Top 10 Christmas Movies

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Christmas Movies! It’s a most wonderful time of year to watch them, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 seasonal favourites that possess the spirit of Christmas and will fill you full of festive cheer, whether in your room at Atira or in the cinema with a bunch of friends, we hope you enjoy these Christmas Movies.

1. Home Alone

2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Ok this may be slightly cheating by including two Christmas movies, but it’s almost impossible to choose only one of them.

This first holiday classic plots eight-year-old Kevin against a pair of burglars calling themselves ‘The Wet Bandits’, after his family accidentally leaves him at home on their Christmas vacation. Hilarity ensues when Kevin is forced to come up with ways of making his house seem like he isn’t the sole occupant and his ingenious traps to deter the burglars.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is much of the same, but equally enjoyable. It’s one year after Kevin was left home, and against all odds he has been forgotten again, but this time he is stranded in New York, and he must defeat the same hapless yet determined criminals once more.

 

“A family comedy without the family…”

 

 

 

 

 

3. Elf

Will Ferrel stars in this clever Christmas favourite for the young and young at heart. After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. He meets his real dad, Walter Hobbs, who is on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, and had no idea that Buddy was even born.

Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. 

 

“This holiday, discover your inner elf.”

 

4. Miracle on 34th Street

 

The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favourite.

“Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic!”

 

 

5. The Santa Clause

 

Divorced dad Scott inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve and is magically recruited to take Santa’s place. He is then transported to the North Pole, an elf explaining Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives, but Scott thinks he’s dreaming. Over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. He has a lot of work to do if he’s to take the role of the big man from the north.

 

“What if your dad was Santa Claus?”

 

 

6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster despite Clark W Griswold’s best intentions, and if you’ve ever sat for hours testing Christmas light bulbs, the perfect tree, or in fact the perfect family celebration, you’ll empathise with Clark’s Christmas predicaments. Christmas Vacation is a modern Christmas classic, and has been since its release in 1989. 

 

“There’s No Place Like Home For A Holiday!”

 

7. How the grinch stole Christmas

 

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of munchkinlike people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch, a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch. 

 

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!”

 

 

8. The Polar Express

On the night of Christmas Eve, a boy is growing bitterly skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus. The arrival of a steam locomotive on the street outside his home rouses him from his sleep. Outside, the train’s conductor (Tom Hanks) introduces the train as the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. The boy initially declines to board but jumps aboard the train as it pulls away, and adventure ensues.

 

“Journey Beyond Your Imagination”

 

9. Die Hard

 

You may think this is an interesting choice, but Die Hard definitely counts in our list of Christmas movies. NYPD officer John McClane tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others taken hostage in Nakatomi Plaza during a Christmas party.  British film magazine Empire readers in 2015 voted Die Hard as the Greatest Christmas Movie.

“It’s Christmas Eve In L.A. And The Party Action’s About To Explode… On The Fortieth Floor!”

 

 

10. Scrooged

 

An update on the Charles Dickens Classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, a selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Francis Xavier Cross is a mean spirited television executive, he treats his loyal assistant with contempt. Frank sacks a staff member on Christmas Eve for disagreeing with him and Frank’s brother still insists on inviting him to Christmas dinner despite Frank’s refusal to go every year.  3 ghosts visit Frank and force him to learn the spirit of Christmas.

“The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways.”

 

If you need an exercise break during your Christmas Movies marathon, here’s a 20 minute study break work out.
We hope you enjoyed this selection of 10 Christmas Movies to watch this December. Time for an Atira Christmas movie marathon we think. Grab some friends and book the private cinema or invite them around today!

 

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