The best Christmas movies

Scott Mills has officially played the first Christmas song on Radio 1, so we guess the buzz has well and truly begun. Before the shops sicken us of all things merry and you have to listen to Jingle Bells at least ten times a day, there is one thing we can all appreciate – a good ‘ol Christmas movie.

There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than getting the heating on, snuggling up with some treats and watching a Christmas classic. It’s time to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Elf

Be real, even when it isn’t Christmas this is a belter through and through. If you don’t think so then you’re a cotton headed ninnymuggins. Buddy the elf just wants people to believe in his pal Santa and to spread the magic of the season. Hitting the busy streets of New York, Buddy goes on an adventure to find his birth father – and cause some sugar-induced havoc along the way.

It’s A Wonderful Life

What do you want? Do you want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon.

The most iconic Christmas film to ever grace the screen, It’s A Wonderful Life has Christmas at its core. Wishing he was never born, an angel visits George Bailey to show him all the lives he has touched. An emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, you can’t do Christmas movie lists without this classic.

Home Alone

Christmas is Macaulay Culkin’s time to shine. Forgotten by his family because, well, he’s a bit of a brat, Culkin’s character Kevin thinks his wish to get rid of his family has come true. Instead Kevin is left to defend his home from two pesky – and stupid – thieves. Return to your childhood and let your naughty streak shine bright this Christmas before bickering over which Home Alone is actually better…

Love Actually

This winter you should look for love, because we’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around. Following the intertwined lives of nine people, Love Actually is full of festive laughs, tears, wisdom and Hugh Grant’s dancing. What’s not to love?

The Grinch

For the less festive out there, you can become one with a grumpy green creature who stole Christmas. The Grinch is a pesky character who sets out to steal Christmas from the overly cheesy and cheery citizens of Whoville. The day is saved thanks to a baby-faced Taylor Momsen before she discovered her Goth phase.

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