#1 White Christmas (1954) – This film has been one of my favourite for as long as I can remember. The magic of the music and the mountain backdrop made me dream. of spending my holidays in the mountains. In this movie a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and then team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
#2 The Santa Clause (1995) – Tim Allen has always made me laugh, but no more so than when playing a man who inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve and then finds himself magically recruited to take his place. This is the perfect family film for Christmas eve that will have you laughing, crying and cheering for Santa and his family. Follow up Santa Clause films are as great, especially The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with Martin Short as Jack Frost. Make it a marathon session. Trust me.
#3 Home Alone (1990) – This is one of the kids favourites. When an 8-year-old boy is accidentally left at home alone while his family flies to France for Christmas he must do his best to enjoy every minute before his family returns home. When idiotic burglars decide his house is an easy target he defends his home against them in ingenious, and laugh inducing ways. This film is full of physical humor and is sure to make you LOL.
#4 ELF (2003) – When an out-of-place Elf finds out his real dad’s a human he heads off the New York City to find him. This movie is pure fun and is one we will enjoy more than once this holiday season. As Buddy says “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” Or by watching Elf at least 3 times.
#5 Arthur Christmas (2011) – This is a new family favourite as picked by all 5 kids. It’s a Christmas Miracle! They all agreed on something. With just 2 hours to spare, Santa’s clumsy grandson Arthur, gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced.
#6 Die Hard () – Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without John McClane kicking a little butt. While not family fare it’s a great flick to pop in once the kids are in bed. Crack open a bottle wine and enjoy As John McClane launches his own one-man war against the terrorists.
#7 Gremlins – Don’t get them wet, don’t feed them after midnight, and keep them away from direct sunlight. Gremlins is an edge of your seat (and extremely funny) battle to make it to daylight to rid the town of the tiny terrors all while the bad ones find ways to multiply over and over. It’s a wild, if occasionally dark and scary, ride.
#8 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version) – This classic revamp is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
#9 The Polar Express – I adore the music in this film and look forward to settling in with a hot drink and the kids to watch this every year.
#10 Mickey’s Christmas Carol – This is a lighter version of the classic tale and is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.
What is your favourite holiday flick?
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