There are many Christmas related activities that people start to do as we reach December, such as consuming massive amounts of mince pies, wearing Christmas jumpers and watching Christmas films. With such a large choice of Christmas films to choose from, how can you decide what to watch? Classic or contemporary? Family friendly or a Christmas comedy? Here is my guide to ‘The Twelve Films of Christmas’ to keep you entertained over this festive period.
12. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944); Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien
Most of this film doesn’t take place at Christmas, but this Judy Garland musical contains one of Garland’s most memorable songs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This film can be watched all year round, but the scene with Garland singing this song is always better to watch at Christmas.
11. Holiday Inn (1942); Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire
With music written by Irving Berlin, an all-star cast including Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and the classic song White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby, this is a Christmas feel-good classic.
10. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985); David Huddleston, Dudley Moore
A fantasy film aimed at children, but which adults can enjoy just as much. Dudley Moore is excellent as the creative elf ‘Patch’. One that can be enjoyed with the children or a group of friends.
9. Elf (2003); Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel
Now described as a ‘classic’ despite only being ten years old, Elf is one of Will Ferrell’s most loved films. Another family favourite set in the beautiful winter surroundings of New York.
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989); Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
A classic in the National Lampoon’s series; Chevy Chase plays the frustrated father trying to make Christmas as fun and happy as possible for his family. Of course, nothing goes to plan, and hilarity ensures. A festive comedy.
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara
The original Miracle on 34th Street has to be seen before the 1994 remake. With an excellent cast, including the young Natalie Wood, this is a wonderful film for all of the family to enjoy. Now a festive classic.
6. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992); Michael Caine, The Muppets
The Muppet version of A Christmas Carol is a perfect addition to the Muppet films, with Michael Caine as Scrooge and the Muppets in supporting roles, this film is not to be missed.
5. Love Actually (2003); A large collection of British actors/actresses!
A classic, heart-warming Richard Curtis rom-com, but with a larger main cast than usual! Set in the weeks before Christmas, with the characters discovering that Christmas is all about love, actually.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946); James Steward, Donna Reed
It’s a Wonderful Life is not set at Christmas, but the ending which is will make you cry into your Christmas pudding. Tissues at the ready for a classic, Christmas weepy.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000); Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen
A Jim Carrey, slapstick style comedy with slightly more child-friendly jokes, but still plenty of laughs for the adults too. A festive treat for comedy fans.
2. The Snowman (1982); The Snowman, James
A television favourite, shown on Channel 4 on Christmas day each year. A short but sweet animated adventure for The Snowman and James.
1. White Christmas (1954); Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye
Another Bing Crosby classic with a feel-good plot, an excellent cast and more wonderful songs by Irving Berlin. A must-watch every Christmas for all ages. A true classic.
Happy festive viewing!
Published 10th December 2013