My Top 5 Family Christmas Films

I am a huge Christmas fan. I won’t lie; I start getting excited in September. I love Christmas shopping, even if I do it all online. I save all of my wrapping until Christmas Eve when I sit down with a Mulled Wine or Winter Jack and wrap all of the presents watching a Christmas film (or two). I have decided to compile a list of my top 5 festive films.

  1. Arthur Christmas (2011) (U). I only discovered this last year and it quickly went to the top spot in my rankings. This is a modern take on the Santa Clause story. Santa misses a girl on Christmas Eve and his son, Arthur, comes to the rescue along side a wrapping specialist elf, Bryony. It is so sweet, suitable for all of the family and with some modern twists and humour that will keep parents chuckling away. arthur_christmas_poster
  2. Home Alone (1990) (PG). Is there anyone who doesn’t know Home Alone? Ok, just in case… Kevin is a young boy who invariably drives his parents a little crazy. In the madness of trying to get about 20 people out of the house so they don’t miss their flight for their Christmas holiday, he gets forgotten. Whilst home alone over the festive period he protects the house from a couple of burglars, the wet bandits. Of course everything is alright in the end… Ooopps, spoiler alert! I love ‘Home Alone: Lost in New York’ too, but the original is the best.                                                          home_alone_poster
  3. Miracle of 34th Street (1947/1994) (U). I think I prefer the more recent version but that is mostly because I was always a huge fan of Richard Attenborough and his Santa performance was brilliant. This is a story about a girl who no longer believes in Santa. She meets a man who tries to convince her he is the real deal even though her mum told her Santa doesn’t exist. It is a lovely story that shows the importance of hope and having something to believe in no matter what age you are. mv5bmti3odezoda0nv5bml5banbnxkftztcwmji1mjiymq-_v1_uy268_cr30182268_al_
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (U). This is such a lovely film with a message we all need to hear every now and again. A man who feels overwhelmed by everything in his life and a general waste of space, is shown what the world would be like if he had never existed. It shows him how he has touched so many lives throughout his time. We all need to feel valued and appreciated. It is easy to forget the impact we have on others when the daily grind gets us down. This film always puts a smile on my face.mv5bmtmzmzy5ndc4m15bml5banbnxkftztcwmzc4njixnw-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_
  5. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) (U). What is not to love? The Muppets, Christmas and utter silliness. The Muppets take on the Dickens classic is brilliantly funny, heart warming and addictive. I have lost count of the amount of times I have watched this film and now the girls love it too.                                                                                              muppet_christmas_carol

What are your favourite Christmas films? Have you watched any yet (shhh…we have)?

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  1. November 15, 2016 / 9:12 am

    I do love The Muppets! Bring back the Muppet Show reruns! Lots of classics here. They should be watched all year round. Have fun getting ready for Chrimbo Xx

    • November 15, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Yes! Bring back the muppets!

  2. November 15, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Home alone is a favourite in our house too!

  3. serenityyou
    November 16, 2016 / 9:11 am

    I love the top 4, but The muppets get on my nerves. I also like Elf and The Grinch #BloggerClubUK

    • November 16, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      I love the Grinch too and couldn’t decide if it was a top 5 for me… It was close. I actually find Elf really annoying… I think I’m the only person who does 😉 X

  4. November 16, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve only watched Home Alone and The Muppets. Quite why (as this was pre kids!) is beyond me. Every year I say I’m going to watch This Wonderful Life and I NEVER have. Also, I know I’ll love Miracle on 34th Street! Be honest, will I be crying??! We normally snuggle up to watch Love Actually but I think we will start with all the kids Christmas films from next year when our toddler will be more into it. Can’t wait!! Christmas is so much more special once kids come along! #BloggerClubUK

    • November 17, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Yeah you’ll be crying! I like Love Actually but haven’t watched it for the last couple of years for some reason X

  5. November 17, 2016 / 6:48 am

    It’s not Christmas until I watch Home Alone and The Holiday. I love to watch them when I’m wrapping presents X #bloggerclubuk

    • November 17, 2016 / 10:09 am

      Oh the Holiday is lovely. It was filmed where I went to college so we used to all go out Jude Law spotting… Bit embarrassing really X

  6. emmerson329
    November 17, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Santa Claus the movie, every time! It’s my absolute favourite! We also love The Polar Express, amazing film! #stayclassymama

    • November 17, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Yes to both of those! They are great films… I nearly put Santa Clause the movie on here.

  7. November 17, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Deck the Halls with Danny De Vito and Matthew Broderick – I absolutely adore it. We have already watched Home Alone this year, and I cant believe but ive never seen A Wonderful Life! #stayclassymama

    • November 17, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      I have never seen Deck the Halls… I’ll have to try and watch it this year.. I love finding new Christmas films, there were so many to chose from I found it hard to pick just 5.

  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    November 17, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I too am a huge Christmas fan! I’m counting down the days to put up my tree! I love all of these & would add A Christmas Story to the list – as I adore that film! Thank you for sharing your post with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

    • November 17, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Haha! I’m counting the days too. Hubby is making me wait (of course the tree would have died by Christmas if I don’t). I have never seen that film! I’ll put it on my list to watch. I love everything Christmas.

  9. November 17, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    I do all my Christmastuff shopping online too. Far less stressful that way and in fact I have finished all mine already. I also wrap the presents with a mulled wine (or two) or a baileys but with Christmas music playing.

    My favorite Christmas films as a little girl were Prancer and Ernest saves Christmas. Of ourselves I loved and still love Home Alone. I laugh my socks off every year. It never gets old. And I love Love Actually too 🙂

    #stayclassymama

    • November 17, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Oh Christmas music! I can’t wait to start dancing to those songs again. I have never seen Prancer and Ernest Saves Christmas before, I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for reading X

  10. November 19, 2016 / 10:58 pm

    The Santa clause has to be on my list. But I pretty much love any film to do with Christmas. Sometimes the cheesier the better 🙂 #kcacols

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Oh yes you have to love the Christmas cheese. It’s pretty much the only time of year I love cheesy stuff X

  11. November 20, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Ah, some good choices here! I love ‘It’s a Wonderful life’ too! It always makes me cry, even after watching it half a dozen times. I also love unChristmassy Christmas films that are on every year like The Sound of Music! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Oh yeah the sound of music is a good one! I can’t wait to sit and watch all the films X

  12. November 20, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    I love all of those! But also Elf, The Grinch and Christmas With The Kranks

    • November 20, 2016 / 4:41 pm

      forgot my #kcacols

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:36 am

      I love the Grinch too, I haven’t seen Christmas with the Kranks, I’ll have to check it out…. I really need to try and like Elf, everyone raves about it. X

  13. Mumma & Co.
    November 20, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    They are all our favourites here too! You can’t beat miracle on 34th street, that is the ultimate Christmas film! My son really enjoys ‘Santa Claus’ too. Great recommendations, I may have to purchase The Muppet Christmas Carol this year as I don’t think my son has seen that one!! #KCACOLS xx

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:35 am

      I love Santa Clause too but it just didn’t quite make my list. I think we will watch the muppets at some point this week since the weather is turning very wet.

  14. November 20, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    I absolutely love a good Christmas film and you’ve got lots of my favourites on here! We always always always watch A Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, and Home Alone is definitely a firm favourite. I’ve not seen Arthur Christmas though, so will have to give that a go! Also love The Holiday and Love Actually, although I guess not quite so family orientated! Oh, and Elf! #KCACOLS

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:34 am

      I actually really don’t like Elf… I’m trying to. I think you would enjoy Arthur Christmas, it is so sweet. X

  15. aliduke79hotmailcom
    November 20, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I love Home Alone, but both of my kids love Elf.
    #KCACOLS

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:33 am

      I really want to like Elf… I just don’t think I ever will X

  16. November 20, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I love Arthur Christmas. Not a fan of Home Alone. But my top film is Miracle On 34th Street old and remake.

    Now I need to watch Christmas films!!

    #KCACOLS

    • November 21, 2016 / 9:33 am

      Arthur Christmas is great isn’t it.. I love Christmas films, they make me feel so festive X

  17. November 21, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    We like Elf here too, but the Muppets will always be a personal fave. They aren’t for the kids, but I watch Die Hard and Bad Santa pretty much every year also #KCACOLS

    • November 21, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Oh I love Die Hard, but yes not really one for the kids… That education can start in a few years.

  18. November 23, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Oh I loved Arthur Christmas! Such a good film. Muppets is a fab film as well especially with the kids. But my fave is Die Hard! Alan Rickman is a badass baddy!

    Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope to see you again soon x

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Oh Die Hard is so good! I can’t wait until the girls are old enough to be introduced to that one!

  19. November 23, 2016 / 9:49 am

    OMG I love all of these movies! I think the one that is dear to my heart is Miracle on 34th Street because I used to watch this as a kid and feel like the little girl was me (my parent said were divorced so it hit close to home : ) ). Such a great list, I feel so Christmassy now, I want to take the day off and go watch Christmas movies!! Thanks for sharing the Christmas vibes with #StayClassyMama!

  20. madelinelittlejohns
    November 24, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Miracle on 34th street is one of my favourites to get in the Christmas spirit. But my husband and I say every year that it doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve seen Jingle all the way! x #KCACOLS

    • November 24, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      Ah thats a good film! I’m hoping to put the muppets on this afternoon if the gils will sit still.

  21. November 24, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I think home alone is the ultimate Christmas film! I just love it! Also love elf. #KCACOLS

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      It is brilliant! I can’t wait to put it on X

  22. November 24, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Haven’t seen Arthur Christmas yet, but love the rest! Especially Home Alone x #KCACOLS

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Oh you must, it is so sweet! X

  23. November 25, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Elf is a massive favourite here. Even my 17 year old son loves it!

  24. November 26, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I’ve actually only watched home alone! I found a great one called Snowed In At Rosemont or At christmas (they’ve changed it again!) I love that film 🙂 #KCACOLS

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