Films, Special Days

Favourite festive films

Love Actually

This is one of my favourite Xmas films and I have to watch it every year. It’s got it all –Β love, funny bits plus Xmas songs and it gives me a warm hearty glow whenever I watch it. One of the best British films ever in my opinion!

The Holiday

This film is about two girls who swap homes over Xmas. Yes it’s corny but it’s also romantic and festive and a great film to curl up on the sofa and watch. And dream that you might get a knock on the door one day from Jude Law πŸ™‚

You’ve got mail

This isn’t strictly a Christmas film but it covers all the seasons including the festive period and there’s something about the slow burning romance that makesΒ me want to watch this film in the run up to Xmas. I’ve watched this film countless times but for some reason I keep coming back to it.

The Nativity

This silly UK film about a school nativity play should be annoying but it charmed me especially with the X Factor style auditions and main character who transforms from The Grinch to all things Xmas. Feel good fun that will have you singing along!

While you were sleeping

One of my favourite rom coms ever, Sandra Bullock falls for a guy she’s never met and her family think they’re engaged so whilst he’s in a coma, she’s spending Xmas with them. Just a really sweet and festive film with a happy ending πŸ™‚

The Muppet Christmas Carol

You can’t not love the Muppets and their take on the classic Dickens tale is one of my favourite Christmas events – lots of singing and dancing from the best loved Muppets and Michael Cain as a somber Scrooge.

Home Alone

Home Alone reminds me of my childhood. The classic caper about a boy left alone over the Xmas period who has to fend off thieves and get his family back. Solid family gold.


I love New York and I love Christmas and this is a film set in New York at Christmas yay.

Bridget Jones’s Diary

This film starts and ends at Xmas and the rom com about a singleton who likes to drink too much and fall for the wrong men has a festive tone for me. I’ll always prefer the book but the early scene where she drunkenly sings along to “All by myself” will always make me laugh and wonder if that will be me one day πŸ™‚

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I was torn between this and Harry Potter as my fantasy film pick but the start of this film in the snow filled land of Narnina where Xmas has been banished fits the festive period more. Perfect for curling up in front of when you’ve eating too much food! But I’ll probably watch Harry too πŸ™‚

What are your favourite festive films?



47 thoughts on “Favourite festive films”

  1. I haven’t seen You’ve Got Mail for years, I remember seeing it in the cinema when it was out!

    I also love Love Actually, Home Alone (such a classic!) and, of course, Bridget Jones’s Diary! πŸ™‚ x

  2. I’ve never seen Love Actually. It’s been on my Netflix queue forever because I’ve been waiting to watch it around the holidays.

    Every year I like watching A Christmas Story and The Life and ADventures of Santa CLaus. It’s an old one, but the story was written by L. Frank Baum.

  3. I can’t remember if I ever actually saw Love Actually. I wanted to, but now I don’t remember so I will have to revisit. I love all the other movies on your list. The Holiday has been my escape movie for months and You’ve Got Mail is always a great alternative. I never liked Home Alone, and haven’t seen The Nativity. But everything else is pure joy, and my movie list for the month has just been created.

  4. I like your choices (hvent heard of some of them though). Love Home Alone and Home Alone 2. ELF (Have you watched, you must!).

    The Santa Clause (love).
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (essential at christmas: trust me).

    Love Actually, Charlie Brown, The Grinch, The Christmas Story (;80’s classic!), It’s a Wonderful Life…

    and The Family Man is kinda like some of the others you mentioned (not technically christmas , but strongly themed around it…watch it…so lovely).

    Gosh, I seriously have a million…you might never get me off your blog πŸ™‚

  5. There are a few on your list I haven’t seen. Looks like I’ll be watching some holiday flicks.

    I know it’s not anything from the norm, but I love Christmas Story. The bloodhounds remind me of growing up and I am fond of saying “Fudge!”

  6. I hate to stray from the crowd but I hate love actually. Im so sorry! My favourite Christmas film is Elf. I love the silliness of it  thanks for a brilliant post chicken. Rubbish fact for the day – The Holiday was filmed in Shere which is the next village from where I used to live and we feed the ducks with my god daughter at a place where one of the scenes was filmed. Beautiful, but it was the location of me being snowed in for three days 2 years ago!

  7. I chuckled aloud while scrolling through your list as almost all of those films have a secure spot in our holiday film collection. While I favor “Elf ” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I sit through nearly every film you’ve listed time and time again because my mom loves them! “Muppet’s Christmas Carol” and “You’ve Got Mail” are literally her favorite films ever. We totally watched “The Holiday” the other night… I wouldn’t mind Jude Law popping over like that either πŸ™‚

  8. I looove While You Were Sleeping! Haven’t watched Serendipity in AGES. LOVED it. Gotta watch it soon.

    My brother and I loved watching The Santa Claus with Tim Allen. My brother watched Home Alone TO DEATH. Every day for YEARS.

    I read The Lion… for school, but never watched the movie. Nuts, right?!

    Vanessa Williams stars in one of those Ghost from Christmas Past type movies, but I don’t remember the name of it. I liked it though.

  9. I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit I noticed. I need to fix that. I feel a bit grumpy and I don’t want to become a scrooge. I think you’re onto something with a good holiday movie.

  10. Wow. I think I love 3/4 of them! Great choices for Xmassy movies. I just want to cuddle up in bed and watch them all over again.

    None others are coming to mind at the moment. I think u got them all!

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