When is a Christmas film not a Christmas film? When it’s Die Hard. Rate your holiday time favourites!

By Kitty | December 19 2012 | 37 Comments

Now that we’re so close to Christmas, it really is time for evenings on the couch with a hot chocolate and a Christmas film to get in the festive mood. Lists of best Christmas films often feature the same few contenders, such as Miracle on 34th Street, Elf (one of my favourites), Home Alone, Scrooged and It’s a Wonderful Life (which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen) all of which seem guaranteed to kick Christmas spirits fully into gear.

But what about the ones that might not necessarily be classed as Christmas films and yet there’s something inherently Christmassy about them? In some cases, films just happen to be set at that particular time of year, which makes them unexpectedly Christmassy, such as Gremlins, Lethal Weapon, Batman Returns, Trading Places or Die Hard. If you’re looking for something surprisingly festive to watch while wrapping presents and giving out to the elusive end of the Sellotape that you keep losing, but want something with bite rather than selection box sweetness, any of those make for great Christmas viewing.

So there are the obvious Christmas films and the films set around Christmas-time, but then there’s also the ones that don’t actually have anything to do with Christmas at all, but still slot into holiday viewing perfectly. Just last weekend, my boyfriend and I spent a day watching the three original Star Wars films back to back and it was as lovely and Christmassy a day as you could get.

Christmas holidays are a brilliant time for unapologetically gorging on boxsets and the same goes for films with more than one in the series. Big sprawling epics like Lord of the Rings are perfect for this time of year (I’m earmarking one of the days during the holidays for a marathon LOTR session), as are any of the Harry Potter films, or Narnia films, or even a Back To The Future triple bill. It’s also a great time of year to get nostalgic and watch classics like The Wizard of Oz or Mary Poppins or revisit 80s childhood favourites like The Goonies or Flight of the Navigator.

So it looks like I’ll be spending my Christmas gobbling up film after film, but what about you? What are your favourite non-Christmas, yet Christmassy films? (You know what I mean. Hopefully.)

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37 Replies to "When is a Christmas film not a Christmas film? When it’s Die Hard. Rate your holiday time favourites!"

  • Hellojed says:

    Mine is one you mentioned – Gremlins! In fact the city I live in has an outdoor cinema (brrr but fun) in their xmas market and they are showing it on Sunday – I already have the tickets. It’s just not xmas without it!

  • Em says:

    Cool runnings! Maybe its all the snow that makes it Christmassy? There’s always madness whenever someone in the house realises its on as everyone scrambles to get popcorn and minstrels ready

  • Shygirl says:

    Cool runnings is great! Love it, always watch it when its on.

  • Aisling *Aisling* says:

    Gone with the wind! Definitely not Christmassy but its always on at Christmas and I just LOVE it. Also A Night to Remember.
    I’ll need to be ordering an extra big box of tissues so.

    And no Christmas is complete without Elf!

  • Hellojed – That sounds BRILLIANT!

    Em & Shygirl – Cool Runnings! Of course! Adding it to my list IMMEDIATELY.

  • JoanieBubbles says:

    The Sound of Music is another one. Love it!

    They’re showing Up on RTE at Christmas, tissues at the ready! Was a sobbing mess watching it!

  • Serialc87 says:

    Gremlins 1 & 2 and the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Christmas day morning! Best ever Christmas film, has to be The Muppets Christmas Carol :-)

  • Atkin says:

    You are all wrong. It is Love Actually so there! :D And the best Christmas film is National Lampoons’ Christmas Vacation. My family quote it all year long.

  • fififinx says:

    I watch Schindler’s List every year at Christmas. You may find it weird, but all the snow, and the fact that the only colour in the movie are the candle flames and Red Genia’s coat make it feel Christmas-y to me.
    Die Hard, on the other hand i watch a coupla times a month. Combining one of the best action franchises with Alan Rickman (yes, I happily watched him take forever to drink cuppan tae)is genius that must be revisited to restore my faith in Hollywood on a regular basis.

  • fififinx says:

    Also, and additionally, further to the last comment: bugger movies. It ain’t Christmas without Hogfather and the Dr Who Christmas special. ;)

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