Christmas is definitely a time for over-indulging in television. And what could be better than getting into the festive mood than watching Christmas films? We’ve selected a few of our favourites and challenge you to see if you can watch them all before twelfth night.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
The definitive Christmas movie and feel-good film. Frank Capra’s fantasy starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, who feeling his life is pointless is visited by an angel who shows him the true importance of his life.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
There are two versions of this classic movie. This 1994 version has Richard Attenborough in the lead. A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man (Richard Attenborough) claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)
Not just for the little ones, the Muppet characters tell their version of the classic with Michael Caine as Scrooge.
White Christmas (1954)
Featuring the song from which the film gets its title. Featuring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as music-act partners who team up with two sisters (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to help their former military boss save his failing Vermont lodge.
Bill Murray is an arrogant TV executive who, while planning to stage a live production of A Christmas Carol, finds himself living through the story.
Home Alone (1990)
Macaulay Culkin is left behind by his family at Christmas and forced to battle a couple of dimwit thieves who try to break into his home.
The Snowman (1982)
Classic Raymond Briggs animated short, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it.
Love Actually (2003)
Follows the story of eight couples in the run-up to Christmas, this Richard Curtis film stars Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and many more. This one was voted our favourite Christmas Film in the office.
Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
Dudley Moore threatens all that Christmas stands for when his elf character teams up with a greedy toy manufacturer.
The Santa Claus (1995)
Fast moving comedy with Tim Allen who accidentally becomes Santa which has a few unfortunate effects on his day-to-day life.
Will Farrell stars as the human who accidently grows up with Santa’s elves, mayhem ensues as he returns to New York to find his real Dad.
Die Hard (1988)
This film always appears on the Christmas film lists and has even come top in some reviews. Not everyone agrees that it’s a Christmas film, probably due to the machine guns but it is set on Christmas Eve!
Polar Express (2004)
Tom Hanks stars as the conductor in this animated tale of a young boy battling with the fact that Santa may not be real. On Christmas Eve a mysterious train takes him on a journey to the North Pole and restores his faith in the spirit of Christmas.
Jack Frost (1998)
A young boys deceased father (Michael Keaton) returns in the form of a snowman to prove that he is a good dad and put things right with his son.