Christmas movies: 5 of the best for all the family

We’ve rounded up our favourite Christmas films, perfect for watching while snuggled up on a cold winter night

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Ah, don't you just love Christmas films? There's nothing quite like cosying down under a blanket on the sofa, with a large bowl of popcorn in your lap and a mug of hot chocolate (or perhaps something stronger) and settling down to watch a festive movie with all the family. 

Wondering which are the best to opt for? We've rounded up our favourite family friendly Christmas movies ever. 

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1. The one for kids – Elf (2003)

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With so many children’s Christmas films finding new ways to approach the theme, it’s hard to pick just one – but Elf is a classic. Buddy the Elf sets off to New York to find his real family and has trouble navigating the hostile world outside Santa’s North Pole. If you need a reminder of how exciting Christmas can be, look no further than Buddy’s commitment to the festive cause. Full of humour and Christmas cheer, even the adults will enjoy this.

2. The classic – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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When a deeply distressed businessman finds no reason to carry on, a guardian angel shows him what life would be like without him. Compulsory viewing for many families at Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life is a heart-warming portrayal of the impact one person can have on their family, their community and the world. Ranked number 11 on the American Film Institute’s greatest American films of all times, it’s perfect for fans of the black-and-white film classics.

3. The one that will make you believe in Santa – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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The 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street is as heart-warming as the original. When Kris Kringle takes over as the Cole’s Department Store’s Santa Claus, he must convince six-year-old Susan Walker – and a courtroom – that he’s the real deal. Full of childlike wonder and Christmas magic, it’s a must-watch this festive season.

4. The animation – The Snowman (1982)

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Author Raymond Briggs’ children’s story is brought to life in the short film The Snowman. On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman who comes to life and whisks him away to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas. Featuring scores by Howard Blake and the classic song Walking in the Air, The Snowman is a visual treat for fans of animation that evokes the true magic of Christmas.

5. The crowd-pleaser – Home Alone (1990)

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Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind when his family goes away for the Christmas vacation and has to defend the house from particularly clumsy burglars. Featuring slapstick comedy, dangerous hijinks and plenty of booby traps, Home Alone has been a festive staple since its release in the early 1990s.

More festive ideas in Christmas Living magazine

For more festive inspiration including delicious party food recipes, gift ideas, stunning decorations and more, don't miss Christmas Living magazine which contains all you need for a magical celebration. 

Available to buy now in stores and online, the 100-page magazine also comes with an array of fabulous gifts:

  • Cookie cutter set perfect for xmas treats and cake decorating
  • Christmas Craft Handbook for making your own gifts and decorations
  • 2020 calendar featuring English country gardens through the seasons 
  • 9 classic cocktail recipe cards to get the party started

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