The best Christmas movies to watch with your family this season

 

 

One of our favourite Christmas activities during December is curling up on the sofa and watching a Christmas movie. So, we've compiled a list of our favourite to share with you.

 

Here are the Love Leggings Top 10 Christmas movies:

 

(In no particular order…)

  

  

White Christmas (1954)

We’re starting with a classic! The movie follows a group of entertainers that band together to spread joy and help a failing ski lodge in Vermont. It stars an iconic cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. But it’s not just the cast we love, it’s got a brilliant soundtrack, including ‘White Christmas’. 

A fun fact: The scene where Bing and Kayes’ characters dress up the women's costumes and performed their musical number wasn’t in the script. The two were playing around on set and the director (Michael Curtiz) changed the script to include it.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Sticking with another classic: The movie follows George Bailey (James Stewart), a kind man, overwhelmed by life, who gets a visit from a heavenly messenger and gains a new lease on life. This movie leaves you feeling festive and restores your will to live! 

A fun fact: FBI analysts were concerned about the film stating it was an obvious attempt to discredit bankers, a ‘common trick used by Communists’. Oops!

 

Elf (2003) 

If this doesn’t leave you grinning from ear to ear, I’m sorry to tell you but, you have no soul! Will Ferrell is perfect as Buddy the Elf, equal parts adorable and hilarious. The story follows Buddy, a human, raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father. It’s a unique Christmas story that holds its own among the greats.

A fun fact: Jim Carey was the first in line to play Buddy but it was another 10 years before the movie was made. I can’t imagine anyone but Ferrell playing this role!

 

The Santa Clause (1994) 

This is a firm favourite around Love Leggings HQ, trust me: I canvased everyone! After helping Santa off a roof, Scott Kalvin (Tim Allen) inadvertently agrees to become the next Santa Claus. Now, he has to try and keep his secret safe, keep his son quiet and his suspicious ex-wife from finding out the truth! It’s a little dark and weird but an enjoyable watch AND it spawned two sequels!

A fun fact: Eric Lloyd, who played Charlie, fell while playing on boulders, knocking out a couple of his front teeth in the process. He wore prosthetic teeth for much of the film. So, in the scene at the North Pole where he is leaving on a toy train, Charlie waves without issuing any lines. This scene was filmed the day after his accident, and he hadn't yet been fitted for his teeth. His lines were said from off-screen… Never work with children or animals, people!!

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Cindy Lou is a six-year-old who still believes in the spirit of Christmas. The Grinch is a lonely green creature who despises Christmas and the townfolk of Whoville. It's a lovely story of redemption, a beloved Christmas tale that will make your heart grow three sizes!

Fun fact: Carrey spent a grand total of 92 days wearing the costume. It took him three hours before each filming session to get into the suit. Can you believe this movie is 19 years old?!

 

Home Alone (1990)

How could anyone write a list of the best Christmas movies and leave this one out?! Macaulay Calkin was the cutest (most deadly) kid of the 90s. It quickly became a classic and will always be a nostalgic classic to all us 80s and 90s kids! Did anyone else dream of being left home to fight off thieves after watching this, or just me?

A fun fact: In the scene with the tarantula, Daniel Stern, who played Marv, only agreed to let them to perform if they did it in one take. His scream is dubbed in later because a real scream would have scared the tarantula. I hope he got hazard pay!

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

If you don’t know this story already, you need to go back to school! What can we say about this movie?! Michael Caine is Scrooge and most of the rest of the cast are muppets. It’s a musical comedy-drama based on the classic Christmas story. It shouldn’t work. We know it shouldn’t. But somehow it just does!

Fun fact: One of the songs is cut from the film’s theatrical version for being ‘too slow’ and muppet free, but wad included in some home entertainment releases. We're not mad but.. it was our favourite song.

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A mother enlists the help of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) to help keep the magic of Christmas alive for her daughter. But when Kris finds himself in trouble, it’s up to the Walkers and their lawyer friend the get him out of it! Technically, this is a remake of a 1947 version, but this is the one everyone remembers and for good reason! Attenborough as Father Christmas: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a better portrayal.

Fun fact: The original (1947) Susan Walker, Natalie Wood, still believed in Santa when they shot this movie. She thought that Edmunn Gween really was Father Christmas. Cute!

 

The Polar Express (2004) 

A personal favourite of ours. A young boy boards a train and embarks on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole. Friendships are made, songs are sung and our belief in the magic of Christmas is restored! It’s heart-warming, beloved by every generation of our family and the animation is amazing!

Fun fact: (Even we didn’t realise this) Neither than main character, nor his female friend, have a name. In the credits, they are referred to as Hero Boy and Hero Girl. And Tom Hanks plays Hero Boy, Father, Conductor, Hobo, Scrooge and Santa Claus. That’s one versatile actor!

 

Love Actually (2003)

You had to know this one would be on here. It narrowly beat out The Holiday (2006) as our favourite Christmas rom-com. It’s got a stellar cast that is way too long to list. Honourable mention for Hugh Grant dancing around number 10. And to Emma Thompson for the soul-wrenching scene after she discovers her husband is cheating.

Fun fact: Emma Thompson shot that crying scene 12 times, what a phenomenal actress!

 

 

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