Top Ten Christmas Classic Movies

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It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

A classic and still guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. An angel helps George Bailey, the despairing businessman, played by James Stewart. When George wishes he'd never been born, the angel shows him how much good he has done in his lifetime in small-town Bedford Falls, and teaches him that "no man is a failure who has friends".

Arthur Christmas (2011)

How can Father Christmas deliver all the presents in one night? This animated comedy has a very funny story, but it is also heart-warming. Good for younger children too.

Home Alone (1999)

Keven aged eight is left alone when his parents fly off to Paris for Christmas with their eleven other kids. Mayhem ensues as he tries to look after himself and encounters a pair of bumbling burglars. If you don't know which movie to watch with your family this Christmas, this is the perfect choice. A cult, funny and exciting comedy with loads of pranks. No better way to get everyone smiling.

The Snowman (1982)

Perfect for younger children (aged 3 and up) as it is only 26 minutes long, but all ages will love this charming and gentle animation with its memorable music. It tells the story of a boy's Christmas adventure when the snowman comes to life and takes him on an unforgettable flight to the North Pole.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The whole family will be entertained by this adaptation of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol mixed with some Muppet madness. Great Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates and Michael Cane plays Scrodge.

The Polar Express (2004)

Based on the children's book of the same title, this is a stunning adventure film with CGI effects that won a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Tom Hanks does the voiceover for the conductor of the magical Polar Express train: destination, the North Pole. Plenty of suspense and the child hero is often in danger, which may make it unsuitable for younger children.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on a children's story by Dr Seuss, the story follows Grinch, a grumpy creature who tries to put an end to Christmas. Jim Carrey can be quite scary, but the mayhem is fun for all the family!

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The classic family Christmas movie. Doris Walker works at the department story Macy's in New York. When the Santa Claus she has booked turns up drunk she has to find a substitute fast.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A misfit reindeer called Rudolph finally learns to fit in during a big snowstorm on Christmas Eve. This is an entertaining classic for all ages. The musical numbers are cheesy and dated but still great to sing along to!

Elf (2003)

This lively funny film tells the story of an elf leaving the North Pole and setting off to find his real family. There are loads of good jokes and it's fun for all the family.