My Top 10 Festive Films

Everyone's list is always different, but these are my go-to festive films to get me in the Christmas spirit that, I reach for every year!

10) Frozen
The reason it's at the bottom of my list is that it's not technically a Christmas film, and it's actually set in summer... but it's one of those films I seem to watch only at Christmas. If this was a Disney themed list, it'd be much much higher.


9) Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer
PLEASE tell me you've heard of this film? I watched it over and over as a child, and I'd still watch it today as a 24-year-old grown woman. It's like a classic Christmas film for me, even if it was one of those things on repeat on Cartoon Network!

8) New Years Eve
I've always been a sucker for a good rom-com, and New Year's Eve is definitely a guilty pleasure. It's packed full of famous actors and actresses and this film is perfect for the after Christmas blues, to get you prepped for New Years.


7) The Snowman
Another classic I watched every year as a child. It's so simple but honestly, I still love it. For me, this film is the epitome of Christmas as a child, with the magic of snowmen coming to life and a party with Santa, and the innocence around Christmas. It's magical.


6) A Christmas Carol (2009)
I'm not one for very old films, so the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey is my favouroite adaptation of the Dickens novel. To be honest, I like most movies with Jim Carrey in it, and the animation in this film is absolutely brilliant.


5) Elf
 I think Elf is on everyone's list, only much higher. Elf is another classic Christmas Comedy that everyone loves. I'm always shocked if someone says they haven't seen it. How could you not? It's on every TV channel around Christmas time!


4) The Nightmare Before Christmas
Some might argue this is a Halloween film, but for me, it's a bit of both. I'd watch it at both Halloween and Christmas, and probably all year round. I'm always a sucker for a Tim Burton film, I think he's extremely talented and creative. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a great "bridge" film for the time between Halloween and Christmas and is probably my 2nd favourite Tim Burton film, after Corpse Bride. 


3) The Holiday
I don't see this film cropping up too much on people's lists, but it's genuinely one of my favourite Christmas films and most definitely deserves to be in my top 3. It has some of my favourite actors in it... who doesn't love Jack Black and Jude Law?! I really like the whole story, and like I said before, I always love rom-coms.


2) Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I've already declared my love for Jim Carrey and The Grinch is one of those classic favourites that everyone loves. I have no exceptions, I always found this film hilarious as a child, and even today I love how it shows the magic of Christmas and how it brings people together.



1) Love Actually
I think anyone could have guessed it really. Love Actually is one of my all-time favourite films, nevermind my favourite Christmas film. I always feel happy when I watch this film. I love how it explores what Christmas is to lots of different types of people, and we get to see several story lines, that all link. I think it's not only extremely clever, but it's such a heartwarming film, especially in the run up to Christmas. If this film doesn't have you feeling festive then nothing will.