30 Must Watch Christmas Movies

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So, last year I began a Christmas tradition for our family – a Christmas Eve family movie night where I treated us all to some new PJs, bought a few cheap Christmas films on DVD and put them all together in a basket with some snacks to cosy up for the night!

30 Must Watch Christmas Movies!

I’ve bought this year’s snacks, PJs and DVDs and thought I’d share a list of 30 must watch Christmas movies. I’ve seen them all…except for Miracle on 34th Street which I recorded last Christmas on our Sky+ box and still haven’t watched it – much to the horror of one of my friends! I promised her I would watch it this year!

Is your favourite Christmas movie on my list? If not – what is it? Let me know in the comments section :)

Most are family friendly, with the exception of maybe 3 or 4 of them which aren’t for kids!





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  1. A Christmas Story – fra-gee-lay!
  2. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – makes me cry with laughter!
  3. Elf – you sit on a throne of lies!
  4. Miracle on 34th StreetI’ve promised I will watch it! I’ve finally seen it!
  5. Home Alone – was on TV the other night – forgot how funny this film is!
  6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – they need to keep an eye on their kid!
  7. Jingle All The Way – love Arnie in comedy films!
  8. Die Hard – Yippee-ki-yay mother bleeper!
  9. Scrooged – I love the Ghost of Christmas Present!
  10. The Polar Express – watched this for the first time last year. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would!
  11. The Snowman – a classic from my childhood! ♪ ♫ We’re walking in the air ♫ ♪
  12. The Snowman & The Snowdog – one I taped last year, only just watched it!
  13. Father Christmas – I just bought this on DVD, it is the 40th year special! Can’t believe how old that film is!
  14. The Grinch – a character made for Jim Carey!
  15. The Muppet Christmas Carol – I went to the cinema to see this – it’s 20 years old now!
  16. Scrooge – has to be the Albert Finney version. Fab Victorian England story!
  17. The Santa Clause – It’s okay, I’m used to it. I lived through the ’60s!
  18. The Santa Clause 2 – if you watch a trilogy, 2 is in the middle!
  19. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause – Naughty Jack Frost!
  20. Love Actually – a sweet little rom-com!
  21. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas – Disney + Christmas? What’s not to love!
  22. The Nightmare Before Christmas – The Pumpkin King + Christmas? *dies*
  23. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
  24. Flint Street Nativity – a TV movie with some great British comedy actors – hilarity ensues as adults play kids!
  25. Arthur Christmas – how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?!
  26. Santa Claus: The Movie – I remember going to the cinema to watch this as a kid!
  27. When Harry Met Sally – one of my favourite rom-coms!
  28. Shrek The Halls – how an ogre celebrates Christmas!
  29. The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper – Kaboom? Yes Rico, kaboom!
  30. Merry Madagascar – the penguins have to save Christmas!

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