Christmas time is here! If the weather outside is frightful and you’re looking to have yourself a merry little Christmas, be sure to check out some of these holiday classics and have a happy Xmas (war is over): The Muppets Christmas Carol – Easily my favourite Christmas movie of all time. The Muppets are hilarious, the music is infinitely sing-able, and Michael Caine is the perfect Scrooge. This movie has everything you could possibly want. I watch it every year and I never get sick of it. You won’t either.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas!/The Grinch – Who doesn’t like the Grinch? I mean, nobody likes the Grinch, but don’t we all love the story? Yes, yes we all do. The original television special is always the preferred version (Boris Karloff is brilliant), but if you need something with a little more substance, you can always go the Jim Carrey route. I won’t judge you.
Arthur Christmas – Chances are you haven’t seen Arthur Christmas. Why not try something new? This Aardman Animation feature (the guys behind Wallace & Gromit) came out last year and pleasantly surprised me. It’s a funny, clever, and charming take on the Santa Clause myth and I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun Christmas tale.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – What’s this? What’s this? A Halloween movie made the list? As much a Christmas movie as it is a Halloween movie, this classic stop-motion film from director Henry Selick is a delight during any season of the year.
Love Actually – This is one of those multi-plot-line-power-cast-character-overload-intertwining-stories movies like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Things missing in these films that you might find in Love Actually include character development, heart warming endings, British accents, and actors who can act!
Die Hard – You may be surprised to hear that Die Hard is considered a Christmas movie, but many consider it to be their favourite Christmas movie of all time! If you’re one who prefers “Yippee-ki-yay” to “Ho ho ho,” this may be the Christmas film for you.
Elf – Will Ferrell stars as an elf named Buddy who restores people’s belief in Santa. And there’s a talking narwhal – “Bye Buddy! I hope you find your dad!” It’s A Wonderful Life – This Christmas classic is considered one of the most inspirational films of all time. A must-see for anyone who has ever thought that the world might be better off without them.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Another perennial holiday classic. A Charlie Brown Christmas not only gave us the song “Christmas Time Is Here,” but also introduced us to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and haven’t we all had one at some point in our lives?
The Santa Clause – The sequels may have plumbed new depths of awful, but who can deny the charm of the original The Santa Clause? Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about when Tim Allen still had a career.
Dr. Who Christmas Specials – Watch your favorite Ood-loving, world-saving, fez-wearing, bow-tie-rocking, time-traveler in the Doctor Who Christmas specials. After watching these, you’ll never trust another Christmas tree again.