Post-Christmas blues? Not this year! While some people think that Christmas ends at midnight on the 25th December, we think that the fun is only just beginning, with the start of the 12 days of Christmas. So if you want to keep the party going well into the New Year, here are 12 fabulous festive films to watch every day, right through from Christmas to 5th January, for fantastic entertainment that keeps on giving:
Enjoy a bit of Christmas magic with The Polar Express; a movie that’s just as mesmerising as it is creepy (come on, a computer animated Tom Hanks? It’s unsettling!). There’s nothing that will reaffirm your belief in the magic of Christmas quite like this enchanting and mystical train journey to the North Pole.
Santa Claus: The Movie is yet another Christmas film filled with magic… but this time the magic is the fact that John Lithgow doesn’t seem to have aged in the 32 years since this movie was made! This is a brilliant chance to watch some classic performances by Lithgow and Dudley Moore; an amazing team.
Relatives finally starting to leave after the holidays? Why not see just how bad it could have been by sitting down to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. A true classic starring the King of physical comedy — Chevy Chase — this is one movie that will have you belly laughing from start to finish.
While Planes, Trains, and Automobiles isn’t technically a Christmas film, set during American Thanksgiving, it’s still one of the best movies to enjoy over the festive season. The relationship between busy salesman Steve Martin and lovable slob John Candy is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts.
If your Christmas wasn’t quite as magical as you’d hoped, don’t panic! In Bruges will sort you out. While the hitman storyline might not exactly be bursting with festive cheer, shots of the beautiful Belgian city are truly captivating. And as they say in the movie itself: “It’s like a f***ing fairytale or something”.
Tired of being good all the time? Add a bit of naughtiness to your Christmas with Bad Santa; possibly one of the rudest and crudest festive films of all time. With lots of laughs, plenty of cheek, and a top class final live performance by the one and only John Ritter, this is an adult-only movie that really shines.
Long before George Clooney came Frank Sinatra; the original Danny Ocean. The 1960 team planned an elaborate New Year’s heist, making sure the 5 casinos on their hit list were packed full of cash. If you’ve got no party plans this New Year, join the Las Vegas revellers on screen for a New Year like no other.
Feeling sad you didn’t book that New Year cruise? Well, this movie will change your mind! Poseidon, an epic disaster film set on the high seas at New Year, is jam packed with awesome visual effects, a remarkably decent storyline, and one monstrous rogue wave that’s threatening the passengers.
If the kids are about to head back to school, give them one last moment of magic with The Muppet Christmas Carol. Starring all your muppet favourites, from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Gonzo and Rizzo, this movie tells the classic story of Scrooge from a puppet perspective (there’s even some singing veggies!).
10: Die Hard (1988)
If you’ve not yet gone back to the office, why not spend a nice relaxing day with one of the most violent Christmas movies ever made: Die Hard. Starring Bruce Willis and the late, great Alan Rickman, Christmas party hostage situations have never been so sexy! There’s 4 sequels to get through, too. Yippee Ki Yay!
11: Gremlins (1984)
Already thinking about next Christmas? How about a Mogwai? After all, Randall Peltzer thought it was the perfect present for his son, Billy. Although gremlins are mischievous to say the least, who can forget the cuteness of Gizmo wearing the Santa hat? Adorbs! Just remember… never feed them after midnight!
12: Frozen (2013)
For the last official day of Christmas, it’s time for a true feel-good movie that’s festive, fun, and really gets you in the mood for summer… which will be here before you know it. Number 12 on our list is Frozen; a magical Disney tale that sees a harsh winter transformed into a glorious, sunny season.