As the month of November draws to a close and the nip in the air becomes more pronounced, one knows that Christmas is just around the corner. Our top 5 Christmas movies list 2016 is here to help you celebrate this festive season. Whenever one thinks of Christmas, the immediate images that follow are cakes, Santa Claus with his flying sledge and songs. Plus, lots of good movies. Even Christian Christmas songs can be included in a list, although Christmas is truly an international festival. Christmas is the only festival with such a large range of music that’s integral to its festivities. Every culture, ethnicity, nationality and household that celebrates Christmas has a set of songs that are sometimes more important to them than a Christmas tree or gift. Christmas movies are what illuminate the neighbourhood, add flavour to the bitterest fruitcake, and make it easier to shake a rival’s hand. Let’s get started with our Christmas movie list. Here we list our must-watch best 5 Christmas movies for everyone:
#5. A Christmas Carol (1951)
The classic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, the movie is pretty straightforward and is not an alternate adaptation. Its a must-have on any Christmas movies list for kids as well as nostalgic adults. Christmas films are seldom critically acclaimed or Oscar winners – but with cartoon reindeers and real-life elves, they are always blooming good fun for all of the family. From the childhood classics you loved that make a welcome reappearance every year right up to the newer, more slick productions with bags of wit, there’s something for everyone who wants their heart warming come Yuletide.
Whether your idea of a yo-ho-ho hit is a black and white classic or a wise-cracking animation, this list has something for everyone.
Best for: Reliving an old classic.
#4. Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins mixes family holiday fare with some genuine gruesomeness and scares, but it’s mostly the kind of scares kids love! Christmas is all about great food, family time, and of course, presents. But let’s not forget the time-honoured tradition of vegging out in front of the TV with your favourite Christmas flicks. These movies will complete your holiday, and offer a great excuse to kick back, relax and sip on some eggnog.
Best for: Reminiscing the old ’80’s nostalgia, when life was simpler than it is today.
#3. Elf (2003)
This kid’s delivers well. All you need to know is that it includes a grown man dressed as an elf, whispering angrily to a sullen department-store Santa, “You sit on a throne of lies!” If you’ve not seen it, now’s the time!
Best for: Getting you in the Christmas mood.
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#2. The nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This movie is the ultimate in animated awesomeness, brilliantly realised in visuals, music, and storytelling. A great addition to your list of best Christmas movies 2016! The movie has been nominated for numerous prizes over the years.
And our number 1 Christmas film of all time:
#1. Die Hard (1988)
‘Die Hard’ is everything every Christmas movie should always be forever. It’s a mix of the baddie from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; the unbeatable hero who shows up to teach everyone a lesson from Miracle On 34th Street; the ghosts of past, present, and future who bring insight and change from A Christmas Carol; plus every redemptive struggle about family and personal evolution and good versus evil, all wrapped up in a big shiny box with a bow made of explosions and bullets. There’s Christmas, and then there’s Christmas with punching terrorists in the face and winning back your entire family — which do YOU prefer?
It doesn’t matter what you prefer, actually, because Bruce Willis prefers the latter, and Bruce Willis always wins. You’d know that if you watched the Die Hard movies. So start watching now, beginning with this one…
Best for: An action packed Christmas at the very least.
And that’s how it’s done. Ho ho ho, yippie ki-yay, and Merry Christmas 2016!