Five Favourite Festive Films


One of my favourite things about December is the excuse to rewatch all of my favourite festive films, however cheesy and silly some of them may be! Perhaps the best thing about these movies is that I watch them every year but never seem to get bored; part of the fun is the tradition of watching them again and again! In reality I could probably list 20 movies I love to watch (I’ve yet to actually find anything about Santa, snow, or corny winter romances that I didn’t enjoy), but have whittled it down to my favourite five…

A Charlie Brown Christmas – one of my oldest favourites and one I watch this multiple times every year. There’s just something about the ancient animations of the characters skating around on a frozen lake that brings a smile to my face. Sidenote – the soundtrack to this by Vince Guaraldi, might just be the best Christmas album of all time.

Love Actually – A British classic and one I watch every year while wrapping presents (not sure why, it’s just a great movie to wrap to). The intertwined stories are so romantic, heart wrenching, funny, silly and everything in between, it’s one to make you cry and laugh all at once.

Elf – The silliest on the list, and one to get you in the Christmas spirit if you’re not quite feeling it yet. The best way to spread Christmas cheer…

Miracle on 34th Street – The 1994 version is my favourite as it’s the one I’ve grown up watching. Possibly the most Christmassy of all the Christmas films – nothing says festive like a heartwarming tale in New York City.

The Santa Clause – Tim Allen will always be Santa in my book, this one always makes me laugh and is a great Christmas Eve movie. It’s another film I’ve watched every year for as long as I can remember, and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without it!


What are your favourite festive films?

  • Such great picks! I love Arthur Christmas, Elf, All I want for Christmas, The Holiday, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (the cartoon version!), Home Alone, Miracle on 34th street and Jingle All the Way always makes me feel so festive too!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Leticia

    I love these films but nothing can beat the Grinch!

  • What a lovely, simple list. I have to say I’ve never seen ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ but I love Snoopy so I may have to give that one a go this year!


  • Elf is everything! I could watch it everyday!

    Anika |

  • I love A Christmas Carol and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both with Jim Carrey) and also The Polar Express. 🙂

  • Ah Elf, it’s my all time favourite christmas film, it’s so funny even when you have seen it 100 times! I also love A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, The Grinch and The Nightmare before Christmas!

    Rachael xx.

  • Mine are Elf and Arthur Christmas! Grinch is also a classic for me. I watched Miracle on 34th Street a few years ago and was surprised that I loved it! I’m never sure how I’ll like old films, but I did for this one! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • sNe

    Such a great list! my husband loves A Charlie Brown Christmas, and we both love Elf and The Santa Clause. My favorites also include White Christmas, Holiday Inn, The Holiday, Mrs. Santa Claus, & Miracle on 34th Street (the 90s version!).

  • meg

    I will never tire of Love Actually! Always a fave.

    Meg | Elmpetra

  • I haven’t watched love actually in such a long time, or elf for that matter – but my favourite christmas films have to be arthur christmas and polar express!

    Lucy | Forever September