Top 10 Christmas movies

‘Tis the season for movies full of Christmas cheer. There’s nothing cosier than snuggling on the sofa with my cats and watching Christmas movies whilst indulging in hot chocolate and some nibbles.

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Here are the ultimate in cuddly Christmas afternoon movies that will get you into the Christmas spirit.

1. Love Actually (2000) 


Love is certainly all around in this heart-warming tale set in the lead up to Christmas in London. The intertwining love stories are bittersweet and humorous, there’s everything you need and want in a Christmas movie. I love it! It’s the best rom-com ever!

2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 

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This Frank Capra classic is uplifting without being saccharine. An angel helps a compassionate but despairing businessman by showing what life would have been like if he had never existed. It’s A Wonderful Life is the ultimate Christmas classic.

3. Elf (2003) elf-poster-

Elf is a good-natured family comedy; it is hilarious and uplifting.  Will Ferrell plays a man who was raised as an elf at the North Pole and is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

4. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) 


Bridget (Renee Zellweger) embarks on a doomed affair with her silver tongued boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), but there is another man vying for her attention, the reserved lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) who wears the most hideous Christmas jumper I’ve ever seen. This is one of my favourite festive heart warmers.

5. A Christmas Carol (1951) 


This epic tale of three ghosts who make cantankerous Scrooge discover the true meaning of Christmas is the perfect Christmas movie. I love the 1951 version, Alastair Sim is outstanding as Scrooge.  Dickens would certainly approve.

6. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) 


Miracle on 34th Street is a yearly tradition, I just have to watch it. Santa is on trial to prove he is the real deal.  It’s a wonderful Christmas story that warms my heart.

7. About a Boy (2002)


A coming-of-age tale, About a Boy is quite charming. Grumpy commitment-shy Will (Hugh Grant) is living off the proceeds of the Christmas song his father wrote, but he discovers the value of Christmas through his friendship with a boy called Marcus (Nicholas Hoult).

8. The Santa Clause (1994) 


Tim Allen stars in this festive comedy about an ordinary man who must step into Santa’s shoes after an accident.  This movie is the perfect Christmas treat for children and believers of all ages.

9. Gremlins (1984) 


Steven Spielberg’s classic horror comedy is about a cute and friendly little Mogwai, Gizmo, who is accidentally splashed with water and produces five new Mogwai. These gremlins have heightened intelligence, they can replicate themselves and are menacing creatures who cause no end of destruction to the small town of Kingston Falls.

10. Home Alone (1990) 


An 8-year-old, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), is accidentally left behind while his family goes on holiday for Christmas and has to defend his home against bumbling burglars. These idiotic burglars have to battle Kevin’s ingenious booby traps. You can’t get through Christmas without seeing it at least once.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Keep smiling 🙂



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69 Responses to Top 10 Christmas movies

  1. serenityyou says:

    I love Elf!! my fav Christmas film. But I watched It’s a Wonderful life last week for the first time evr and I really loved it

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    A Christmas Story is my all time favorite. I watch it all year round actually LOL. Great choices you have here.

  3. Lyn says:

    1. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version). 2. When the Grinch stole Christmas (or whatever it’s full title is). 3. A Christmas Carol (the Patrick Stewart version). 4. Santa Claus the Movie (1988). 5. Charlie and the Chocolate factory (Johnny Depp version). 6. It’s a wonderful life. 7. Ice age (the first version). 8. Call me Claus. 9. The snowman. 10. The snowman and the snowdog

  4. Cheyanne says:

    I just saw Home Alone and Home Alone 2 for the first time this past weekend. Loved them! My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation. I watch it year round 🙂

  5. Stressed Mum says:

    Great choices of films, I love all of these, Love Actually is one of my favourites 🙂

  6. freddieandi says:

    I LOVE love actually!

  7. Love Actually is by far my favourite Christmas film. We haven’t watched it yet, because we are saving it for Christmas Eve 🙂

  8. Fuss Free Helen says:

    You know there are some there that I have not seen! I actually rather like a good old James Bond on Christmas day, rather than an actual Christmas movie. I am planing on watching the first 6 Star Wars films at some stage too.

  9. I haven’t seen most of these movies so I would look them up.

  10. I love Christmas movies….during this time my TV is mostly on Hallmark

  11. I love Elf. Such a fun movie. After seeing Macauley’s new video this week, I may never be able to watch Home Alone again.

  12. tara pittman says:

    Chocolate and a movie. Sounds like a great night.

  13. tarametblog says:

    Definitely Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life, but also Christmas Vacation, Christmas in Connecticut and When Harry Met Sally (although that’s more New Year’s Eve).

  14. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Love Actually and ELF are my two favourite Christmas films I can’t wait to watch them this year!

  15. Some of these are just classics that we watch every year like we’ve never seem them before. Love the list! We really enjoy “It’s a wonder life” and “Elf”. Just talking about it makes me excited.

  16. Tisha says:

    Love Actually is the clear winner for me 🙂 One of my fave christmas movie. Home Alone 1 is also fun to watch with the kiddos.

  17. knotj5144 says:

    Some of these movies we watch every year like we’ve never seem them before. Love the list. We can’t wait to watch “It’s a beautiful life” and “elf”. Just talking about has me excited!

  18. Tisha says:

    Love Actually is the clear winner for me but Home Alone would be more fun watching coz I can enjoy it with the kiddos

  19. Love actually and Bridget Jones Diary are 2 of my fave movies, Christmas or not, but I must get around to watching ‘It’s a wonderful Life’

  20. angie says:

    one movie not on your list but also one of our favorites is the grinch

  21. Sarah Bailey says:

    Can I come around yours and watch a Christmas movie please! I have to admit to loving The Muppet’s Christmas Carol.

  22. michelle says:

    White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie. But i do also like Love Actually, Elf, The Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th St and It’s A Wonderful Life

  23. Beth@FrugalFroggie says:

    Just finished watching Elf on ABC Family. One of my favorites.

  24. Sargas says:

    wow thank you for this wonderful list. I will try this out with my family this Christmas.

  25. Working Mum Blog says:

    There is nothing else like a good movie to get into the right mood for Christmas. I must have watched Elf, home alone, love actually thousands of times already. x

  26. What a great way to spend the holiday break! I love all of these 🙂

  27. i was able to watch 6 out of this 10 movies but would love to watch the other four too

  28. Elizabeth O. says:

    Most of these movies are my favorites during Christmas as well! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Catstello says:

    Gremlins is 100% my fave Christmas film! Love Nightmare too.

  30. diyjahn says:

    I love a lot of these, but i havent seen them all. Guess it’s time to get cracking! My favorite is “It’s a wonderful life”

  31. logancan says:

    I love your picks! I haven’t seen Gremlins in forever! The Santa Claus is one of my favorites!

  32. Rachel says:

    I think I am the only person to hate Love Actually but I love all f the others you have listed, especially Gremlins x

  33. Liz Mays says:

    These are definitely some of my favorites too! My very favorite is Christmas in Connecticut.

  34. The Preacher’s Wife would have to be included on this list for me. Great choices.

  35. mya.k says:

    Elf is my favorite Christmas movie.

  36. Elf has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It never fails to make my laugh hysterically!
    Another movie that my sister and I always watched Christmas Eve growing up (and it therefore seems like a Christmas movie to me) is Little Women.

  37. Heather says:

    I love Home Alone! But, actually, all the movies on the Hallmark channel make me happy too 😉 My husband, not so much, but my daughter and I love them!

  38. I totally agree!! All these movies are the best. Especially Elf and Home Alone 🙂

  39. Paula says:

    I love Elf!! I don’t think I’d even seen it until a couple of years ago, which is so crazy, because I love Will Ferrell.

  40. Rosey says:

    My youngest son really likes Home Alone. I bet he’d like it in his Christmas stocking. 🙂

  41. Natasha says:

    Thanks so much! Now I don’t have to think up a list of movies. I just read a blog with several Christmas morning recipes and now and I have my movie list. Awesome post!

  42. positivelystacey says:

    I hardly every watched TV – but this year I have been watching lots and lots of Christmas movies! It has been so much fun. Good list that you have put together!

  43. We watch The Santa Clause movies every Christmas. Takes me back to when I was younger and the kids love it.

  44. Pam says:

    My favorite movie is Borrowed Hearts. I do like several of the ones listed on your list though – The Santa Clause is such a fun one every year!

  45. laurasidestreet says:

    Literally love all of these festive favourites and perfect for this time of year – Me and the boy watched ELF together this year and he loved it

    Laura x

  46. Love them all! I try to watch them every year during the holidays.

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