You might have already finished your naughty and nice lists, and finished checking off your shopping lists, but what about your movie list? As the holidays roll around, it’s time to relax and enjoy some Christmas films (and cookies) with your family and friends.
Here are 10 Christmas movies you shouldn’t miss this year, whether you’ve seen them ten times or never gotten around to watching them before. And if that isn’t enough to get you into the spirit, check out the new pokey game Festive Indulgence—a holiday-themed online pokies from Microgaming, a gift you don’t have to wait until Christmas to unwrap!
1. Home Alone
It isn’t Christmas until you’ve watch Macaulay Culkin fight off a pair of burglars as Kevin in Home Alone (1990). The movie delivers endless laughs as troublemaking Kevin gets his revenge on the invaders, setting booby traps and devising crazy antics to protect the house. It’s funny and ridiculous every time you see it (which should probably be every year), which is why it’s the most successful Christmas movie of all time.
Elf (2003) has earned its place as one of the most beloved recent Christmas movies, with Will Ferrell playing Buddy the Elf, who takes off to New York City in search of his father. He finds a city that needs a bit of Christmas cheer, which he’s happy to provide.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Whether you choose the original 1966 animated version or the 2000 live action remake, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas will remind you of the meaning of Christmas. The grumpy green Grinch is trying to ruin Christmas for all the cheerful Whos in Whoville, but catches the Christmas bug in the process. It’s a feel-good classic for all ages. The original make remake, with Jim Carrey as the Grinch, was the third-highest grossing Christmas movie ever.
4. The Polar Express
The animated film Polar Express (2004) follows a young boy to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. He’s in for a magical trip. Tom Hanks expertly plays a variety of roles in the movie, giving an unforgettable performance in the 3-time Oscar winning film.
5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Kevin’s parents didn’t learn their lesson the first time—he slips away the next Christmas too and gets on the wrong plane to New York City, where the burglars from the original have escaped from prison and go after him again. If you loved the original’s silly antics, Home Alone 2 (1992) is good addition to a marathon.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) is a dark musical comedy produced in stop-motion. It follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin King of Halloween Town on a visit to Christmas Town, where he takes a liking to Christmas, and tries to get the residents of Halloween Town to hold their own Christmas celebration.
7. Miracle on 34th St.
For classical movie lovers, you can’t miss Miracle on 34th Street (1947). It’s a beloved comedy-drama about a Macy’s Santa Claus who claims he’s the real deal. This Santa, Kris Kringle, tries to prove his identity to the city, but first has to prove he isn’t insane.
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
If you’re looking for a movie to watch with the whole family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) is an old favourite that tells the story behind the famous Christmas song. Rudolph, whose bright red nose makes him an outcast, goes to the Island of Misfit Toys and then appeals to Santa to help the toys, and ends up leading his sled around the world.
Gremlins (1984) is a comedy-horror movie that starts with a boy receiving a strange pet for Christmas. He breaks the rules about caring for it, and the mistake unleashes a plague of gremlins through the town, who wreak havoc throughout the peaceful town. It’s funny, dark and violent, putting a different twist on the classic feel-good Christmas tale.
10. Kiwi Christmas
For a New Zealand Christmas tale, check out the new release Kiwi Christmas (2019). Santa has decided that Christmas has gotten too materialistic and decides to take off to New Zealand instead. A local family tries to get him back to the North Pole and restore his faith in Christmas.
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