Nothing puts the spirit into Christmas more than a Christmas movie during the countdown to Christmas Day! We have listed our TOP 5 Christmas films that the whole family will love. Many of these films were w
1. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town is a 1970 Christmas stop motion animated television special produced by Rankin/Bass Productions. This was a fabulous memory of my youth as they played it during the 80’s every Christmas on commercial TV. It starred Hollywood icons of the 1950’s including Fred Astaire as the narrator and Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle/Santa Claus.The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be.
Based on Raymond Briggs picture book of the same name, The Snowman is twenty-six-minute animated television special that was first televised in the UK on the 26th December 1982 for the British public service Channel 4. The story is told through pictures, action and music with an accompanying soundtrack performed in the film by the Sinfonia of London.
The film is about a young boy who builds a Snowman that comes to life and the pair have a day of adventures together.
3. Father Christmas (1991)
Father Christmas is a 1991 animated short based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975 respectively. It was first aired in Britain on Christmas eve 1991 on Channel 4, nine years after The Snowman, another animated Briggs adaptation produced for the same channel.
4. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy comedy-drama film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. The Muppets Christmas Carol follows the original storyline of Charles Dickens tale ‘A Christmas Carol’ closely and stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. All the major characters from The Muppets all play starring roles with many playing the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Kermit the Frog plays Scrooge’s loyal employee Bob Cratchit.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947/1994)
The 1994 version of Miracle on 34th Street is the fourth remake of the original film (1947) starring Maurren O’Hara, Natalie Wood and John Payne. The 1994 film stars Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dylan McDermott and follows the story of a Santa Claus who works at a department store and claims to be the real Santa.
Elf is a comedy based on one of Santa’s elves Buddy who who learns he is actually a human and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan), spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics as he goes. stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart.
7. The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a computer animated film that follows the story of a boy who is beginning to question Santa’s existence. The Polar Express arrives at his house and transports him along with other children to the North Pole to meet Santa in person.
The film stars Tom Hanks who plays six different roles in the film.
8. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
The Search for Santa Paws is the tenth film in the Air Bud franchise and is also a prequel to Santa Buddies. The film revolves around magic dogs and an elf who team up with two children to rescue Santa who has lost his memory.
9. Santa’s Apprentice (2010)
Santa’s Apprentice is a French-Australian-Irish animated film produced and animated by Gaumont-Alphanim in 2010. Santa doesn’t want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the planet, there is a little boy who is a perfect match, but his lack of self-confidence and fear of heights make him a poor contestant. Will Santa agree to step down, and help his apprentice take his place?
10. Arthur Christmas (2011)
Arthur Christmas is a 2011 British-American 3D computer animated Christmas comedy film, produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation as their first collaborative project. Set on Christmas night, the film tells a story about Santa Claus’s clumsy son Arthur Claus who discovers that the Santa’s high-tech ship has failed to deliver one girl’s present. In response, he goes on a mission to save her Christmas, accompanied only by his ageing grandfather, a rebellious yet enthusiastic young Christmas Elf obsessed with wrapping gifts for children, and a team of eight strong, magical yet untrained reindeer.