10. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
This is quite hilarious. It is a full on Christmas movie and I absolutely love it. Every year, it comes on TV super early in the morning, but it is honestly my favourite. It is about a family who own the only store in the town that has not been purchased by Austin Bucks. Grandma refuses and she then goes missing. The rest of the movie is about the grandchildren trying to save the day and find Grandma.The story is hilarious and completely ridiculous and the main clue is a fruit cake. I am sure it must be aimed at kids as it is animated, but I still love it.
9. Small Soldiers
I don’t know if this counts as a Christmas movie, but I have never watched Small Soldiers at any other time. It is about a company that accidentally send “toys” that have intelligent chips in them (made for war and battle) to an actual toy shop. I love the characters, I love the story. It is quite an old film, but I think the CGI is amazing and it’s a deep film to watch over the holidays!
8. Toy Story
Again, I have always watched Toy Story during Christmas time. I could not pick a favourite. Whose ingenious idea was it, to make a movie out of toys that come to life when you are not looking! In a way it is like Small Soldiers but much more fluffy! I love Woody, he is so relatable and the way that he felt replaced when Buzz came along, actually made me feel about the toys I stopped playing with (when I was younger, of course!) Believe it or not, I teach E to show love to ALL her toys equally and we rotate favourites.
7. The Snowman
This is a classic. Everyone has either watched this or heard the song. It is a beautiful movie. I have to be honest, I get to the scene where they are flying over the woods and I start to switch off, but I love the beginning, up until you get to the song. There is no speaking, just pure music and the animation is good. It is very old but one that I will show E.
6. Bridget Jones Diary
LOVE THIS MOVIE. I love the books and I love Bridget. Again, so relatable and so hilarious. I love the male leads and even though I have watched it a million times, I laugh on every stupid thing Bridget does and cry at all the moments she does. Especially now that we have seen 2 sequels (and the third is 100% my favourite) the first movie is a classic Christmas movie for me.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version)
It is not Christmas holidays unless I have watched this movie. It is one that the whole family sits down to watch. It is about Kris Kingle who is actually the real Santa Claus, but set in modern day time, and about a single mum with her daughter whom don’t believe in Santa. Santa gets caught up in real human trouble with the law and the movie is about proving in a court of law, whether Santa is actually real or not! I LOVE this movie. The characters are brilliant (the child lead is the actress from Matilda) and the story line is amazing. I love the idea behind it and it is SUCH a festive movie.
4. Home Alone
Home Alone. A fantasy that I am sure most kids have! I think the first and second movies in this franchise were amazing. Kevin is hilarious and I love the big family! The booby traps and sheer thought that went into creating all the different obstacles at the end of the movie were hilarious but for me, it is more about Kevin and his mother’s relationship.
3. Love Actually
I watch Love Actually any time that I can, but it is really a Christmas movie to me. Different characters, with different stories (some actors were not famous at the time, but 100% are now!) I cannot get enough of it. Like Bridget Jones, even though I have seen it a million times, I still will watch it with fresh eyes. The jokes are hilarious and each story is brilliant on its own. I love Liam Neeson and his son. I LOVE Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister. Even the sad storyline with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson breaks my heart. Amazing movie!
2. Arthur Christmas
If we were talking about PROPER Christmas movies, Arthur Christmas would be the one for me. Arthur is the youngest son of the 11th Santa Claus. He is in charge of letters but one day, a child’s present is left behind. The story is about Arthur, making sure that no child get’s left behind and that present is delivered. It combines family, traditions and hilarious adult jokes. I loved the animation and even E was interested! I love how they explain all the “magic” of Santa as science and actually it being possible.
1. Harry Potter
OK, OK maybe this isn’t an ACTUAL Christmas movie, but actually, to me it is. I have always seen HP in the cinemas around Christmas time. A main part of the movie is when Harry is at Hogwarts during Christmas and of course a Harry Potter marathon runs throughout Christmas, so this has to be number one!!