There’s nothing that says ‘Tis the season’ like Christmas movies! Come December, my favourite thing to do is veg out in front of the television screen, watching the all-time best Christmas movies to make me feel like Santa is just one house away from climbing down the chimney. What? Don’t look so surprised. It’s Christmas time and so, it’s okay to behave like a loony kid.
So, here’s my list of the best Christmas movies to get you in the spirit of Christmas!
1. Home Alone
Macaulay Culkin won over the world with his portrayal of the naughty li’l Kevin McCallister who gets left behind at home while his family boards the flight to Paris for the holidays. The movie follows young Kevin as he manages living alone, while fighting off two thieves until Christmas day, when he is reunited with his family.
2. Home Alone 2
A sequel of the first movie; this time around, the McCallisters decide to go to Miami for Christmas. Only, Kevin somehow ends up on the flight to New York. And so begins his adventure in the big city around Christmas when he meets the Sticky Bandits, yet again. Similar to the first movie, the sequel follows Kevin’s adventures during Christmas season around New York, until he is reunited with his family. There’s something about getting lost and left alone during Christmas, it would seem.
3. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This is one of my favourite Christmas movies, of all the time. Simply because it’s Dr Seuss, and the adorably annoying Grinch, played by Jim Carrey. The plot is similar to the book, with a lot more detail—the Grinch is bitter about Christmas because of childhood memories and decides to steal Christmas from the citizens of Whoville. It’s one of the most lovable movies there are and you don’t need to be a kid, or a sappy nerd to love it!
4. The Polar Express
How can you not love this movie—a train journey to the North pole with Tom Hanks playing the role of the ticket collector. It’s not about being a simple animated movie; or about kids. It’s about believing in miracles; in the unseen and knowing that magic does exist in the goodness of belief. Again, you can be grown-assed and still watch this movie.
5. Jingle All The Way
Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to buy his son a Turboman for Christmas. That’s pretty much the entire plot line for this one. But, good humour, good fun and something for all Arnie fans; especially if you were the kinds who wanted to see him in something other than The Terminator.
Starring Will Ferell as one of Santa’s beloved elves, the story follows the story of how Ferell learns of his identity as a human elf and decides to embark on a journey to find his biological father—during his travels, he spreads the festive cheer and spirit of love across the town and its people. It’s a fantastical movie and I secretly wish stuff like this would show more often.
7. A Christmas Carol
Once again, Jim Carrey playing the role of the shrewd and skeptical Ebenezer Scrooge, from the classic book, by Charles Dickens of the same title. There isn’t much of a difference in the plot line from the book and that’s what makes the movie all the more engaging because the interpretation is just as classic as the book.
8. The Santa Clause
Starring Tim Allen, of Home Improvement fame, as the divorced Scott Calvin, the film revolves around Allen and his son, Charlie, who have to finish Santa Claus’ trip of delivering all the gifts, then taking over as Father Christmas and having to convince his family, and everyone he loves about the same. This was Tim’s next collaboration with director Pasquin who worked with him on his hit TV series as well. And while there were two sequels to this film, this one stands out, by far!