Christmas is a time for family, doing things together and chilling out after a busy year. Nothing in our household is more enjoyable to me during the festive period than drawing the curtains to block out the miserable Scottish weather and settling down all together in front of the TV to watch a great movie. Here are a few of our favourites:
Santa Claus: The Movie
This 1985 classic is showing its age now, but for 80’s kids like myself, this is THE Christmas movie. Starring the late, great Dudley Moore as an ambitious elf who is determined to modernise Santa’s workshop and the marvellously maniacal New York toy manufacturer who takes advantage of him. The story is wonderfully uplifting, stupidly far fetched and massively over acted which is all part of its charm.
This 2003 Will Ferrell classic is the Santa Claus: The Movie for the Millennial generation. Smart, very funny and with some surprisingly touching moments, this really is a family Christmas staple and one that stands up to repeat viewings.
Watching any/all of the Harry Potter films is a must in our house at Christmas time. The moment that amazing John Williams score kicks in you are instantly transported to the land of wizards, muggles, and the inevitable Christmas feeling when you see Hogwarts in the snow. Every one of them is a timeless Christmas classic!
It’s A Wonderful Life
James Stewart’s performance as George Bailey, a man who gave up on his dreams to help other people tries to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. So far, so dark and depressing. Fortunately, his guardian angel Clarence intervenes and shows George how lives in his small town would be worse if he hadn’t been born. Get the tissues ready because this is a joyous, emotional movie.
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
Not Christmas in content but in timing. Released at Christmas every year, Peter Jackson transported us to Middle Earth and created a world out of Tolkien’s words no one thought possible. They are epic films and very close to the top of my list of favourite films ever.
Not quite fun for all the family this one, but a Christmas classic none the less. New York cop John McClane gets caught up in an L.A. terrorist siege of his wife’s office block during their Christmas party. Swearing, action and explosions ensue and not a Santa Claus in sight. One for the grown ups, this.
The Muppets Christmas Carol
Disney and Jim Henson re-imagine the classic Charles Dickens tale in their unique fashion and the result is outstanding. Great songs, funny and it has Micheal Caine in it. What more could we wish for at Christmas time?
A fantastic British cast with the producer of the Harry Potter films deliver this warm and funny family favourite. It centres around a talking bear with a marmalade addiction and his crazy antics. It really is an instant family classic and great to watch with everyone at Christmas.
This is my favourite. It is a perfect film. It is funny, action packed, sentimental and it just doesn’t get any better than this.
There are probably ones I’ve missed so feel free to suggest your favourites!