Films to Watch at Christmas

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We hope you are all looking forward to a safe and festive holidays this Christmas. You’ve earned a break! So why not settle down in front of the TV over the holidays and watch your favourite Christmas films with your loved ones. After all, ’tis the season! Below we pick out 10 of our favourite films to watch at Christmas.

Films to Watch at Christmas

Home Alone

No Christmas would be complete without all the family gathering around to watch Home Alone. When 8-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind at home by his family who have headed to France, all hell breaks loose when he is forced to defend himself and the house from burglars. 


 The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie or for Christmas? Why not both? Tim Burton’s beautiful animation uses stopmotion to tell the tale of Jack Skellington, who travels through a portal from Halloween Town to Christmas Town, where he becomes obsessed with Santa Claus, so much so that he abducts him and takes his place in an effort to make Christmas better.


The Muppet Christmas Carol

The best Muppet Movie ever. And a brilliant take on Charles Dickens’ work. Michael Caine is in great form playing Scrooge alongside his furry colleagues. The film hits the perfect Christmas balance between humour and sentiment. 



With so much snow, this is undoubtedly a Christmas movie – so just let it go. Walt Disney’s Hans Christian Andersen’s inspired fairy tale follows Anna on her epic journey to save her kingdom from a frozen winter and find her sister, Elsa. Beautiful animation and great writing is carried along joyously by singalong songs. All together now, “Let it go, let it go. Can’t hold it back anymore.”



Bill Murray stars in this clever updated version of A Christmas Carol, which finds him as a selfish TV executive who is in need of reform – cue ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future. It’s Bill Murray doing what he did best in the ’80s delivering cynical lines in his deadpan fashion.



The brilliant Will Ferrell brings all his comic talents to play Buddy, a human raised among elves at the North Pole. Upon discovering that he is not an elf, he heads off for New York to search for his biological father. Will’s childlike Buddy gets himself into hilarious situations with a string of chaotic outcomes,


It’s a Wonderful Life 

No Christmas is complete without watching Frank Capra’s classic. It’s Christmas Eve and George Bailey is at a low point in his life and wishes he had never been born, A Guardian Angel comes to his rescue and shows him what life would have been like for other people had he not lived. George finds himself with a renewed vigour for life and learns the value of community and friendship and how one life touches many others.


Die Hard 

Yes, the best non-Christmas Christmas film ever. Bruce Willis plays the iconic white-vested John McClane who arrives in Los Angeles, hoping to reconcile with his wife, Holly, at a party held by her employer, the Nakatomi Corporation. But, of course instead of a party, McClane finds himself  caught up in a terrorist takeover of the building. Will he save the day… (and his marriage?) 


Bad Santa 

No one will forget Billy Bob Thornton’s Santa Claus who likes to steal from the department stores he works in. His Father Christmas is a boozing & smoking, swearing & womanising, self-loathing ex-prisoner with violent tendencies. That all changes when he meets Sue, a woman with a Santa Claus fetish and Thurman, a lonely little boy who needs a father figure.


A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown, the “lovable loser”? In an effort to curtail his feelings of depression Charlie Brown takes on the role of directing the annual Christmas Party. But seeing Christmas’ commercialization all around him causes him further distress and anxiety. Luckily for Charlie his friend steps up and explains the real meaning of Christmas. All played out to the  brilliant soundtrack from the jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Happy Christmas from

Steven Galvin

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