Countdown: 10 Christmas movies to watch

Beatrice Smith

We don’t mean to scare you, but Christmas is now a mere 10 days away. 

Breathe, breathe. We don’t want to spin you into a panic. The opposite in fact. With 11 sleeps to go, now is the perfect time to find a new favourite (or revisit a classic) Christmas movie. Here are some of our favourites to binge watch until Christmas.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

A hilarious, star-studded look at the technical side of Christmas including tech-decked Elves, children counting equipment to make sure no one is missed and a very snazzy Sleigh.

Very funny voicework from James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and High Laurie gives you a very British Christmas, filled with laughs.

THE SNOWMAN

No, not the thriller starring Fassy that just hit screens. We’re talking about the 1982 animated classic with no dialogue, just beautiful music. Perfect for popping on as you wrap presents.

THE SANTA CLAUSE

Ever wondered how Santa Clauses are…made? Tim Allen stars in this fantastically 90s comedy about a man who accidentally offs Santa (oops) and ends up wearing his boots. Literally.

LOVE ACTUALLY

A classic to end all classics, Love Actually is filled to the brim with all the bittersweet realities of Christmas but also lots of giggles, teary moments and big names.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

A favourite for families with smaller ones, this animated adventure is filled with action and self-discovery (and some great voice work from Tom Hanks).

 

HOME ALONE

A favourite of the 90s generation, Home Alone (and its sequels) are the perfect balance between sugary sweet Christmas feels and hilarious hijinks as little Kevin tries to defend his home from burglars while he’s, funnily enough, home alone.

DIE HARD

Despite what naysayers may claim, Die Hard is indeed a Christmas film (John McClane is flying in especially for Christmas and the action takes place at a Christmas party, so there).

One for those who would rather do anything but watch a soppy Christmas film.

BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY

Christmas sweaters, awkward hometown Christmas parties and an adorable snow-kissed finale. What more could you ask for? Besides, there’s nothing better than Hugh and Colin failing at fisticuffs.

Best for watching with your girlfriends or mum.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

A classic for the Christmas film snobs out there. A little too dreary for some (you won’t find any tricky CGI here) but instead you’re left with some of the most quotable lines in classic cinema history and a gorgeous old timey soundtrack.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

There are so many ways to view this classic (including a Doctor Who version!). This, however, is the most recent and features big names like Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Editorial Coordinator involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise you’ll find her at the movies, ordering a cheese board or ordering a cheese board at the movies. More about the Author

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