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From Love Actually to Home Alone and The Polar Express to The Grinch: These are eight of the best Christmas films as picked by the Suffolk News team



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Scrolling through streaming platforms to find a festive movie can be overwhelming as there's literally hundreds to choose from.

So the Suffolk News team have compiled a list of all our favourites to help you choose what to watch this Christmas.

Here's eight of our top picks and which streaming services you can find them on:

Kirsty Barrott, Reporter - Love Actually

I’ve honestly lost count of the number of times I have watched the 2003 Richard Curtis classic Love Actually.

The plot follows eight stories that are connected in various ways by love.

Every year I sit down to wrap my Christmas presents whilst this festive classic plays in the background, though I am always glued to the telly during THAT scene with Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson - if you’ve seen the film you’ll know what I mean, honestly how could he do that?!

Though it is at times a light-hearted feel good film, some tricky topics that often go unmentioned from typical festive films are covered in this classic, such as finding love after loss and mental illness.

Whilst some scenes may have you reaching for the remote if you are watching it with an older family member, for me, Christmas only begins once Love Actually is on the screen.

Love Actually is currently streaming on Netflix and Prime Video

Sam Walker, Reporter - Home Alone

Home Alone has got to be the best Christmas film.

It's got everything you need - good music, great casting, and some smashing one-liners.

And who could forget the Booby Traps scene.

Reporter Sam Walker's favourite Christmas film is Home Alone
Reporter Sam Walker's favourite Christmas film is Home Alone

A classic.

Home Alone is currently streaming on Disney+

Rebekah Chilvers, Senior Digital News Editor - The Muppet Christmas Carol

Whittling down my favourite Christmas films to just one is actually much harder than you'd expect - The Santa Clause, Love Actually and It's A Wonderful Life are all in my top five.

But The Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992 holds a special place in my heart and I physically can't have a festive season without watching it at least once.

You'd think, upon hearing my choice, that I'd probably first watched it as a child and I must be a huge fan of The Muppets, but you'd be wrong on both accounts.

Senior Digital News Editor Rebekah Chilvers with The Muppet Christmas Carol
Senior Digital News Editor Rebekah Chilvers with The Muppet Christmas Carol

The first time I ever saw Michael Caine as the cold and grumpy Scrooge coupled with Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit was actually in sixth form when we were winding down for Christmas.

And I had never really been bothered by The Muppets by that point (and haven't really been since).

But that particular mixture of puppets and live action, alongside magical story-telling, comedy moments and beautiful songs (One More Sleep 'til Christmas, Thankful Heart and When Love Is Found are standouts for sure) just can't be beaten.

The Muppet Christmas Carol is currently streaming on Disney+

Camille Berriman, Reporter - The Polar Express

This 2004 animation has quickly become a classic and it is certainly top of my favourite Christmas films list (closely followed by Die Hard).

It tells the tale of a young boy who sees a mysterious train bound for the North Pole stop outside his window on Christmas Eve.

He boards and experiences an adventure on the way to visit Santa Claus as he prepares for Christmas, before the conductor announces one of the train's young passengers will be chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas from Santa.

When a bell comes loose from one of the reindeer's reins the boy cannot hear it ring, until he becomes a believer. Santa lets him keep the bell and the boy puts it in his dressing gown pocket.

The CGI may now look a bit clunky and basic, but the story retains all its charm.

And it doesn't matter how many times I see The Polar Express, but I always keenly feel the boy's utter desolation when he realises he has lost the bell through a hole in his dressing gown pocket.

Then, with every watch I feel a rush of relief and shed a tear when the boy wakes on Christmas morning to find Santa has boxed up the bell with a note, and that - as one who truly believes - the boy can still hear the bell ring, even when he is an old man.

It's definitely a feel-good festive classic which ticks all the boxes. I can't wait to take my daughter on one of the 'Polar Express' Santa special trains at the Mid Norfolk Railway next Christmas, once she has watched the film with me.

The Polar Express is currently streaming on Now/Sky Movies

Kevin Hurst, Reporter - Die Hard

The argument about this absolute classic being festive has raged on since John McClane first turned up at Nakatomi Plaza in 1988.

We talked about it in the office the other day, but for me there is no question.

Yes, there are terrorists holding people hostage whilst trying to pull off a bank heist, with bloodshed and guns, but it’s set on Christmas Eve at a staff party.

Also, there are references to the holiday season throughout and the soundtrack includes Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow!, Christmas in Hollis, and Ode to Joy - even John McClane’s estranged wife in the film has a Christmas name, Holly.

It has action, like Home Alone, some comedy, like Love Actually and (spoiler alert) Bruce Willis saves the day and it even snows at the end… now what could be more Christmassy than that?

Die Hard is currently streaming on Disney+ and Prime Video

Paul Derrick, Head of Multimedia News - Laurel & Hardy: The Fixer Uppers

Laurel and Hardy are selling Christmas greeting cards door to door in their festive short film The Fixer Uppers.

"We have a number here which I think is one of Stanley's tenderest thoughts," says Ollie in one sales pitch. "Now, just listen to this: 'A merry Christmas, husband. Happy new year's nigh. I wish you Easter greetings. Hooray for the Fourth of July'. Now, we call that our 'four-in-one' card."

I've loved Stan and Ollie since I was little.

Laurel & Hardy: The Fixer Uppers DVD
Laurel & Hardy: The Fixer Uppers DVD

When my mam and dad worked late, my brother and I stayed at our grandparents and watched Laurel and Hardy films on a loop.

The 1935 short The Fixer Uppers is one of my favourites - I watch it nearly every Christmas.

As they sell their Christmas cards, the comedy duo stumble across a damsel in distress who fears her husband no longer loves her.

They hatch a plan to make him jealous with unintended consequences for Ollie.

Chaos ensues to hilarious effect with classic off-the-wall gags from the masters of the craft.

Other festive shorts from the pair include Laughing Gravy and Below Zero (all on the Christmas special DVD Deck the Halls with Stan and Ollie).

Check them out - timeless, uplifting and feelgood fun from two legends who have often been imitated but never bettered.

Ben Robinson, Reporter - The Holiday

Forget Love Actually and the debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas film, The Holiday is the best film for the festive season.

Covid has made most of us forget what a holiday abroad is like, so Kate Winslet’s lavish American lifestyle and Cameron Diaz’s slightly Americanised visit to England is perfect viewing.

The centrepiece of the plot and storyline that grips you is how they both find love, but for me, it is Arthur who steals the show. Played by the late Eli Wallach, he is the perfect depiction of a grandad and a caring old man.

For my family, The Holiday is a Christmas tradition and I am looking forward to it again this year.

The Holiday is currently streaming on Netflix and Prime Video

Kaia Nicholl - How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ to me more than watching Jim Carrey strut around in a huge hairy green suit and Santa hat, stealing children’s Christmas presents with a confused antler-wearing dog in tow.

Of course, I am talking about The Grinch which is not only one of my favourite Christmas films, but also entirely embodies the festive spirit for me.

There is something incredibly sentimental and nostalgic about the Grinch.

Reporter Kaia Nicholl with The Grinch
Reporter Kaia Nicholl with The Grinch

The Christmas-hating Scrooge-like character is angry, jaded and miserable after past Christmas-related trauma (think lots of green facial hair and a very sharp razor) but I still get a lump in my throat when he inevitably changes his ways and joins in with the yuletide spirit in the town of Whoville.

Heartwarming festive songs and lots of laughs make The Grinch my all time favourite festive film and watching it is a firm tradition in my household.

Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas is currently streaming on Now/Sky Movies

Are these your favourite festive films, or is another your number one? Let us know in the comments!