The most enjoyable Christmas movies of all time

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Are you enjoying a vacation as a multi-generational family this Christmas? If you are – and even if you’re not – there’s no better way to enjoy some quality time together than by revisiting one of these timeless festive classics…

It’s A Wonderful Life

Christmas movies: It's a wonderful life

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Guardian angel Clarence helps despairing businessman George Bailey understand just how many lives he has touched in Frank Capra’s enduring 1946 masterpiece.


Christmas movies: Elf

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Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel, this story about one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s a human named Buddy is full of wicked humour and Christmas cheer.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Christmas movies: The nightmare before christmas

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Tim Burton’s dark fantasy tells the tale of Halloween Town’s pumpkin king Jack Skellington, who suddenly finds himself in Christmas Town where things don’t quite go according to plan.

Home Alone

Christmas movies: Home Alone

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Macauley Culkin’s character Kevin McAllister is accidently left at home by his family with hilarious consequences, in this wildly popular Christmas comedy from 1990.

The Polar Express

Christmas movies: The polar express

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An animated musical fantasy in which a young boy learns about the spirit of Christmas while en route to the North Pole on board the magical Polar Express.

Miracle on 34th Street

Christmas movies: Miracle on 34 st

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Classic 1947 Christmas comedy-drama, which tells the story of a New York department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real thing.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Christmas movies: The Muppets Christmas Carol

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Heartwarming version of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel A Christmas Carol, starring all your favourite Muppet characters and Michael Caine as Ebeneezer Scrooge.

White Christmas

Christmas movies: White Christmas

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Timeless romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, who plan a festive musical extravaganza in aid of the boys’ commander in World War II.

Love Actually

Christmas Movies: Love Actually

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Richard Curtis’s Christmas-themed comedy-drama explores ten co-existing stories, all underpinned by that most universal of emotions: love.


Christmas movies: Scrooged

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Another take on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this eternally popular comedy stars Bill Murray as a selfish, sarcastic TV executive who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts bearing important lessons.

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