10 Christmas Films to Watch Before Christmas

10 Christmas Films to Watch

‘Tis the season to relax, put your feet up and watch some TV, and there are endless Christmas films to choose from. Whether Home Alone is your favourite or Elf is more your cup of tea… It always causes a debate as to which one is really the best.

So we’re bringing you our list of the top 10 Christmas films to watch before Christmas to get you in the festive spirit. So in no particular order…

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Performed by the Muppet characters, they re-enact the festive tale Scrooge, a miserable old man who doesn’t care about the joys Christmas. After being visited by spirits from his past, present and future, will Scrooge turn over a new leaf and change his ways?

Starring: Michael Caine, Steve Whitmire, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Perfect of Christmas and Halloween alike, this creepy animation follows Jack Skellington, from Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town and determines to bring the festivities hope with him. Unfortunately, his peers don’t quite seem to ‘get it’.

Starring: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey

Love Actually (2003)

Nine love stories intertwine to create this classic Christmas romance that will make you feel all warm and mushy on the inside. Even if you’re not a fan of rom-coms, you’ll be hard-pressed to resist the charms of this quintessentially English, slightly awkward, heart-warming tale.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman

Die Hard (1988)

Many people argue this isn’t a Christmas film but we disagree. It’s set in New York around the festive season, and the soundtrack features many Christmas classics such as ‘Let It Snow’ and ‘Christmas in Hollis’ so it counts.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Paul Gleason

Home Alone (1990)

An all-time favourite, 9-year-old Kevin McCallister wakes up on Christmas morning to discover he’s the only one left in the house. He thinks his wish has come true – but his family have actually left him there by mistake. Queue a hilarious sequence of events and some seriously inventive booby traps…

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The ultimate Christmas favourite. George Bailey is a small-town man so down with the way things are going he’s contemplating committing suicide on Christmas Eve until his guardian angel comes to the rescue.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on a nasty creature that despises all things Christmas, and plots to ruin the holidays for the village of Whoville. The Grinch had a tormented childhood leading him to migrate high up in the mountains. Hopefully, he can rediscover the Christmas spirit before it’s too late.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski

Gremlins (1984)

“Don’t expose him to bright light. Don’t ever get him wet. And don’t ever, ever feed him after midnight”. These are the only three rules Billy’s dad has when he gets him a new pet from China. However, they inevitably get broken…

Starring: Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Phoebe Cates

Elf (2003)

If you’re looking to escape the serious and sane, this may just be silly enough for you.  An oversized helper who reaps havoc on his Elf community because of his unusual height and is sent packing to America to discover his true identity. Trust us, it’s hilarious, and it never gets old.

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner


Have you watched all these Christmas films? If not, now is the perfect time to start!