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The best Christmas films to really get you in the festive mood

December 22, 2017

From the Christmas classics you remember as a kid to the new festive favourites, there’s no better way of getting in the mood.

Sunday morning, snuggling up with a hot chocolate and a duvet and putting your favourite Christmas film on – December bliss.

Although I do adore Christmas, and am already ready to binge by mid December, I don’t let myself until December 1st. After that it’s go go go. Or ho ho ho should I say…

For me, there’s a scale of festivity when it comes to Christmas films. I like to save my favourites and the most festive films to at least mid December, ideally the week before Christmas.

Let’s start with the early December Christmas movies.

Home Alone

Now others may not agree with me on this, because it is a fantastically Christmassy movie, however my reasoning for this is that for a couple of years on my family holiday we went to France and stayed in a big villa.

One of the only English Dvd’s in the Villa we could find to escape the midday sun for a bit was Home Alone, which we ended watching a number of times. Now I just associate it with being on holiday, sweating on the sofa in a Bikini. Nevertheless I still love it, and some of the lines are just hilariously quotable.

Love Actually

The simple reason for Love Actually being an early December movie, is the fact the start of the movie is set six weeks before Christmas. So you kind of go with the timeline.

Also in recent years i’ve kind of realised – this is kind of a sad film. Watching it when I was young I just saw lots lovely stories, but in actually fact it’s filled with heartbreak, cheating, and separation. Maybe as i’ve got older i’ve understood it a little more… now I can’t watch that heartbreaking scene with Emma Thompson without welling up.

Saying all this, I still feel super festive when I watch it, it’s filled with Christmas music, funny storylines and great characters.

FYI as I go further down the list now we’re getting closer to mid December.

Arthur Christmas

If you haven’t seen this yet, it is a must. I’m not usually a huge fan of animated films, but this is genius. The storyline is fantastic, and it mixes classic Christmas traditions with new technology and trends.

It’s also quite a new film, ¬†which I know sometimes can be hard to trust, but I assure you it’s worth it. A real heart warmer.


This film is HILARIOUS. My best friend and I have the same sense of humour (great, obviously) and the first time we watched this film, we laughed ourself into stitches. Its all about a bunch of school kids putting on a Nativity, and they are so funny. Part of the charm of it is that you wonder actually how much of it the kids are acting.

It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a light hearted mood booster, and obviously features plenty of Christmassy music.

Ok now i’m thinking we’re into the week before Christmas.


I say this is good to watch the week before Christmas, but i’m already on my fourth viewing of it and it’s the 19th of December. I just can’t help myself, it’s everything I want in A Christmas film. Festive music, Christmas decorations, love, and humour. A M A Z I N G. I think Elf will always be one of my favourites, and it really does get me feeling Christmassy as soon as the opening credits come on.

Dun dun, dun dun dun, dun du dun dun dun. (That’s me singing the opening tune)

The Holiday

Yep, i’m obsessed with this film. Aside from the fact that it features Jude Law and he is just a festive dream, it’s just so lovely. I love the setting’s of the film, when they’re in the cosy little English cottage in the snow, or snuggled up in the den in Jude’s house. It just feels so cosy.

And if it hasn’t got you feeling warm and fuzzy already, by the time they’re dancing around the tree at the end, you’ll be filled with Christmas cheer.

So there you have it, a few of my festive favourites I like to watch to get me feeling really Christmassy.

What are your favourites? I’m always on the look out for new recommendations!

Esther xo




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