Sometimes it can take a little push in order for us to get into the Christmas Spirit. Here’s our guide to getting yourself into the headspace for all things tinsel, mince pies and mulled wine!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
We’re exactly between Halloween and Christmas, folks. And you know what that means? The Nightmare before Christmas. Not a Halloween film, not a Christmas film, but BOTH. This well-loved Dark Fantasy Disney film was released in 1993, and with Tim Burton at the helm, it’s no surprise that it’s so well known. The film centres itself around Halloweentown, a town so obsessed with Halloween it looks like an emo pre-teen dreamland. Jack Skellington, the main character of the film, finds a portal to Christmastown… From there, Jack is on a mission to hijack Christmas and make it his own… With a voice cast that includes Chris Sarandon, Ken Page, Catherine O’Hara and more, it’s definitely one to get you in the Christmas mood, especially if you’re a Halloween lover as well. It’s the best of both worlds!
Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
An adaptation of the Dr.Seuss novel of the same name, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic. If you’re into comedy and you’re after something that the kids will enjoy as well, this is the film for you. It reportedly took Jim Carrey 2.5 hours every day in make-up to get Grinch-ready, and if that’s not dedication to the role I don’t know what is. This is the only film, since The Wizard of Oz, to hire so many extras and have them in make up throughout production. It also won an Academy Award for its attention to detail in makeup on both Carrey and the other actors in the film.
In terms of plot, How the Grinch Stole Christmas focuses on Whoville, a small town hidden inside a snowflake (stick with me). The town is obsessed with Christmas until we meet Cindy Lou, a little girl trying to find the true meaning of Christmas. Enter The Grinch, a mean isolated creature, The Grinch lives in a mountain that towers over the town. Determined to steal Christmas away from the Whos, The Grinch comes up with a clever plot to steal all the presents on Christmas Eve…But does it end how the Grinch expected? Narrated by Anthony Hopkins, this is definitely one to watch this year.
Elf is an American Christmas Comedy starring Will Ferrell. The film also stars Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, and James Caan. Fans of Game of Thrones will also notice the Peter Dinklage cameo. The film follows Buddy, an Elf brought up in the North Pole alongside the Elves. When Buddy finds out he isn’t an elf, he goes on a quest to New York City to find his real parents and learn all about himself. With hilarious jokes for everyone, it’s the perfect film to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
The film has gone on to inspire a musical of the same name, and continues to be added to Christmas – must watches. You can catch Elf on Netflix and other streaming services this Christmas.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone follows Kevin as he’s left behind by his family as they go on holiday over Christmas. It all begins when Kevin is left at home whilst the family travels without him. Enjoy a lie in, Kevin wakes up to realise that he has the house to himself. and can live without his plethora of siblings and extended family. However, this all changes when a pair of burglars intend to rob his home. Kevin has to protect his family home, and in doing so sets traps to catch the thieves in the act.
Macauley Culkin was nominated for a Golden Globe after his performance as Kevin, and the film itself went on to become the highest grossing live-action comedy film of all time.
Love Actually (2003)
One of the first degrees of separation films, Love Actually stars an impressive cast including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Claudia Schiffer and more. Following the intricate lives of couples and singletons in and around London, Love Actually is a beautiful narrative of Christmas and love, and should definitely be a top priority if you’ve ever watched it before!