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GENRE GEMS: UNWRAPPING OUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES

It's that time of year once again. The magic of Christmas is here and what's better on these cold evenings than sitting in front of the small screen and throwing on a good Christmas movie to get you in the mood. There are many to choose from, and there's always that age old question, Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? So, if you're looking for something to watch this festive season look no further as we unwrap our favourite Christmas movies just for you!


LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)

Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Christmas Love Actually
"An intertwining story of love, set in the magic that is the Christmas season." - Elliot Lines

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

Synopsis: An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Christmas It's a Wonderful Life
"It's a classic for a reason; Stewart and Reed are perfect, the snowy setting is stunning and the story has so much heart." - Becca Johnson

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

Synopsis: During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Christmas Black Christmas
"A thoroughly tense, creepy and riveting Yuletide horror!" - Jack Ransom

THE SANTA CLAUS 2 (2002)

Synopsis: Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for eight years, but it might come to an end if he doesn't find a Mrs. Claus.

Christmas Santa Claus 2
"The Santa Claus 2 is a riveting family romp. Only edging out the original because of the scene at the teacher party which will really make you believe in the magic of Christmas." - Alex Gilston

ELF (2003)

Synopsis: Raised as an oversized elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

Christmas Elf
"Elf is a joyful holiday classic that has stood the test of time because of the titular character's endearing optimism." - M.N.Miller

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)

Synopsis: On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Christmas The Grinch
"The Grinch will always stand the test of time due to the excellent performance of Jim Carey. Alongside the exuberant sets and costumes - it’s a festive frenzy!" - Romey Norton

SCROOGED (1988)

Synopsis: A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Scrooged
"An already dark Christmas tale becomes even bleaker in this modernisation of a classic. Throw in Bill Murray as an egocentric tv exec, and you’ve got yourself the tools to create a festive favourite." - John McDonald

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