Christmas Movies

I always find Christmas Eve the most boring day of the year. It feels like a Sunday quadrupled as everybody else is busy “preparing” and I’m left on my own to watch Christmas Eve TV. Over the years I’ve come to discover a few movies that I like watching around Christmas time.

The Polar Express

I watched this one for the first time last Christmas when neither of the men in the house would give me any idea on what they wanted to watch so I took control and watched kid’s Christmas films. Whilst the animated children were a little bit creepy I loved the story of the boy who got a ticket to go on the Polar Express to go and see Santa and everything that happened along the way. It was wonderful and Tom Hanks did a great job with the voices. I actually found a DvD copy in the charity shop a couple of months ago so I snapped that up for future Christmas watching.

Nightmare Before Christmas

This is actually one of my alltime favourite movies. I love the entire atmosphere of it, the art, and I adore the music. I love Zero the ghost dog, and What’s This? And I can’t go a year without watching it!


Oh god how did I discover this movie? I can’t even remember now, I just know I ended up watching it one year and absolutely fell in love. It’s about two people who meet one Christmas and determine that if it’s meant to be, it will be. However they go their separate ways for a few years and continue thinking about each other and it’s all very Christmassy and nice. Definitely a chick flick, but I love it.

Love Actually

Ohhh Richard Curtis movies featuring Hugh Grant and Colin Firth! You make the world a better place. Love Actually is another of my favourite films. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s sad, and very Christmassy. If you haven’t seen it I demand you do. It’s very clever and such a great movie to sit and watch. Plus Hugh Grant dancing to Jump… yeah, not to be missed.

Muppet Christmas Carol

Do you ever actually outgrow the Muppets? I’d love to know because I certainly haven’t. I love Michael Caine’s Scrooge, I love the music and it’s just such a nice cheerful adaptation of the old classic! And at Christmas, cheer is what you want.


Not one I immediately remember as a Christmas movie but that it is. Who doesn’t love Gizmo? I always, always miss this one when it’s on TV but I can guarantee that if I did have it on DvD I’d watch it every year, I just love its 80’s campness and how bloody adorable Gizmo is! Plus in the second movie, he drives a freaking toy car!


Okay so I still haven’t read Hogfather… or watched it all the way through in fact… but I love these Sky One Discworld adaptations! And I do have this one on DvD so you can guarantee this will be bumped up in my Christmas ‘must watch’ queue. They just capture the essence of Pratchett’s Discworld so well, I love them.

What are your favourite Christmas movies? Or anything else for that matter? Are you the kind of person who gathers up Christmas specials and watches them all at once? I always wanted to do that!

17 thoughts on “Christmas Movies”

  1. I adore Love Actually. Probably my favourite movie ever. I can’t go long withouty watching it all. I also like Polar Express at Christmas. I think the bit with the ticket in the wind is one of my favourite ever.

    I have to confess, I’ve never seen Nightmare Before Christmas. I intend to rectify that this year!

  2. I know how you feel! Christmas Eve is always a bit like that for me too. Great movies on the list! I’ve seen them all except for Hogfather. I LOVE Gremlins and The Polar Express especially. 🙂

  3. I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas every Christmas and every Hallowe’en! Also, every Christmas day, my family watches Scrooged, with Bill Murray. It is HILARIOUS!

    Other movies I try to fit in every holiday season are the Home Alone movies, Jingle All the Way, The Santa Clause, The Nutcracker Prince, and, more recently, A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey!

    I love Serendipity, but I’ve never actually thought of watching it around Christmas. I tend not to think of movies as “Christmas movies” unless they are actually “about” Christmas, not just taking place at Christmas, but apparently I’m in the minority there, as my parents watch Die Hard every year. 😛

    1. Ohh I watched The Santa Clause religiously as a kid! Loved that movie, and Home Alone 1 and 2, but haven’t seen either in years.

      Ahaha Die Hard. Think it’s down to personal opinions and taste at the end of the day 🙂

  4. Ooh, Christmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas for me! It’s when we open all but our “Santa” presents with our Grandparents:) So many books…

    1. That sounds kinda awesome! 🙂 Whereabouts do you live? I know a lot of European folk celebrate Christmas on the 24th. Our Czech au pair used to tell us about it.

  5. I LOVE A Nightmare Before Christmas and Gremlins, but I don’t ever think of watching them this time of year. Now I want to go watch them! 🙂

  6. Love Actually definitely gets my vote for this one! I just LOVE Alan Rickman so it’s a definite must-see. Apart from this, my favourite Christmas movie has to be Home Alone 1 (and 2). I know it’s an old one and I’ve seen it like 5 times already but I still love it. 🙂

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