master of Christmas himself – Charles Dickens. The story of a grumpy, ungrateful man that gets a visit from the ghost of past, present and future, and has the opportunity to mend his ways.
Festive Factor: 5/5

Hui Xin Huixin is a true ENFJ. Her passions include fashion, dancing and everything design. Her latest obsession? Acai!


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