It’s gone the first of December, so it’s officially time to start watching Christmas films (Let’s not tell Alex I’ve already watched a few!). Just like I’m sure you all have, I have a those childhood/family faves that I HAVE to watch year on year – the nostalgic ones that bring the festive feeling rushing back.
I love snuggling up under a blanket, with a hot choc and marshmallows in front of the TV, or having a festive film on in the background whilst I do Christmas wrapping or crafts, so I’ve teamed up with Ultra HD 4K TV Panasonic to bring you my list of top nostalgic picks for nineties kids…
Home Alone (1990)
I’m pretty sure everyone knows the story of home alone by now (apart from Alex that is as he’s never properly watched them! I couldn’t believe it either!)…
Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is left behind when his family flies to Paris for Christmas. The film follows Kevin as he makes the most of his Christmas on his own, before he has to deal with two burglars.
We used to snuggle up and watch this EVERY year as a family, as well as Home Alone 2. When we were little we then used to go off and try and set traps like Kevin! So funny thinking back!
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Miracle on 34th Street is a lovely story of belief.
The story line follows Kris Kringle as he steps in for Cole’s, the toy store’s, drunken Santa in the Christmas parade. Kris is then hired by Dorey Walker for Cole’s for the Christmas season, where he meets her daughter, and non-believer Susan. The story follows Kris as he bonds with Susan, and then is staged for being violent and taken to court, where lawyer and boyfriend to Dorey, Bryan, must prove that Santa exists.
Such a heart-warming, festive story. I loved Mara Wilson as a child and watch this without fail year-on-year.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Another family favourite…
The film starts on Christmas Eve, with Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) who accidentally causes Santa to fall from his roof whilst delivering presents. Santa disappears leaving behind his suit and the reindeer on the roof, at which Scott’s son Charlie convinces him to put on and finish Santa’s job. Upon doing this, Scott has magically taken on the contract of being Santa. The story then follows Scott as he starts transforming for the following Christmas, and must take on the responsibilities of being Father Christmas, as well as making Charlie’s Mum believe.
Perfect for both kids and adults, The Santa Clause is a heart-warming family comedy rooted in Christmas Spirit and belief in Santa. It’s got everything you’d want from a Christmas film.
Jingle all the way (1996)
When I’m desperately in need of some Christmas spirit…this is a fab, funny go-to choice.
The film follows Howard (Schwarzenegger) who has promised to get his son a Thermoman – the latest, and hottest action figure. Heading to the stores on Christmas Eve, he finds that EVERYWHERE is sold out and he must battle all other desperate parents who are on the hunt, and willing to do absolutely anything to get their hand on one.
The perfect festive family comedy for all the family – this still makes me giggle at times.
Jack Frost (1998)
We got this DVD one year for Christmas and it quickly became a favourite among the three of us (me, my sister and brother) – I used to love getting films for Christmas and snuggling up on Christmas evening or Boxing Day to watch them!
The story is about a dad who dies in a car accident. He returns one year later as a snowman, and tries to put things right with his son (he never kept his promises when he was alive), before it’s too late and he’s gone.
A sad but moving story. It’s magical and funny, and although not as based around Christmas as some of the others listed here, it’s a big seasonal one for us!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
My brother got this on DVD one year at Christmas, and then from then on this was watched over and over.
The Grinch lives on the outskirts of Whoville and plans to seek revenge and ruin Christmas for all. A brave little girl, Cindy Lou Who, tries to stop him and make the Grinch see the other side.
A Jim Carrey classic – the Grinch’s mannerisms are standard Carrey, quirky and funny. It’s another heart-warming number, perfect for all the family and great for showing the little ones that no-one should be alone at Christmas!
The Snowman (1982)
This short film is a must-watch Christmas tradition!
In this classic animated movie, a snowman magically comes to life and takes his creator, a little boy, on adventures.
As a young child, I watched this all-year-round every time I visited my auntie and uncle. In fact, they had to pretend the VHS was broken to stop me! Now I reserve it for once a year, but still love it just as much. Such a magical, enchanting tale with beautiful music!
The First Snow of Winter (1998)
Get the tissues ready…
The First Snow of Winter is an animated short film (another Christmas DVD from our childhood). The story follows Sean, a little duck who loses his family during migration south for winter. With no idea of how to survive by himself, he is befriended by a water vole, Voley, and puffin, Puffy, and follows Sean and his journey through winter.
This sure brings a tear to the eye. Such a lovely, cute story enjoyed by adults and little ones – we watched this as a family several times growing up! This should have been bigger than it was!
And that’s it…my pick of the best nostalgic festive flicks. Now to pick which to kick back and watch this evening, snuggled up all cosy in the living room – as much as I like watching TV shows on the ipad in bed, let’s face it, there’s something undeniably better about putting your feet up in the living room and watching your faves over dinner on the big screen.
Do you have any Christmas films from your childhood which you HAVE to watch year on year?
*This post was in collaboration with Panasonic Ultra 4K HD Tv. All views and opinions are my own, from my childhood and memory! Ok, I did reminisce with my sister too to shorten the list and make it a nostalgic as possible.