Favourite Christmas Movies *

Advent is in two days(!) and what better way to start off the Christmas period than by watching a Christmas movie? 🎅 My dad and I have a tradition that the first Christmas movie we watch is The Muppets Christmas Carol so that’s what I’ll be doing on December 1st. We have a sing-a-long session and it gets me in to the Christmas spirit.

After that first movie most of my evenings in will be spent cuddled up on the sofa watching something Christmas-y. Think blankets, a mug of hot chocolate, some fuzzy socks and for that real cinema feel, try the 4k HDR TV Panasonic,* because what’s better than creating cinema magic in the comfort of your own home?

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My favourite Christmas movies

The Muppets Christmas Carol

As I mentioned above, this is the first Christmas movie we watch every December. We grab some snacks, usually savoury, and have a sing-a-long to this Muppet adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

Michael Cain is perfect in his role as Scrooge and I love how the rest of the cast are made up of classic Muppets characters. Like Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchett.

Home Alone 1 and 2

Watching Macaulay Culkin take on the wet bandits every year is a must in our house! Although I do find it hard to chose a favourite – the second has definitely fueled my love of New York though, so I’ll say number two! But which is your favourite?

Whichever one you chose they both have the makings of the ultimate family Christmas movie. From the slap stick humour to the cast and the Christmas soundtrack, there’s something for everyone.


Horror movie? Christmas movie? Comedy? Gremlins ticks all the boxes.

The Grinch

Continuing the comedy theme is The Grinch and Jim Carrey’s wonderful portrayal of him. I think he captures the character perfectly.

The story has some great messages behind it. Reminding us that while many are jolly around the holidays, some aren’t, and that Christmas is about more than presents.

Miracle on 34th Street

Starring the late Richard Attenborough and Matilda herself Maria Wilson, this is a feel good movie that will have you believing in Santa.

I first saw this particular Christmas movie with my mum (for a work event) at the cinema, so it’s one we typically watch together.

She says,

I love the Christmas tale. How the movie makes you believe in Santa again and the magic of Christmas. Also that it was our works Christmas party activity.


A feel good movie about one elf’s journey to find out where he belongs. Which I think is something we can all relate to, right?

Elf is packed full of comedy and heart warming moments, capturing the magic of Christmas. My dad has yet to watch it shedding a tear at the end.

Santa Claus: The Movie

Probably my earliest memory of Christmas is watching this movie with my parents. It’s a great take on the Santa Clause story and I enjoy that Santa is donning a classic green coat at the start of the film.

The movie follows one of Santa’s elves (Patch) Elf who moves to the big city to make toys of his own. He ends up being lured by the head of a corrupt toy company and unknown to him creates explosive treats for children!

Along with mild threat, the movie also deals with themes such as greed and poverty.

The Shining

What(!?), I hear you shouting. A slightly alternative pick, but a film I’ve grown up watching during the Christmas period. Set during the Winter season Jack Torrance has been given the job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel.

Jack Nicholson, in my opinion, is superb in the roll. I get engrossed in the movie and how his character slowly descends into madness brought on by cabin fever. Acting aside, the movie is suspenseful and the snow scenes are beautifully filmed.

In all honesty, I have so many Christmas movie favourites and it was so hard to narrow it down to a handful. Special mentions should go out to Tim Allen’s Santa Clause trilogy, Nativity and Love Actually.

What about Christmas TV?

As a geeky girl, I can’t go without mentioning Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Doctor Who!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Christmas episode : Amends

I always re-watch the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Amends this time of year. Featuring the first and only snowfall to hit Sunnydale California, along with the introduction of “The First” evil.

Doctor Who Christmas special

Since we’re talking about tv shows, it would be rude not to mention the Doctor’s Christmas shenanigans. It’s a tradition in our house that we sit down on Christmas Day to watch the latest Christmas special, although it’s scheduled for the New Year this season. 😢

What films or tv shows will you be watching over Christmas? Have I mentioned one of your favourites here? Let me know in the comments. 😊

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  • Holly Shannon

    December 7, 2018 at 15:27

    I have Muppet Christmas Carol on my list too!! I generally watch The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe!!

    Amends is a wonderful episode but so sad!! xx

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:52

      Weirdly, I haven’t seen The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe movies! I loved the books. I might have to add them to my Christmas movie binge this year.

      Amends is very sad. 💔

  • Ruth

    December 7, 2018 at 12:39

    Oooh, nice to see several of my favourites on the list – Muppets Christmas Carol is my number one, but I have to watch Miracle on 34th Street every year, too!! Elf is a must as well. Interesting to see some of your other choices on there 😉

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:50

      Haha, I presume your referring to The Shining? Lol. It’s an odd one but I love that we have that unique, weird tradition. It’s a good movie.

  • Charmae Martin

    December 5, 2018 at 21:32

    Girl, you mentioned so many of my all-time favorites. I have been having them on repeat this entire month. My personal favorites right now are the cheesy Netflix movies such as the Christmas Prince, and the Christmas Prince the wedding. There is also a bunch of. Thank you so much for the article, I will be coming back to look for some more movies to binge watch!

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:49

      Thanks for your comment Charmare. I’m glad you enjoyed my picks! I haven’t checked out Netflix’s Christmas movies yet, but I will be. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Devinder Maan

    December 3, 2018 at 21:50

    We love having a list of Christmas movies to watch this time of the year. Found a few name I haven’t watched yet. Thank you.

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:44

      You’re welcome. 😊 I hope you enjoy them if you decide to watch. x

  • kirsten

    December 1, 2018 at 19:31

    i’ve never seen the muppets christmas movie but i’ve heard great things about it! elf is for sure one of my top faves! but i’m also a sucker for cheesy romantic christmas movies. my faves are love actually, 12 dates of christmas, the princess switch, and holiday in handcuffs.

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:39

      I haven’t heard of those! So thanks for sharing them with me. 12 dates of Christmas sounds like something I’d enjoy. Have you ever seen The Holiday?

  • Janice

    December 1, 2018 at 16:16

    I don’t see white Christmas on the list. I also like the hallmark movies.

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:37

      I’ve never seen White Christmas!… Or the Hallmark movies. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • Teresa Jeffris

    December 1, 2018 at 13:41

    I love Christmas movies! These are the good ones.

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:37

      Thanks Teresa. 😊 I’m glad you liked my picks. Could you leave me a link to your blog so I can check it out? x

  • Carly

    December 1, 2018 at 12:47

    I’m currently sat watching Elf as it’s my all time favourite! Muppets Christmas Carol is up next!

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:36

      Both brilliant movies! 😄

  • Kat

    December 1, 2018 at 07:51

    These are some really good movies. I love the Home Alone movies – they were the ultimate Christmas movie for me when I was a kid!

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:35

      Thanks Kat. I don’t think I’ve met anyone that doesn’t love the first two Home Alone movies – they really are classics. x

  • Lisa McLachlan

    November 30, 2018 at 11:21

    I love the Gremlins films too – I always had a sneaking fondness for Spike (also his namesake in Buffy but that’s a whole other comment, haha). Our family tradition is to watch Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s the ultimate feel-good film and we all sing along 🙂 Fab round up, Kim, thank you for sharing! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:27

      I love the Nightmare Before Christmas but we usually end up watching it during October. I think it’s great how it can be both a Halloween and a Christmas movie. Haha, I know exactly what you mean about Spike from Buffy(!). 😍

  • Sophie Wentworth

    November 29, 2018 at 23:48

    I’m always like the Grinch when it comes to Christmas spirit, it takes me ages to feel festive. I love Miracle on 34th Street though x


    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:25

      I’m a bit of a Grinch to but there are some things that bring my Christmas spirit out. Decorating the tree is one of the main ones, along with a good Christmas movie. x

  • Soph

    November 29, 2018 at 19:13

    Aw I love all of these picks (except maybe the Shining haha) and especially The Muppets Christmas Carol and Elf, they absolutely have to be watched at least once every year in my house! I can’t believe how quickly it’s creeping up on us!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:23

      Haha, I think I might be alone with The Shining. But I like that we have that unique family tradition.

  • Amie Cadwallader

    November 29, 2018 at 18:55

    Miracle on 34th Street is my mum’s favourite! My personal favourite is It’s A Wonderful Life!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:22

      I’ve actually never seen ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’! I’ll have to rectify that this year.

  • Bexa

    November 29, 2018 at 18:12

    Ooh I love a good Christmas film! I watched Nativity last weekend and it is such a sweet, feel-good movie. Home Alone is such a classic, I really love the first one and make sure I watch it every year. Elf is such a funny film, I love it too! This is such a great list and has really put me in the mood to watch some more Christmas films soon, thanks for sharing Kim! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Kim

      December 11, 2018 at 17:21

      Thanks for your comment Bexa. I only watched Nativity for the first time last year and proceeded to binge watch the two sequels.

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