12 days of Christmas films

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We’re now in the thick of the festive December month and most of us are already munching into our advent calendars for the Christmas countdown.

With more variations than ever before – make-up and gin Christmas calendars have adorned supermarket shelves this year – StaffsLive thought it was only right to restore the spirit of a traditional Christmas. And… whats better than a Christmas films marathon to count down your sleeps to the big day!

Below are our top 12 Christmas films (including some of our favourite Christmas hits!), all set to get you in the festive mood…

1. Home Alone (1990)

Spoiled Kevin McCallister (acted by Macauley Culkin) is made to sleep in the attic by his mother after acting out the evening before a family trip to Paris. The next day, he wakes to find that his family have mistakenly left for the airport without him and assumes that his wish to have no family has come true. However, he must protect his house when he learns that a pair of burglars are planning to rob the family home.

2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back again for more mischief in this sequel to the first film. This time, he loses track of his family at the airport and finds himself on a plane headed for New York City – while the rest of his family fly to Florida. After enjoying himself in the city for a while, he runs into the burglars that tried to rob his family home, who have escaped from prison, and tries to stop them from robbing an elder man’s toy store.

3. Elf (2003)

Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) was mistakenly transported to the North Pole as a baby and raised by Santa’s elves. Now an adult, Buddy wants to find his birth father and travels to New York, in full elf uniform, to look for him. When he finds his dad though, he is reluctant to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy.

4. Deck the Halls (2006)

When Danny (acted by Danny Devito) moves into the empty house across the road from his own, local optometrist and Christmas enthusiast Steve (Matthew Broderick) is less than impressed. When his new neighbour decorates his house so brightly that it can be seen from space, Steve declares war and the two men compete to be the one known as the “Christmas guy” in their local town. This holiday comedy shows how the two men turn their neighbourhood upside down as the families try to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

5. The Santa Clause (1994)

When divorcee dad Scott (played by Tim Allen) accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, him and his son, Charlie are magically transported to the North Pole, but Scott thinks he is dreaming. Scott has always convinced Charlie (Eric Lloyd) to believe in Santa even though he doesn’t himself. When they arrive in the North Pole, an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas comes around and, over the next few months he gains weight and a white beard. It seems that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream and that Scott has got a lot of work to do!

6. Santa Clause: The Movie (1985)

A master toymaker discovers a magical kingdom of elves in the North Pole and becomes Santa Clause. However, fast forward to the twentieth century and his eager-to-please and inventive elf Patch (played by Dudley Moore) takes off to New York City, where he becomes mixed up in a crook’s Christmas scam. Will Santa Clause be able to deliver all his gifts and save Patch in time?

7. A Christmas Carol (1984)

Ebenezer Scrooge, acted by George C Scott, is a bitter old moneylender, who hates the joy around Chrismas. His business partner, Jacob Marley, has died. Seven years later, it is Christmas eve and Scrooge, infamous for his “bah humbug” catchphrase, is visited by his old business partner’s ghost, who is forced to carry heavy chains forged from his own greed in his afterlife. He warns Scrooge that he will suffer an event worse fate if he doesn’t repent and tell him that three spirits will guide him to change his ways. Scrooge is then visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Future… but will the visits have any impact on the town’s most miserable man?

8. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Based in Manhattan, New York, Kris Kringle (played by Edmund Gunn) replaces an intoxicated Santa Claus in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. After the success of the event, Kris begins to appear regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan but when he begins claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and his authenticity.

9. The Snowman (1982)

One winter’s day, a young boy builds a snowman in his garden. Unexpectedly though, they both come to life at the stroke of midnight. during the night time and the pair embark on magical adventures, flying over the boy’s village, the Royal Pavillion, Brighton Pier, through the Northern Lights, and eventually meeting Father Christmas, who gifts the young boy with a snowman-patterned scarf. The next day, the young body wonders if it was all a dream but something proves that it definitely wasn’t.

10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The reclusive green Grinch (acted by Jim Carrey) absolutely hates Christmas and all those that celebrate it. He decides to steal Christmas from the cheery citizens of Whoville and, along with his dog, the Grinch sneaks into the town amd tries to swipe everything festive. There’s a hitch in the Grinch’s plans though, when a little girl Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen) tried to befriend him. An endearing adaptation of the tale by Dr. Seuss.

11. The Polar Express (2004)

When a young boy lies awake one Christmas Eve doubting Santa Claus’ existence, he is invited on board a steam-engine train to take a journey to the North Pole. Throughout the magical adventure, the young boy learns about friendship, bravery and the true spirit of Christmas. While there, he receives a gift that only those who still believe in Santa can experience.

12. A Christmas Prince (2017)

An aspiring young journalist, Amber Moore, played by Rose McIver, is sent to the small country of Aldovia to cover the irresponsible crown prince Richard who is about to take his father’s throne following his father’s death, who is rumoured to be planning to abdicate. When the press conference is cancelled, Amber’s hopes to achieve her career’s big break are dashed, so she sneaks into the palace to do some digging. Found by palace staff and mistaken for the young Princess Emily’s new tutor, Amber goes undercover to investigate the abdication rumours and ends up returning home with a Christmas present bigger than she could have ever dreamed of.

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