My Top Ten Christmas Movies (and a Giveaway!)

I know it’s still November, but for me this month is all about preparation and getting things in order – there’s so much to enjoy at this time of year and so much fun to look forward to in the weeks ahead!  I’m continuing with my 8 week plan pretty faithfully and am making decent headway on all tasks.  Life takes me to Newcastle today but I’m making decent progress on gift-buying, get-together planning, food prep, crafting and general silliness.  Prepping this early isn’t for everyone but I love it – it affords me so much time next month to relax and soak up the season.  And celebrate my birthday, too!

The other day I was talking to some friends about our favourite Christmas movies.  As an ex-film & English student (good times, my friends) and a music fiend I never need to convinced to compile a list of films, music or books I adore!  Rather like Barry in High Fidelity, I have opinions to spare when it comes to those cultural elements.

I enjoyed chatting about festive films so much that I decided to share my list here – some entries you may agree with, some you may think are fine but wouldn’t make the cut for your collection, some may actively enrage you!  Bring it – I love a good (friendly) debate about pop culture.  I can certainly think of at least one movie (The Nightmare Before Christmas) which simply slipped off my radar when I was chatting about this list!

I’ve enjoyed this so much that I’ve decided to make it a giveaway – at the bottom of the post you can read how to win my top ten Christmas films on DVD, just in time for Christmas!

I present these as a top ten, with no other ranking – my top three within these always changes!

Die Hard

John McClane.  Hans Gruber (RICKMAN ALERT).  Yippe-kay-yay!  Such a fun action film, and as it’s set at Christmas I decided it could definitely make the cut.

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

I’m a child of the eighties….I think it was mandated I had to watch this every year while we were growing up.

It’s A Wonderful Life

I love Capra’s films anyway, but this is such a special, moving film.  For me it really sums up the season of goodwill.

The Holiday

Such a cheesey chickflick.  If you hate chickflicks it’s not going to convert you, but if you like them?  Bring it on!  Feelgood, sweet, and Jack Black as a romantic lead – an unexpected treat.

Second time I’ve mentioned Jack Black in this post.  Unexpected.


Good, silly fun, and a sweet message too!  Make yourself a hot chocolate and curl up with this treat.

Love Actually

I love to watch this every year, and have done since its release in 2003.  I had no idea when I started that tradition that I’d eventually be celebrating London Christmasses of my own.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A really beautiful movie, again with a heartwarming message.

Sleepless in Seattle

Perhaps not strictly a Christmas movie, but I watch it every year around this time.  There’s something about Meg Ryan singing ‘Horses, horses, horses, horses’ while driving along that makes me feel Christmassy.

Home Alone

Such a sweet family film!  Lots of comedy but a great little story too.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

I think I could sing this film from memory.  A true classic.

This giveaway is live until midnight here in London on 30th November (so the wee small hours), and I’ll announce on Wednesdsay 2nd December and mail it out as soon as I can to the winner after that!  I think it’s a fun prize and hope you’ll consider entering.  There are three ways to enter – leaving a comment, tweeting about the giveaway, or following me on twitter if you’re yet to join the fun over there (so many gifs!).  As the DVDs are Region 2 (Europe, Japan, ME, SA and Egypt) you will need a DVD player or computer which plays those happily.

If you do leave a comment, I’d love to know – what’s your favourite Christmas movie, and why?  I can think of at least two or three more that could easily make the cut!

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  1. Amanda
    16th November 2015 / 9:13 am

    "Elf" because it just makes me smile! And for the line: "You sit on a throne of lies!" x

  2. Tracey Peach
    16th November 2015 / 12:26 pm

    I Love the Polar Express Christmas Film 🙂

  3. Unknown
    16th November 2015 / 12:29 pm

    It's a Wonderful Life – a classic film with a good message.

  4. i heart
    16th November 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Whoops…pressed the wrong button! I do wonder if The Godfather counts as a Christmas movie since a chunk of it takes place at that time, something I never noticed till I saw it again recently!

  5. Kim Neville
    16th November 2015 / 1:14 pm

    We love Home Alone

  6. i heart
    16th November 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I love the innocent exuberance of Elf so it definitely goes on my list. But my G.O.A.T. Christmas film is It's a Wonderful Life. Not just because I watched it a lot growing up but because my littlest sister and I watched it together when we were attending university far from home one Christmas. Turned into a bit of a quote-along since we both knew and loved so many of the lines. We also ate Tofurkey that year but the less said about that, the better.

  7. Jill
    16th November 2015 / 1:43 pm

    What a lovely giveaway! A Christmas movie for me? Annie.I love Annie, watch it every year! Jill xx

  8. Caroline My Family Ties
    16th November 2015 / 2:29 pm

    It's so hard either Elf or It's a wonderful life – two of my favorites 🙂

  9. Laura Nice
    16th November 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Love actually! We watch it every year! xx

  10. LJT79
    16th November 2015 / 3:52 pm

    What about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? We also watched Christmas with the Kranks yesterday on C5!

  11. Rebecca Cusick
    16th November 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Definitely Elf! Can't wait to watch it again this year x

  12. Iain Maciver
    16th November 2015 / 3:59 pm

    It's a Wonderful Life – a classic film

  13. Hannah Ingham
    16th November 2015 / 4:36 pm

    I really like love actually! 🙂

  14. Nicki Evans
    16th November 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Home alone – it's such a classic and so funny.

  15. Karen Nagle
    16th November 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Elf because it's sweet and funny and makes me want to believe in Santa again.

  16. michaelaeloise
    16th November 2015 / 7:09 pm

    I love the Polar express because it is so magical!

  17. laura banks
    16th November 2015 / 9:03 pm

    national lampoons xmas vacation its just a fab silly comedy

  18. Unknown
    16th November 2015 / 10:16 pm

    What a difficult choice but I think I would go for 'Nativity' as it reminds me so much of working in schools (@foxyowl)

  19. Helen Porter
    16th November 2015 / 10:49 pm

    polar express

  20. samantha loughlin
    17th November 2015 / 2:29 am

    Mary popping as reminds me of childhood Christmas

  21. sarahlouisa
    17th November 2015 / 8:45 pm

    My favourite is Elf!

  22. Natalie Crossan
    17th November 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Love Actually 😀

  23. clairew137
    18th November 2015 / 9:20 am

    The Holiday. It's funny and sweet.

  24. Ruth Harwood
    18th November 2015 / 9:26 am

    Titanic always reminds me of Christmas because one year I watched it eight times!!

  25. rondah s
    18th November 2015 / 10:26 am

    I like Home Alone

  26. clair downham
    18th November 2015 / 1:23 pm

    polar wxpress magical film to watch especially on xmas eve thankyou

  27. Angie McDonald
    18th November 2015 / 8:25 pm

    My favourite film is The Grinch as for me it shows the different sides and attitude's to Christmas and it makes me feel all warm and Christmas-sy inside!

  28. ashlingmac
    20th November 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Oh tis a toughie but probably either Elf or The Santa Clause 🙂

  29. Kelly Hirst
    21st November 2015 / 9:26 am

    Elf – the whole family loves it!Kelly Ellen Hirst

  30. marion morgan
    21st November 2015 / 10:28 am


  31. Cake
    21st November 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Mine is Home Alone – such great slapstick and one all the family laugh at & enjoySheila Reeves @CakeReev

  32. Clare Hubbard
    21st November 2015 / 6:46 pm

    I love Elf, just such a fun movie 🙂

  33. Maureen Mallea
    22nd November 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Nativity 1

  34. Christine Caple
    22nd November 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Home Alone because I used to watch it with my children when they were little

  35. spooky nat
    23rd November 2015 / 3:00 am

    Wizard of oz it was always on every Christmas I loved it 🙂

  36. ray becker
    24th November 2015 / 12:39 pm

    The children's favourite is elf

  37. Susan Lesley Hall
    24th November 2015 / 11:21 pm

    The Holiday – it makes me fuzzy with feel good .. or it could be Jude Law at his best! either way it makes Christmas great

  38. MrsE
    25th November 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Home Alone – it brings back such good memories and doesn't feel like Christmas until I've watched it 🙂

  39. sally johnston
    27th November 2015 / 1:15 am

    I would struggle to choose also! We adore watching a Christmas film in the run up to Christmas all cosy by the fire. I would have to choose The Holiday as its funny, warm & has the feel good factor with a happy ending x x

  40. kimberley dVIES
    27th November 2015 / 10:39 am

    The Polar Express, great movie, my little ones really enjoy it.

  41. carole carr
    27th November 2015 / 2:54 pm

    white christmas is my favourite as its one of the first musicals I watched with my mam when I was very little and still remember it to this day

  42. Victoria Prince
    28th November 2015 / 8:23 am

    I love your selection, mine would contain many of the same! My favourite is Miracle On 34th Street, and it has to be the 1994 version 🙂 The others just don't do it for me in the same way!

    • Victoria Prince
      28th November 2015 / 8:28 am

      oops, forgot the why! Well, not forgot exactly – I'm not really sure why, I suppose because it's a film that really gets me into the spirit, I love the message and it just makes me feel good 🙂

  43. Shona Louise
    28th November 2015 / 2:29 pm

    The Polar Express as it's a big favourite in my family 🙂

  44. Jo Hutchinson
    28th November 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Jingle all the way because its Christmassy, funny and has action. Good old Arnie getting himself in a pickle because he forgot to get the toy!.

  45. Gem Gem
    28th November 2015 / 4:45 pm

    We love watching Elf! What an amazing giveaway, my kids would love this.Thank you for the chance x

  46. Nadya
    28th November 2015 / 9:09 pm

    i love Home Alone since I saw it in Ukraine growing up

  47. buchanl
    28th November 2015 / 10:35 pm

    Elf makes me laugh until my sides hurt.Lynsey Buchanan

  48. Cardiff UK
    28th November 2015 / 11:52 pm

    Home Alone is a firm favourite in our house as it appeals to a wide age range and it's just so funny 🙂

  49. Erica Price
    29th November 2015 / 8:46 am

    It's a Wonderful Life – a classic

  50. David Crabb
    29th November 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Some great films on your list but my favourite is The Polar Express. It just throbs with Christmas Joy and is also a poignant nostalgia trip for the magic of childhood.

  51. Viv Carey
    29th November 2015 / 12:21 pm

    me and the kids love watching Elf

  52. jeanniev1
    29th November 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Mine is Elf because it is the one film from grandparents to grandchildren that we can all settle down to watch as a family bringing lots of fun and laughter.

  53. Leanne Bell
    29th November 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I love Elf – it makes me smile every time I watch it and its a great movie to watch with the whole family x

  54. soozwales
    29th November 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Home Alone 2 – Lost in New York

  55. Nickie
    29th November 2015 / 3:35 pm

    A Christmas Story as it reminds me of my childhood

  56. Pauline black
    29th November 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Home alone! Such a fab story about how important family is!

  57. M Allen
    29th November 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Such a tricky one, but I'm also going to go for Elf

  58. Jamie Gallant
    29th November 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I like Miracle on 34th Street, it was the first Xmas film I remember

  59. Unknown
    29th November 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Home Alone 🙂

  60. michaela C
    29th November 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Home alone 😀 my absolute favourite because the little boy is just the best ever x

  61. Dale Dow
    29th November 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Home Alone, I remember being a child and watching this with a massive smile on my face, we now watch it every Christmas as brings a bit of that magic to me and my kids who now love it like I do x

  62. tammy neal
    29th November 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Home alone soo funny i love it every year and still manage to laugh! xx

  63. tracey baker
    29th November 2015 / 8:42 pm

    I love Elf but it really is hard to pick just one we have different films for different days over Christmas. Christmas eve is more Santa Claus whilst Boxing Day we like a bit of Die Hard xx

  64. nicola james
    29th November 2015 / 8:52 pm

    polar express is just fantastic i love it

  65. Jason Tolliss
    29th November 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Nightmare Before Christmas, can't beat Time Berton at Christmas.

  66. Beky Austerberry
    29th November 2015 / 9:43 pm

    I like the grinch or nightmare before christmas – because they are not obvious feel good christmas films

  67. Kirsty Broadhead
    29th November 2015 / 10:21 pm

    elf! 😀

  68. Anne Woodthorpe
    29th November 2015 / 10:23 pm

    The Polar Express 🙂

  69. Rose Vincent
    29th November 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Santa Claus: The Movie – it's just a classic family film and has always been part of my Christmas tradition and will remain so now with my children.

  70. Diane Jackson
    29th November 2015 / 11:50 pm

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, because it always makes the whole family laugh 🙂

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