It’s that time of year again, time to get out the mince pies, sit in your festive pyjamas and put on the Christmas DVDs that haven’t been touched all year. With such a large choice, from family friendly to Christmas comedies, how can we decide what to watch? Christmas Classics are always a good way to start; and they say ‘the oldies are the best’. If you are looking for some black-and-white nostalgia, here is my guide to the ‘Top 5 Classic Christmas Films’ to watch this festive season.
5. Holiday Inn (1942)
This 1942 film featured music written by Irving Berlin, and contained the classic song White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby. Holiday Inn was a huge success when it was released in the US and UK, became the highest grossing musical of all time and the song ‘White Christmas’ was number one over Christmas 1942. A classic feel-good film.
4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The original Miracle on 34th Street has to be seen before the 1994 remake. Featuring the future famous actress Natalie Wood as the young Susan, and an excellent adult cast, this film is a great favourite for all of the family to enjoy.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life may not seem like a typical Christmas film. The majority of the film does not take place at Christmas, and the plot follows the life of one man, George Bailey. The ending of this film, set at Christmas time, will warm the hearts of any viewers. A classic Christmas weepy. Tissues at the ready!
2. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Again, not seen as a typical Christmas film, but this Judy Garland musical contains one of Garland’s most famous songs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This film can be watched all year round, but the scene with Garland singing this song is especially wonderful to watch at Christmas.
1. White Christmas (1954)
My number one: the classic film that is White Christmas. Another Bing Crosby classic with a feel-good plot, an excellent main cast and the wonderful songs of Irving Berlin. So popular was the song from the 1942 film Holiday Inn that this film was named after the song, and has a loosely similar plot. A film that can be enjoyed by all ages, and a must-watch every Christmas. A true classic.
Happy festive viewing!
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