Christmas is a time to spend with family and what better way to unwind after a long day than curled up on the couch with loved ones, a hot chocolate and a spirited film the whole family can enjoy?
Here are 10 films to get the modern family in the mood for holiday cheer.
Christmas With the Kranks (2004)
Luther and Nora Krank (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) try to exchange Christmas for a Caribbean cruise. The neighbourhood unsuccessfully tries to persuade the Kranks into joining the local festivities and hilarity ensues when the Kranks’ daughter calls to say that she will be home for Christmas, leaving just 12 hours to pull together a Christmas with all the trimmings.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leaves buying his son the ‘Turbo Man’ action doll until Christmas Eve. Naturally, the popular toy is sold out and Howard must battle another desperate dad, a team of angry Santas and the authorities to get his hands on the doll. Howard and his son get more than they bargain for as Howard shows just how far he’s willing to go to to keep a father’s promise to his son.
I’ll be Home for Christmas (1998)
When Jake Wilkinson (Johnathan Taylor Thomas) is coaxed home for Christmas by his father’s promise of a new car, he embarks on a hurdle-filled trip across America. Jake’s troubles begin when he is stranded in the desert in a Santa suit. It’s a race against the clock for Jake to get home in time to claim his car, win back his girlfriend (Jessica Biel) and spend time with his family.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) has planned the perfect ‘old-fashioned Christmas’ with family, dinner and a house covered in lights. He plans to unveil a new swimming pool for his family, but tempers soar when Clark learns that he won’t be getting the Christmas bonus he’s been expecting.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
When Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, stumbles into Christmas Town he is so taken by the festive concept that he attempts to bring it back to his own people. However, the residents of Halloween town can’t quite nail the traditional Christmas and the real world is not prepared for their take on it.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppets come together in this popular re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who take him to visit moments in his past, present and future so that Scrooge may learn more about himself, those around him and the true meaning of Christmas spirit.
The Polar Express (2004)
A boy who is beginning to doubt Santa’s existence is whisked away on a magical train on Christmas Eve. The train conductor (Tom Hanks) guides a train full of children on a journey of self-discovery, imagination and Christmas magic.
Home Alone (1990)
In this modern classic, Kevin McAllister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind at Christmas. Kevin entertains himself until a pair of bumbling burglars break into his home and he is forced to protect himself the only way he knows – with a series of elaborate and laugh-worthy boobie-traps.
The Santa Clause (1994)
When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa he is forced to replace the jolly icon and spends Christmas Eve flying around the world delivering presents with his son, Charlie. The following morning, Scott dismisses the unbelievable tour as a dream while Charlie spreads the world. But Scott is forced to accept the truth as his hair turns white, his beard becomes untameable and the world’s naughty and nice list shows up in his living room.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
In the Christmas-crazed town of Whoville, one little girl, Cindy Lou Who, is questioning the materialism of Christmas. Cindy Lou’s attempt to spread the true meaning of Christmas by inviting the town outcast goes terribly wrong when the Grinch (Jim Carey) is publicly humiliated. The Grinch returns to his liar to plot his revenge and hatches a plan to steal Christmas. Can one little girl help the whole town to see the true meaning of Christmas and undo the Grinch’s nasty plan?
Other great kids’ Christmas movies are Deck the Halls (2006), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) and Elf (2003).
Put the popcorn on, slip into the pyjamas and stir some warm Christmas cheer with these festive family fovourites.