The supermarkets are already filling up with advent calendars, your next-door neighbour is planning their epic Christmas lights strategy and, for some reason, you really fancy a mince pie. This can all only mean one thing: Christmas is coming!
In preparation, we've lovingly arranged our favourite top 10 Christmas movies for you to enjoy, including Dickensian Muppets, home alone eight-year olds, and reluctant Santas – get stuck into these festive favourites…
1. Muppet Christmas Carol
It's one of the most adapted stories of all time, but when it comes to A Christmas Carol, our favourite version is courtesy of The Muppets. Narrated by our faithful duo Rizzo and Gonzo, the Dickens tale is brought back to life with Michael Caine playing the ultimate Scrooge. Great songs, laughs and spooks, join Kermit and co. for some genuine, Christmassy, movie magic. Plus new film, The Muppets Most Wanted lands on NOW TV in December!
2. The Santa Clause
When he isn't taking Buzz Lightyear to Infinity and Beyond, Tim Allen has a part-time job on the side: being Father Christmas. After his character Scott Calvin accidentally knocks Mr Clause off his roof one Yuletide Eve, it's up to Scott to fill in the now-vacant position. Some scrapes, capers and one thick white beard later, and Santa's back in town.
3. Love Actually
This romantic comedy epic tells 10 stories of the heart, as a stellar cast of lovelorn Brits (Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant, to name a modest few) try and find their meaning of love in the run up to the 25th December. So, can ageing rock star Billy Mack get to Christmas No.1? Is the Prime Minister falling for his secretary? And can a little boy get the girl at school to notice him? Sit back and enjoy the unrelenting number of cameos, featuring some of TV and film’s most adored actors. There's everything to play for in Richard Curtis' modern classic.
Despite its young years, Will Ferrell's starring turn as a Santa's helper with a heart of gold transformed Elf into a cult classic in 2003. Nowadays, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a festive dose of Ferrell’s comedy one-liners: “I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favourite”, “You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don’t smell like Santa”. As you would expect, it’s a barrel of laughs and one of the main reasons we can’t wait for the festive season to start… and why we’re guilty of watching Elf all year round.
5. Jack Frost
Jack Frost has all the classic attributes for the perfect family Christmas movie. It’s a touching story which follows a dad come back to life through a wisecracking snowman, voiced by Michael Keaton, who delivers everything you would expect from a feel-good Christmas drama that brings things all back to family.
6. Home Alone
This classic from Christopher Columbus is now over 20 years old, but still a Christmas necessity. Still hilarious after all these years, young Kevin McCallister gets more than he bargained for when he accidentally gets left behind while his family enjoy their Christmas vacation abroad. Home Alone introduced us to one of the world’s most famous child stars, Macauley Calkin, and the series has had a special place in our hearts ever since. One, two, three: “KEVIN!”
7. Miracle on 34th Street
The movie has been made many times over now, but the 1947 classic is still one of our favourites. The mysteriously named Kris Kringle is named the new Santa of department store Macy's after getting the previous one fired for drinking on the job. When the vengeful ex-Santa sets Kris up to be arrested, an epic court battle takes place to prove that Kris is actually the real Father Christmas.
8. Die Hard
When you think of Christmas, a few major things should come to mind every time: turkey, tinsel, and Bruce Willis in a vest. Yes, the festive season may be about good will to all men, but for movie fans worldwide, it's also about evading a heist in a hotel led by the charismatically evil Hans Gruber. Happy yippee ki-holidays!
9. Frozen – coming soon to NOW TV
Take some catchy musical numbers, a couple of frustrated princesses and a moose called Sven, and you’ll have the makings of this wintry Disney favourite. It’s based on The Snow Queen, a Hans Christian Anderson tale, but Disney have upped the quota of singing snowmen. Can sisters Elsa and Anna rule over Arendelle and regain the close relationship they once had – even though Elsa’s magical powers could seriously hurt the people she loves? Settle in with a yule log and get ready to sing your heart out. No need to put the heating on, though – the cold never bothered us anyway…
What's a bit of Christmas cheer without being massively creeped out before turkey time? The product of the power-trio of Chris Columbus's screenplay, production by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante, this black comic fantasy swiftly turns into a horror when a young inventor accidentally feeds his new pet after midnight. Funny, frightening, and devilishly dark, Gremlins is the perfect twisted fairy tale.
Culled from MSN News.