One of the best ways to get yourself in the mood for Christmas is by snuggling up on the settee and watching some classic Christmas movies. We’ve rounded up some of the most heartwarming festive films for you to enjoy, along with their trailers.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The Grinch, a lonely hermit who despises Christmas, plots to deprive the Whos of Whoville from celebrating their favourite holiday. Six-year-old Cindy Lou, who believes there’s more to Christmas than gifts, befriends the Grinch and threatens to thwart his plans.
2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
This Christmas comedy sees the Griswolds’ plans for the big day fall apart one by one. Things go from bad to worse for Clark, Ellen and their two kids thanks to bad luck and unwanted family guests…
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A family friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel A Christmas Carol featuring the Muppets, this film is widely regarded as a classic and even though it omits a lot of the original story, its many catchy musical numbers more than make up for it.
4. The Snowman (1982)
A classic family favourite, The Snowman follows a young boy who builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him on a magical trip to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
A warm and comforting film about a sweet old man who faces being institutionalised for being insane because he claims to be the real Santa Claus. When he meets six-year-old Susan, he finds someone who also believes he’s the real deal.
6. Elf (2003)
A hilarious Christmas about one of Santa’s elves who learns he’s actually human and goes on a quest to New York to meet his real father. Along the way, he has to deal with people who aren’t exactly the biggest fans of Christmas.
7. Home Alone (1990)
Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left home alone for Christmas when his family jet off to Paris for their Christmas vacation. While he waits for his family to come back home, he has to defend the house from two hapless and hopeless burglars.
8. Home Alone 2 (1992)
Home Alone 2 sees Kevin McCallister separated from his family again, only this time he accidentally boards a flight for New York while his family are all on a flight bound for Florida. While lost in the big city, he has to defend himself agains the same two crooks from the first film as his family search for him.
9. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Things are so hard for George Bailey that he wishes he’d never been born. An angel comes along and shows him what things would have turned out like if he’d never existed and George soon realises that he has in fact had a positive impact on many people’s lives.