Films are a massive part of Christmas. As soon as the special two-week bumper issue of the telly mag is out, I’m there circling all the films I want to watch and scheduling them to be recorded. It’s the perfect time to never go outside and snuggle up (although when do I ever not do that?) and re-watch your favourites, as well as new releases. Here’s what’s on my to-watch list:
‘One week before Christmas, Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, switches places with Stacy, a “commoner” from Chigaco who looks exactly like her.’
I’ve actually already watched the first film on my list because I just couldn’t resist the Christmas spirit any longer. The Princess Switch kind of screams out to my ten-year-old self — who wouldn’t want to swap places with a princess?! The setting is so beautiful and classically Christmassy (glittering snow, gingerbread houses, red and gold sparkling decorations everywhere — you can almost smell the trees) and the plot is delightfully cheesy and OTT romantic. Swallow your pride (and film-snobbery) and you’ll love it.
‘The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.’
Another one of Netflix’s anticipated festive releases, and I have it on good authority from my gal Amelia-Joy at Find Neverland With Me that it’s just as cheesy and feel-good as promised. I will most likely snuggling up to watch this on Christmas Eve with my little brother with a big mug of hot chocolate each in front of the tree.
‘Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.’
Is this a Halloween film or a Christmas one? Does anybody really know? Not that it matters, it’s a classic for both holidays, and I can’t believe I haven’t seen it yet. I’m usually a big fan of Tim Burton’s style and I find stop-motion films quite fascinating because of the sheer amount of work involved, so it makes sense to get this one ticked off my list this year.
‘One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.’
Sequels aren’t usually better than the originals, but Home Alone 2 manages it in this case. I think the setting of New York City at Christmas throws festive cheer right in your face and it’s every kid’s dream (or at least it was mine!) to let loose in a really posh hotel and piss off the concierge.
‘On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.’
It’s not Christmas until you’ve watched Jim Carrey prance around in a hairy green suit, really, is it? It’s the one film since childhood that has always got me feeling festive; we used to have it on a VHS tape where we’d recorded it off the telly years ago, Coca Cola ‘Holidays Are Coming’ ad breaks and all. Plus, Jim Carrey nearly had a mental breakdown from the weight of wearing all that makeup everyday, so it’s only right to honour him each year!
‘A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.’
Part of me is thinking, ‘Jim Carrey didn’t suffer for a bloody animation remake,’ but I’m also excited to watch it because I loved the 2000 version. I’m not a huge Cumberbatch fan, but I loved his voice acting as Smaug in the Hobbit movies, so I’m gonna give it a go! I think me and my girls are going to go and see it together one evening for our Christmas get-together!
‘As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends.’
I haven’t even watched the main show of the Sabrina reboot, but who doesn’t love a Christmas special? I’m just really sad that sassy Salem doesn’t play an active role.
‘When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love — but will she be able to keep up her lie?’
I still haven’t watched A Christmas Prince, even after all the raving reviews last year, and I can’t believe it because let’s be honest, where there’s princesses, there’s Juliet (usually). I’m hoping it’ll be a similar vibe to The Princess Diaries, a.k.a. one of the best films in existence, with a bit of extra tinsel.
‘The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.’
I know it’s not a Christmas film, but my family and I have been watching this film in front of the tree since I was about five, so it just brings festive feeling for me! It’s the stupidest film in the world, but that’s why I love it — plus, there are loads of jokes that went straight over my head when I was little that all make sense now.
‘A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.’
When I told my friend Georgia that I have never watched Scrooged, she recoiled in horror and told me we couldn’t be friends if I didn’t watch it this year. A Christmas Carol (the book) is such a beautiful classic book, so I’m sure I’ll at least appreciate a film based on that story, especially as that film stars Bill Murray.
‘A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.’
My stepdad is a big admirer of Arnie, both his fitness and his films, so my brother and I have grown up watching all his films quite regularly. Jingle All The Way, along with Last Action Hero, is still given frequent viewings over Christmas and New Year; I much prefer his comedy roles to his serious action roles, and JATW is one of his best!
‘A cunning mouse goes for a walk in the woods and outwits a succession of predators.’
I can remember how excited I was a few years ago when I found out The Gruffalo was being made into a short film! It was one of my favourite books as a little’un, and I read it an awful lot to my little brother when he was younger as it was a favourite for him as well. The animation is beautiful and the voice actors are perfect.
‘An orphaned boy enrols in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible events that haunt the magical world.’
No explanation needed.
What will you be watching over the festive season?