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Top 10 Christmas films

Christmas is very much upon us, meaning it’s perfectly acceptable to watch Christmas films all day every day. Here are our top 10 festive films which need to be on the holiday watch list! 

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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street is one of the most festive and heart-felt Christmas films around. The protagonist, 6 year-old Susan, played by Mara Wilson (Matilda) is told by her mother the ‘secret’ about Santa, however, she soon finds out that dreams do come true after she meets a man called Kris Kringle.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

One of the biggest box office flops of its time, It’s a Wonderful Life is now a certified classic. Featuring golden Hollywood’s main man James Stewart, the narrative follows this man’s life as he tries to continually better himself. After many years of disappointment he loses faith and begs for it all to end. A must-see.  


A comedy feel good film featuring Will Farrell as Elf; this story is about an Elf trying to find himself in modern society when nobody believes in Santa.

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen plays an ordinary man who inadvertently kills Santa and then finds out that he has inherited the job. 

Scrooge (1951)

The classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ story, this Scrooge adaptation is one of the ultimate festive films. The narrative follows a man who hates Christmas and isn’t very pleasant to his employees. On the eve of Christmas ghosts appear and show him the wonders of life; what life would be like without him, how others struggle to survive, and what an incredible time of year Christmas is.

Home Alone

Without a doubt this Christmas classic will be shown on TV at least once across the festive period.  Macaulay Culkin plays a young boy called Kevin who is accidently left at home by his family when they fly to Paris for the holidays. The film follows Kevin as he tries to remain calm whilst burglars repeatedly attempt at robbing the house. A hugely successful film that is an essential for the holiday watch list.

Die Hard

Not all Christmas films need to be cute and festive. Die Hard is one of the greatest action movies yet it’s based around the Christmas holidays, therefore, can be classed within this category. The narrative is simple – European terrorists take hostage the office Christmas party in a skyscraper, Bruce Willis comes along and saves the day. Ideal for sleepy post-Christmas dinner viewing.

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Gremlins (1984)

When a boy receives a pet for Christmas he breaks three rules, which unleashed the horrible creatures onto the un-expecting town where he lives. Gremlins is a horror/comedy and is prime Christmas viewing, breaking away from the usual Christmas stereotype.

Arthur Christmas

This feel good film is about how Santa’s son, Arthur, provides his aid when his father is in need. An incredible British cast lend their voices to this brilliant new Christmas animation.

Bad Santa

Definitely not a film for the entire family; Bad Santa follows the life of a department store Santa who would prefer to more naughty than nice. If you’re looking for a festive comedy than seek no further than Bad Santa.  

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