My Favourite Christmas Movies

I absolutely love Christmas films, with their hopeful stories and cheesy outcomes. One of my favourite aspects of the festive season is sitting down, cosy and warm under a throw, eyes glued to a seasonal movie.

Whether it is a romantic comedy or a seasonal drama, anything festive is usually worth a watch. Some films are iconic though and stand the test of time. Here are my favourite all-time Christmas movies.

Love Actually

There is something sweet and charming about this lovely film by Richard Curtis. With multiple storylines overlapping, this cute movie never fails to make me feel gooey. With Emma Thompson, Kiera Knightley, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and many others, the film is fun, entertaining and has already lasted 19 years, so definitely has become a Christmas tradition.

Funny moments with Rowan Atkinson as a very slow gift wrapper are balanced with the sweeter highlights such as when Colin Firth marches through Italian streets in search of his true love.

Home Alone 2

Home Alone 2 is better than the first film, in my opinion. I could watch it every year and still spot new things that I’d never noticed previously. I remember visiting New York and taking a tour of Central Park where the bird lady had her scenes as well as standing outside the famous Plaza Hotel.

Macauley Culkin was memorable as a child star who lit up the screen with his performance as a kid who was not going to be beaten by some pathetic burglars.

The Snowman

This animated movie is just 26 minutes long and has no speaking in it but has a charming story which has been entertaining families for 40 years. It is synonymous with the beautiful soundtrack and hugely successful song, ‘We’re walking in the air’ which was sang by Aled Jones.

This animated movie is just 26 minutes long and has no speaking in it but has a charming story which has been entertaining families for 40 years. It is synonymous with the beautiful soundtrack and hugely successful song, ‘We’re walking in the air’ which was sang by Aled Jones.

Last Christmas

Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings wrote this 2019 movie which began life as an idea based on George Michael’s famous song. He sang, ‘Last Christmas, you gave me your heart’ and that is the basis for this heart-warming narrative starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Throne) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians).

I am particularly proud of this one as the screenwriter is from my home town and went to my school. She held a special viewing for family and friends which my mum attended.

The Holiday

Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz swapped lives in this beautiful comedy which came out in 2006. Kate swapped a quaint English cottage for a lush LA mansion. Jude Law played Kate’s brother and Jack Black charmed Kate’s character.

My favourite element of this is the serene snowy British village that is featured, although I have no idea where it is actually meant to be. In my part of England we hardly ever get to see snow these days because of global warming but I would love to live somewhere idyllic like that.

What Do You Think?

Please drop a comment to say what you think about these films or share your own preferred Christmas gems. If you enjoyed this article, perhaps also consider following my blog for similar future content. Time to turn on the television and pour yourself a Baileys.

12 thoughts on “My Favourite Christmas Movies

  1. I really like Love Actually and The Snowman too. The scene with the birds in Home Alone 2 is hillarious, such a good film. I think my favourite Christmas movie is Elf

  2. I watched Love Actually for the first time last Christmas. I enjoyed it. My favourite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation. We’ll be having our annual family viewing when our older daughter arrives home for Christmas. Merry Christmas Jamie!

  3. If you’re looking for others, I highly recommend the 1984 version of A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott. The Man Who Invented Christmas is a good one, too.

    If you’re interested in concerts, check out Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration.

    And if you’re interested in holiday documentaries, check out Christmas Unwrapped, Rick Steves’s European Christmas, and Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas.

  4. Love all the movies you listed! This year I watched “Spirited” with Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell & thought it was so good I watched it again! Definitely worth a watch if you have access to it!

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