20 Romantic Christmas Movies To Get You Into The Holiday Spirit
Christmas is coming! And what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching Christmas movies?
We LOVE Christmas. But I think we love Christmas movies as well. See, maybe, one of the very best things about Christmas is the build-up. We love picking out a tree, decorating the house, listening to Christmas music, reflecting on the meaning of Christmas, getting together with our loved ones and, of course, watching Christmas movies. After all, Christmas is a time for doing things together, and there is something magical about a seasonal romance movie.
So, check out our list and prepare your snacks. Get comfy, light the fire and snuggle up to your man. Stay warm and in love this holiday season with these 20 romantic Christmas movies that will get you into the holiday spirit.
Let It Snow
Okay, so not everyone is a big fan of Candace Cameron Bure, but Let It Snow is a modern classic. Made in 2013, it’s a joyously romantic Christmas movie that will make you fall in love over and over again.
If you haven’t already seen it, put this one at the top of your list. Starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, we don’t think there has been a better Christmas romance movie.
Okay, so Groundhog Day is actually set in February, but it’s still a seasonal romance film. We mean, there is snow, laughter, romance – and Mr Christmas, Bill Murray himself! What more could you want? Groundhog Day is a barrel of laughs that offers up a loving message that will make you feel oh so warm. Basically, a grumpy, vain, arrogant weatherman think he is above his colleagues at the small-time TV station he works for. But when reporting on the so-called “groundhog day” in an obscure town, he and his crew get trapped there overnight due to a blizzard. Except that our hero gets trapped there for several nights, repeating the same day over and over again until he realises that love matters more than anything else in this world. It’s a magical realism film that never borders on the overly fantastical, largely due to Bill Murray’s deadpan humour. It’s warm-hearted and the laughs come as thick and fast as heavy snow.
I think I like Santa Baby because Jim Carey’s ex-wife Jenny McCarthy is in it. And she looks absolutely stunning. Shot in 2006, Santa Claus probably couldn’t believe his look when a leggy, blonde former model turned up wearing his suit.
The Christmas Ornament
2013 was clearly a good year for romantic Christmas movies, as we also got The Christmas Ornament. It kinda verges on being more of a tragic love story than an out-and-out classic romance film that’s gonna warm your heart, but there are plenty of tearful moments, where you’ll need your man to hold you tight.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Like Groundhog Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is not strictly a Christmas movie at it’s set during the build-up to Thanksgiving. But since many of us already have our trees up by the time we carve our Thanksgiving turkey, you can forgive us for including this one. And it IS one of the most romantic Christmas movies ever. It follows the escapades of salesman Neil Page who has only a short while to catch a flight home after work, so that he can be reunited with his family who he loves. While he makes it t the airport on time – just – his journey home is anyway blockaded by heavy snow which has left his connecting flight grounded. But it’s okay, because he met a new friend on the plane – chatterbox, self-absorbed Del Griffiths who won’t love his sight. Comic hijinks ensue. While our hero is desperately trying to get home to see his beautiful wife and kids, his new friend – who thinks he’s got a buddy for life – takes him on the detour of a lifetime. Ultimately, this film about both romance and friendship will melt your heart with a killer ending that is supplemented by one of the most heart-wrenching songs ever.
If you love Christmas trees (and, really, who doesn’t?) you’ll probably love Fir Crazy, another one of 2013 romantic Christmas movies about a Christmas tree seller who isn’t feeling too very festive this year. In fact, she doesn’t even want to be selling the trees. That is until a certain charming repeat customer enters her life to bring her some much-needed romance. So sweet!
Okay, so the title is a bit cheesy, but aren’t most of the best romantic Christmas movies a bit of a cheese-fest? Either way, this adorable film from 2012 is pure escapism. Set in the cutest town you’ll ever see in movie land, you’ll want to live inside it. It’s just perfect for those nights during the holidays when everything is going well in life and you want to top off an awesome day with a romantic movie
The Shop Around The Corner
The Shop Around The Corner is an old film (it’s in black and white), but have you ever noticed how cute and romantic old movies are? They’re so lovely! The Shop Around The Corner is as indulgent as a box of chocolates on a frosty winter evening. It tells the story of two department store employees, a man and a woman, who are constantly bickering. He can’t stand her, and she despises him. Yet they both have pen pals whom they have each fallen madly in love with. On Christmas Eve, the man and the woman are asked to work late to decorate the shop window. But both need to leave early, presumably because they’re each meeting with their date (their pen pal who they’ve never met). You can only imagine what happens next … (and no, it’s not as simplistic as you might assume – after all, nothing ever is!). I’ve rarely seen a Christmas film make me feel as giddy as The Shop Around The Corner. The fact that most of it takes place in a small department store somehow makes it even more festive, as for me department stores are a big part of Christmas. It might be an obscure choice if you’ve never heard of it before or rarely watch old movies, but trust me – you won’t be disappointed, it’s one of amazing romantic Christmas movies!
12 Dates Of Christmas
Ever wondered what it would be like to experience Christmas Eve over and over again? Watch this film to find out exactly what it would be like! Okay, so in terms of quality it’s not quite as good as Groundhog Day, despite sharing a similar theme. But it’s just as magical and just as romantic.
You tend to find a lot of long-forgotten pop stars in made-for-TV Christmas romance movies, and in Snow Globe Christina Milian does the honours. In this syrupy sweet, romantic Christmas movie, Christina stars as young woman who loves the holidays so much that she finds herself trapped in a snow globe. Isn’t that every girl’s dream? Or just mine?
A Christmas Princess
How you feel about this film might depend on how you feel about Roger Moore, an ageing actor who once played James Bond. He’s pretty good in this, where he stars as a moody old king who despises the holidays. So along comes a nubile American wrench who melts his heart.
It’s got a bit of an odd title, but it has all the power to get you into the holiday spirit. Although the formula is nothing new (uptight girl is won over by an easygoing guy), the film has some great dialogue, a few laughs, and plenty of festive romance to make it worth a watch.
Angels Sing was only released last year, so it’s still one of fresh romantic Christmas movies. The story centres on a girl who is faced with a tough decision that will have life-changing consequences. However, a mysterious person comes along to give her some help.
Will Ferrel stars as a giant, “human elf” in a wacky Christmas movie where he spends most of of the 90 minutes trying to convince a selfish publisher that he is his son. “It’s Buddy! Your son!” “Is this a joke?” Does this sound like a romantic Christmas movie to you? Probably not. But it is. See, Buddy the Elf really is a human who was mistakenly raised as an elf in the North Pole. Early on in the movie, he is sent back to New York to find his real dad who, it turns out, never even knew his ex-partner had given birth to Buddy. He’s also now happily married with another son. But besides trying to convince his “dad” that he is his son, the clumsy but good-hearted Buddy falls in love with a girl dressed as an elf (played by the lovely Zooey Deschanel) who is working over Christmas at a department store in NYC. Somehow – and we are not entirely sure how – she falls in love with Buddy, too. It’s a remarkable film that is at-times hilarious, and which shows that love must always win at Christmas time. It also reminds us that, when we least expect them, miracles do happen. Also, it stars Will Ferrel prancing around in an elf suit. Really, what more could you want??
Christmas At Cartwrights
This delightful Christmas tale about a single mother who s struggling to make ends meet and give her daughter a fab Christmas is one of our favourite romantic Christmas movies. It’s one of those against all odds stories, but it’s told so well and with such playful humour that you can’t help but feel so in love with life by the time it’s finished. Wonderful!
It’s A Wonderful Life
For many, It’s A Wonderful Life is the quintessential Christmas film. Which is why it’s all the more weird to think that it was a total box office flop when it was first released! Like The Shop Around The Corner, It’s A Wonderful Life is an old black and white movie. But don’t let that put you off. If anything, the fact that it’s black and white just makes it more atmospheric, festive and romantic. The story focuses on an ambitious man called George Bailey, who has a nervous breakdown when his family and professional life all become too much him to handle. Things get so bad that on Christmas Eve, he tells an “angel” that he wished he hadn’t been born. Like all good angels, this one grants George his wish and puff! we and him get to see what life in his town would have been like had he never been born. It’s a pretty scary and maddening sight, and reminds George how much he loves his wife, and that the power of love can help us to overcome all obstacles. It is, however, a rather long film, so make sure to watch it on a night when you’re both not too tired. Also, make sure you schedule tea or coffee breaks!
Finding Christmas is a whole lot newer than It’s A Wonderful Life, so if you don’t fancy watching a black and white movie, you could check this one out. It’s a bit like The Holiday, and involves two people who unwillingly find lover over Christmas when they’re not even looking for it.
Christmas With Holly
This movie about a mute six-year-old girl who hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death will seriously melt your heart. Despite the bleak subject matter, it has a positive ending and reminds us of how important family is.
A Golden Christmas
Lastly, A Golden Christmas is a warm romantic Christmas movie about a widowed lawyer who needs a fresh start. But when the old family home she wants to move back into has already been sold, romance blossoms in the most unlikeliest of places.
What are your favorite Christmas movies?