Tell’s Top Ten Christmas Films

Holly Cowley
Holly Cowley

December 24th, 2021

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Christmas Eve isn’t for working. It's for panic shopping and finally cracking open the tub of chocolates you’ve been eyeing up for a good fortnight. It's for settling down in a comfy pair of jammies and ploughing your way through as many festive films as is humanly possible. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered for that last one. So, this Christmas Eve we’re bringing you a list of Tell’s top ten favourite Christmas films in no particular order.

1. Love Actually
If you were to ask anyone to name a classic Christmas film, I'd bet my first born that Love Actually features in their answers. There hasn't been a single Christmas in my lifetime that I haven't watched Love Actually. Same goes for the rest of Tell’s Team. With Alan Rickman, Emma Thomson, Kiera Knightly, Bill Nighy and a dance number from Hugh Grant…you can't go wrong. Here, I’ll link the specific scene just in case you need any more convincing.

2. Die Hard
Now this one is controversial and heavily debated, but in the name of democracy and true representation of the Tell team, I have decided to include Die Hard in this list. While I wouldn't personally relate guns and mass violence with Christmas, the film is pretty damn good and it is set in the middle of a Christmas party.

3. Nativity!
The hallmark of a British Christmas film is the snarky, cynical protagonist…and honestly Martin Freeman couldn't play the disgruntled scrooge of a primary teacher better. Not to mention I've had the musical numbers from this film stuck in my head since it debuted in 2009. Top tip! If you must watch the second one then go ahead. The worst you’ll get is a furrowed brow and a mediocre film experience… but for your own sake, don't watch the trainwreck that is the third Nativity film.

4. The Santa Claus 2
So you’re telling me there’s people out there that can picture a Santa Claus without Tim Allen’s face? I refuse to believe it. Honestly, I’m quite happy to watch The Santa Claus in its original glory, but it has been insisted by a member of our team that it has to be the sequel that makes it onto this very official and legally-binding list.

5. Home Alone 2
It's quickly becoming clear that the Tell team has a preference for film sequels, and next on this list is the second installment of the Home Alone anthology. Let's be honest, you can't go wrong with a John Hughes directed, hallmark holiday film…even if the plot of the second film is practically a carbon copy of the first.

6. The Holiday
I’m not sure what makes The Holiday such a satisfying Christmas watch. Maybe it's the perfect mix of comedy and romance, or perhaps it's the star studded cast and heaps of wholesome vibes…but it's most likely just Jude Law looking extra fine. Whatever it is, The Holiday has to make it onto the list of our favourite Christmas films.

7. The Muppets Christmas Carol
Whoever sat and decided to create a collaboration between The Muppets and a Charles Dickens classic was an absolute genius and we should herald them as the saviour of Christmas. Each muppet is perfectly cast…Statler and Waldorf as the Marley brothers? Phenomenal. Not to mention the film is jam packed with great musical numbers. There’s literally no way to watch this film without feeling more Christmassy than ever.

8. Jingle All the Way
Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly ruins Christmas for his son and then, after a very stressful day of absurdity and shenanigans, manages to finally save Christmas once again. Everything about this film is so satisfyingly ridiculous you can't help but laugh. The Rotten Tomatoes reviews are categorically wrong and we do not recognise their authority here at Tell.

9. Jack Frost
Okay, so, here's the thing. I understand that the overly-anthropomorphic snowman being brought to life by the spirit of a boy's dead father…could be considered disturbing. However, I choose to see it as a heart-wrenching film about the relationship between father and son where magic allows them one last Christmas together. Alright, it might be a stretch…but I stand by its placement on this list.

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fantastic film to bridge that oddly hollow gap between Halloween and Christmas, smoothly transitioning us from Autumn to Winter. Plus, you get the genius storytelling from the twisted mind of Tim Burton, what more could you ask for?

Hopefully this list has inspired you in your last twenty-four hours while it's still appropriate to binge christmas films. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Tell and we will see you in the New Year!