The 10 Best Films to Get You in the Festive Mood

We are finally in December and edging closer and closer to the festive season! We all love a good Christmas film to get us in the mood for the holidays and if you’re wondering what to watch, then look no further. In no particular order, here’s a rundown of the films that always make my Christmas, so why not watch one (or two, or ten)?

Home Alone

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If you haven’t seen this film then you really have not experienced the true joy of Christmas! Kevin McCallister’s parents forget all about him when they dash off to the airport to spend their Christmas abroad. Poor Kevin is left to fend for himself against a pair of pretty dimwitted burglars and Kevin must defend his home in any way he can.

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You can’t watch Home Alone and not watch it’s sequel, which in my opinion, is the best one! This time Kevin is lost in New York after his family lose him yet again (talk about bad parenting!). His adventures take him all over the city as he tries to get away from Harry and Marv: those pesky burglars again!

Love Actually

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If you’re looking for something with a bit of comedy, romance and drama then Love Actually is the film for you. It revolves around 10 stories which are all intertwined. The cast is brilliant and I always find myself tearing up at the very first scene at Heathrow Airport. Love actually is all around *cue tears*!

The Holiday

The Holiday is a bit more of a grown up Christmas film. Kate Winslet, an English journalist, and Cameron Diaz, an American advertiser, swap homes for the holidays after bad breakups. They both end up falling for someone else on the other side of the pond, but what happens when they have to come home? This is a great film to watch if you fancy something that wasn’t made for kids, plus Jude Law is in it. What more could you want?

The Grinch

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I must admit, when I was younger, the Grinch terrified me. Although that’s probably a testament to Jim Carrey’s great acting. Everyone in Whoville loves Christmas. Everyone except the Grinch, that is. The Grinch sets out to steal Christmas from the Whos but then he meets Cindy Lou who tries to help him change his ways.

Miracle on 34th Street

This one is really a classic of the festive film genre. Mara Wilson, who we all know and love from Matilda, is a little girl called Susan who doesn’t believe in the magic of Father Christmas. Susan’s mum works in a department store, whose new Santa Claus almost seems like the real thing. Will Susan come to believe in the magic of Christmas again? You’ll have to watch it to find out!


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If you haven’t seen this film, where have you been?! Elf is a film all about family. Buddy the elf has never really fitted in with the elves at the North Pole. When he learns that he’s human, he sets out to find his father in New York. Buddy’s father doesn’t have time for him, so he bonds with his half-brother. Buddy’s crazy  adventures take him all over New York and it’s all fun and games until Santa needs his help after a sleigh accident on Christmas Eve…gasp!

The Santa Clause Trilogy

Okay, this is technically three films but they’re all worth a watch. When circumstances lead Scott (Tim Allen) to accidentally become Santa Claus (as you do), he’s not really sure that he wants to take up the role but his son convinces him otherwise. The three films follow Scott’s life as he learns to become Santa, but not without a few hitches on the way.


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I love Nativity! It’s a British film starring Martin Freeman as a teacher competing with another school to see which one can organise the best nativity play. Things take a turn though when he lies about how a Hollywood producer will be coming to turn his play into a movie. Obviously, much chaos and madness follows and the kids are hilarious!

The Polar Express

Who doesn’t love a good animated movie? The Polar Express is exactly that. A young boy on Christmas Eve is doubtful of Santa’s existence and the Polar Express is a train that comes along and takes him on a journey to restore his faith in Christmas. The train is heading to the North Pole with loads of children on board, what could possibly go wrong? This really is a sweet film and is pretty unique as Tom Hanks voices most of the characters

So, there we have it, ten movies to sit down and watch this Christmas! So, why not take a break from all that work that you’re not really doing, get cosy and watch a good old festive film!

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