Nativity! Is a 2009 British comedy that stars Martin Freeman and Marc Wootton. A primary school teacher, Paul Maddens (Freeman) is forced into producing the school’s nativity play. Paul is assisted by the eccentric Mr Poppy (Wootton) and they fight to beat the posh rival school for the honour of best reviewed show in town. The film is partially improvised and the children definitely make this film. I would recommend watching this purely for the hilarity of the children. It’s perfect for families as well as adults. There are two sequels, however, I would recommend giving them a miss.
2. The Snowman
The Snowman is actually an animal television special, however, I thought it would be wrong to not include it in this list. The Snowman was first aired in 1982 and was an immediate success. The story is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake. This programme is wordless just like the book, with the exception of the song “Walking in the Air”. The special ranks #71 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the BFI in 2000
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys is a 2001 American/Canadian Christmas animal musical film that follows Hermey the elf and Rudolph who is now famous at the Arctic Tundra. I absolutely adore this film and make sure to watch this annually. This is perfect for young families with children as well as adults who are open to reliving their childhood. The voice cast included Rick Moranis, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Elf is a very popular 2003 American Christmas comedy film starring Will Ferrel, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner and Bob Newhart. The story is about one of Santa’s elves (Ferrell) who learns of his true identity as a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan), spreading Christmas cheer in the world of cynics as he goes. The film inspired the 2010 musical Elf: The Musical and a 2014 stop-motion animated television special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. Personally, I think that this film is overrated but I do still enjoy to watch it on the odd occasion.
5. The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy family comedy film. This is the first instalment in The Santa Clause trilogy and stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Clause to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his son, Charlie, finish the trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole to find out that Scott must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is actually Father Christmas. This is a perfect Christmas classic to get you in the spirit, although I’d give the second and third instalments a miss.
6. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
I am yet to watch the original film, however, this version was a huge part of my childhood. It was written and produced by John Hughes who is known for classics such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many more. Miracle on 34th Street focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dylan McDermott and is definitely a Christmas classic that will get you in the festive spirit.
7. Home Alone
Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas comedy film starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister. This film is also produced by John Hughes but was directed by Chris Columbus. As most people are aware, the first and second Home Alone are the only films that are worth watching and the only ones that featuring the original cast. The film follows Kevin after he is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas holiday. Kevin initially loves being home alone, however, he soon has to fight off two burglars. After its release, Home Alone became the highest-grossing live action comedy film of all time in the United States.
8. The Holiday
The Holiday is a 2006 romantic comedy film based around Christmas time and stars Camera Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. The plot follows two lovelorn women, Amanda and Iris, who temporarily exchange homes for escaping heartbreak over the Christmas period. Jude Law and Jack Black feature as the leading men Graham and Miles. I am always partial to a British film and I particularly love this because it does get you in the Christmas spirit in addition to being a feel-good film.
9. Love Actually
Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas-themed rom-com directed by the wonderful Richard Curtis. This film is probably on everyone’s favourite’s list, however, I will summarise if you are the 1% that hasn’t seen this film. The film features an incredible ensemble cast, such as Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thomspon, Martin Freeman, Kiera Knightley and many more British beauties; if that doesn’t sell it to you then I don’t know what will. The film delves into different aspects of love shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are shown to be interlinked. Of course, this film is going to be amazing due to the ridiculously talented cast and Britains-finest-director Richard Curtis. Everything about this film makes you feel good and want to get in the Christmas spirit.