Nothing feels better than to spend your Christmas eve all curled up on the couch watching holiday-themed movies. With so many options on HBO Max in UK, you can take your time selecting the perfect movie to watch with your family online. Meanwhile, here are some of the best Christmas-themed movies we vouch for and would love for you to watch this holiday season!
- A Christmas Story
A classic of 1983, A Christmas Story is about an adult, Ralphie Parker experiencing a flashback about his childhood where he wanted nothing but a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle as a Christmas present. As he was only 9 then, his desire for a gun as a present was met with a lot of concern and criticism. After much convincing, he finally managed to score his favorite rifle as a Christmas gift but ended up injuring himself and breaking his glasses. The movie is filled with some lighthearted moments which may, however, prove to be offensive and insensitive in today’s time.
- A Christmas Carol
The story of A Christmas Carol revolves around the grumpy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who disliked holidays and would give his employees a hard time when they wanted to take the day off to celebrate with their families. After he returns home after his day at work on Christmas eve, he comes across the ghost of Jacob Marley, who happened to be his old business partner who died several years ago. Marley warns Scrooge about the unkind ways he uses to treat his employees, as well as about the spirit of holidays. The movie is a wake-up call for people who need a nudge in the right direction to understand the importance of love, togetherness, and kindness, especially during the holidays.
- Four Christmases
In this movie, you will witness the tiring yet hilarious ways Brad and Kate put their vacation on hold and spent Christmas with their families. As a result, they spend their holidays in four houses in a single day, one parent each, as both their parents are divorced, giving the viewers a glimpse of their familial obligations. With each trip, they learn a lot about each other and their families. But, will it be a reason for their relationship to bloom and mature or be set apart? Watch the movie to find out!
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A testy creature called the Grinch, with a heart-size two sizes too small, tries to ‘steal’ Christmas by hiding all the presents from people’s homes. Eventually, he sees that Christmas is not just about material objects but more about the essence of friendship, love, and humanity. This makes his heart swell three sizes bigger, and he also changes as a person and participates in the Christmas celebrations. This is a great, heartwarming movie for anyone who feels blue during the holidays and can attempt to cheer them up.
- Scooby Doo: Haunted Holidays
What’s a better way to celebrate Christmas for children while watching the fun and haunted adventures of Scooby-Doo and his gang? If you ask us, it’s nothing. Watch Scooby Doo: Haunted Holidays to witness how the gang ‘gangs up’ to undo the curse the evil snowman put on the toy store’s haunted clock tower. It’s a perfect blend of animated adventure, comedy, and horror.
Elf is a perfect Christmas movie revolving around a human raised by elves. As he is allowed by Santa to visit New York to find his biological father, Walter Hobbs, things change drastically for Elf as he sees human civilization. The bad news? His father is on Santa’s list of people who have been bad this year, and he had no idea that he even had a son. The movie takes the viewers on an incredible emotional rollercoaster and is a perfect Christmas watch.
To sum it up, Christmas is a time for family. And the kind of movies which we had shortlisted above is perfect for watching for a fun and engaging time with family, as this is the spirit of Christmas. More than anything, Christmas movies are perfect for instilling family values among young children and teaching them important lessons, like having goodness, the spirit of giving, maintaining honesty, etc.