Everyone knows that the best part of Christmas is snuggling up with a steamy mug of hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. Here is our list of movies that you NEED to watch to get you into the Christmas spirit.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a universal favourite which has become somewhat of a Christmas tradition. With Jim Carrey’s humour and charisma, you will be left feeling nostalgic and excited for the upcoming festivities.
Starring Macaulay Culkin, Home Alone is hands down one of the best movies to watch during the holiday season. The family-friendly comedy revolves around eight-year-old Kevin McCallister who comes up with brilliant and hilarious plans to prevent burglars from robbing his house.
You can’t watch Home Alone without following up with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Kevin McCallister is once again left behind, and he somehow ends up in New York City. With graphic scenes and sounds of Kevin escaping the same bandits from the original film, who doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas without some gore?
The Santa Clause is another must-watch this Christmas. The film shows Tim Allen playing a toy industry executive who transforms into Santa himself after the real Santa falls off the roof (and dies, yikes!). The Santa Clause is wholesome but also deals with divorce and the estrangement between father and son.
Will Ferrell’s iconic role in Elf, shows the story of a human man who was raised as an elf making his way in New York City. If you need a sweet and funny movie to watch these holidays, Elf is a go-to.
The 2003 rom-com Love Actually follows the love stories of a dozen couples during Christmas. With lousy pop songs and unrealistic scenarios, Love Actually is one of the best romantic holiday films to get you into the Christmas spirit.
If you need to discover the true meaning of Christmas, Scrooged is the perfect movie for you. This horror-comedy inspired by Charles Dickens includes strong language, violence and sex jokes, but it is an excellent take on a classic film.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect mix of our favourite holidays, Christmas and Halloween. The animated film is spooky yet heartwarming and is one of the best family films suitable for all ages.
If you’re looking for romance this Christmas, The Holiday is a romantic comedy about house-swappers finding love abroad. This film will leave you wanting to spend next Christmas in a charming English cottage and find love with Jude Law.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, Jingle All the Way is the story of fathers competing to get their sons a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas after they all sold out. Full of cartoon violence which isn’t exactly heartwarming, but if you love action, you’ll love this.
If you’re looking for a timeless classic, The Polar Express is an animated adventure based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book. The story of a little boy taking a magical train ride to the North Pole will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.
The 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life starring George Bailey, and Donna Reed is a friendly pick for the holidays or any time of the year. The film takes on the human condition in all its complexity and spreads the positive message that is everyone is special.
If you love watching Christmas lights, then you need to watch Deck the Halls directed by John Whitesell. Neighbours Steve and Buddy, compete in decorating their houses for Christmas but when Buddy’s elaborate house outshines Steve’s, conflict arises (dun dun dun!).
We had to include at least one “This is awful, but I’ll still watch it” film and Terry Zwigoff’s Bad Santa takes the spot. Who knew that visiting Santa at the mall could be so dark and joyless? Willie T. Stokes plays a con man and thief who teams up with a midget played by Tony Cox to host a Christmas scam. Rated R for pervasive language and strong sexual content, we don’t recommend you watch this one with your kids.