Christmas movies are as much a part of Christmas as presents, turkey and charades and now that it's finally December, it's officially socially acceptable to binge-watch the Home Alone boxset on a Saturday night whilst stuffing your face with mince pies and downing mulled wine. Yas! There's something so special about Christmas movies that just get us feeling all warm and Christmassy inside and as much as we love the Polar Express, nothing will beat the classic Christmas movies of the 80s and 90s that have us dancing around the living room belting out Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.
This December there's a comfy sofa and a telly with your name on it, so if you're not sure what the classic must-see Christmas movies to watch at Christmas time are, then you've definitely come to the right place. Our top 10 Christmas movies edit features everything from the old 90s childhood classics right up to the newer productions that you'll no doubt be quoting throughout the rest of December, so if you want your heart warming this December, then clear some space in that diary and get ready to binge-watch the best Christmas movies ever made...
Santaaaaaaaaaaa! This 2003 family friendly Christmas movie is up their with the greatest and will leave you reciting the most iconic scenes throughout the whole of December. Follow Buddy The Elf's story as he leaves his life in the North Pole and heads to New York in search of his real-life Dad, attempting to find his human feet in a modern New York City, whilst managing to fall in love along the way.
2. The Santa Clause
This family friendly Christmas movie stars Tim Allen as a divorced advertising executive who is magically recruited to take on the role of Santa Claus after the real Santa falls from his roof on Christmas Eve. He is transported to the North Pole where he is informed by a group of elves that he is now the real Santa Claus and then has to try and disguise his physical transformation into Santa from his friends and family. This 1994 cheesy Christmas classic is not to be missed, so cosy up by the Christmas tree this December and get stuck into this movie on Netflix.
3. Home Alone
Quite possibly the most popular Christmas movie of all time, Home Alone is the heart-warming 90s classic that just never gets old. In case you’re the only person on the planet yet to have seen this movie, it follows an eight-year-old boy (Kevin McCallister) who wishes he had a nicer family and wakes up on Christmas morning to discover his wish has come true and he's the only person left in the house. Turns out his family have actually left him there by mistake, forcing him to try and 'adult' and set some seriously inventive booby traps for 2 burglars intent on burgling his family home...
4. The Holiday
Oh The Holiday, the romantic Christmas movie that leaves us reaching for the tissues everytime. Fall in love with love with this heart-warming Christmas-set romantic comedy this December, where two women - one in London (Kate Winslet) and one in Los Angeles (Cameron Diaz) - flee their romantic disappointments and cities and end up doing a house swap over the Christmas period, leading them to find new men to swoon over...Jude Law we're talking about you. Get the tissues ready and cosy up with this romantic classic.
5. Love Actually
With its impressive star-studded cast, Love Actually is the popular Christmas movie that just never gets old. The multi-narrative cheesy Christmas movie follows the lives of eight very different couples and their love lifes in the lead up to Christmas Day. If you haven't seen this British classic yet (where have you been?), then be sure to add it to the Christmas movie list this December and watch Hugh Grant make a fool out of himself, dancing around 10 Downing Street to 'Jump' in that heart-warming iconic scene...
6. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
This film adaptation of Dr. Seuss's children's book stars Jim Carey as the (frankly terrifying) Grinch, who lives on the outskirts of Whoville and is hellbent on revenge, plotting and planning to steal Christmas from the happy land of Whoville. This unusual classic is a refreshing change from the traditional Christmas movies, so if you haven't seen it before, then definitely check it out this December and fall in love with both the adorable people of Whoville and the Grinch himself this Christmas.
7. Miracle on 34th Street
Set in New York, this old Christmas classic is the movie to watch this December. Starring Richard Attenborough as the department store Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th Street is a heart-warming movie that tests the Christmas spirit of the people of New York, as 'Santa' is brought to trial, ending in a true miracle on 34th Street...If you haven't already seen it, then we strongly recommend getting into the festive spirit and tucking into one of the greatest old Christmas movies of all time this Christmas.
8. Bridget Jones's Diary
This hilarious British classic starring the world's favourite singleton will never get old, so make sure not to miss it off your Christmas movie list this December. Following the love and life of English heroin and broadcast journalist Bridget Jones who is in a constant battle against her age, her weight, her job, her lack of a man and her many imperfections, Bridget Jones's Diary follows Bridget the year she decides to take control of her life, starting by keeping a diary where she tells the complete truth and is persued by a rather persistent love interest. P.S. it's worth a watch just to see Colin Firth rocking a novelty reindeer Christmas jumper...
9. The Polar Express
Fall in love with Christmas all over again with this 2004 animated film following a little boy who struggles with the notion of Christmas. In this magical animation, he is whisked aboard a magical train heading straight to the North Pole, where he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Once you've watched all the classics, then be sure to add The Polar Express to your Christmas movie bucket list this December and you'll be believing in Santa all over again...
10. The Muppet Christmas Carol
An adorable and funny retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, The Muppet Christmas Carol is an absolute Christmas classic to watch with the whole family this year. This puppet rendering from 1992 will have you chuckling along as it tells the story of Scrooge who is held accountable for his wicked ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.