Choosing which Christmas movie to watch and which is the best is hotly debated amongst many households. Pick your favourite festive film from our selection to get you and the whole family in the Christmas mood.

1. Elf

Will Ferrell became Buddy Hobbs in Jon Favreau’s 2003 classic.

It generated $223.3 million in the box office and was an instant Christmas classic for its energetic sense of humour.

2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The (original) Grinch was released in 2000, featuring Jim Carrey as the eponymous character, Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, and Anthony Hopkins as the narrator.

The soundtrack is also one of the best, with hits like ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch’ and ‘Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?’.

3. The Polar Express

The animated 2004 film cast Tom Hanks as several characters throughout, including the train conductor, Hero Boy, the Hobo, and Father Christmas.

4. Home Alone

Macauley Culkin’s breakthrough in acting was the 1990 comedy also featuring Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara, and John Heard. Two burglars get more than they bargained for when they try to break into the McCallister household, which is filled with booby traps. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1990, earning more than $476 million worldwide.

5. It’s a Wonderful Life

James Stewart and Donna Reed were George and Mary Hatch Bailey in one of the most timeless Christmas classics of all.

Released in 1946, the movie is celebrated as the ultimate feel-good Christmas movie.

6. The Christmas Chronicles

Released in 2018, this film is the newest in our list.

Starring Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, and young actors Darby Camp and Judah Lewis. Kurt Russell is truly iconic as a full-bearded and bright-eyed Santa, and even performs his own Christmas song.

7. Love Actually

Everyone’s favourite Christmas rom-com, the 2003 hit featured many famous faces, such as Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson.

All the characters are inextricably linked to each other in humourous ways which unfold throughout the narrative.

8. Jack Frost

Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston starred in the 1998 Christmas tragi-comedy about a father who dies in a car accident and returns the following year as a snowman in an attempt to put things right with his son.

9. White Christmas

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye join sister act Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in a fun musical comedy. Released in 1954, the film made $30 million at the box office, and eventually became the highest-grossing musical at the time.

10. Gremlins

The 1984 horror/comedy/Christmas movie made over $200 million in the box office. Featuring Zach Galligan and Howie Mandel, the film tells the story of the fate that befalls an innocent creature known as a Mogwai and its owner, Billy Peltzer, when he doesn’t follow several important rules to care for his new pet.