Our Must Watch Christmas Film Picks
15th Dec 2017 Inspiration & Lifestyle
The nights are dark and the days are cold. Time to snuggle up in front of an open fire with a mulled wine and a good festive film. But across the country people are asking the same question, “Which Christmas movie should I watch?”
Here at Kindred we have got you covered. We have selected some of the best seasonal sensations to cover all your bases this Christmas, whether it’s a family gathering, a night with the kids, or a cosy evening in with your other half. Make room for some seasonal shenanigans with our pick of the best Christmas movies to watch this year.
For the kids (big and small)
The Santa Claus
Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. A turn of events means, after knocking a man in a Santa suit off the roof of their home, they are magically transported to the North Pole. An elf then explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next few months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Perhaps the night in the North Pole wasn’t a dream. Maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
Take yourself back to your childhood with this iconic home movie. We love it because it is all about the importance of family (even if they did forget him). Watch Macauley Culkin at his best, fending off inept burglars played superbly by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Once you’re finished, why not follow it up with Home Alone 2 – but no further!
As much a part of Christmas as mince pies and last minute presents. The Snowman brings the Christmas warmth – although it is much sadder than you might remember. You will feel like you are walking in the air as you follow a young boy on his journey with his homemade snowman. If you haven’t seen this yet why are you even asking, “which Christmas movie should I watch?”
“Santa! I know him!”
For that laugh out loud feeling
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Back in the home, and no less destructive than before, this tale of Christmas calamities is a mix of the ridiculous and familiar. Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, a family man trying to create the perfect day – with disastrous consequences. In no way are we advocating kidnapping your boss if your Christmas bonus isn’t what you expected!
“Santa! I know him!” What more needs to be said about this iconic festive flick? Join Buddy on his trip to find his father in New York. Will Ferrell comes into his own alongside Zooey Deschanel and James Caan. Don’t miss a cameo performance from Peter Dinklage, or our favourite Mr Narwhal.
For the adrenaline junkies
Agree or disagree on this being a seasonal movie, it is still essential viewing if you are asking, “which Christmas movie should I watch?” Set over Christmas and during the work Christmas party (Christmas enough for you?) the film is an action masterpiece. Bruce Willis is John McClane, the foul mouthed cop tasked with taking down Alan Rickman at his devilish peak.
Another one you might not class as a Christmas film, but on the list because of how frequently it graces out TVs over the festive period. Lethal Weapon follows Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs and his new partner, as they encounter increasingly dangerous situations and people. Try it before ruling it out!
"the film is an action masterpiece"
For a touch of romance
Looking for the perfect Rom-Com at Christmas? This film will have you crying with sadness and joy at the same time. The perfect mix of humour and romance, Love Actually follows the lives of several different people looking to fall in love at Christmas. It’s a truly feel good film that should not be missed!
Light hearted and romantic, The Holiday is a story of two women, one from America and one from Britain, who swap homes at Christmas time after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man, but realise that their imminent return home may end the relationship. A great film for those who would like to suspend reality for a while and just enjoy.
For the golden oldies
A real heart warmer and a true Christmas classic. White Christmas sees Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join a singing sister act, to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There they run into a General from War II, who they learn is having financial difficulties. So, what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle; a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!
It’s A Wonderful Life
Last but far from least. This tale of love and family is essential Christmas viewing. Not always an easy watch, the film sets up a beautiful ending that will leave you warm and cosy in your bed. George Bailey is the archetypal nice man finishing last, but thanks to angelic intervention, comes out the other side with a renewed sense of purpose.
What is your favourite Christmas film?