BEST FES­TIVE FLICKS

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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.

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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.

Elf

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.

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Four Hol­i­days

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 Ac­tu­ally

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.

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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.

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