The Best Christmas Movies

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Ready to settle down with a mince pie and something mulled? We have your holiday viewing sorted, let us remind you of the films guaranteed to stir up festive feeling.
 
Elf is the perfect antidote to traditional Christmas movies. Will Ferrell is Buddy the Elf, a large, ungainly elf who travels to America in search of his true identity when he discovers he is in fact a human raised by Santa Claus.
 
 
1980’s comedy horror film Gremlins was a cult hit. When a young boy ignores some important rules about an unusual Christmas present, a horde of mischievous monsters unleash havoc.
 
 
In Home Alone a young Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left at home when his extensive family head off on holiday at Christmas time. He has to learn to protect himself and his home from two bumbling burglars.
 
 
Ten isolated stories about love collide over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas in Richard Curtis’ warming romantic comedy Love Actually. All of London is in love (or longing to be) in this very very British comedy featuring acting heavyweights Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy and Liam Neeson.
 
 
White Christmas is a musical-comedy starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. It’s hearty and humorous, and the film’s title song has become one of the most well-known and overplayed Christmas tunes of all time.
 
 
The Nightmare Before Christmas is Tim Burton’s characteristically quirky, visually rich, haunting and imaginative take on the tradition of Christmas movies. This animated story follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween town, who one day finds himself smack bang in the middle of the glittering splendour of Christmas.
 
 
Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang (along with Michael Caine as the bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge) tell their version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
 
 
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a showing of the iconic, heart-melting animated fantasy The Snowman, and it has been screened every Christmas since 1982. Wordless save for the evocative choral ballad ‘Walking in the Air’, this short film tells the story of a young boy who finds his snowman has magically come to life on Christmas Eve.
 
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