It’s really not too hard to find a good Christmas flick. There are so many on our TV screens and Netflix trending lists this time of year, ready to tug on our heartstrings, make us laugh and help us escape into another world.
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to let your inner child out with a great old school flick. Here are our picks for great festive viewing.
When you’re going home for the holidays - I’ll be home for Christmas (1998)
Maybe you have been studying abroad and are finishing off your travels before heading home for Christmas or are heading back to your hometown now that semester has wrapped up. If that’s you, then I’ll be home for Christmas is a great film choice.
When one of Jake’s swindles goes awry, he ends up stranded in the desert, dressed in a Santa suit. To make matters worse, Jake’s on a deadline – he must make it back home by Christmas Eve to be given the ultimate gift, his dad’s Porsche. With no money (#relatable) but a lot of determination, Jake’s journey home is definitely a wild ride.
You might not have to find your way from California to New York with a Santa hat glued to your head but this film will totally get you excited for whatever trip you have to take, and will be sure to make you feel better about any mishaps you face on the way.
When you’re not feeling super festive - Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Maybe you’re not the biggest fan of the holiday season – the mass consumerism, the people, the chaos, the happiness (ok, too much Grinch). If this sounds like you, then The Grinch will not only be totally relatable to you but might help get you reconnect with that inner holiday spirit.
We all know the story of the grumpy, green Grinch who sets out with a plan to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville. With the help of an optimistic Who named Cindy Lou, the Grinch is able to reconcile with Christmas and the Who people.
If this film doesn’t get you ready for the holiday season, well then, bah humbug!
When you feel like getting away from the Christmas chaos - Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Travelling over the holiday season is what some people love to do. Are you getting away from the hustle and bustle, maybe escaping the Australian summer heat for a white Christmas? Then you will totally relate to Luther and Nola Krank.
When their daughter heads off to join the Peace Corps they decide to boycott Christmas, escaping the cold winter to cruise the Caribbean. No decorating, no Frosty the Snowman and no annual Christmas Eve party. Until their daughter calls to say she will be home for Christmas, that is.
When you’re ready to get your decorating on - Deck the Halls (2006)
Do you have a dream to have the brightest house on your street? If you need a little inspo for your Christmas decorations, Deck the Halls is definitely the Christmas film for you.
Two houses take on one challenge – decorate your house so it can be seen from space. When Buddy Hall moves in next door to the Finch family, he decides he wants to meet this challenge. But with his super competitive neighbour Steve Finch being the town’s resident Christmas expert, things quickly go downhill.
With enough fireworks, camels, Santa sleighs and lights to go around, you won’t be short of the decorating inspiration you need.
When you just want to watch a great Christmas film - Elf (2003)
Elf may be the best Christmas film of all time – it’s a big call, we know, but this is a Christmas tale of epic proportions. You don’t really need to be in any particular mood to watch the endearing Buddy the Elf as he journeys to find his biological father in New York, it’s a Christmas movie for everyone.
If you love people with 110% enthusiasm for all things holiday season and super strange food choices, you cannot go past this Christmas classic.