Need some ideas for what to watch during your Christmas break? Here are a few of our favourite movies to snuggle up to at this time of year! From heartwarming classics to modern-day favourites, we've got you covered. So put on your cosiest PJs, get some hot chocolate on the go, and enjoy a festive flick or two. There's something so special about snuggling up on the couch to watch a Christmas movie while it's cold outside. Here are some of our favourites to get you in the holiday spirit!
This one will definitely get you in the Christmas mood! Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet all in one movie? Genius move.
'The Holiday' is a classic Christmas movie about two women from different walks of life. Improbably, because of an online home exchange site, they both switch houses for the holidays in order to escape their respective romantic issues.
We join them as they swap homes—one who's flying thousands of miles to the very English snowy land of Surrey and the other who's trekking to sunny California with the movie stars—taking us in tow on a hilarious adventure while they try to mend their hearts simultaneously. Joining them on their journey are some quirky supporting characters who add lots of humour and charm, which make 'The Holiday' the perfect pick for your viewing pleasure this holiday season!
Is there anything more English than an English Christmas film starring just about every English actor there is?
Love Actually is an iconic romantic comedy that will have you laughing, crying, and grinning from ear to ear. The movie follows a variety of intertwining storylines that focus on different aspects of relationships.
From puppy love and newlyweds to cheating spouses and last-chance romances, viewers get a chance to explore the complexity of the human heart through laughter and heart-wrenching moments. Each story ultimately shows that love is messy and unpredictable but precious all at once. If you're looking for an uplifting yet brutally honest take on love, this is the movie for you!
The Polar Express
This one will transport you to a magical winter wonderland!
The Polar Express is an animated holiday classic that follows the story of a young boy who has lost his faith in Father Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he's whisked away on a magical journey on the legendary Polar Express train to the magical North Pole, made more special when he receives the coveted first gift of Christmas, which is a beautiful silver bell from Santa himself.
The boy meets other children as they get closer to their original destination on this exciting and whimsical adventure. Complete with dancing snowflakes and flying steam engines brimming with hot chocolate and sugar plum fairies! With its unforgettable characters, beautiful animation, and sheer joy, The Polar Express will bring out your holiday spirit and transport adults and children to an enchanting winter world.
The Santa Clause
A childhood classic!
The Santa Clause is a classic holiday movie that captures the magic of Christmas. Tim Allen stars as Scott, who takes on the mantle of Santa Claus after accidentally killing him on Christmas Eve. Although he initially has his doubts about his new role, with some help from a mischievous elf and a dose of holiday cheer, Scott finds himself in way over his head, navigating through toy factory mishaps, icy weather conditions and unhelpful reindeer. Along the way he learns what it really means to be Santa and ultimately saves Christmas Day for all the children everywhere. It's truly an experience you won't want to miss come this festive season!
"Buddy the Elf, what's your favourite colour?"
Probably the most heart warming movie, ever! Elf is a classic festive film that stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a misfit Elf raised in the North Pole. He embarks on an entertaining and strange journey to discover his true heritage and family. Along the way, he makes friends, learns valuable lessons about love and friendship, and eventually reunites with his long-lost family, as well as realising that you MUST NOT eat the 'free candy' stuck to the park benches! From funny moments to sweet ones, this Christmas movie will have you laughing one moment and choking up the next. 'Elf' is sure to leave viewers feeling merry, bright, and full of holiday cheer!
Miracle on 34th Street
Get the box of tissues ready!
Miracle on 34th Street is a heart-warming classic about a white-bearded department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real deal. The film stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and a young Natalie Wood, as eight year-old Susan Walker. When Susan meets the old man at Macy's Department Store calling himself Kris Kringle, she is sure he is an imposter - until he surprises her with presents from all over New York City. Through an uplifting courtroom drama involving belief in the spirit of Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street ultimately reminds us that belief is all we need for miracles to happen. This cinematic classic manages to find its timelessness through this captivating message of joy - making it fun to watch year after year!
The Mona Lisa of all Christmas movies!
Home Alone is a classic 90s comedy about the ultimate kid keeping it together when he's left all alone to fend for himself. The plot follows eight-year-old Kevin who, after his family accidentally leaves him behind during a Christmas vacation, has to use his inventive tricks to defend his home from two bumbling burglars. He does whatever he can with all kinds of crazy traps and schemes, teaching us one important lesson: never underestimate kids! With its wacky antics and memorable characters, Home Alone has become a go-to holiday movie staple that will have you laughing out loud while feeling all the warm fuzzies inside.
Another tear jerker!
Get ready to laugh and cry at the same time! Jack Frost is a heartwarming comedy-drama that follows an outgoing father who tragically dies in a car accident and is reincarnated as a snowman. Though he's got an extremely icy exterior, inside Jack Frost warms hearts with his signature sense of humour and his strong connection to his beloved family. Guided by the magic of winter, time, and true love, Jack spends a miraculous Christmas season helping his son achieve reconciliation with emotions he has been repressing. It's an inspiring story that ultimately reminds us that no matter what kind of frosty form we take in life, our love can always remain frozen in time.
Bridget Jones Diary
A classic British Fairytale! (-ish)
Set in a snowy London at Christmas time, Bridget Jones is a movie about taking life as it comes with a huge dollop of British wit! Bridget, played by Renee Zellweger, is a single woman living and working in London. She's under pressure from her friends and family to find 'Mr Right' - but instead she finds herself catastrophically falling for the wrong guy.
Along the way there are all sorts of hilarious situations arising from her attempts to sort her love-life out, not forgetting all the crazy antics at work too! Despite an ever-dwindling cigarette count and refusal to do any exercise, Bridget Jones doesn’t give up and we join her as she rolls through a year that’s filled with good times (and embarrassing ones) in true British style.
Christmas is all about family, right?!!
Four Christmases is a hilarious comedy movie about one very unfortunate day. On Christmas Day, Brad and Kate have to make the rounds at all four of their divorced parents' houses for holiday celebrations. Navigating these chaotic family visits, combined with awkward personal revelations and unforgettable moments, nothing can prepare them for the terrible secret that awaits. While it may start out as tumultuous holiday chaos, Four Christmases will leave you laughing throughout as you watch Brad and Kate's journey to find peace and maybe even love on Christmas Day.
There you have it, our best Christmas movies to snuggle up to list! Turn the heat up on your sofa or grab a warm blanket and relax with a few winter warmer movies! After all, it is the holidays.