12 Christmas movies to watch…
1. Miracle on 34th Street, rated G, is a Christmas classic for a reason. This movie always feels like the Christmas season all wrapped up in one cosy feel good film. With both the original 1947 film and the 1994 remake on Disney+, you can choose which era to step back into.
2. The Movies That Made Us on Netflix is technically not a movie. This docuseries delves into behind the scenes of how some of the great films were made including, in season one, Home Alone, and Die Hard in episode four. Season three, episodes seven and eight look at Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf.
3. A Sunburnt Christmas, rated M, on Stan is perfect for when you want to see a Christmas film reflecting our experience of a summer Christmas in Australia. This film is funny and stereotypically Australian.
4. A Kiwi Christmas, rated PG, on 7Plus is a funny and sweet family film reminding us of how connections with family and friends is so important to prioritise. Set in New Zealand, it creates another summer Christmas film to relate to in the abundance of all the winter Christmas films.
5. Home Alone film series, rated PG. All six Home Alone films, including the original that started it all, are on Disney+ so you can marathon it all the way to Christmas, pick out your favourites or just watch the brand new one released this year, Home Sweet Home Alone.
6. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, rated PG, on Netflix is one of the best Christmas films to come out in the last few years. This magical and uplifting film delivers a sweet heart-warming story along with plenty of both fun and powerful musical numbers.
7. Mariah’s Christmas, The Magic Continues on AppleTV+ also isn’t technically a film but when paired with last year’s special, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, it will feel like a Mariah Carey Christmas film fiesta.
8. Christmas Jars, rated PG, available on digital at Movies Change People is a film that will inspire this Christmas. Based on the 2005 novel by author Jason F. Wright Christmas Jars endeavours to inspire a movement of kindness around the world. Have a listen to Laura’s interview with author Jason F. Wright.
9. The Muppets Christmas Carol, rated G, is a must-watch each Christmas season. The Muppets take on the Dicken’s Christmas tale adding a unique twist while still finding the heart of Christmas. Available to stream on Disney+.
10. Dolly Parton’s Christmas in the Square, rated PG, on Netflix is the cheesy, sweet and a little schmaltzy Christmas musical you can’t help but love. Perfect for watching by the light of Christmas tree lights with hot chocolate and Christmas treats.
11. Noelle, rated G, on Disney+ is a wonderful fresh, silly and fun film with a heart-warming message. Perfect for the whole family to watch together.
12. How The Grinch Stole Christmas, rated PG, on Netflix is the 2000’s live action Grinch film that stole our hearts and is a must watch alternative in many homes each Christmas to the Santa classics. Whether you watch this one or any of the many other adaptions of the classic Grinch story it’s always a great idea to watch little Cindy Lou melt the Grinch’s heart with kindness.
For more Christmas movies ideas have a look at Hope Breakfast’s 2021 Christmas Watchlist, last year’s Hopeland Christmas Movie List of Christmas films chosen by Hopeland listeners. For a film to see in cinemas, have a listen to Laura’s interview with Australian actor Ezekiel Simat about the new Christmas film Sit, Stay, Love filmed right here in Australia.
Check back tomorrow on our 12 Days of Christmas Page for 12 recipes to try this Christmas season.