5 Christmas movie classics & where to watch them
Carols are playing in shopping centres (soz retail workers), and colourful lights shine everywhere you turn. Which can only mean one thing … the silly season is here!
Not feeling it just yet? Well, no one likes a Grinch (except for the Grinch). And there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than with a couple of cheesy Christmas movies.
Lacking inspiration? Not to worry, we’ve got your Christmas movie marathon sorted! All you’ll need is a stable internet connection and the right streaming service subscription, and you’ll be good to go!
So, without further ado - here are 5 of the best Christmas movies and where to watch them:
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, PG)
- Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor
- Stream it on: Netflix
“4:00, wallow in self-pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one.”
Ahh, the Grinch. An absolute can’t miss. In fact, even with a schedule as jam-packed as the Grinch’s, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t have watched this Christmas classic at least a dozen times already.
‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is the iconic tale of how the “O.G. anti-Christmas’er” A.K.A. the Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) attempts to cancel Christmas in the wholesome town of Whoville.
That is until he hits a bump in the road - being Cindy Lou Who (played by Taylor Momsen). But was sweet little Cindy enough to put a stop to the Grinch’s diabolical plans? You’ll have to watch and see.
2. Home Alone (1990, PG)
- Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom, Catherine O’Hara
- Stream it on: Disney+
Another classic. Not only was ‘Home Alone’ one of the biggest flicks of the nineties, but it also doubled as the ultimate after-school special for kids on how to beat the baddies with boobytraps and BB guns. Come to think of it; a “don’t try this at home” warning wouldn’t have gone astray. Any-who.
[Bit of background]: In Home Alone, Kevin McCallister (played by a very cute Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left at home alone (ha) when his family rush off to their annual Christmas vacay. To make matters worse, this brave 8-year-old is left to fend for himself against two determined burglars.
This one’s sure to have the whole family in stitches. And if you’re eager for more, you’ll be pleased to find that they brought out a Home Alone 2, 3 and 4!
3. Elf (2003, G)
- Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart
- Stream it on: Binge, Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now
Did someone say ‘Will Ferrell’ and ‘Christmas movie’ in the same sentence? Let’s be real, folks. If you’re looking for another top-tier Christmas comedy, it doesn’t get much better than ‘Elf’.
This fun festive flick is about the story of how “Buddy” (portrayed by Will Ferrell), a human raised by elves in the North Pole, gets sent to New York to find his true identity and unite with his real family.
Let’s just say that a lot can go down when a six-foot-three grown man who’s convinced he’s an elf goes running amok around the big apple.
4. Christmas with the Kranks (2004, PG)
- Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd
Stream it on: Stan
This one comes with a warning: very few can make it through ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ without wetting themselves from laughter. Proceed with caution, folks.
This hilarious holiday film is about how Luther and Nora Krank (played by Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) begrudgingly skip Christmas for an island cruise after their daughter makes other plans.
That is until they receive a last-minute call from said daughter saying that she (and her new fiance) will be able to make it after all! Let’s just say it took a Christmas miracle to pull it all off in time.
P.S. not even the Queen’s guards would be able to keep a straight face at the sight of Tim Allen’s pre-vacay bro-tox and spray tan glow-up.
5. The Santa Clause (1994, G)
- Starring: Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, Larry Brandenburg
- Stream it on: Stan
Another Tim Allen Christmas movie? Okay, call us crazy, but we’re starting to think that Tim might actually be the big man in red himself!
In ‘The Santa Clause', divorced dad Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) and his son find that Santa Claus has fallen off their roof on Christmas Eve. After which, Scott both literally and figuratively takes the reins and becomes the new Santa.
This is one of those funny, feel-good films that’ll give you a whole lot of laughs.
Streaming in HD:
For the ultimate Christmas movie marathon viewing experience, we suggest streaming in either High Definition (HD) or Ultra High Definition (UHD) (4K).
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