Listen: Ally Barnes chats with Russ Matthews about Christmas movies to watch with the whole family
The true meaning of Christmas can only be found in the celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
But it’s fun to watch Christmas flicks and after a big 12 months. Christmas movies offer the optimism and escapism we all need at the end of the year.
So here are some options of Christmas movies that capture the spirit of the holiday, compiled by our movie guy Russ Matthews, from Reel Dialogue.
Must-watch Christmas movies for the whole family
Raised as an over-sized elf, a human travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.
The Polar Express (Binge)
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
It’s a Wonderful Life (Stan)
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
The Nativity Story (Apple TV)
A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph’s life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
Reel Dialogue’s Christmas Film Advent
25 December – The Nativity Story (The real story of Christmas)
24 December – It’s a Wonderful Life
23 December – Elf
22 December – The Santa Clause
21 December – Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
20 December – The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
19 December – Four Christmases
18 December – Holiday Inn
17 December – Last Christmas
16 December – Polar Express
15 December – A Christmas Carol (2009)
14 December – Arthur Christmas
13 December – Scrooged
12 December – White Christmas
11 December – Home Alone
10 December – Love, Actually
9 December – A Boy Named Christmas
8 December – A Christmas Gift from Bob
7 December – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
6 December – A Charlie Brown Christmas
5 December – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
4 December – Die Hard
3 December – Ladies in Black (This one only has one scene, but it depicts Australia at Christmas)
2 December – The Family Man
1 December – A Christmas Story
Honourable Mentions: These films could replace any from the list that you like.
Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas (Now on Netflix and Disney+), The Little Drummer Boy, Arthur Christmas, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, The Grinch and While You Were Sleeping
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