Our Favourite Christmas Films: As Decided by us

Posted by Sarah on 22nd Dec 2023

Our Favourite Christmas Films: As Decided by us

There's something truly captivating about Christmas movies. They possess the ability to transport us to a world adorned with lights, heartfelt messages and the warmth of Christmas cheer. From heartwarming tales, to adventures, these films have become a part of our seasonal festivities and we love any excuse to sit ourselves down and watch them with friends or family. In the quest to establish our teams favourite Christmas films, we asked every member of our Office team to name their favourite Christmas film and why they love it. Plus, we couldn’t close this list without mentioning some out second favourites either!

Elf (2003)

Released in 2003, Elf quickly became a holiday classic thanks to its endearing story and the irresistible charm of Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. Directed by Jon Favreau this movie follows Buddy’s journey from the North Pole to New York City as he searches for his identity. Elf had two votes from our team, with Sarah saying she loves it because “It’s funny, heart-warming and easy to watch and I LOVE Will Ferrel in it. It’s a film that properly encompasses the true meaning of Christmas.” And Meg saying, “I love Elf, purely as it makes me feel like no matter how old I am, I can always still act like a child at Christmas due to Will Ferrell's character.”

Fun Fact: One of the moments in the film was actually improvised by Will Ferrell? It's when Buddy burps after guzzling down a two-litre bottle of soda. His dedication to staying in character led to this scene.

Last Christmas (2019)

Last Christmas is a comedy Christmas film that was released in 2019. Featuring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, Last Christmas offers a modern twist on the holiday genre. Set against London’s city backdrop it tells a story of love, forgiveness and the enchantment that fills the air during this season. This is Fairy’s favourite Christmas film and her reasons for putting it on the list are, “It’s maybe not a classic but this is a film with a genuine plot twist that I did not see coming. It’s feel good, funny yet for a Christmas film pretty thought provoking. Tom is cute too…”

Fun Fact: The movie Last Christmas gets its title from the George Michael song. Throughout the film they incorporate several of George Michael’s songs, which not only celebrates his music but also adds depth to the storyline.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Remember that beloved Dr. Seuss story? Well, it came to life in a live action adaptation starring Jim Carrey as the green Grinch. Directed by Ron Howard and released in 2000 this film beautifully captures the essence of Christmas. How the Grinch Stole Christmas also has two votes, with Laura and Georgia listing it as their favourite film. We are lucky enough to have our very own Mrs. Claus working for Luggage Superstore, so if anyone can have an opinion on what is right at Christmas, it's Laura! “How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favourite Christmas film as I feel The Grinch is a strongly misunderstood character who was treated poorly by his peers. All he needed as some warmth from Cindy Lou Who to come out of his shell. True Christmas spirit, love and compassion! Also, I love the film so much my dog Max was names after the dog in the film. Georgia also has memories with her dogs and the Grinch “it’s a newer Christmas film but my dogs love it, they watch it religiously. It also reminds me of Casper (Her dog) as we bought it for him on DVD, so it brings good memories”.

Fun Fact (Number 1 from Laura): In the original book by Dr. Seuss the Grinch has pink eyes!” 

Fun Fact: It took, up to eight hours each day for Jim Carrey to get into Grinch makeup for this role. Despite all the discomfort Carrey’s dedication shines through in his performance.

Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually is Jess’ favourite film and she says “You just can’t beat Love Actually - The airport chase. The placards on the doorstep. The book pages in the lake. Hugh Grant dancing his heart out. The public proposal in Portuguese. Our hearts breaking with Emma Thompson… I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.” We actually all agree. Such a perfect film that has it all. In 2003 Richard Curtis directed Love Actually, a heartwarming film that weaves together storylines set in bustling London during Christmastime. With a cast including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson this movie beautifully captures the intricacies of love and relationships.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the heartwarming scene where Mark (played by Andrew Lincoln) expresses his love, for Juliet (played by Keira Knightley) using cue cards was actually inspired by a story? Director Richard Curtis heard about it and decided to include it in the movie.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)

Released in 1989, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, is a holiday film that follows the Christmas adventure of the Griswold family. Chevy Chase leads a cast through a series of mishaps as they strive for the family Christmas. It is literally hilarious with lots of silly humour but is an old classic.

Fun Fact: The house portrayed as the Griswold family home, in the movie is actually a house located in Colorado. To create a wintry ambiance the production team used a combination of snow and shaved ice.

Miracle, on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle, on 34th Street was first released in 1947 and later remade in 1994. The story tells the heartwarming tale of a man who claims to be the Santa Claus. The movie is set in the city of New York City and follows Kris Kringle as he works at Macy’s department store spreading joy during the holiday season. Fairy also listed this as one of her favourite films (she obviously couldn’t choose between this and Last Christmas!) She says, “It’s such a heartwarming film and I have already watched this 4 times this year. By the end of it, I find myself believing in Santa all over again. So many favourite scenes; The very funny end where Susan says she wished for a baby brother, in the court when she tells the judge she probably won't be arrested tonight because it’s Christmas Eve and she will be going to bed uncharacteristically early, and when Kris signs to the little deaf girl. I think I could sign Jingle Bells myself now!”

Fun Fact: Although it might seem unusual for a Christmas film, the 1947 version was released in May. However, it received acclaim. Even winning three Academy Awards, including one for Best Original Story.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas was created by Tim Burton and released in 1993. The film beautifully combines the enchanting elements of Halloween and Christmas through a captivating motion animated film. The story revolves around Jack Skellington, who reigns as the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Jack stumbles upon Christmas and endeavours to bring its spirit to his realm.

Fun Fact: Contrary, to popular belief, although Tim Burton conceived the story and produced it, Henry Selick directed this captivating movie.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It’s a Wonderful Life holds a place in the hearts of many as a timeless story of redemption. Directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946 this film has become a Christmas classic. It follows the journey of George Bailey, a man who finds himself on the edge of despair only to be shown the impact he has had on others by Clarence, his angel on Christmas Eve.

Fun Fact: Initially It’s a Wonderful Life didn't achieve success in the box office. However, it gradually gained popularity through television broadcasts. Eventually became a holiday tradition.

These timeless movies each capture their essence of the holiday season whether it be through laughter, love, or the spirit of giving. Despite their themes and storylines, they all share one element - Celebrating hope, togetherness and the enchantment of Christmas.

Whether you're re-watching these classics or discovering ones Christmas films continue to cast their spell upon us and remind us of the joy and wonder that this festive season brings.

So, get yourself a mug of steaming cocoa (Or wine, we’re not here to judge!) snuggle up and allow these heartwarming stories to bring a sense of warmth and joy to your holiday season.

Merry Christmas To You All… And to all a Good Night!