12 Christmas Movies to Watch Right Now
Whilst your near-demolished chocolate advent calendar might suggest otherwise, we’re officially one week into the festive season. It’s time to bust out the decorations, put some presents under the tree, and indulge in some guiltless holiday binge-watching. Here’s what needs to be in your Christmas queue.
Duh. How can anyone even celebrate Christmas without Hugh Grant? He’s basically Santa in my house. This cheesy British rom-com featuring an all-star cast will makeyou laugh, cry, and add Billy Mack’s ‘Christmas is All Around’ to every playlist.
Christmas can get stressful—be it financially, emotionally, or logistically (why can’t the in-laws come here for once, though?). Let Will Ferrell inject some absurd humour into your life as Buddy, a man raised by Santa who travels to NYC to find his biological dad. It’s as silly and sweet as it sounds.
This might not seem like a traditional festive flick, but its message of compassion is full of Christmas spirit. Plus, the scene where Johnny Depp gives Winona Rider the gift of snow as he chisels an ice angel in the yard? Are there tears in this eggnog?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This movie adaptation of the cartoon owes everything to Jim Carrey, whose improvisation and incredible comic timing as the Grinch makes this film so entertaining to watch. Might make you look at cheese differently forever, though.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Like I said, the holiday season isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and no one knows that better than our friend Charlie Brown. Here, Charlie dons a director’s cap and attempts to put together a Christmas play. Of course, like every CB cartoon before it, the film delivers a deeper moral message.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Speaking of spiritual lessons…just kidding. The third instalment of Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon series is about as frivolous and light-hearted as a Christmas movie comes, but it’s the perfect dose of nostalgia mixed with cornball comedy.
The Preacher’s Wife
Denzel Washington shines as an angel on a mission to play cupid in this 90’s rom-com, but the whole thing is worth watching just for Whitney Houston’s gospel rendition of ‘Joy to the world’. Honestly gives you the chills.
About a Boy
I wasn’t kidding when I said Hugh Grant was Santa around these parts. About a Boy is a little less Christmassy (and a lot less cheesy) than Love Actually, but it’s still full of Christmas spirit soundtracked by yet another catchy carol. Alexa, play ‘Santa’s Super Sleigh’ on repeat.
If you don’t hear Catherine O'Hara screaming ‘KEVIN!’ on an airplane, is it even Christmas? Home Alone isn’t just a classic holiday film, it’s a classic film in general. Featuring a ten-year-old Macaulay Culkin, boobie traps, dumb burglars and one of the most famous lines of all time—keep the change, ya filthy animal.
The Family Stone
Think your family is crazy? Okay, they probably are. But so is everyone else’s. And if you’re looking for proof, watch The Family Stone. Starring Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson, it’s the perfect example of why families should never spend too long seated around a dinner table—especially when wine’s involved.
Jingle All the Way
This one might call for a little explanation. Released in 1996, Jingle All the Way follows Arnold Schwarzenegger as he races around New York City trying to get his hands on the sold-out Turboman doll he promised his kid for Christmas. Sinbad (remember him?!) plays his archenemy, and the whole thing is so cheesy and bad that it ends up being really good. Enter with low expectations and exit thoroughly entertained.
Let It Snow
This is the only Christmas film released this year that has made the list, and it’s mostly thanks to Kiernan Shipka (forever little Sally Draper in our hearts). Whilst it’s got all the ingredients to become just another forgetful, sappy rom-com, the cast really nails their performances, making the script feel relatable and honest. Once again, Father Netflix delivers.
Lead image courtesy of Universal Pictures.