The Best Christmas Movies To Get You In The Festive Spirit

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It seems the most frequent phrase uttered right now is, “I can’t believe it’s Christmas next week.”

Well, you better believe it, people. Christmas is coming and it’s time to embrace the festive cheer. 

In the words of Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear.” Failing that, nothing makes you feel more festive that snuggling up in front of the fire with a Christmas movie. Settle down for the evening, forget your ever growing holiday to-do list and embrace the festivities with some of the best Christmas movies of all time. 

Miracle on 34th Street

Many a new Christmas movie has been released over the years but sometimes you really can’t beat a classic. 

Dorey Walker is perhaps a little too open about her Christmas cynicism, so much so that her six year old daughter, Susan has picked up on it and following her mother’s lead, is adamant that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.  

When Dorey hires the Macy’s Santa Clause, she ends up with a man coincidentally called Kris Kringle who is insistent that he is in fact the real Santa Claus. When Santa runs into trouble, it’s Susan and Dorey who must rush to his defence, forced to reassess their judgement on the Santa Claus myth they’ve so vehemently denied.

This sweet family movie about belief and opening your heart at Christmas is one you won’t want to skip this festive season.

Home Alone

Amongst the stress of orchestrating a big family holiday, Kevin McCallister (Macauley Culkin) wakes up to find his family have forgotten him, having already departed for Paris for the holidays. Initially the 8-year-old basks in the freedom of an empty house before two con men cross his path, plotting to rob the family home. It’s down to Kevin to protect the house in the only way an imaginative child knows how.

Elf

At this point the majority of us can quote Elf in our sleep but the Will Ferrell classic just never gets old. 

Buddy the Elf was a toddler once accidentally transported to the North Pole where he was raised by Santa’s Elves. Having reach adulthood, Buddy is sent from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, a miserable and cynical businessman. The longer Buddy sticks around, the more chaos he seems to cause but watch as his Christmas cheer wins everyone over in the process.

The Holiday 

Because it wouldn’t be the festive season without a little romance. 

In a bid to shake up their lives, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to swap homes on a whim, travelling across the globe to do so despite having only encountered each other on the internet. Californian Amanda swaps her Hollywood Mansion for Iris’s quiet country life along the lanes of the perfect English countryside. 

Watch as things finally start to fall into place for the unlucky in love ladies during this perfect Christmas pick-me-up.

Love Actually

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, watching Love Actually should be top of your Netflix binge-watching priorities from now right through until New Year’s Eve. 

Love Actually was previously removed from the Netflix library in October 2017. For obvious reasons, many fans were horrified. This Christmas we can all rejoice as the holiday classic makes a return just in time for some festive binge watching. For the few yet to see the film, the movie follows nine intertwining stories through lessons of love, heartbreak, betrayal and loyalty, all wrapped up with a Christmas bow. 

The Princess Switch 

There’s nothing like a cheesy Netflix original to really get you in the Christmas spirit. 

Follow this rags to riches role reversal starring Vanessa Hudgens (playing dual roles). Just before Christmas, a duchess switches places with her lookalike, an ordinary woman from Chicago. Conveniently (although potentially disastrous) they both fall in love with the other’s boyfriend in the midst of dealing with the many other challenges thrown their way.

Deck the Halls

Suburban dad and serious Christmas enthusiast Stave (Matthew Broderick) finds his Christmas cheer rudely interrupted with the arrival of the newest neighbour to town, Danny (Danny DeVito) – also a Christmas enthusiast. The pair declare war over refusal to be outdone in their decorations and risk ruining Christmas for everyone in the process.

Nothing like some Christmas competition to get neighbours riled up.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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