December is finally here, and so is the best time of the year. This jolly holiday season is the ideal time to spend time with family and friends, set up the Christmas tree, and gorge on delicious treats. Another fun Christmas activity to add to your list is sitting with your loved ones, popcorn and roasted marshmallows in tow, and watching your favourite Christmas movies. Here’s a list of the best Christmas films of all time.
Top Christmas Movies
The most popular Christmas films include the following.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The one unanimously popular film featuring on every list of the best Christmas Movies of All Time, It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 fantasy drama set in the magical New York city. It follows George Bailey, a kind and selfless man filled with thoughts of suicide on Christmas Eve. As George’s family prays for him, guardian angel Clarence Odbody is tasked with saving George and earning his angel wings. Will Clarence succeed?
A Christmas Carol
A classic Christmas film featuring talents like Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, 2009’s a Christmas Carol is based on Charles Dicken’s novella of the same name. On Christmas Eve, the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened by spirits of his Christmases past, present and future. Scrooge must decide whether to continue on his path of misery and bitterness or redeem himself before it is too late.
Home Alone (1990)
A Christmas movie enjoyed by children and adults alike, Home Alone follows Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), an eight-year-old boy unwittingly left behind by his family as they embark on a Christmas vacation. When bungling burglars Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) set their sights on the McCallister house, Kevin must do all it takes to protect himself and his home. He sets booby traps for the burglars and what ensues is chaos and comedy galore.
Among the best new Christmas movies is Netflix’s animated feature Klaus, which documents the oddly satisfying origin story of Santa. It follows postman Jesper Johansen, the worst student at the Postal Academy, shipped off to a small village in the icy Artic circle. The village is inhabited by grumpy folks who barely exchange words. Here, he meets the mysterious carpenter Klaus, with a talent for crafting toys. Watch this movie to decide whether Santa is real or fictional.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Based on Dr. Suess’s book of the same name, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is another Christmas movie with Jim Carrey playing a grumpy titular character and nailing his performance. The bitter and hateful Christmas Grinch is irritated about the jolly festive celebration in a nearby village. He soon devises a plan to foil the Christmas festivities by stealing all things Christmas.
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