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The Ultimate Christmas Movies to watch this festive season!

by | Nov 13, 2020 | Celebrations, Just Motherhood | 23 comments

Get the popcorn because it’s that time of year when it’s okay to be a little naughty, and overindulge in some good old screen time. Find out which movies we watch year-after-year. Which animations are our favourite, the romantic comedies that give us all the feels and the movie releases we are most looking forward to!

This is the only Christmas Movie List you’ll ever need, with Christmas Movies for everyone!

Christmas movies we watch year-after-year

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

This might not be a movie about Christmas but both Mr. Perfect and I are MASSIVE fans from even before we met.

December 2001, 2002 and 2003 all included movie tickets to the cinema releases of The Fellowship of the RingThe Two Towers and The Return of the King. Now, years later, watching the entire series during the month of December has become “our thing”.

2. The Grinch

In our home, The Grinch plays at least once a week… It’s Lia’s all-time favourite movie and book so, we have many variations. The 2000 Jim Carrey film is, however, her favourite. It’s so over the top but still every part as beautiful as the original – An all-round crowd-pleaser.

3. The Grinch  AGAIN! but the 2018 version…

A newly imagined take on the grumpy green grouch who spends his days being nasty to everyone – except, perhaps, his dog Max. The Grinch especially hates Christmas, and plots to ruin the day for the village of Whoville – by stealing it. Based on the hugely popular story by Dr Seuss.

4. A Christmas Carol

Our girls are still too young for the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol but we can’t wait to share it with them at one of our future family movie nights someday… 

Two of my own childhood “bests”… The Muppets and Charlie Brown. I have fond memories of our entire family watching these on M-Net’s Christmas Special all those years ago.

5. The Muppet Christmas Carol (Another cute rendition of this classic which may be better suited for young ones.)

6. Charlie Brown

More beautiful animation…

7. Arthur Christmas

8. Elliot: Littlest Reindeer

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, Elliot has three days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a place in Santa’s team. Meanwhile, his best friend Hazel discovers that back at the farm, their friends’ lives are in danger. Elliot has to choose – will he save Christmas, or his friends? Can he possibly do both?

Best Christmas Movies of the 80’s and 90’s!


2.Home Alone

Would it even be Christmas without Kevin McCallister?

3. Jingle All the Way

4. The Santa Clause

Three unconventional choices we adore;

1. Gremlins

2. Edward Scissor Hands

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Some Festive Romance…

1.The Holiday

Hands-down my favourite festive romantic comedy!

Mr. Perfect and I both really enjoyed these two – especially because they include two of our favourite actors. Ryan Reynolds and Sarah Jessica Parker.

2. Just Friends

3. The Family Stone

4. Love Actually

5. While You Were Sleeping

6. You’ve Got Mail

Christmas comedies for extra cheer

1. Deck the Halls

2. Fred Claus

A peek into Santa’s family life…

3. Christmas with the Kranks

And if your Mr. Perfect has the same humour as mine… 

4. The Night Before (But I need to warn you, this one is very naughty!)

Top Christmas Movies on Netflix

1. The Christmas Chronicles

Our number one Netflix pick! The Christmas Chronicles includes everything you want a good Santa movie to have… Music, magic, adventure, cute elves and even Santa is a little naughty. It’s just good fun and Mrs. Claus’s appearance, right at the end made it even better!  

We can’t wait for the sequel releasing November 25th.

2. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

3. Jack Frost

AMUST SEE Christmas movie poking fun at the “silliness” of the season is;

1. Four Christmases

A great family comedy the little ones especially enjoy…

1. Elf

Beautiful animations for the entire family include;

1. Angela’s Christmas

2. The Polar Express

3. Rise of the Guardians

4. Shrek deck the halls

5. Klaus

Netflix originals overflowing with all the corny charms of the season… 

1. A Christmas Prince (This one even has a sequel to enjoy and a 3rd)

2. Christmas Wedding Planner

3. Let it Snow

4. The Princess Switch

5. The Holiday calendar

6. Holiday in the Wild

7. The Knight Before Christmas

8. Surviving Christmas with the Relatives

9. Holidate

10. Operation Christmas Drop

11. Dash & Lily

New movie releases to add to your list of Christmas Movies for this year…

We aren’t sure yet… Netflix has a long list of features releasing over the next few weeks and I’m also still trying to figure out how to watch Noelle. (Any fellow Anna Kendrick fans that might be able to help, please let me know.)

Did I leave any good must-see movie out? Let me know in a comment below.

Christmas Movie List 2020

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  1. Lauren Hogarty

    The holiday is also one of my favourites! And I want to try some of the rom coms on this list too. Growing up we LOVED seven brides for seven brothers!

    • Mari-Louise

      I totally forgot about that one. Must watch it again.

  2. Anmar

    My Favorite so far is definitely the christmas chronicles!

    • Mari-Louise

      We all really enjoyed it too, such fun.

  3. Nomsa

    Edward Scissorhands is one of my all time favorite 🙂

  4. Tiyana

    Home Alone is by far my favorite festive movie every year.

  5. Bianca Balutto

    Bad Santa

  6. Elisabeth Meyer

    The Elf is our favourite!!

  7. Erika

    Home Alone is a funny holiday favourite!

  8. Tharina Laas

    Home Alone
    Christmas with Dennis the Menace
    Santa Clause 1 and 2
    Nikko the Reindeer

    This is super movies for us to watch

    But at this stage any movie with Kersvader is a must for my lil girl

  9. Michelle Graham

    Father of the bride

  10. Nienke

    Ons gunsteling fliek is die Nutcracker!

  11. Elri

    “The Holiday”… I’ve always believed that good things come from traveling ?

  12. Thanusha

    My favourite is the Harry Potter series♥️ It used always be released near Christmas. Such fond memories

  13. Julie Jones

    I love “Love Actually” too! Holding thumbs ?


    I love what you guys tend to be up too. This kind
    of clever work and exposure! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve included you
    guys to my personal blogroll.

    • Mari-Louise

      Thank you so much. This blog my 4th child. Hopefully, the passion we have for family and motherhood shines here.

  15. Christel

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the highest quality blogs on the net.
    I am going to highly recommend this website!

    • Mari-Louise

      Thank you so much Christel, that means the world to us. x

  16. Tanya van Rensburg

    Love Actually is my favourite! Followed closely by The Holiday and Home Alone


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