Christmas 2019: Best Films to Watch on Christmas Eve

Christmas 2019: Best Films to Watch on Christmas Eve

With the festive season in full swing and family and friends looking to spend some quality time together, we listed down some of the best Christmas films for you to watch while you sip on some hot cocoa

People across the world are gearing up for the upcoming celebrations as the holidays and the festive season has officially kicked off. With a number of days off from work and school, family and friends would be making the most of their time to make memories with their loved ones - which they would cherish forever. With the festive season comes a lot of family and friends movie nights, and what better way to binge on some of the good old classics to have a good time. With Christmas as your door step, here is a list of some of the best Christmas films that you can watch before Santa drops presents that you had been long waiting for.

1. Home Alone

Let's start with one of the most obvious ones, shall we? Home Alone was released in 1990 which not only became a huge success, but is still one of the films that airs on your TV every Christmas season. And you know you're not going to skip the channel if that's the case. Starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, Home Alone was like a dream come true for every child -  or at least that's what we think. If you haven't watched this movie at least once, we recommend that you get out from under that rock because this film revolves around Kevin when his family accidentally leaves on holiday without him. What happens next is something you wouldn't want to miss.

2: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Since we're on the Home Alone bandwagon, here's introducing the sequel to the film, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Surprisingly, as opposed to other sequels which are often worse than the originally, Home Alone 2 did complete justice to its predecessor. It follows almost the exact same formula as the original, and simply relocates to New York City, but with a formula this good, and with Macaulay Culkin still on board there is nothing to complain.

3. The Santa Clause

Released in 1994, The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin -  a successful toy salesman who wants to spend Christmas with his son, Charlie - essayed by Eric Lloyd. Scott wants Charlie to believe in Santa Claus, even though he himself does not believe in him. However, Charlie's mother and Scott's former wife think that Charlie should be told the truth about Santa. So when Scott accidentally kills Santa he is expected to take his place. Interesting, right? He refuses at first – but when his hair turns white, a beard and belly grow overnight, and children start approaching him with their wish lists, he reluctantly takes the mantle. So what are you waiting for?

4. A Christmas Carol

There have been about a hundred screen adaptations of Charles Dickens’s iconic novel, which sees a miser change his ways after encountering the ghosts of his Christmas past, present and future. Though the 1999 version is far from the most famous reimagining. Starring Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Joel Grey, the film revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge, a money-lender who is not too fond of Christmas and later ends up with the ghost of his deceased business partner. The ghost warns him to repent his ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife like he was. So does he or does he not? Find out by watching A Christmas Carol.

5. Love Actually

Released in 2003, Love Actually is yet another Christmas film which revolves around the lives of eight very different couples and how they deal with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales, all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. As unusual things are going on round, some people are falling in love, while others are breaking up or some people just desperately lonely and still looking for that someone special, while some are in mourning -  because that's how life is, isn't it? Starring Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and many others, this film is perfect if you want to convince yourself that everything is going to be okay - because it will be.

6. The Holiday

Starring two of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, this film is perfect if you're spending the festive season with your girl gang. Camera and Kate play Amanda - a film trailer editor - and Iris - a wedding columnist. In wanting to escape their terrible love lives, the two women exchange their homes over the Christmas season. While the film might make you cringe every now and then - because come on, that's how some of these films are - it is also very warm and witty.  What unfolds is something you should watch this Christmas. So what are you waiting for? Start watching this 2006 release already!

7. Die Hard

Oh come on, you knew this was going to come up in the list sooner or later. So whichever side you’re on in the infernal debate over whether it’s actually a Christmas movie, it's hard to deny that Die Hard is a perfect action movie. It takes place on Christmas Eve, and features dialogues such as, “Now I have a machine gun, ho-ho-ho,” makes it an ideal holiday viewing too – particularly if you’re a little sick of festive slush. Starring Bruce Willis, Die Hard released back in 1988 and is still one of the most-watched films during the holiday season. So why should you stay behind?


By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates