11 movies that are practically Christmas tradition to watch this time of year

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There's nothing better than sitting down to a good movie and letting your tummy work away on that food baby. Here are the Young Post team's pick of the best Christmas movies to binge this holiday season. Tell us your favourite in a comment below!

Love Actually

You've got drama, romantic love, family love, epic "rich boy falls in love with poor girl" love, one-sided love, lots of snow ... and an amaaazing cameo by Rowan Atkinson as the best salesperson to have ever existed.

Home Alone

Because it's fun to see all the fun and, on reflection, downright dangerous pranks Kevin McCallister pulls on Marv and Harry. And if nothing else, it's worth it for the part where he tells the pizza delivery man to "keep the change, ya filthy animal".

The Grinch

This film proves that everyone can learn to love Christmas, even those who have a heart that is two sizes too small

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Okay, so this is technically not a Christmas film, but we'd argue it's not just for Halloween either. Who can resist Tim Burton's CLASSIC about the Pumpkin King's wish to share a little of all the joy that Christmas can bring?

The Gingerdead Man

Celebrate the most sinister of baked treats this Christmas with the first and best in the unhinged Gingerdead series. The titular felon is a giant, murderous gingerbread man who is baked using cinnamon and the ashes of a serial killer.


Scary, yet also weirdly comforting and familiar at this time of year, Gremlins is a family fantasy film gone wild. A boy is given a cute and furry creature called Gizmo, with the strict instructions not to feed it after midnight. Obviously things go wrong, and you have the killer reptilian Gremlins on the rampage.

It's a Wonderful Life

We can all relate to George Bailey, who thinks his life is so terrible that he contemplates suicide. Christmas, more than any other time of year, reminds us that there are always people who will be there to care for, love and appreciate us, even when it seems like all hope is lost.

Miracle on 34th Street

Santa has to convince everyone that he really is Santa. This is a classic and always challenges our inner child to ask, but what if he really IS real...?

The Holiday

Two girls having guy problems swap lives in this light-hearted rom com. With the all-star cast of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law, it was bound to be a sucess. Just like Christmas is the perfect time to stop and forget about reality, this film offers the perfect escape from real life.

The Muppets a Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a winter classic - if you haven't seen this puppet version of the Charles Dickens story, then you haven't REALLY experienced the tale - or Christmas. The story is almost the same as the original, with a miserly Scrooge hating on the festive cheer, and the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come arriving to change his mind - but there are a few good old Muppet twists. Who doesn't love Miss Piggy's turn as Mrs Cratchit?!

Father Christmas

Raymond Briggs' 1982 animated movie is a wordless, beautifully illustrated classic that only the stone-hearted will not cry over. It is a story of friendship and love, and utterly Christmassy, but the end is heart-wrenching. The author's Father Christmas, however, features the same detailed drawing, but is hilarious. It tells the story of what Jolly Old St Nick gets up to on the 364 days that he's not delivering gifts.