I read somewhere that apparently the Christmas movie is back, really, did it ever go away, I love a good cheesy festive flick in the run-up to Christmas, I actually started watching my favourites back in October and my planner is filled with upcoming classics on Movies24.
Basically, you can call me a Christmas movie junkie, I love all the schmaltzy romcoms, the very predictable storylines, and most of all the twinkle lights and fashionable festive decor. There is nothing better to cheer me up than a Christmas film, so I thought I would share the joy with 24 films to watch before Christmas, well actually there are a little more, as at the weekend’s you can treat yourself with a few mini-marathons, don’t you just love a good sequel!!!
A Christmas Movie a day, will definitely get you in the festive spirit!!!
1. Last Christmas
Combine the gorgeous Emila Clarke, aka my latest girl crush, the heart-throb that is Henry Golding, a George Michael soundtrack and a Christmastime backdrop and you’ve got yourself a great festive rom-com. Emilia Clarke aka Kate stars as a disillusioned Christmas store elf with dreams of being a West End star, with Michelle Yeoh as her very funny boss.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a rom-com, without a boy meets girl moment, but believe me when I tell you there is a twist. It is funny, it might make you cry, and most of all it will have you singing along. This is a must-watch at the cinema with your favourite girlies.
Last Christmas images – Universal Pictures
2. White Christmas
It really isn’t Christmas without a least one screening of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. I must know all the words and songs off by heart but that is what makes this musical one of my favourites. Come on you know you want to sing along as well – “I’mmmm Dreaming of a, White Christmas!”
3. The Holiday
Many reasons why this makes the cut each festive season, first who doesn’t want to be Cameron Diaz, secondly it is the only film I actually think Jude Law is hot in, and thirdly I love the contrast between a snowy England and Los Angeles. This is a great feel-good film that even my boyfriend doesn’t mind sitting through.
For a special bonus treat, fancy visiting some of the UK locations where The Holiday was filmed? Check out this amazing blog by Megan Taylor – she even found that bridge!!!
4. The Knight Before Christmas
I love that Netflix is getting behind Christmas movies and that they’ve decided that Vanessa Hudgens is their festive leading lady. Last year, she starred in a Parent Trap-style ‘The Christmas Switch,’ which FYI is further down the list, and this year, she is a teacher that falls in love with a medieval English knight, Sir Cole, who is magically transported to the present day. Basically, it is so bad, it is good.
The Knight Before Christmas images – Netflix social media
5. While You Were Sleeping
What I love about this film is that it is a little unconventional when it comes to a festive romance film – as instead of eyes meeting across a crowded holiday party, Lucy played by Sandra Bullock actually saves her commuter crush and gets mistaken for his fiancé while he is in a coma and then falls in love with his brother. Not only am I huge Sandra Bullock fan but I also have a soft spot for Bill Pullman.
6. Love Actually
This film is British comedy at its very best. I love the interwoven little storylines, the incredible cast, I adore Bill Nighy as an ageing rocker, and most of all I love that Hugh Grant as Prime Minister falls in love with his tea girl. You can’t help but laugh, cry and feel good when watching this film.
7. Mini-Marathon: A Christmas Prince
In 2017, Netflix introduced its royal festive flick, where an all-American girl, Amber played by Rose McIver who is an aspiring journalist falls in love with the subject of her assignment, the handsome prince, Richard played by Ben Lamb, who is set to be King of Aldovia, one of those made up fictional countries in Europe with lots of snow.
While the first one was a love story of how they found each other, the 2018 sequel sees them getting married, with of course a few hitches along the way, and now in 2019, Queen Amber is having a Royal Christmas Baby – hits Netlix on December 5. What will they think up for 2020?
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby images – Netflix social media
8. Eve’s Christmas
One that you might not be as familiar with but one of my favourites is Eve’s Christmas starring Clueless actress Elisa Donovan, who is in a lot of Christmas movies I love *12 Wishes of Christmas, The Dog Who Saved Christmas + lots of sequels, and A Golden Christmas* but this is her best. Who doesn’t wish they could have a do-over and each year I definitely wish on the Christmas star.
9. Holiday in the Wild
This film is just pure joy if you love baby elephants and Rob Lowe. It isn’t a flashy Christmas film, it just so happens that it takes place during the festive season. You see, Kristin Davis plays a Manhattanite whose husband leaves her, forcing her to take their romantic safari second honeymoon all by herself. Here she meets Rob Lowe, a handsome bush-plane pilot, and together they save a baby elephant and celebrate Christmas at an elephant orphanage. It is what I call a perfect Sunday afternoon flick.
This is a film that doesn’t just come out at Christmas for me, I love the idea of Serendipity meeting a stranger and having a connection but the not so perfect timing means that they don’t stay in touch, rather they see if chance brings them back together again. If the story doesn’t get you the chemistry between John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale will!!!
11. Mini Marathon: Home Alone
If you don’t watch Home Alone every Christmas I’m not sure we can be friends. I love this film by scripted by John Hughes, Kevin is hilarious, I love the slapstick crazy humour – all the things he does to the Wet Bandits, and the one-liners will be with you forever.
For me, the first is the best, however, I have a soft spot for the second as it is in New York and I love the pigeon lady. Don’t both with 3 or 4, new cast and so not worth your time.
12. Call Me Claus
Another one you might not know, I do love an American TV movie, but come on Whoopi Goldberg as Santa – what’s not to love!!!
13. The Christmas Chronicles
When I first heard that Kurt Russell was playing Santa for Netflix I wasn’t sure what to think, then I watched The Christmas Chronicles, produced by the director of Home Alone Chris Columbus and it instantly went on my watch every year list. It tells the story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose hatch up a Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera – it then turns into an unexpected journey after they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. If that wasn’t enough I squealed a lot when I saw that Goldie Hawn was Kurt’s Mrs Claus.
The Christmas Chronicle images – Netflix social media
14. It’s a Wonderful Life
Do you even need a reason to watch this festive classic? It is a heartfelt story where George Bailey, played by James Stewart, is saved by his guardian angel, Clarence and show what life would have been like if he had never existed.
15. Christmas with the Coopers
This is holiday gold, where the stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve, with an all-star cast including Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.
16. Bad Santa
This Black Comedy has Billy Bob Thornton (Willie) as the worst mall Santa ever, who is only doing the job, alongside his trusty elf Marcus to rob the place on Christmas eve. A gullible, overweight boy, thinks Willie is the real Santa, invites into his safe a home, which of course he robs, and an unlikely friendship develops.
A selfish, cynical television executive, aka Scrooge played by Bill Murray, is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. For me, this film belongs to the Ghost of Christmas Present – she cracks me up every time.
18. Mini Marathon: The Santa Clause
Didn’t everyone wish that their dad was Santa after seeing this for the first time? The sequels aren’t as good as the first one, but I do love watching them all back-to-back. Also, who would have thought that Tim Allen would make a great Santa.
In the first film, Scott Calvin takes on the job of Santa Claus, after the big man falls from his roof on Christmas Eve, a hilarious adventure then ensues and Scott thinks he can go back to normal life, how wrong he is when he starts turning into Santa, complete with the wobbly belly and beard.
Then in the second, Scott has to find himself a Mrs. Claus or Christmas will come to an end, and in the third, Santa has to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.
19. The Princess Switch
When Chicago baker Stacy, played by Vanessa Hudgens bumps into a Duchess about to get engaged, of course, they decide to switch lives and both fall in love. This includes fake snow, a fake country – Belgravia this time, and of course a handsome prince – basically everything a Netflix Christmas rom-com needs.
20. Mini Marathon: Die Hard 1 & 2
Detective John McClane aka Bruce Willis has the worst luck at Christmastime and becomes the reluctant hero of the Die Hard films. In the first one, he has to save his wife and everyone else from hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles, and in the second, he has to stop mercenaries seize control of the airport. All that’s left to say is – Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker.
21. Christmas With The Kranks
Tim Allen really did become Mr Christmas for a while and I just love him alongside Jamie Lee Curtis as a couple who decide to skip Christmas as their daughter is away, much to everyone’s annoyance including neighbours, work colleagues, the sales clerks and even the Scouts selling Christmas trees.
22. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
I had a major crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas and this film is just so much fun. Basically he faces an impossible journey to get home, to claim a sports car off his dad, but he gets left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money dressed as Santa. It also stars a very young Jessica Biel.
As most people what there favourite Christmas movie is and it is probably, Elf with Will Ferrell, who discovers he is actually a human, who has been raised as an elf at the North Pole and decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father, while spreading Christmas cheer.
24. Miracle on 34th Street
If you still need to get into the festive spirit after 23 days of festive movie fun, there isn’t much hope for you, except to watch Miracle on 34th Street, the 90s remake not the original. Normally I would always say go for the original but there is something about this remake that I just adore – maybe it is the cute kid or that Richard Attenborough makes a great Father Christmas. All I can say is that I Believe!!!