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From classic to cheesy: Here are 15 of our favourite Christmas films

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’tis the season to roll out the Christmas movies.

It may seem early to start watching your festive favourites but trust us—to get through this list you need to start now.

Love Actually

Pour yourself a glass of vino and put on your PJ’s—we’re pressing play on Love Actually. One of our all-time favourite British rom-coms, Love Actually follows the lead up to Christmas day from the point of view of a variety of characters played by some big-name stars including Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightly, Alan Rickman and Liam Neeson. It’s cheesy, soppy and totally worth the watch.

Where to watch: Netflix & Stan

Die Hard

Long the subject about whether it is indeed a Christmas movie or not, we fall squarely in the ‘Yippee Ki Yay’ camp. Starring Bruce Willis as New York City cop John McClane and Alan Rickman (in a very different bad guy role to the one he plays in Love Actually), Die Hard sees John square up against a group of terrorists who take his estranged wife and her colleagues hostage on Christmas Eve.

Where to watch: Disney+ and Apple

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.

Where to Watch: Netflix 

Christmas Inheritance

Wealthy and spoiled city girl Ella can’t inherit her father’s successful business until she delivers a special Christmas card to her dad’s business partner in Snow Falls.

But oh no! A snowstorm strands her at the town inn, where she then learns the true meaning of Christmas. A real cliche, but we’re shamefully into it.

Where to watch: Netflix

A Moody Christmas

An Australian series following the Moody family on Christmas Day. This series encapsulated Australian Christmas so perfectly—from backyard Christmas to the small talk you’re forced to have with that once weird family member.

Where to watch: ABC iView

Let it Snow

An adaptation of the bestseller by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson, Let is Snow is a Gen Z rollercoaster of emotions set across 24 hours in a small American town. Adorable and sweet.

Where to watch: Netflix

Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen

Any of Nigella’s Christmas specials are worth a watch, but sometimes the originals are the best. This one is from 2006 but still stands the test of time. Cheers to that.

Where to watch: ABC iView


The perfect Christmas flick for singletons, Holidate stars Emma Roberts and newcomer (and Aussie!) Luke Bracey as two strangers who decide to be each other’s ‘holidate’ (plus-one for holiday events) to get their nagging relatives off their backs.

Naturally, some tensions arise from this situation. Who will admit their true feelings first?

Where to watch: Netflix

The Snowman

No, not the Scandi Noir thriller starring Michael Fassbender. We’re talking about the 1982 animated classic with no dialogue, just beautiful music. Perfect for popping on as you wrap presents.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

The Polar Express

Essentially: all our childhood dreams wrapped up into an incredibly beautiful film.

On Christmas Eve, a train heading for the North Pole stops at a young boy’s house and he’s enticed to take the journey of a lifetime. A great one to pop on with the family.

Where to Watch: Netflix

The Grinch

A Christmas film starring a main character that hates Christmas? Well, as the old saying goes, some concepts just work.

The wonderful mind of Dr Suess brings you the story of Grinch, a green yet likeable character that attempts to ruin Christmas. It’s witty, the CGI is fun and it’s a Christmas classic.

Where to Watch: Netflix

A Bad Mom’s Christmas

A follow on from the successful Bad Moms, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are here to bring you more bad mom goodness—but set at Christmas time.

With a plot revolving around mums rebelling against the notion that women should take charge of Christmas and carry the slack, it’s a great excuse to get the girls together for a night in.

It’s outrageous and a feel-good Chrissy watch.

Where to watch: Netflix & Stan 

A Christmas Prince (The Entire Series)

Christmas comes early for a young aspiring journalist when she earns the opportunity to travel abroad in order to get the scoop on a dashing young prince that is set to become king.

It may not be up for an Oscar, but these cheeseball films (yes, there are three!) keep us coming back for more.

Where to watch: Netflix

Home Alone

Eight-year-old Kevin is left at home accidentally before a family Christmas trip to Paris. Kevin must protect the family home, however, as two men plan to rob the house. An absolute classic that skips the Christmas clichès.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

Office Christmas Party

Out with the sentimental and in with the laughs. This blissfully pre-COVID blockbuster comedy stars Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon and Olivia Munn as employees of ZenoTech, whose Christmas party has been cancelled because of their fun-hating boss, played by the deliciously villainous Jennifer Aniston. But is it really cancelled?

One to watch after the kids go to bed, this is the MA15+ antidote when you’ve had enough of other sugar-sweet holiday flicks.

Where to watch: Netflix

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