This is indeed the time of year when we have a craving to watch films that make us feel good, and this is where Christmas movies fit right in with festive traditions.
After a hectic and unpredictable New Year, many of us are looking for a little escape and joy, whether it’s corny and predictable romantic comedies, hilarious family adventures or animated films nostalgic.
Here I present to you some of my favorite Christmas movies, as well as the must-see picks from my colleagues. From classics to more contemporary releases, enjoy this list of must-see Christmas movies.
1. The 34th Street Miracle
This 1994 remake of the 1947 original is honestly one of my favorite Christmas movies and it’s a seasonal classic for the whole family.
Young Susan (played by Mara Wilson, famous for Matilda ) doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. When Susan’s mother hires an old man to replace a drunken department store Santa, things begin to change. Presenting himself only as Kris Kringle, he claims to be the real Santa Claus, leading locals to try to discredit him and sue him. This film contains a heartwarming message about the beauty of belief and Christmas dreams. You can watch The Miracle on 34th Street on Disney+.
2. Love Hard
A new release in the 2021 Christmas streaming lineup, Love Hard combines romance with the spirit of Christmas. Starring The Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev, Netflix’s Christmas movie sees her character Natalie get tricked when she thinks she’s talking to the guy of her dreams, Tag (Darren Barnet from My First Times ), but it’s actually Josh (Jimmy O. Yang), Tag’s childhood friend.
This film is as much about the challenges of online dating as it is about our desire for love and connection, especially during the holiday season. And it’s also a big step forward for Asian representation. As Refinery29 Australia Writer Maggie Zhou puts it, the casting of Jimmy O. Yang as a potential romance contestant brings change from the problematic stereotypes about Asian men that have so often been perpetuated in Hollywood over the years. year. You can watch Love Hard on Netflix.
3. The Princess of Chicago
In what I believe is Vanessa Hudgens’ best work since High School Musical, this film is perfect if you’re looking for a 90-minute Christmas happy ending. You’ll see double as Hudgens plays two women, Stacy DeNovo, a pastry chef who runs a popular patisserie in America, and Lady Margaret Delacourt, Duchess of Montenaro in London.
These women live in different worlds and lead different lives. However, they look alike and a chance meeting is inevitable. The Princess of Chicago gives these women a chance to meet when DeNovo travels to Belgravia for a baking contest. In a kind of Our Four exchange, they swap places and that’s where things get interesting.
I won’t spoil you, but an unexpected romance is on the horizon. The popularity of this film resulted in a sequel, The Princess of Chicago 2: As Queen last year, and the third installment in 2021, titled The Princess of Chicago 3: Quest for the Star. . You can watch The Princess of Chicago on Netflix.
4. The Express Pole
This musical animated film is based on the book of the same name published in 1985 and, as cliché as it may seem, it reminds me of the magic of Christmas that we adore as children and that we see again with fondness. when you are an adult. I’m 29 and I don’t feel too old to watch this movie, in which a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole aboard the Pole Express train when the -ci mysteriously stops in front of his house and the driver (Hanks) ushers him in.
From the “hot chocolate” musical sequence in the train car – I refuse to watch this film without a nice hot chocolate in hand – to the beautiful moment when the little boy sees Santa’s workshop, this film fills you with admiration for the classic magic of Christmas and the lessons of friendship and courage. You can watch The Polar Express on Netflix.
5. Love Actually
This is the film that has inspired many improvised doorway sign scenarios. With an exceptional cast including Emma Thompson, Jude Law, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and many more, this 2003 film shows different sides of love across 10 distinct stories.
“No matter how silly it makes me feel, this movie touches me every time and I really look forward to watching it every year. Plus, ‘Eight is a lot of legs, David’ is one of my quotes from favorite movies of all time” – Trish
6. Crystal Trap (Die Hard)
It was the 1988 action movie starring Bruce Willis that raised the age-old question: is it a Christmas movie or not? Sarah ends this argument.
” Crystal Trap is a Christmas movie and no, I won’t be taking part in the proceedings. Nothing has the spirit of Christmas like John McClane (Willis) who puts his life on the line to save countless lives, and Christmas well course, on a very dramatic night in an office building. My family watches this movie every year on Christmas Eve, it’s a tradition!” – SarahYou can watch Die Hard on Amazon Prime and Disney+.
7. Lord of the Rings
It may be an unconventional choice for the holiday season, but if you think about it, getting lost in the world of Frodo and Gollum is a fantastic and heartwarming way to unwind during this period.
“One of my favorite early memories is going to the movies on Boxing Day to see all the new releases. Since then, it’s become a family tradition to watch The Lord of the Rings on Boxing Day. We’re starting in usually around 8am if we want to finish them in time. It’s always a great day – we eat leftovers, chocolates, drink champagne and stay in our pajamas all day. It’s really the only time we spending so much time together as a family lately.” – AllyYou can watch Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
This fantasy animated film has been around for almost 30 years and tells the story of Jack Skellington, the king of “Halloween Town”, who discovers “Christmas Town” and becomes obsessed with celebrating Christmas.
“I was a morbid child who really liked the aesthetics of this film. I still know all the lyrics to the songs by heart.” – Vanessa You can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on Disney+.
9. The Holiday
This 2006 film tells the story of two women (played by Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) who swap lives and perfect homes for a fortnight to escape their troubles and heartaches. Jack Black and Jude Law also star in this fan-favorite movie, so break out the mistletoe!
” The Holiday is my favorite Christmas movie because Jude Law is literally a dream!” – BrittanyYou can watch The Holiday on Amazon Prime.
10. My in-laws, Christmas and me
Starring the likes of Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dan Levy and more, My StepFamily, Christmas and Me follows a woman who struggles to come out to her conservative parents as she she and her girlfriend visit them during the Christmas holidays.
“It’s one of the only queer Christmas movies!” – PennyYou can watch Steps , Christmas and Me on Amazon Prime.
A relatively new addition to the year-end movie chart, Holidate is a Netflix original that was released in 2020. With Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey deciding to be each other’s party dates, it it’s a romantic comedy that’s predictable and mellow enough to make us all crave for it on Christmas Eve.
“I loved the Netflix movie Holidate . I recognized myself as the only remaining unmarried child in my family/extended family. Let the girls live, dammit. Ah and, Luke Bracey, we can go out for a drink when you want !” – MeganYou can watch Holidate on Netflix.
12. The Grinch
Have you heard of Chouville? If not, you’re in for a treat, because I can guarantee it’s one of the most wonderful and warmest fictional locations around Christmas time, which makes me watch this movie every year. The Grinch is a bitch when it comes to Christmas. He does not believe in it and will certainly not participate in local decoration contests. But things change when he meets six-year-old Cindy Lou. You can watch The Grinch on VOD Orange.