Updated: Nov 19, 2019
All the Christmas films you need to watch this year, and how to access them at home!
My question is simple: What Christmas films do you plan on watching this year?
If you went straight into reading this paragraph instead of mentally listing off the 25+ films you have organised to view throughout the festive season, then you are in the right place. You want to be told what films are good and what to watch in what order. If you had started listing them before reading on, then I applaud you and you should compare this calendar to your own; if not just for fun.
Here is a Christmas Film Calendar that I have created and contextualised to 2019, so that you can have the greatest possible viewing experience this Christmas time.
What you will need is simple: If you’re living under a rock and don’t have these yet, grab yourself a Netflix and Stan subscription as many of the films are available there. I have also including six significant titles from the brand new streaming service Disney+ which is incredible and makes it worth while purchasing. The rest are available in a variety of different methods, but I would suggest YouTube rental or iTunes rental/purchase above all else.
My motto: buy the ones you know are good (i.e. if you don't already have a copy of Die Hard, The Holiday, Home Alone 1 and 2, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, then get one this year. Trust me, it is a long term investment)
For those who are on a budget, I have tabled some possible Netflix and Stan alternatives that you could engage with on the days where purchasing a film is required.
And without further ado, the calendar:
- The Holiday Calendar (I can't explain it, but I watched this in full and didn't hate it...)
- Klaus (Has only just popped up on spotlight, but looks interesting, innovative, creative)
- The Knight Before Christmas (Only because it is new, not because it is any good...)
- Merry Happy Whatever (As above)
- Holiday Rush (As above)
- Super Monsters Save Christmas (For parents of small children only, will bore adults)
- No Activity: The Night Before Christmas (Actually quite humorous, short, Australian)
- Noel (star-studded cast, love me a fragmented Christmas film structure)
- A Christmas Carol (Original, great for parents of small children)
- Christmas Episodes (Stan are onto this - so many awesome TV show Christmas episodes!)
- The Man Who Saved Christmas (Something to shake up the surplus of contemporary Christmas junk)
- The Christmas Star (old classic, much like Miracle on 34th Street)
- One Magic Christmas (and again - old classic, much like Miracle on 34th Street)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (was on my calendar last year, but since bores me - great for young kids)
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (another great child-friendly flick)
Santa Clause 2 and 3 (not terrible films, successful off the back of Allen alone)
- Any of the multitude of Disney Christmas-themed spin offs (including Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Ice Age, etc)
Let me know what you think about the calendar. Does it meet your expectations, compared to other Christmas Film Calendars that you have seen?
Maybe there are a couple of your favourites missing? Maybe a few that you dislike on here?
If so, definitely let me know below. I would love to hear what you think!