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Top 21 Christmas Movies to watch this festive season

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Watching a Christmas Movie is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit! If you’re looking to add a few new movies to your library this year, or even want to revisit some classics, take a look at the best Christmas movies of all time, as voted by North Shore Mums!

1. Love Actually

Love Actually was overwhelming the most popular choice for a Christmas flick! Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London. There’s a few naughty scenes, so if you’re watching with kids, make sure your nearby to cover their eyes!

  • Rated: M
  • Released: 2003
  • Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley

2. Home Alone

Sooooooo much fun. Guaranteed to entertain everyone in the family! An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 1990
  • Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

3. Elf 

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 2003
  • Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary

At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget (Renée Zellweger) decides it’s time to take control of her life, and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she’s writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject – from exercise to men to food to sex and everything in between – she’s turning the page on a whole new life.

  • Rated: M
  • Released: 2001
  • Stars: Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

5. The Polar Express 

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

  • Rated: G
  • Released: 2004
  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis

6. The Holiday

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 2006
  • Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

7. Miracle On 34th Street

A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 1994
  • Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Mara Wilson, Robert Prosky

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8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 2000
  • Stars: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 1989
  • Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis

10. Die Hard

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realises that there’s no one to save the hostages, but him.

  • Rated: PG
  • Released: 1988
  • Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Still not enough Christmas movies? Check out these other festive flicks that made it into the Top 21 Christmas Movies of all time…

11. Santa Clause The Movie (1985)

12. The Muppet Christmas Carol

13. The Santa Clause (film series)

14. Jingle All The Way

15. It’s A Wonderful Life

16. Bad Santa

17. Serendipity

18. The Nightmare Before Christmas

19. Stick Man

20. Christmas with the Kranks

21. The Snowman

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