For 11 months of the year, we binge on Netflix TV shows and Originals. But come December, we want to watch proper, festive classics that take us back to our childhood. And while there are some new Christmas movies out there, move over Netflix – it’s time to whip out some of our favourite feel-good films of all time and snuggle up in front of the fire!
What to watch
In the very first Home Alone movie (1990) we watched Macaulay Culkin plant booby-traps all around the house to defend himself against unsuspecting burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).
Then we have Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009) where the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Jim Carrey) learns a thing or two about kindness. Certainly, one to keep the kids entertained all the way through.
Seeing is believing
Another favourite is The Santa Clause (1994) with Tim Allen himself. The old Savoy cinema in Waterford was thronged with excited cinema-goers when this first opened. Here is a clip from the movie itself:
And let’s not forget the 1947 Hollywood classic Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Gwen. A timeless piece of film.
Lots of laughs with Elf and the Griswolds
Next up is Elf, the story of a human baby who grows up in the magical world of Santa’s workshop. Will Ferrell’s man-child character will have the whole family in stitches.
Going from one Christmas comedy to another, most of you will remember the hilarious Chevy Chase as head of the Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1983). One of those movies that gives kids WAY too many ideas on how to blow up the house using the Xmas lights…
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Die Hard (1988)! Watch Bruce Willis as John McClane put some manners on some very naughty Euro-trash terrorists when they hi-jack an office Christmas party. Classic action thriller.
Last but not least
The Snowman (1982) – Adapted from Raymond Briggs’ best-selling book and features the beautiful and very Christmassy ‘Walking in the Air’ song sung by Aled Jones. Enjoy the full movie of The Snowman below.
Don’t forget to have a Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho!