Top 10 feel-good Christmas films!

By on December 15th, 2021


The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to put aside our differences, and come together over the festive period. And, that does include movies!

Christmas isn’t Christmas without certain classic Christmas films. There are so many out there, it can be tough to choose which ones to watch. So, to save you a job, we’ve rounded up our ultimate list of the best ever Christmas. Now all you need is a duvet, a few mince pies and a glass of mulled wine.

Arthur Christmas

Santa does the unthinkable and forgets to deliver a gift to a child on Christmas Eve!

His youngest son, Arthur, must make the delivery before dawn. This festive animation has British humour from the Wallace and Gromit team, making this a touching watch for everyone.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You better watch out the Grinch is on a mission to steal Christmas. There is just one thing getting in his way…

A young girl from Whosville Cindy Lou, is determined to change the Grinch’s mind on Christmas.

Home Alone

Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight!

Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, , Kevin has to fend for himself over the holiday season. While initially relishing time by himself, he is later greeted by two burglars, Harry and Marv.

The Holiday

Ever wanted to swap lives with someone just for a little while? Two women, one from America and one from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. In true Christmas style, they both find themselves falling in love, with their return home imminent, it may be the end of their festive romance.


This hilarious but heart-warming Will Farrell classic follows the story of Buddy, a human man raised by Santa’s elves in the North Pole, who travels to New York City to find his biological father. Buddy finds himself on a journey, not only looking for his father, but also on a mission to spread Christmas spirit in the Big Apple.


This 2009 British Christmas musical comedy film follows the story of a teacher who has lost his Christmas spirit, has been given the task of recreating the story of Jesus Christ’s birth with a little help from the teaching assistant, Mr Poppy. First of a trilogy, so you can really settle in for a few hours on Boxing Day!

A Christmas Carol

Originally wrote over 170 years ago by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of its former business partner, Jacob Marley. Soon following are the ghost of Christmas past, present and future, who have all come to haunt Scrooge, and offer him a second chance to rectify his mistakes, but will he do it?

Polar Express

One child has stopped believing in Santa. Until one Christmas Eve the Polar Express arrives to take these children on an extraordinary journey to a place no one has been before, the North Pole!

Miracle on 34th Street

They say that seeing is believing. Santa finds himself on a mission to make people believe he is the real Santa. With the help of a young girl, Susan, and her mother, along with the support of a lawyer, they must convince a jury in New York City.

The Christmas Chronicles

Siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick.

Feel free to use the cinema rooms that are available at some of our Downing students’ accommodations to watch these Christmas classics. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @downing_students when you do!

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