The Christmas movie has made a comeback. Thanks to Netflix, and the streaming service’s deluge of content, a number of schmaltzy romcoms, including ‘A Christmas Prince’ and ‘The Princess Swap’, had people feeling more festive than a sea of twinkling lights.
And while the quality of those films might be questionable, their influence has rubbed off. While the holiday period is usually filled with big budget behemoths like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’, this year an actual Christmas film is being released. Co-written by Emma Thompson and featuring the music of the late, great George Michael, ‘Last Christmas’ stars ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) and promises to be a London-set romcom to dethrone the reign of ‘Love Actually’.
While there are the usual festive pop-ups, the resurgence of the Christmas film feels like a reason to celebrate. To help you pick from all the holiday favourites, we’ve counted down the most charming, entertaining and (occasionally) terrifying festive film. From demonic Santas and home-invading thieves to feelgood fireside frolics, Christmas songs, ice-skating escapades and enough hot chocolate to drown an elf, our cinematic sack is bulging with treats.
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