It’s that time of year again, and you’re no doubt digging out your favourite Christmas films ready to watch after you’ve over-indulged on turkey and mince pies. You might have a film that you watch every year as a family tradition, or you might be looking for those old classics that you’ve forgotten about.

If you have children running around this Christmas, a film is the perfect way to keep them entertained and also educate them on what Christmas films were like when you were little!

Miracle on 34th Street

There have been many remakes of this film, including the popular 1994 version with the late Richard Attenborough, you can’t beat the original film that was made in 1947. A character named Kris Kringle steps in for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and claims to be the real Father Christmas, only to have to prove his authenticity in court. 

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A Christmas Carol

With its original title known as ‘Scrooge’, this 1951 take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale is often the favourite. With its storyline known well across generations, it’s a great film to put on for your children. A bitter man is offered the chance for redemption as he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve to help him change his ways and save himself from an unfortunate end. 

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It’s a Wonderful Life

While sometimes dubbed as a rather sad film as far as Christmas films go, It’s a Wonderful Life from 1946 has become a classic as the years have gone on. George Bailey, played by James Stewart, wishes he had never been born and an angel comes to show him what the world would be like if that were true. It is an inspirational and compassionate story that shouldn’t be forgotten as time progresses. 

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Home Alone

Possibly one of the nation’s favourite Christmas films, Macaulay Culkin captures the attention of both parents and children alike when he is left home alone before a family trip. This is an action-packed film that shows an 8-year-old protecting his home from a pair of burglars as his parents try their best to return to him. 

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White Christmas

Another classic from the 50s, two old friends from WWII team up to become a performing duo and become romantically tangled up in a female performing duo. They travel to a ski lodge in Vermont and try to save its fate. A romantic comedy that is bound to make you feel festive and keep you entertained on Christmas Day! 

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What are your favourite Christmas movies from years gone by? Let us know! Don’t forget to enjoy these Christmas films with your favourite Christmas retro sweets.