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Hope Breakfast Movie Challenge: Christmas

Movies that capture the heart and spirit of Christmas, compiled by our movie guy Russ Matthews, from Reel Dialogue.

Listen: Ally Barnes chats with Russ Matthews about Christmas movies to watch with the whole family

By Ally BarnesFriday 17 Dec 2021Hope BreakfastChristmasReading Time: 2 minutes

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

Elf (Stan)

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.

Elf the movie with Will Ferrell

Source: Elf Facebook

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.

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The Polar Express Christmas movie

Source: The Polar Express Facebook

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.

It's a Wonderful Life Christmas movie

Source: It’s a Wonderful Life Facebook

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.

The Nativity Story film IMDb

Source: imdb.com


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


Get more great movie recommendations and reviews here.

Listen to the full review chat in the player above.

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