I have a confession: I am not a big fan of Christmas films. I don’t like rom-coms so all romantic films set at Christmas are out, and I never believed in Santa so a lot of the ‘Santa is real’ schtick doesn’t do it for me either. That said, there are a few films that are set at Christmastime and manage to capture the festive feeling without being too cheesy.
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
I love this story. It’s the first fantasy book I remember reading and the idea of a fantasy land existing just through a wardrobe is still magical to me. Although it’s not about Christmas, the whole ‘winter without Christmas’ in Narnia plotline and the fact that it features Santa Claus officially makes it a Christmas film in my eyes.
2. The Muppet’s Christmas Carol (1992)
A Christmas Carol is the quintessential Christmas tale, with the story about learning to be open and generous a timeless one. Adding The Muppets to the mix is a great twist on the classic.
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Oh, remember the days when Tim Burton films were something to get excited about? Edward Scissorhands is that beautiful blend of weird and surreal that I loved about his films but also simultaneously heartwarming.
4. Home Alone (1990)
This is a classic film, how can you not like it? From the fantasy of having the entire house to your disposal as a child, to the cartoonish tricks and traps Kevin invents, this is one that entertained me so much when I was younger and is still funny as an adult.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I’m in the camp that believes that this is a Halloween film – the original release date was October and we spend most of our time with monsters and ghouls and ghosts. However, it does have Christmas in the title and it features heavily in the plot, so I will accept it to make this list a lovely number.
What do you think of my list?
I was tempted to add Iron Man 3 as it is set during Christmas, but the plot doesn’t interact with the holiday very much so I decided against it.
I have a theory that people enjoy Christmas films based a lot on sentimental value. I watched all of these films as a child and the nostalgia factor definitely adds to my enjoyment of them. What do you think?