Five Christmas movies that will get you into the festive spirit

December 19, 2016
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If you didn’t know already, Christmas is just around the corner. This time of year can be hectic, with those extra shifts at work and the dreaded holiday catch-ups with Aunt Flo and your dozen second-cousins. Being so busy, it is easy to lose sight of the Christmas spirit. If decorating your tree, turning on the Christmas lights and preparing your belly for the infamous Christmas lunch isn’t enough for you, here are five Christmas movies that can get you in the festive spirit.

Happy Christmas

Anna Kendrick stars in this holiday flick, which is reason enough for us all to drop what we are doing and find it on Netflix, pronto. Despite its low budget, Happy Christmas is a surprisingly awesome comedy-drama based on family during Christmas. After Anna’s 20-something character breaks up with her boyfriend just before Christmas, she moves in with her brother, his wife and their baby.  

Some parts are more relatable than we would like to admit, like almost burning down the house trying to cook a pizza after a big night out, or trying to babysit with zero experience. At the end of the film I am sure you will feel just that little bit more ready for Christmas.

Home Alone

It’s a classic. It’s hilarious. It’s festive. Home Alone is the story of eight-year-old Kevin, who is left at home when his oversized family forget to take him on their Christmas holiday. While a disappearing family is a dream for many kids, Kevin’s time alone at home eventually confronts him with wanted burglars. It’s a movie that taught our generation how to fend for ourselves and improvise.

The Night Before

Three guys have spent every Christmas Eve together for 14 years, but this will be their last. With enviable Christmas jumpers, and comical adventures, this slightly inappropriate film will have you laughing, crying, possibly relating, and at the end of the day, will make you feel grateful for your mates this festive season.

Love Actually

Who doesn’t love a bit of a rom-com during the Christmas holidays? This lovable British film stars some of our favourite actors (Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Keira Knightly… need I go on?) showing us the ups and downs of their different love stories over Christmas.

Taking chances, honesty and love are the undeniable major themes in the film’s intertwining plots. While I don’t want to spoil this movie for anyone who hasn’t yet seen it (though I find that hard to believe), I will say that it involves travel, unrequited love, the making of a porno (yes, you read that right) and Hugh Grant as Prime Minister.


If you have tried everything and you simply aren’t feeling festive, Elf is here to save the day. This movie could even get the Grinch excited for Christmas day.

Set both in the North Pole and New York City, Elf follows the journey of Buddy, a human who grew up believing he was an elf. On a mission to find his biological father, Buddy leaves the North Pole and is confronted with the human world filled with rules and a lack of Christmas cheer. Not even this is enough to crush his excessive cheer and optimistic nature, and believe me when I say this movie will have you feeling like a kid again.

Elf taught me that you’re never too old to believe in Santa, and "The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”.

If you still aren’t feeling festive after all the above, you could always hibernate until the Christmas season is over…

Chloe Waddell

Chloe is an arts student at The University of Melbourne, as well as film lover, volunteering addict and pole fitness enthusiast.

Image: The Night Before official Facebook page