To kick off this magical month we’ll be giving you 24 films to watch on the build up to Christmas. I’ll share my personal reasons why I love each film, and at the end I’d love to hear your favourites if they didn’t make this list. There’s no sort of order or ranking to this list, I just wanted to space the classic Christmas movie choices and perhaps the lesser known Christmas movies.
You guys have no idea how excited I’ve been for Blogmas. This is our first time partaking in Blogmas as we only launched our blog in May. But at the same time, we may or may not have been planning for this since July haha! We’ve got so much fun content coming your way over the next 24 days, but I’m not going to reveal too much as not to spoil the surprises. But anyway, let’s get started!
1st Dec: The Holiday (2004)
One of my all-time favourite Christmas films. When I was at university my housemates and I had a Christmas tradition of making our own roast dinner and then watching The Holiday. It’s just such a charming story and beautifully cast.
2nd Dec: The Holiday Calendar (2018)
I only watched this one for the first time last year, and although it’s arguably quite cliché and cheesy, it still made me feel quite festive. It follows the story of Abbey, a photographer who inherits an antique Advent calendar that appears to predict her future.
3rd Dec: Frozen (2013)
The Disney film that took the world by storm and had little girls everywhere completely obsessed! I’m sure you’re all familiar with the story so I won’t go into detail, but what I really enjoyed about this Disney movie was the focus on the tricky relationship between sisters Anna and Elsa; with of course some amazing tunes along the way.
4th Dec: Four Christmases (2008)
Anyone who comes from a family of separated/divorced parents could probably understand the struggle of these two main characters. It follows a couple throughout the festive season as they attempt to divide their time between all four divorced parents.
5th Dec: Office Christmas Party (2016)
Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston are a killer comedy combination. They’ve worked together on several films before this one, but I’m so happy they did a Christmas film together.
6th Dec: Last Christmas (2019)
This film got quite a lot of hype last year. Kate, an aspiring singer working as an elf gains a new perspective in life when she meets Tom. Featuring the music of George Michael, I think this would make for a lovely Christmas movie.
7th Dec: Serendipity (2001)
In New York City, a young man encounters a British woman while shopping in Bloomingdales. They instantly hit it off, but agree to let fate decide whether or not they should be together. Not typically a Christmas movie, but definitely one worth watching.
8th Dec: Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
After their daughter leaves for Peru to join the Peace Corps; Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas and go on a cruise instead, much to their neighbours’ dismay. However, when they daughter announces that she’ll be returning for Christmas after all, the whole street pulls together to arrange an amazing last-minute Christmas bash.
9th Dec: High Society (1956)
It might surprise some of you to see this film on the list, and some of you might never have even heard of it. However, High Society always feels Christmassy to me. The last Christmas my family spent with our Grandad before he passed away was at my Grandparents’ house in 2008; they lived in a really remote village in Berkshire, UK. It wasn’t the sort of area with lots to do, but on Christmas Eve I remember sitting down with my Grandparents and watching High Society. I’d never really enjoyed an old movie until that day, so it always seems to stick out in my mind.
10th Dec: The Santa Clause (1994)
After helping Santa Claus in a crisis, Scott unknowingly agrees to become the next Santa. Over the months that follow, Scott tries to disguise his sudden weight-gain and white beard, but realises that he must embrace his new role.
11th Dec: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Despite not specifically falling into the Christmas-movie category; many would argue that the portion of the movie that takes place at Christmas time would be enough to get anyone into the Christmas spirit. The oldest film of this list stars Julie Garland, as we witness her fall in love for the first time amidst a family move to St Louis.
12th Dec: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
I feel like no one ever talks about this Christmas movie. Obviously it’s not as good as the original Beauty and the Beast, but at the same time it’s lovely to see the original cast reprise their well-loved characters 6 years later.
13th Dec: Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
One of my most loved Christmas films of all time. This remake on the 1947 original follows a little girl who’s been raised not to believe in Santa. But when a man claims to be the real deal, this 6-year-old, her mother, and a young lawyer work together to prove him right.
14th Dec: Deck the Halls (2006)
This comedy Christmas movie sees two neighbours competing for the best decorated house. This competition causes a bit of a conflict when one of the two decorate goes to extreme lengths to have the brightest home.
15th Dec: Let it Snow (2019)
I didn’t get around to watching this Christmas movie last year, but it’s definitely on my watch-list for 2020. When a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas eve, a group of high school students are brought together for an unforgettable evening.
16th Dec: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1998)
Growing up this was one Christmas film that me and my siblings watched every year without a doubt. It’s so nostalgic to me, and despite being a children’s film I could happily continue to sit and watch it every year.
17th Dec: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This much-loved story involves a man on a journey of self-discovery. Feeling low and considering ending it all, George is thrown into another dimension by a guardian angel; where he sees what his town would look like if not for all the good deeds he has done over the years.
18th Dec: To Grandmother’s House We Go (1992)
I couldn’t help but include this Olsen-twins film on the list. Worried that they’re becoming a nuisance for their single mother, two small children embark on an adventure to spend Christmas with their Great-Grandma.
19th Dec: Elf (2003)
This comedy has become quite a fan-favourite over the years. Buddy, a human, has been raised in the North Pole by elves since childhood. However, upon finding out that he is actually human, he heads to New York in search of his biological father. Buddy is so naïve and childlike, it’s quite amusing to see him on his journey of self-discovery.
20th Dec: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005)
I adore this film. Set in WW2, four siblings get evacuated to the country-side where they stumble across an old wardrobe which happens to transport them to the magical world of Narnia. It
21st Dec: Nativity! (2009)
This is such a charming and wholesome Christmas movie. A primary school teacher who hates Christmas is told he has to direct the school nativity this year. However, things get a bit out of hand when he lies to his rival and tells him that Hollywood are going to turn the play into a movie.
22nd Dec: A Christmas Carol (2009)
One of the most famous Christmas tales to have ever been written. Charles Dickins penned this story back in 1843, and since then there have been several film adaptations. It follows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a miserable old man who encounters the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet To Come. Throughout the course of the film we see Scrooge reflect on his actions and behaviours, as he gradually becomes a kinder and more generous person.
23rd Dec: Love Actually (2003)
Such a classic. Everybody patiently waits all year for December to come so that they can whip out their copy of Love Actually (or seeing as we’re in 2020, Netflix). The cast features a tonne of famous faces, and we follow the characters around with numerous storylines.
24th Dec: Polar Express (2004)
To round up our list, I went for the Polar Express. I love this film, as well as Tom Hanks who actually voices 6 characters! A mysterious train pulls up outside a young boy’s house on Christmas Eve and offers him a ticket to the North Pole. Grab and hot chocolate and enjoy the process of a young boy rediscovering the magic of Christmas; as he embarks on a memorable adventure to meet Santa.