November is over and that means only one thing: Christmas is here! So get your ugly sweater out of the wardrobe, put on some fuzzy socks, warm up a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows -or a glass of wine, your choice!- and cue these eight Christmas movies that will get you ready to celebrate in all its glory.
1. Love, Actually
Whether you are watching Love, Actually for Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley or the actual plot, there’s no denying this rom-com is a Christmas must every year. With its star-studded cast, which features Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, and Emma Thompson, among others this film explores the complex emotion that unites us all: love.
From one-sided love to romantic to platonic, it covers all definitions of this incredible feeling. There’s no better way to lift your holiday spirit than with the magic of love.
2. Home Alone
Have you ever wanted to be left Home Alone on Christmas night? Time and time again, Kevin’s adventures, whether in his house or throughout New York City, have been a holiday season staple and one of our childhood dreams. And, if you’re still unfamiliar with the plot (lowkey, where have you been the last 30 years?!).
In this holiday comedy, child actor Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin, a boy who gets left behind as his family flies to their holiday vacation. But when he learns that burglars are trying to rob his house, he sets his plan in motion and creates a whole set of traps to stop them. Are you ready to be naughty this Christmas?
Craving some Elf spaghetti this holiday? A quick rewatch of this Christmas favourite will satisfy all your sweet needs. Elf tells the story of Buddy, starring Will Ferrell, a human raised by elves who believes himself to be one of them even though his human physique says otherwise.
When he learns that his elf father is not his biological father, he embarks on an adventure to find who this man is. A must-watch every holiday season.
4. White Christmas
You’ll love White Christmas if you enjoy complicated romances with some drama! In this 1954 film, we follow old army buddies Bob Wallace and Phil Davis through their musical journey.
The singers get together to create the most magical musical, “Playing Around”. As a result of their act, they help not only the Haynes sisters escape from their landlord, but also their old friend Major General Thomas F. Waverly bring his Inn back to life.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life
Sometimes our life might feel too heavy on our shoulders, but that doesn’t mean we should give up! In this inspiring movie, director Frank Capra explores, through an enigmatic soundscore and plot, how our life is greener on our side.
When frustrated businessman George Bailey decides his life is too much of a burden, he receives a guardian angel, Clarence, who shows him how his life would be without him in it. A story to reflect on, this Christmas favourite teaches us about our importance and self-worth.
6. The Holiday
What happens when two women, Amanda (Cameron Díaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet), decide to change scenery during the holidays? The Holiday, of course! Probably the best feel-good movie and soundtrack to listen to this Christmas.
This holiday romantic comedy will have your heart pumping over their amazing soundtrack and relatable scenes.
7. Miracle on 34th Street
Don’t overlook the lovely intangibles the best Christmas movie is here! Whether you are fan of the 1947 or 1994 version, Miracle on 34th Street covers everything from iconic quotes to moments of mad laughter.
This historically significant Christmas film depicts the story of Kris Kringle a man whose Santa Claus impersonation is so good you won’t be able to distinguish him from the real Santa. But the climax arrives when he let his colleagues know that he is, in fact, Santa Claus. A revelation that later puts him in a tight spot.
8. The Snowman
Have you ever wanted to travel to the North Pole? While a plane ticket may be too expensive, we believe your best bet to visit Santa’s home is by building a snowman. If you don’t believe us, then see it for yourself in Raymond Briggs’ Snowman.
The classic Christmas tale tells the story of young James, a boy, who after a heavy snowfall, goes out to play and creates a snowman that miraculously comes to life. As the two embark on an adventure filled with lots of magic and fun, James realizes the importance of friendship and of Christmas.
While watching these films over a cup of hot chocolate may seem like the best option, the truth is that reliving them while a string quartet plays your Christmas film songs surrounded by hundreds of candles is unparalleled. Let yourself be swept away by an intimate evening in Manchester’s iconic Stoller Hall as candlelight illuminates all of its corners.
The enchanting Candlelight concert will feature some of your favourite movies’ scores like Home Alone, Love, Actually, Elf, The Holiday, and many, many more. Laugh and love like never before remembering the songs you cherish the most. And don’t forget to share the Christmas spirit with the ones you hold dear with the Candlelight gift card!