1. Home alone


    We can all agree that Home Alone (closely followed by Home Alone 2) are a quintessential part of the Christmas experience. After all, nothing says happy holidays like a child left alone by his family and targeted by two homicidal burglars, y'know? 

    2. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)


    If you have a doubting Thomas in the family, sit them down and turn on Miracle on 34th Street. The sign-language scene alone will make even the most cynical person believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas.

    3. Elf (2003)


    Will Ferrell plays the oversized elf who travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his dad. The people of New York are not as enthused by candy canes, syrup and Santa as he is though. Seriously, if you don't like Elf you're nothing but a cotton-headed ninnimuggins.

    4. Jingle All The Way (1996)



    Inspired by the real-life chaos that occurred during the days of the Cabbage Patch Dolls and the Power Rangers, Jingle All The Way shows the struggles of parents everywhere when it comes to that One Gift all kids want. 

    5. Love, Actually (2003)


    Hugh Grant goes up against Tommy Lee Jones, Liam Neeson falls for Claudia Schiffer and Emma Thompson ruins Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' for everyone. In a good way. Producer and partner of Love Actually's writer and director, Richard Curtis, recently live-tweeted lots of fun (and heartbreaking) facts about the movie. 

    6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


    Tim Burton's take on Christmas - and Halloween - has become largely cult-like since it's release twelve years ago. Everything from the music to the animation and characters is loved by young and old.

    7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)


    Jim Carrey's take on Dr. Suess' The Grinch has remained a favourite over the years. Aiming to teach us all that Christmas is not just about material possessions but about spending time with loved ones, The Grinch is a classic for a cold Christmas afternoon. 

    8. The Santa Clause (1994)


    BONUS ROUND: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

    Even less Christmassy-themed than Die Hard yet it's all loved ones of Star Wars fans will be hearing about this holiday season. Spread the season of good will and join them in a Star Wars movie marathon before the release of the newest installment on December 18th.