• You know things are getting Christmassy when it’s time to hunker down on the sofa for a good old-fashioned yuletide flick. Here’s what to watch…

    It might not be that cold outside, and there isn’t much snow to shout about, but that isn’t going to stop us feeling festive. In no particular order, here are our favourite Christmas films guaranteed to get you into the spirit of things. They range from classics to comedies, and there’s even a bonus appearance from Arnie for good measure…

    The Snowman

    We’ve got to start with a classic, right? It might be the shortest film on our list, but few are better known than this children’s book-turned-cartoon. Keep hitting those high notes, Aled.

    The Santa Clause

    When a Christmas sceptic accidentally causes Santa to slip off a roof, it falls to him to replace the big man – permanently. Cue rapid weight gain, premature white hair and a seriously stubborn beard.

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    This movie might be about the biggest festive killjoy there is, but things come up trumps in the end. Jim Carrey brings Dr Seuss’ loveable green mischief-maker to life.


    It’s a Wonderful Life

    In this true Christmas classic, James Stewart takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as the selfless George Bailey. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably want to watch it again.

    The Holiday

    Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz… this seasonal rom-com has an all-star cast. It’s a soppy one, all about matters of the heart, but it’s sure to put a cheesy grin on your face.

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has been told every which way – so we’ve picked the most colourful and silly one going (don’t judge us). Plus, it’s got Michael Caine at his usual best.


    This is one of the newest films on our list, but Will Ferrell’s childlike character – Buddy the elf – is arguably the funniest. If you haven’t seen it, where have you been?


    Home Alone

    “Kevin, you’re such a disease”. Left in accidental isolation, a troublesome child – AKA Macaulay Culkin – has to fend off a bumbling pair of crooks at Christmas. You’d think his family would learn their lesson, but no, he ends up lost in New York the very next year.

    Santa Claus: The Movie

    A greedy businessman wants to know how reindeer fly, and an elf with a taste for adventure leaves the North Pole for New York. That’s right, Dudley Moore made the big relocation nearly 20 years before Will Ferrell. Trendsetter or what?

    Love Actually

    A smorgasbord of Christmas heartache, this one actually finishes on quite a happy note. From Hugh Grant’s dancing to Colin Firth’s broken Portuguese, it’s happy endings all round.


    Jack Frost

    This one’s about a workaholic dad who dies, but comes back to life in his front garden as a snowman. Bizarre, yes, but it’s also festive, fun and full of snow.

    Jingle All The Way

    Arnold Schwarzenegger at Christmas! He’s on a mission to find his son a Turbo Man toy in time for Christmas morning. Absolutely guaranteed to raise a smile.

    Miracle on 34th Street

    It’s only right we end on a high note, and this is up there with the best of them. Richard Attenborough is Kris Kringle, a man who has to prove he’s the real Santa Claus before a judge.

    Which Christmas movie is your favourite?