7 Christmas Films We Love (Actually) Watching Circa Now

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The holidays feel so close that we can practically touch them, which officially makes this the most magical time of the year. Whether it’s the promise of a fresh start with New Year’s Eve, all those festive parties, quality time with family and friends, or the twinkling lights hanging everywhere, the cheer in the air is contagious. In honor of all this merriment, Savoir Flair reveals the seven Christmas films that we’re watching and rewatching – from romantic comedies to, well, more romantic comedies. Is there anything better than the sight of Hugh Grant dancing?

1

Love Actually

Love Actually is what Decembers are made of. It’s sentimental and witty, and brings with it a touch of actual magic, courtesy of Hugh Grant’s memorable lead performance. And while we’re on the subject, here’s a bit of trivia for you: all that airport footage at the end was filmed using hidden cameras at Heathrow Airport.

Watch it here.

2

The Holiday

The Holiday has so much going for it – Jude Law, for starters, as well as exotic locales and plenty of romance – making it an easy choice for the season. We’re also obsessed with the impossibly chic winter wardrobe of Amanda, played by none other than Cameron Diaz.

Watch it here.

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3

Sleepless in Seattle

This 90s classic starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan centers on a single Christmas wish. It’s touching and charming, making it to perfect movie to unwind with this month. This Nora Ephron masterpiece may not be considered a traditional Christmas film, but it’s certainly the definitive romcom of the 90s.

Watch it here.

4

Elf

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a boy who has been raised by Santa’s elves in the North Pole. Our vote for the funniest festive movie ever made, it delivers hilarious, heart-warming lines like: “I planned out our whole day. First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”

Watch it here.

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5

Home Alone

This beloved cult classic tells the story of eight-year-old Kevin (played by Macaulay Culkin) who is left behind as his family rushes off for their Christmas vacation. The movie is a must-watch for its action, sweet family sentiments, and – of course – all the cool stuff Kevin gets to do without his mom and dad around.

Watch it here.

6

Office Christmas Party

Debauchery at its finest dominates Office Christmas Party though and through, making it a proper guilty pleasure. This hilarious comedy depicts Jennifer Aniston and T. J. Miller as feuding siblings, the latter of whom is determined to throw an epic Christmas party – rather “a non-denominational holiday mixer” – in order to land a big client and prove his sister wrong.

Watch it here.

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7

The Family Stone

For starters, we’ll watch just about anything starring Diane Keaton – no, really. Anything. This comedy-drama sees Sarah Jessica Parker play Meredith, an uptight businesswoman spending Christmas at her boyfriend’s house and realizing that she is completely out of place in the family – and in love with the wrong man.

Watch it here.

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