There are a lot of Christmas movies out there and let’s be honest, not all of them are great. But we at Very HQ are sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up in your onesie with a big bowl of seasonal treats and a steaming mug of hot chocolate (or a cheeky glass of wine!) and settling in for a great festive film! So we’ve decided to help you get started and have picked out 10 of our favourites for you – and some of them may not be what you expect!
It’s a Wonderful Life – If you have ever made it through the festive season without watching this, where have you been? Grab your box of tissues and prepare to have your heart well and truly warmed!
Black Christmas – If a warm heart isn’t really your thing, this seasonal slasher film (no, not the remake!) is out to steal it – and not necessarily in a good way! Something about a mystery murderer in a house lit only by flickering fairy lights is seriously creepy and will have you hiding behind your Christmas cushion!
A Christmas Story – Directed by the same chap as Black Christmas, this is an absolute classic about a boy in 1940s America who wants a BB gun for Christmas and the lengths he’ll go to convince his parents it’s a good idea. Irreverent and funny with more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. You’ll end up watching it year after year.
Elf – Speaking of laugh-out-loud moments, this Will Ferrell comedy has become a quote-a-long Christmas tradition. Seriously, how many of us have walked into a department store, pointed at the grotto and shouted “Santa! I know him!” or ran excitedly round and round in a revolving door? We do it every day here at Very HQ…
Miracle on 34th Street – This time I am talking about the remake! The original is certainly a classic but I grew up believing that Richard Attenborough really was Santa Claus (yes, even when he was in Jurassic Park) and so for me the remake is one of the ultimate Christmas movies. Heart-warming, saccharine sweet and starring the cute kid from Mrs Doubtfire… What more could you want?
Home Alone – When Macaulay Culkin’s family accidentally forget him when they go on a trip to Paris, he’s left on his own at Christmas in this festive favourite. It looks like fun, but the kid soon learns that family is the true meaning of Christmas – and knocks ten shades of hell out of some burglars in the process!
Gremlins – Sure, it’s not the first film to spring to mind when you think of Christmas movies, but this horror-comedy is, in fact, one of the best Christmas films ever made. Plus it features Phoebe Cates’ character’s unintentionally hilarious story about why she ceased to believe in Santa. Tragic? Yes. But we all know we cry laughing at it.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Another irreverent festive favourite, Tim Burton’s stunning animation is eerily Christmassy and scarily sweet with some amazing songs. It’s everything you need for Christmas – and you can watch it again at Halloween too!
The Muppet Christmas Carol – There are so many film versions of this Charles Dickens classic we at Very HQ thought it’d be hard to pick one. But then we remembered the Muppets did a version and the problem was solved! Michael Caine as Scrooge, Gonzo as Dickens and Kermit as Bob Cratchit – what’s not to love? And the songs are brilliant as well!
Die Hard – Stay with me here! There are many reasons why this film is actually the ultimate Christmas film! At heart, it’s a story of a man who’ll do anything to spend Christmas with his family. He walks barefoot across broken glass, finds out what a TV dinner feels like and jumps off an exploding building. When was the last time your man did that for you? Watch it on Christmas Eve and you’ll see what I mean!
There are definitely some missing off the list – there are just too many to mention – but it’d be great if you shared your favourites with us as well and then we can all have a decidedly merry Christmas!
Love Sarah x
P.s. If you fancy it, I’ve started a blog over at Sarah’s Adventures In Literature Land where I write about my favourite books.
Christmas Movies graphics by Sara Yates (@Sarah_Very)