BEST FESTIVE FLICKS
Let’s face it, there’s no better Christmas than an Aussie Christmas. Forty-degree weather, huge gatherings of friends and family, backyard sports and games, and a constant stream of food is the definition of fun. But at the end of a long day of all of this, there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing with a classic Christmas movie. Here are some of the best Christmas films available on Australian streaming services, so grab some more food and start your annual movie marathon.
Christmas with the Kranks
With competing neighbours and parents rushing to prepare the perfect holiday season for the unexpected return of their daughter, this movie is guaranteed a laugh from every member of your family.
A Christmas Prince
Alex Zamm’s 2017 romance gives a modern take on a familiar story of a simple girl meeting her Prince Charming. While somewhat predictable, the movie is loveable and takes a turn of suspense. You just can’t help being pulled in.
If you’re into comedy movies, try out Jon Favreau’s 2003 hit Elf. This movie hilariously depicts the experience of an elf who has made his way from Santa’s workshop into the real world in order to find his family, in a way that is suitable for all ages.
Miracle on 34th Street
John Hughes’ 1990 remake traces the events of a department store Santa being replaced by an unknown old man, who wins the hearts of the children and parents who meet him. His belief in himself being the true Santa Claus sparks a court case and he has to fight for his place as Santa with the help of a young lawyer.
Jingle All The Way
Brian Levant’s 1996 comedy is a hilarious recount of the frantic extent a father will go to in order to find his child the perfect toy, even by competing with other parents and shop assistants. This movie is a highly animated way to get the whole family laughing.
When their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart in Seth Gordon’s 2008 comedy, an unmarried couple must spend Christmas Day visiting various family members. While it looks like a disaster, they realise that the time they spent with their family wasn’t so bad after all.
A Christmas Story
Bob Clark’s 1983 Christmas comedy is the definition of a classic. It features a young child, Ralphie, who spends his time dodging bullies and has convinced everyone around him that a “Red Ryder Air Rifle” is the perfect Christmas gift for him. Christmas Day at his family’s house is followed by disaster as each aspect of Christmas slowly falls apart.
Love it or hate it, Love Actually has become a classic for the festive season. The Christmas favourite follows nine intertwined stories that focus of the complexity of the one emotion that connects us all: love. You can also watch it on Netflix.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Brian Henson’s 1992 retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is a way to get the whole family involved in the Christmas spirit. In this film, the Muppets are introduced to the infamous miser and we follow their efforts and interactions to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Follow Jack Skellington, the beloved pumpkin king, and his adventures to Christmastown, where he plots to take over as a result of boredom of the annual routine of frightening people in Halloweentown.