Ah, Christmas movies.
Let’s face it, there’s no many better things to do over the holiday period than sitting down on the sofa as a family and watching a Christmas film with lots of goodies.
We’re at a lovely age now where the kids can enjoy the classic films too and therefore I was a little spoilt for choice when it came to putting this list together!
However, I felt it only fair to include films that I have personally seen or films we have watched together in recent years; I don’t think it would be fair to write about ones I haven’t!
So here we are, 10 Christmas films to include all the family.
PS. I do not count Die Hard as a Christmas film and it is certainly not one for all the family!
I’ll level with you, I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy Will Ferrell and I definitely have to be in a Christmas-y mood to enjoy Elf.
I’ll level with you again though guys, it’s actually pretty good isn’t it?
First saw it properly a couple of years ago and was shocked to find out that it was released in 2003 (!) but I am surprised that it’s taken me this long to see it from start to finish. In my opinion, Ferrell does a great job of playing a grown man with an extremely playful and childish demeanour (which I’m sure some of us blokes can relate to)
Plus, if I knew it had Zooey Deschanel in an elf’s costume and Tyrion Lannister (not really him) as a grumpy children’s author, I probably would have checked it out sooner.
Really fun film for the family.
Home Alone (1990)
Speaking of family, Kevin McCallister (of course played by Macaulay Culkin) can’t wait to get rid of his. He should have been careful what he wished for though as that wish actually comes true when the rest of his large family flies to Paris and leaves him behind at Christmas.
Now as much as we parents joke about having time away from our kids, this takes it a little too far.
Culkin was only around 10 at the time the film was released and went on to make a few other films, but this one is undoubtedly his most iconic. Another family favourite and one we’ll always dig out every year (not that you have to look far to find it!).
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The second instalment of the Home Alone series next and, in this writer’s opinion, the only other one in the series worth watching.
You’d think that the McCallister parents would have learnt their lesson after the first one, but clearly not. Kevin is smart and manages to con his way into a fancy hotel (which hardly anyone bats an eyelid at) but runs into trouble again and must work out how to foil the robbers looking out for revenge.
Another heart-warming tale which reminds you that children aren’t all bad, I guess.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
I won’t lie, I’ve never really understood The Muppets.
I know they’re not exactly complex but I guess I’ve just never been into them.
However, step forward Michael Caine as Scrooge and you’ve got something for everyone; the whimsical characters for the kids and a grumpy old fart for me.
We all know the story about old Ebenezer and how he’s visited by ghosts and so on and so forth, but this band of furry friends help bring the story to life once again. I’ve finally managed to watch it all the way through after consecutive years of not finishing it, and I must say I was nicely surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Now it’s one of my favourites and definitely one for the collection!
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Great to see that, despite there being so many classic Christmas family movies, we can still have a more modern film we got a chance to enjoy.
Step forward Kurt Russell, who plays a Santa with a bit of a difference. You still get a sense of the magic of Christmas but with a little more kick and attitude and when we watched it for the first time in 2018 we really took to it.
If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend it, especially with the sequel that I’ve gone on to mention below!
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
The aptly-named sequel to The Christmas Chronicles, I had heard differing opinions on the film itself but I still enjoyed it. I think the sheer charisma of Kurt Russell as Santa plays a massive part in the success of the movie; personally I think the first one just about tops it, but then again in my opinion the sequels are rarely as good as the originals!
However if you want festive fun with a bit of a modern twist then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
Let’s stay on the subject of Netflix specials shall we? This one appeared on our screen a couple of weeks ago so thought we’d give it a shot.
I was expecting it to be good and it didn’t fail to deliver. Filled with festive magic and some original songs thrown in, it’s a very good option for a family movie.
Look out for the young actress who plays the granddaughter, named “Journey” – her name is Madalen Mills and based on this performance I reckon she’s going to be a bit of a star.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
This is one I watched for the first time last year but one my daughter had seen before that; she really liked it so I gave it a go and agreed! From the same animation studio that brought you Wallace and Gromit, Arthur (one of Santa’s sons) embarks on a mission to deliver a lost present.
Featuring such voices as James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy is surely reason enough to see this film, but the story and humour involved makes it a Christmas hit in our house too!
Dr Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)
An animated version of the classic? Oh go on then.
The brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch voices our grumpy green friend who plots to steal all the decorations and gifts from the town of Whoville (you know the story) but what he doesn’t plan for is the sheer strength of the town’s Christmas spirit.
A happy, wholesome ending and one that the kids really enjoy.
The Disney Holiday Sing-Along (2020)
We stumbled across this one scrolling through Disney+ and, whilst it’s not strictly a movie, it’s perfect for the family for Christmas so wanted to include it.
We had previously watched two Disney sing-alongs on the channel during early lockdown and were very excited to see a festive one had been brought out.
With some fantastic musical performances ranging from the likes of Katy Perry to Andrea Bocelli with a whole host of stars in between, definitely something for the family to enjoy this Christmas.
Now I know there are lots more festive family movies out there, lots I still haven’t even mentioned (as I haven’t seen most of them!). Do any of your favourites make my list or would you recommend something entirely different?
Let me know in the comments!