This took quite a bit of thought and there were some films that almost made the list such as Jingle all the Way, Bishop’s Wife and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Here are our top ten Christmas films here at So Darling!
As a baby in an orphanage, Buddy stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Whilst there, Buddy, gets to experiences the delights of New York City, meets a girl and falls in love.
However, Hobbs is on Santa’s naughty list for being callous and has no idea that Buddy was even born. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy begins to interfere with his job, he is forced to reconsider his priorities.
Will Farrell plays an outcast of a different kind: a wide-eyed, happy child in a man’s body. He’s in top form and spends the majority of the film in an elf costume including some garish tights. It’s a sweet and funny film for a more mature crowd.
One of the many versions of Charles Dicken’s classic novel, “Scrooged” is one of the best to have come out and still remains a favourite today. It tells the story of Frank Cross, who makes it his goal to make everyone around him miserable at Christmas time. But then he gets visited by three ghosts who show him his past, present and future. He must then change his ways or face a future of being alone.
Bill Murray is hilariously funny as always. The ghosts are also really creepy and brilliant; you can’t help but laugh at how crazy they are. This is one of the better and funnier retellings of “A Christmas Carol”.
Home Alone has succeeded in establishing itself as a Christmas tradition, spawning three sequels (including a made-for-television flop). Starring Macaulay Culkin (who was brilliant as always), we can’t help but chuckle alongside with him as his booby traps leave the Wet Bandits (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) on their backs.
It’s a perfect comedy classic for all the family. This is one of those films that will remain a Christmas favourite for many years to come.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Set one year after Home Alone, this time Kevin McAllistar finds himself in New York City by himself. However the fun doesn’t last long when he encounters the Wet Bandits who are planning a huge heist and its down to Kevin to stop them at all costs!
Some think it’s not as funny as the original and Culkin has lost most of his cutesy factor that he had in the first outing but it’s worth watching for the gags and New York.
On Christmas Eve, a young boy boards a train and finds himself en-route to the North Pole. From there unfolds a journey he’ll never forget.
Tom Hanks plays six different characters and the CGI is beautiful. It also has a lovely story but is mostly worth checking out for the CGI itself.
A Christmas Carol
A retelling of the Charles Dickens novel, this time it’s animated and it works really well. The visual effects are brilliant and it stays faithful to the novel although a bit scary in some places. Jim Carrey plays the character of Scrooge well, using his voice and mannerisms to his advantage.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Another Christmas film starring Jim Carrey, it has a very similar theme to “A Christmas Carol”. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss, this is a tale about a Grinch who hates Christmas and plans to steal it away from the Whos that live in a little town called Whoville. It’s a charming film that will delight children year after year. It’s one of those films that will leave you with a warm feeling afterwards.
Miracle on 34th Street
A little girl discovers that dreams really can come true if you just believe. Susan is a six year old girl who doesn’t believe after been told that Santa doesn’t exist. After meeting Santa at a department store who believes he is the real thing, she is then given something to believe in too.
This is a sweet and charming film. It’s not quite as good as the original but Richard Attenborough is a delight to watch and you could actually believe he is the real deal.
The Santa Clause
When a man accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he then finds himself recruited to take his place.
Tim Allen tends to be in a lot of Christmas films; however this is one of the better ones. This film is always great for Christmas but not one you can watch any other time of the year.
I’ll be Home for Christmas
A student experiences difficulty in getting home for Christmas. While struggling to get home, he learns more about himself and the true meaning of Christmas.
If you want a Christmas themed film with a road trip thrown in then this is a good alternative.