Not all your traditional films, but I still love watching these with a hot drink and a Christmas treat. Preferably, a ginger biscuit. When I’m feeling festive there are Films I Love Watching at Christmas. These are only a few of them. They aren’t necessarily what immediately comes to mind to everyone as a traditional Christmas film. But they all make me think of Christmas when I watch them or listen to their soundtracks.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Yes, yes I know. It’s about Halloween. But I have loved watching this movie around Christmas for years and that’s what matters. Isn’t it?
Home Alone (1990)
I’m sure you’ve heard of this film before. So, I won’t go into details. But it’s set at Christmas, it’s funny, has heartfelt moments and a Christmasy soundtrack. What more could you want?
The Holiday (2006)
I couldn’t find a trailer that didn’t give away all the best bits of the film. So, I thought better of it. Trust me it’s a gooden. Set at Christmas, two women across the Atlantic swap houses for a Holiday. It has a great cast and very clever writing.
Love Actually (2003)
Another one set over the Christmas period. Focussing on a number of different people who are connected to each other. They all have different experiences during the season with sad and happy moments.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Christmas Carol movies can be sad and quite dark. The great thing about this movie is that it is self-aware. The Muppet’s bring some light-heartedness and comedy to an otherwise sad tale. Making it far more enjoyable for this time of year and when you have a group of different people and ages watching it.
Batman Returns (1992)
A darker one of the Batman movies. It’s set at Christmas and although this is a small inclusion in the story. I think it makes the film look really nice and gives the mise-en-scene it wouldn’t have otherwise. There’s a lot going on in the film and great to watch when you’re relaxing.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Not a traditional Christmas film but one I always associate with Christmas. I think the soundtracks helps a lot with that association. It’s a beautifully made film with a tinge of sadness to it. But don’t a lot of Christmas films have that? ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ isn’t exactly all sunshine and rainbows. I think the fact it centres around family and is so gorgeous to watch is why I love it for Christmas.
What films do you love to watch during the festive season?
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