WYLDE MOON’s 20 must-watch Christmas films


14 Dec, 2023 | Home & Lifestyle

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Words by Issy Bedford-Davies

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It’s a sure sign that Christmas has started when you can make time to snuggle down and watch your favourite mood-boosting movie.

Part of the magic of Christmas is the traditions we share with family and friends. Songs we could sing in our sleep; obligatory matching PJ’s; snuggles on the sofa with a Baileys (hot chocolate for the kids); sharing a celebratory prosecco with the girls…even the smell of your favourite Christmas fragrance.

In fact, the cosy, nostalgic warmth of a childhood Christmas memory inspired our best-selling wax melt (borrowed from) Christmas 1985 with its captivating aromas of citrus and cinnamon.

At WYLDE MOON HQ, we’re all in agreement that one of the best things about getting Christmas ready is the guilt-free enjoyment of settling down to watch your favourite seasonal movie. It really doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it before.

Here’s a list of our favourites. Some are new, some old, some you’ve probably seen a hundred times and some you’ve maybe not yet had the pleasure!

Happy watching!

1. The Holiday

The Holiday came top of a lot of our lists! It’s a romantic, feel-good film that encapsulates that cosy Christmas feeling. It pulls on your heart strings, has you laughing out loud…and even makes you want to book a flight somewhere to live out your rom-com dreams. What’s not to love?!

2. Klaus

One of the more modern picks but an absolute-must watch for any age as it’s certainly not just for the kids. A heart-warming take on the story of how Father Christmas came to be. Pure genius!

3. It’s a Wonderful Life

A Christmas classic. Keep the tissues on hand for this one as it’s a tear-jerker. It’s a beautiful reminder of just how important each and every one of us is.

4. Home Alone

Who doesn’t love Home Alone?! This film is filled with Christmas mischief and a large dose of 90’s nostalgia. If this isn’t already on your Christmas watch list, it needs to be.

5. A Christmas Carol


There are so many versions from cartoons, Muppets, black and white classics and musicals. The Christmas film that even Scrooge would like. Take your pick.

6. Santa Claus the movie

A Christmas time staple without being sickly. One of those films you would have watched growing up and you then can watch again with your kids and love it just as much. 

7. Krampus

*Warning, for adults only*

If you’re a horror fan, this is a Christmas horror for you. With just the right amount of scary. It has a great message and surprisingly, it’ll make you laugh even when you know you shouldn’t. 

8. Gremlins

*Warning, for adults only*

Another one for anyone looking for a scarier Christmas alternative. Gremlins offers the perfect combination of horror and comedy. This may surprise you as it becomes one of your watch-every-year films.

9. Die Hard

There seems to be an ongoing debate to whether this is a Christmas film, and in our eyes, it is. If you’re looking to start your festive film watching off with a bang, this would be the perfect film.

10. White Christmas

A Christmas musical filled with snow, shows and romance. Adored by many and once you watch it, you’ll know why. It’s not Christmas without it.

11. Love Actually

“Say it’s Carol Singers…” 


To us, Love Actually is perfect! It’s the perfect mix of naughty and nice, that will have you laughing, crying and rooting for love conquers all.

12. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

This may not be your first thought when it comes to Christmas films, but this heart-warming family adventure is a sure way to capture the magic this time of year brings.

13. The Nightmare before Christmas

Tim Burton strikes again with a ‘Halloween meets Christmas’ classic. A beautiful film for all ages with a great soundtrack and you can’t help but appreciate the artistry that goes into this film.

14. Bridget Jones Diary

Grab your, *now fashionable* Christmas Jumpers, your biggest knickers and the popcorn. Bridget Jones is the classic feel-good rom-com that you can throw on and everyone enjoys.

15. Arthur Christmas

This film is so sweet, without being sickly. It is hilarious even as an adult, and just as good every time you watch it. Great for Families.

16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Christmas just wouldn’t feel complete without the annual Harry Potter marathon! They are the perfect films to dive into between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is and have chocolates to finish!

17. The Grinch

Another movie that deserves the title: ‘It wouldn’t be Christmas without this film.’ The classic or the modern version of The Grinch are both equally watchable in our eyes. We’re sure you won’t “Hate, hate, hate, double hate, loathe entirely,” this film.

18. Polar Express

This ticks all the Christmas boxes and is full of festive magic. It’s an enchanting film to watch with its beautiful animation. A great family option for a Christmas Eve.

19. The Christmas Chronicles

This is not just another clichéd Christmas film. It’s packed with emotion and a great story line. If you’re looking for something that isn’t a classic, give this a go.

20. Elf

Twenty years old this year and still totally brilliant! Laugh out loud and guaranteed to make you smile. Don’t miss the best life rule from Buddy, ’Treat every day like Christmas.’

Tell us your favourite Christmas films on our socials @wyldemoon.

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