Five top Christmas films to watch this year

December 17, 2013 - Christmas

elfOne of the best things about the festive season is the chance to sit in front of the telly with your loved ones and watch some great movies. Here, we list some of our favourite Christmas films…


What’s not to love about this modern classic? Will Ferrell plays Buddy, the affable elf who’s not like all the rest. There’s laughs aplenty, a romance with the sugary sweet Zoeey Deschanel and even a Christmas singalong at the end. Not a dry eye in the house!

It’s a Wonderful Life

We can’t watch this one without crying like babies! It’s not your usual cheery festive film – it begins with the main character George Bailey (James Stewart) about to jump from a bridge. A guardian angel comes to show him what the lives of the people he loves would be like if he had never existed and he comes to understand the true meaning of the love of his family and friends. A truly uplifting film.

Home Alone

Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) ends up spending the holidays alone after his family take off for a holiday in France and accidentally leave him behind. This is a coming-of-age movie as much as a slapstick comedy, as Kevin defends his home from burglars and learns the value of having a loving family.

The Snowman and the Snowdog

Ok, so everyone has seen The Snowman, but last year a new animated short film was brought out as a sequel to this, and is equally as moving as the original. If you’ve ever had a pet that you loved to bits, this one will really get the waterworks going!

Fred Claus

Vince Vaughn plays Santa’s errant younger brother who learns the true meaning of Christmas – and brotherhood – after he’s forced to move to the North Pole to pay off a gambling debt. This one is worth it for the elf dancing scene alone – and Vaughn isn’t too bad to look at, either!

Did we miss any? Post your comments below and let us know your favourite films.