Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some warm fuzzy feels, and how better to get them than through awesome Christmas movies??
So if you’ve been on the lookout for great movies to watch this holiday season, here’s our R.AGE top 10 Christmas movies pick:
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s 1993 stop-motion animated classic is musical, fantasy and comedy all rolled into one: Jack Skellington, the skeletal Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, gets bored of taking care of Halloween year after year and decides to hijack Christmas instead! Insert amazing music scores, lovable characters and just enough action sequences to make us get excited despite the inevitable food coma, and we’ve got a Christmas favourite 😀
Our favourite bit: When Jack Skellington gives horrible presents to humans and they all get freaked out.
Within our team, we’ve reached a consensus that no Christmas is complete without this heart-warming film featuring eight loosely interwoven mini-stories that revolve around love, loss, and (what else?) Christmas! From the Prime Minister (aaargh Hugh Grant in his prime!)falling in love with Natalie the gorgeous new household staff, to The Maze Runner’s Thomas Brodie-Sangster – back when he was a tiny thing – and his schoolyard love woes, this movie is a big win from start to finish. Warning: Make sure you get the censored version if this is for a family viewing.
Our favourite bit: Hugh Grant doing his “I’m alone at home” dance.
Who can possibly leave out the hilarious tale of Kevin McAllister who gets left at home while his entire family flies off to Paris? Not us! Most of us were still kids when this family classic was released in 1990, so we could definitely relate to Kevin’s absolute joy when he had the whole house to himself. Definitely worth a watch this year now that we’re older and wiser – sort of.
Our favourite bit: All the scenes where the robbers get pwned!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Here’s a bit of trivia for you: Did you know that bad-girl Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl fame was adorable little Cindy Lou Who? That’s right, the little munchkin who helped the Grinch expand his three-sizes-too-small heart grew up to look grouchier than the Grinch ever did.
But enough about that. The movie, based on Dr Seuss’ book of the same title, has a fairly simple plot: The Whos of Whoville, which exists within a snowflake, LOVE Christmas. The Grinch, an ugly green creature who hates everything, hates Christmas with a passion. So he endeavours to steal it from the Whos, cue the horrified gasps. But, of course, with the help of Cindy Lou Who, he comes to realise that the season is about love and spirit, and not just trees and presents. Aaaah we love it when movies have great values.
Our favourite bit: When the Grinch steals the Christmas tree
A Christmas Carol
Visually, this is a real treat! The animation is spot on, and so is the story in relation to the original book by Charles Dickens. The movie might be fairly new – released in 2009 – but what we love is that all the special effects add, not detract, from the plot. In terms of the fuzzy feels, this tale of miserly old Scrooge will tickle you in the “Aww” bone for sure.
Our favourite bit: When Scrooge goes time travelling!
Buddy was a baby who ended up in Santa’s sack and traveled all the way to the North Pole. Fast forward 30 years later, Buddy is an adult who has been raised by elves. After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to the fact he is, well, much taller than the others, Santa allows him to travel to New York and search for his birth father. The eccentric comedy that Will Ferrell is famous for is on point in this movie, and is great for all ages. Perfect for when you’ve had an overdose of warmth and just want something hilarious for a change!
Our favourite bit: When Buddy confronts Fake Santa
Another rom-com movie! Two women with romantic troubles swap homes – in different countries! Wedding columnist Iris Simpkins leaves London for sunny Los Angeles when she finds out her crush is getting married. Movie trailer-maker Amanda Woods heads to Iris’ cottage in Surrey to forget her cheating boyfriend, Ethan. As we can all guess, love blossoms on the different continents. But it’s not the ending that makes the movie awesome! It’s the whole journey. Enjoy!
Our favourite bit: When Iris and Amanda discover each other’s super gorgeous homes
The Polar Express
The perfect movie for people who find that Christmas is starting to lose its lustre. On Christmas Eve, a young boy lies awake to hear the sound of sleighbells; what he hears instead is, bizarrely, the whistle of a steam engine! He then boards a magical train that is headed directly for the North Pole, where he receives a gift that only people who believe in Santa can experience. We definitely want to believe in Santa now! Who’s with us?
Our favourite bit: When the boy sees the train for the first time – magical!
A modern, more realistic (if we may say so) take on the whole Santa business. Fred Claus, Santa’s younger brother, is forced to head to the North Pole for a few days to help his brother with the Christmas rush, in exchange for a US$50,000 loan. When he gets there, he finds Santa in the middle of an efficiency auditing, and let’s just say it isn’t very pleasant. Watching Fred sort out the naughty and nice lists make us appreciate the hard work that goes into being Santa!
Our favourite bit: When Fred turns the workshop into a huge party, because, well… Party!
The Santa Clause
This movie may seem cuddly and happy, but it’s a warning: Do not kill Santa.
Really, don’t. If you do, you have to put on his suit and your hair will turn grey and you will become… Santa-sized.
Ah, we kid. It’s a super family-friendly movie that everybody will love watching, as Tim Allen’s character goes from average middle-aged man to Santa Claus, complete with bushy beard and burgeoning waistline, and struggles to keep it a secret from his family. Christmas classic! Also, drug reference! Nobody really got it when the movie first screened, but we get it now! Spot it if you can.
Our favourite bit: When he ends up in the slammer