still-of-will-ferrell-in-elfThere’s nothing better than snuggling up under a blanket when it’s snowing outside. Feet cosy in fluffy socks and Christmas tree lights sparkling against the windows, a mug of steaming hot chocolate in your hands and a cracking selection of Christmas films to watch. Let’s be honest, Christmas films are up there as one of the best things about the festive period – not only is there a great selection – but you’re finally off work and have the time to be lazy and stay in watching them all. Okay, so the picture I painted of snow falling outside is probably not very realistic, these days it’s more likely to be a sunny day for Christmas, but it’s so much nicer to stay in and watch a film when it’s chilly outside. Everyone has their own favourites, and even after all these years there are loads of Christmas films I haven’t seen – but I wanted to share with you some of my favourites, just in case you’re looking for some suggestions. Of course, my boyfriend considers himself a bit of a movie buff, so I couldn’t write this post without consulting with him! Wolfy has had plenty of input into this list and I’m sure he’ll be making sure I watch a few I haven’t yet seen this year as well.

So what festive films are my favourites?

(Not in any particular order)

  1. Love Actually – as Wolfy says “quintessential viewing”
  2. Elf – Santaaaaaaa
  3. Cool Runnings – Plays every year and every single year I watch and I love it
  4. The Snowman – Do I really even need to explain?
  5. The Holiday – Who can resist Cameron Diaz comedy and Kate Winslet’s adorable cottage?
  6. The Santa Claus
  7. The Home Alone 1 & 2 – watched the first one at the weekend
  8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  9. Bad Santa
  10. Miracle on 34th Street
  11. The Muppets Christmas Carol
  12. Jingle All The Way
  13. About A Boy – The most heart-warming film about attempted suicide I’ve ever seen… but it finishes at Christmas!
  14. Bridget Jones’ Diary – any excuse, but who can resist Colin Firth in that Christmas jumper?
  15. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – just a bit of escapism
  16. Edward Scissorhands
  17. Serendipity – Wolfy reckons it is “the greatest love story of our time”
  18. Die Hard – Wolfy cries “it’s a Crimbo movie!”
  19. Nativity – hidden gem
  20. Santa Claus The Movie – classic
  21. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  22. Scrooged
  23. Trading places
  24. Batteries Not Included – this one always plays at Christmas!

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And some I still need to watch, but sound perfect for a vintage Christmas…

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life
  2. Meet Me In St Louis
  3. White Christmas
  4. Christmas in Connecticut
  5. The Bishop’s Wife

Any others to add to the list? Tell me your favourite Christmas movies in a comment…

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