The lights are up, the children are excited and we are feeling the holiday spirit right to our bones! Christmas is here and while you are busy preparing for your Christmas dinner, take some time off to cuddle up on your couch and go on a movie marathon with your family!
Yes, apart from plum cakes and wine, there's a lot more you can do to make this festive season special. From timeless classics to the latest animated features, here's a low-down on the Christmas movies your family is bound to enjoy. So, cuddle up, relax and enjoy!
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1. A Christmas Story
Arguably one of America's favourite holiday films, A Christmas Story is a film your entire family will enjoy. Set in the 1940s, the humorous film revolves around Ralphie, a nine-year-old boy, who tries to convince his parents his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun can be the best Christmas gift ever.
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2. Home Alone
Home Alone is one of those classic Christmas movies for kids. Left at home all alone, while his family heads off on a Christmas vacation to Paris, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) is left to defend his house against two burglars. Your kids are sure to go on a fun rollercoaster laughing and cringing at the slapstick violence that ensues.
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3. The Santa Clause
Starring the ace comedian Tim Allen, the film revolves around a toy company executive who ends up doing Santa's rounds on Christmas eve, after Santa takes a fatal fall off his roof. While Tim assumes his role is just for one night, he later gets to know he has to become the Santa with the big belly and a beard, which causes some confusion in his regular life. This is one film kids and adults can watch together and laugh for completely different reasons.
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4. Miracle on 34th Street
Christmas is all about beliefs and this is precisely what this film throws light on. An old man claims himself to be Santa, a jolly good man in red, who flies around with reindeer and gives gifts. A young lawyer comes to his rescue and reinforces the fact that he is indeed who he claims to be. Standing the test of times across all generations, this is one classic your kids must watch!
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5. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Christmas lights may be twinkling red and white but Charlie Brown has the blues! He is basically upset with all the commercialism around Christmas. So, to get into the festive spirit, Charlie takes Lucy's (a counselor) advice and decides to direct the school Christmas play. What unfolds is a series of events and realisations, which makes this film capture the true holiday spirit.
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6. The Search For Santa Paws
A prequel to Santa Buddies, this film revolves around Santa Claus (Richard Riehle), who goes on a trip to New York, only to lose his memory in an accident. It is now up to Santa's new friend, a little puppy named Paws, is has a faithful orphan named Quinn and her new friend Will to save him and show the world what Christmas is all about. This Disney film has an overdose of cuteness that will make your kid fall for it.
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7. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas
Mickey and his friends deliver a whole new series of Christmas tales in Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas. The film features five stories, including an ice skating competition between Minnie and Daisy, Huey, Dewey, and Louie sneaking into Santa's Workshop and Pluto running off to join Santa's reindeer. While some of the segments don't have much of a plot, the holiday carols and the computer animation makes this a fun and entertaining flick, despite its rough patches.quality is also pretty mixed, working better in some parts than in others. But despite its rough patches, Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is an entertaining and fun.
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8. Christmas Is Here Again
This one is a star-studded, animated, musical tale which revolves around the exciting journey of a young orphan girl, Sophianna, and her unlikely band of adventurers as they set out to recover Santa’s magical toy sack. With voice acting by Jay Leno, Ed Asner, Norm MacDonald, Madison Davenport, Andy Griffith, Kathy Bates, and more, the movie plays almost flawlessly, making it a must-add in this list.
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9. Barbie in a Christmas Carol
Who wouldn't want to watch this one during Christmas! One of the heart-warming adaptations of Dickens, the movies revolves around Eden Starling (Barbie), a singer in London, who hates Christmas. Now, it's up to the unusual Christmas Spirits to take Eden on a fancy holiday journey that will open her heart to the spirit of the season and the joy of giving. Barbie in A Christmas Carol is for sure a family favourite, especially this season.
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10. Super Sleuth Christmas Movie
This cute Disney flick introduces Santa's reindeer Holly, who get trapped in a bush. After they rescue her, she reveals that she is the search of Santa's magical bag, in which he stores all his toys. She, along with the members of Wood, find the bag and also decide to set out on a quest to the North pole to return Santa's bag.
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