There’s no better way to get in the mood for the festive season than snuggling up on your sofa with a cosy blanket, a seasonal tipple and a selection of festive feel-good films. If you’re stuck for ideas and need some inspiration, we’ve put together the ultimate list of Christmas classics, ready for your next holiday movie marathon.
Best Christmas movies for kids
This 90s favourite is a great one to add your collection of seasonal films. Filled with familiar family feuds, a classic Christmas soundtrack and silly slapstick moments, it’s ideal for a movie marathon. Start on Home Alone and work your way through the trilogy for lots of evening entertainment.
A 2020 Netflix film that may just become one of your classics. This creative and colourful festive movie follows a young girl as she tries to help her snubbed inventor grandfather get back his latest invention. It’s full of music, dance numbers, magic, and glorious, heart-felt moments. A great movie to get children excited about the magic of Christmas.
Another well-known and much-loved favourite, this film has something for all the family. There’s a lot of silly fun to be had watching Will Ferrell navigate New York as a human-sized elf, and try to sway a very sceptical Zooey Deschanel into embracing the Christmas spirit!
Best romantic Christmas movies
Possibly the most star-studded romcom film ever made, Love Actually is a staple for the festive season. Its creative and complex narrative portrays relatable characters whose intertwined love stories are delivered with the perfect balance of humour and sadness. It’s become such a classic that it’s even referenced in other Christmas movies, like Lovehard, Netflix’s latest festive flick.
A relatively new addition to our Christmas film favourites, this brilliant movie follows Katarina (Emilia Clarke) as she falls head over heels for the gorgeously handsome Tom (Henry Golding). It’s a gentle look at what it’s like to struggle with mental health issues over the festive period, but it’s a feel-good film set to the music of George Michael and Wham!
There are few better ways to spend an evening than watching Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black fall in love with each other to the backdrop of beautiful English countryside and glamorous LA. Understated and witty, this film is such a heart-warming exploration of what love should look like, and what it means to stand up for ourselves in romance.
Another new entry, this is Kristen Stewart’s hilarious Christmas romcom, with all of the classic festive film family drama and romance you’d want. It follows Abby (Kristen Stewart) as she prepares to propose to her girlfriend when the couple visit her family. The twist? It turns out her girlfriend is not yet out to her parents… you can expect lots of mix ups, mishaps and an ending sweet enough to warm any cold winter night.
The best non-Christmas Christmas movies to watch
If you’re not yet feeling Christmassy, can’t convince your family to watch a Christmas movie yet, or don’t celebrate Christmas, here are some classic feel-good films that will still give you warm fuzzy feelings while you’re curled up on the sofa this holiday season.
One of the few films to ever receive a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film is full of family fun – a rollercoaster of highs and lows following the life of the ever-loveable Paddington bear. If you want a whole evening of entertainment, have a movie marathon and watch both films back to back.
Feel that festive holiday nostalgia by watching the Harry Potter movies. They’re a great way to bring a little bit of magic to your winter evenings but with 12 films in the series, it might take a few nights to get through them all!
Be reminded of what’s important with this classic where Bill Murry’s character is stuck in an endless loop of the same day. It’s a classic for a reason, and is the perfect tactic to melt the hearts of anyone not quite in the Christmas spirit yet.
An unusual and unrealistic plot gives way to a moving film from Richard Curtis – the director of other classics like Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. It follows the main character, a sweet man who has the power to time travel, as he learns of his gift and uses it to find love. It’s a great romantic comedy and though not set at Christmas, has that classic heart-warming feeling that’s perfect for the holidays.