There’s nothing quite like Christmas. Hopefully some time to really switch off and relax, take a break and invest in yourself. So what better way to get into the spirit of things than to jump into a good old classic Christmas movie? December 23rd is officially National Christmas Movie Marathon Day so we figured there’s no better time to celebrate the occasion. We’ve chosen 10 whoppers to get things started which you can line up, flick on or watch on all in one go. And…relax!
From The Grinch to Love Actually and Elf to The Holiday, everyone has their go-to flick that evokes that warm festive feeling. Here’s our top ten picks:
It’s a Wonderful Life
An all-time classic from 1946. Starring James Stuart and Donna Reed, an angel is sent from heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. You will laugh and cry but you’ll feel all the better off this one this Christmas! Get this one off the bucket list ASAP!
This is Christmas big time! Almost 20 years old but still a big seasonal favourite starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. After learning his past, he heads to New York to meet his biological father while spreading festive cheer. One of the biggest Christmas movies EVER.
Believe it or not, this ultimate family Christmas movie is 30 years old, but it hasn’t aged a day. When eight-year-old Kevin is accidently left behind by his parents, he must defend his home from a pair of bungling burglars. With plenty of bang and boom, things don’t go well for these guys! Great fun and plenty of laughs. If you haven’t seen it, where have you been?
How the Grinch stole Christmas
We can’t believe this is 20 years old, but it’s still an annual favourite with us. Jim Carrey is truly brilliant as a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to run Christmas for everyone. Will he succeed? What do you think!?
With Huge Grant, Martine McCutcheon and Liam Neeson, this is one beautifully romantic great British Christmas movie. Filmed in London, it’s woven tale of love, comedy and intrigue. Arguably one of the greatest Christmas movies and a Golden Globe winner. Stick it on!
Miracle on 34th Street
An oldie but still hitting the spot, this one is truly great. From 2003 and starring Richard Attenborough as the lawyer who joins a little girl trying to prove that a main claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing, it will have you on the edge of your seat. The original 1947 version starring Maureen O’Hara is also worth a look for the classic of Christmas.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Ah, the Muppets! If you’ve not seen Kermit and the gang as a Gif on your phone, you’ll love them even more in this one. Directed by musical king Brian Henson, it’s a fun and loving adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and it will make your heart sing with plenty of laughs along the way.
Starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, these two ladies with guy problems swamp their English and American homes and finally meet the love of their lives. You’ll weep but you’ll be happy! Oh, there’s Jude Law too. What’s not to love about this one!
An all-time great British Christmas musical comedy classic – in 105 minutes of sheer joy. With Martin Freeman, Mark Wootton, Alan Carr and Ricky Tomlinson, this one will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as everyone scrambles to put on the best Christmas nativity play against all the odds. Lovely!
The Polar Express
One of our favourite digital animation movies and starring Tom Hanks, this beautiful-to-watch film is guaranteed to switch on your Christmas lights with a bang. It tells the story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window and is invited on board by its conductor. Now who would that be? Cosy up and join the journey. You will love it.
OK, there are so many to choose from but these ones really tick the Christmas box for us. Why not share your Christmas movie favourites and your memories with us by tagging @wearewoking and don’t forget to use #WEAREWOKING #Christmas.