Team shortlist04 Dec 2017 AT 09:18 AM

8 Christmas movies to watch this festive season

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Team shortlist04 Dec 2017 AT 09:18 AM
8 Christmas movies to watch this festive season

One of the greatest joys of Christmas is eating to the point of passing out, collapsing into a settee and doing absolutely nothing. And, the perfect accompaniment to doing nothing is leisurely watching a classic festive film. To make it even easier to see your favourite Christmas movies this year, Netflix are bringing some of the best-loved Yuletide films to their streaming service.

Elf
What is quite possibly our favourite Christmas tale sees Will Ferrell play Buddy – a human that made his way to the North Pole. All was well until he discovered that he was, in fact, not an elf and as such decided to find his real dad in New York City. Expect a few laughs, cries and a sing-a-long curtesy of fellow comedy actress Zoey Deschanel.

Arthur Christmas
At Santa Claus’s super-secret toy-making facility, Mr Claus entrusts his son, Arthur, to carry out an ultra-important Christmas mission. James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy star in this family friendly animation that will definitely pull at a few heart strings.

The Polar Express
In this warm-hearted tale, a young boy’s faith in the holiday spirit is revived after he makes his way by train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Tom Hanks sings in this one, and we like it, a lot.

El Camino Christmas – arriving December 8th
This dark comedy Netflix original, which hasn’t been released yet, is about a young man who accidentally ends up barricaded in a store with five other people on Christmas Eve. The cast includes Jessica Alba, Tim Allen and Dax Shepard. Parental discretion is advised. 

Krampus: The Christmas Devil
If you fancy a more frightening Christmas experience, give Krampus a go! (With bonus Adam Scott from Parks and Rec.) Parental discretion is advised.

Gremlins
The classic starring Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton and Polly Holliday (great name) tells the tale of a man who brings home a cute creature as a Christmas present for his son. All is well until the creature spawns a horrifying army of devilish and dangerous little beasts.

Four Christmases
This RomCom starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon sees the couple visit all their parents on Christmas day. Although it sounds like quite straight forward, it is a task that most of us know requires patience (a lot of patience), love and disaster management.

Miss Me This Christmas – arriving December 19th
This Netflix original is a bit darker than most. It tells the tale of a couple who must decide on Christmas day if they want to stay married or not – quite intense, if we do say so ourselves.

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