The chestnuts are roasting on open fires, Jack Frost is nipping at all of our noses, and the 12 days of Christmas are fast approaching. What better way to fill an hour or two each night, than with a Christmas movie, in the run up to the big day. Here, we present to you 12 Christmas movies, one to watch each night, right up until Christmas Eve.
On December 13th, Watch: Elf
Elf follows the story of Buddy the elf (Will Ferrell), or rather the human who thinks he is an elf. As a baby he was accidentally transported to the North pole and was raised by the elves, but once he is told that he is in fact a human, Buddy travels to America to find his real dad. One of the funniest Christmas movies ever, and super heartwarming too.
On December 14th, Watch: Jingle All The Way
What could be better than an Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas movie?? This is actually way better than you might imagine. Schwarzenegger plays the part of a workaholic dad, who can’t find any time to spend with his son. When he forgets to pick up the hottest toy of the season, a Turbo-Man action figure, he has to fight off other desperate parents, in a race to get the last doll in the city.
On The 15th, Watch: Miracle On 34th Street
While we do love the original 1947 version, the 1994 adaptation of this movie will always have a place in our hearts. When a department store Santa Claus claims to be the real Santa, he is met with scoffs and scorn. He sets about proving he is the real Santa in a court of law after he is threatened with institutionalisation. Meanwhile, he befriends a little girl who has lost the spirit of Christmas, but wants to help him.
On The 16th, Watch: Home Alone
No Christmas would be complete without watching Home Alone. When Kevin McAllister’s entire family accidentally leaves the state without him, Kevin thinks he is going to have the best Christmas ever, all by himself. However, danger lurks in the form of two cat burglars, determined to break into Kevin’s home.
On The 17th, Watch: Home Alone 2
If you watched the first one the previous night, it is an absolute must for you to watch the second one the next night. This time, we see poor Kevin getting lost and abandoned in New York City. He has his father’s credit card, and books himself into a swanky hotel, and orders room service. He is having a whale of a time, until he accidentally bumps into the thieves from the first movie. Chaos ensues, and Kevin is forced to come up with even more inventive booby traps, just to escape the bad guys, in this hilarious and touching sequel.
On The 18th, Watch: It’s A Wonderful Life
It’s A Wonderful Life has become a staple of Christmas viewing over the years, and with good reason. James Stewart plays George Bailey, a troubled man on the cusp of ending his own life. We then see a group of angels discussing George’s life, and we see it whole life in a flashback. George attempts to jump, however his guardian angel is there too. George rescues the angel, and the angel shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
On The 19th, Watch: White Christmas
The movie that gave us one of everyone’s favourite Christmas songs, White Christmas follows singers Bob Wallace, (Bing Crosby), and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) as they join talents with two singing sisters, Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen). The four set off to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. They meet a WWII war veteran, now a country inn owner, whose business is struggling. The four decide to plan a yuletide fun-filled musical extravaganza to help with his business.
On The 20th, Watch: Christmas In Connecticut
While recovering from injuries, war veteran Jefferson Jones develops a love of a news paper column, The Diary Of A Housewife, written by Elizabeth Lane. The column depicts the life of a housewife, who lives on a farm with her husband, and her children. Jeff is totally charmed by the whole thing and his nurse decides to plan a surprise for him. She arranges for him to go and spend the Christmas holidays on the farm in Connecticut, where Elizabeth lives. However, all is not quite as it seems, as the totally non-domestic Elizabeth is in fact a singleton and the column is a work of fiction!
On The 21st, Watch: The Santa Clause
Eric is staying with his dad, Scott, for Christmas Eve. Scott investigates something on the roof of the house, and when he goes up there, he accidentally knocks Santa off the roof, killing him instantly. He and Eric are then magically transported to the North Pole, where he is going to have to take on the role of Santa Claus, and sign a ‘Santa clause’, by way of contract. During the year, many changes start happening to Scott, he gains weight, and overnight, sprouts a beard. He realises he has no option…he is the new Santa!
On The 22nd, Watch: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
As Christmas approaches, Clark Griswold is desperate to have the perfect family Christmas. He goes to painstaking lengths to assure that everything is just so, perfect decorations, perfect tree, perfect family. However, a spanner is thrown in the works when Clark’s cousin, and his wild family, arrive unannounced and park their trailer on the front lawn! To add insult to injury, his boss has decided to renege on the holiday bonus he needs.
On The 23rd, Watch: Mrs. Santa Claus
This movie, starring the one and only Angela Landsbury, is a true Christmas gem. In the week before Christmas, Mrs. Claus (Angela Lansbury) is feeling a little unappreciated. Santa won’t look over the new delivery route she has spent time coming up with, and she is feeling pretty low. She decides to go for a test drive on the sleigh, but winds up in New York City due to a storm, injuring her reindeer. While she is incognito as “Mrs. North,” she befriends neighborhood inhabitants and helps them resolve some of their own issues, which run the gamut from worker abuse to unrequited love.
On Christmas Eve, Watch: Santa Claus The Movie
The absolute best Christmas movie ever, and definitely not to be watched before Christmas Eve! Santa Claus The Movie tells the story of a master toy-maker, named Claus, who discovers a magical kingdom full of elves in the North Pole. Claus becomes Santa Claus and spends many years with his elves and his wife in merry Christmas bliss. We come to the present day however, and Santa is beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of children and their bigger demands than years before. Ever the eager helper, Santa’s faithful elf Patch, decides to try to help and seeks the help of a toy factory owner in New York City. What Patch doesn’t know is that this owner is corrupt and evil and wants to destroy Christmas. Santa then has to go on an adventure with the help of his reindeer, and some other friends, to rescue Patch and save Christmas for every boy and girl across the globe.
So there’s our list, we’ve checked it once, we’ve checked it twice, we’ve picked out movies that are really only nice, for when Santa Claus is coming to your town!