My top 5 Christmas movies to cosy up with in December

Now that we’ve gotten further into December, it’s time to dig out (if you haven’t already) the old Christmas classics. I am, of course, talking about all those movies we grew up watching as children throughout the holidays. I remember spending hours in front of the TV, just watching re-runs of the same old Christmas movies, over and over again. And thinking back, there are a few that clearly springs to mind. Let it be known that the movies I’ve picked are personal favourites and they appear in no order whatsoever.
Anyway, without further ado, here are my top 5 Christmas movie picks to watch during the holiday:


Home Alone:

How do you make a Christmas movie list without Home Alone? I don’t think it’s possible! In my opinion, it is THE BEST Christmas movie of all time. I watch it every Christmas with my family. It has become a tradition by now and it’s still the first movie we play on Christmas day.
This holiday classic has everything you could ever want: A sassy little kid with a big heart, neglectful parents, funny bad guys and loads of slapstick action, humour and an ending that leaves you feeling wholesome and full of love. An excellent pick to help you kick your Christmas marathon off right, this year.

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The Holiday:

The Holiday is one of my all-time Christmas favourites and it won’t feel like Christmas until I’ve watched it AT LEAST twice! (This year alone I’ve watched it three times already.) And let’s be honest, who doesn’t dream about Jude Law knocking on your door a couple of days before Christmas while it’s snowing and also living in a cosy cottage in Surrey, England? I know I do!
This movie is a classic Christmas rom-com with plenty of good humour and even better-looking actors and actresses to boot. The plot is fairly straightforward and the characters are lovable and easy to relate to. I recommend giving it a watch!

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Miracle on 34th Street:

Another lovely Christmas tale. This time it directly involves Santa Clause though (or Kriss Kringle as he is called in this film) and his battle against both the American justice system but also humanity’s belief in Santa Clause. It takes place in snowy, wintery, Christmas decorated New York as well and I have to admit that it has always been a small dream of mine to get to see New York during Christmas time, just to see if it truly is as beautiful as in the movies.
Nonetheless, this film is a true family classic and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside whenever I watch it. That’s why it’s on the list!

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Now here is a film FULL of Christmas spirit! It’s the happy adventure of Buddy the elf who goes to New York to find his father. Of course, it doesn’t go to plan but It’s done in such a positive and upbeat way, with lots of dark humour that it’s a must-see for people who don’t find themselves in the Holiday spirit. It’s also just full of memorable quotes that are excellent to use during Christmas time. My favourite one is: I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.


Mickey’s Christmas Carol:

The Christmas Carol has been made so many times and in so many different ways. All of which are excellent and worth a watch. Heck, that could even be a marathon on its own! But the Disney version of this classic tale is somehow just a bit more special to me. I think it might be because we already love Disney film in my family and Mickey’s Christmas Carol is absolutely no exception. It’s a wholesome spin on a classic Christmas tale, with characters we already know and love. Absolutely perfect for the holidays!

These are, of course, only my own suggestions. I know a large amount of you guys think both The Grinch (the one with Jim Carrey), The Polar Express and Die Hard are top-notch contenders but personally, I watch these movies every Christmas and that’s why they are so dear to me.
If you have other suggestions please leave them in the comments so I can amass an even larger list for my current Christmas movie marathon!

Happy watching!

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  • FuseBC

    I always watch the Santa Clause films and as there is 4 films, we watch them from the 20th – 24th. I’ve never watched the Grinch so I can’t relate to others saying it’s an amazing film.

  • Luci-Morningstar812

    I’ve honestly never watched most of your top 5. I’ve seen Miracle on 34th Street once but that’s it

    My Christmas movies are usually The Santa Clause (which I never get tired of) and, although it’s not a Christmas film, How To Train Your Dragon since it seems to be on TV every year, but my mum and I actually want to watch The Grinch again this year since I’ve been a while since we’ve both seen it

  • ShaunaMariexo

    I love Elf too! I first watched it a few years ago and fell in love.
    I also love watching The Santa Clause with Tim Allen. It’s always been a favorite and I never get tired of it.
    A new one I’ve recently watched is on Netflix called A Christmas Prince. It’s one of those Hallmark type movies that you can’t help but love.
    Then there’s tv classics that I adore like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and A Charie Brown Christmas

  • Clementine Mulvihill

    My family really likes Arthur’s Christmas and Prep and Landing! If you’re in the mood for some fun, animated movies about elves and Santa’s workshop and the Santa process, these movies are awesome for that. They’re creative and funny and I think they carry awesome messages. I also love the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, Twice Upon a Christmas, and the House of Mouse Christmas special. Can you tell I like Disney? 😀 There’s some animated options for you, if you’re up for exploring some new movies.

    I actually haven’t seen any of the movies on your list except the Mickey Christmas Carol. Do I even celebrate Christmas?

  • NiaEva

    Christmas just seems to have the best movies ever! I agree with your list wholeheartedly (though I can’t vouch for ‘The Holiday’ since I’ve never seen it- though I will now!) Now, I have some holiday recommendations for you:

    ~Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas- both have great mini stories of everybody’s favorite Disney characters and a great one if you like ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

    ~Christmas is Here Again-I used to watch this one all the time! It has adorable characters and the plot is interesting as well. To top it off, the music is catchy and I find myself humming it all year round

    ~Four Christmases- while this has been around for a while, this year has been the first year I’ve seen this movie. It is definitely more mature than the other two, but it is absolutely hilarious and I can’t stop myself from watching it again and again!

    These are just some recommendations I could think of on the spot, but if you haven’t seen them already I hope you enjoy them. Happy watching!

    (And have a great day!)

  • Ashley Bingham

    Elf and Home Alone are such Christmas necessities! I also have to watch Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer at least once since it was a childhood favorite of mine growing up. And yes, The Grinch is my personal favorite! Such a classic that is absolutely hilarious to me! Another one I would recommend is a Christmas Story. I feel like it’s more of an American classic, but my family watches it every single year and it’s always so entertaining! I hope you’re having a great Christmas season so far!

  • Emma

    Elf is a MUST in our house before it feels like Christmas. We watch Elf in the middle of March even, I LOVE that movie and my mom loves it more than I do. Also The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a great movie, along with the Polar Express. I used to help park cars at my old church of the Polar Express train ride we have here in New Jersey, I’ve been on it multiple times and it’s pretty cool

  • Isabella Rowlison

    I actually haven’t watched all of these! Something new to add to the binge list!

    Another great one would have to be the Santa Clause; a classic that we watch yearly at my house. That and A Charlie Brown Christmas, of course.

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