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Netflix has released its list of the very best Christmas movies on the planet (actually, just the best Christmas movies on Netflix).

While we totally agree with some of the contenders on the streaming mega site's list, there are quite a few other festive films that we think deserve a mention.

We've officially taken the hassle out of the 'so what will we watch tonight' dilemma, by putting together a countdown of our favourite festive flicks.

10. A Very Murray Christmas

This Netflix Original Christmas special graced our screens in 2015.

If you're looking for something a little less traditional, then this gem is for you. Featuring huge celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock and Michael Cera, this comedy special-turned-musical is well worth a watch.

9. Harry Potter and the…

If the Big Big Movie on RTÉ isn't a Harry Potter in the run up to Christmas, is it even Christmas?

There is absolutely nothing better than snuggling up on the couch, hot chocolate (or wine) in hand, to watch these magical classics.

While they are not exactly Christmas-themed, what better time of year to binge watch some wizardry than the Christmas holidays?

8. The Grinch


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An obvious contender, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a complete classic.

Starring comedy veteran Jim Carrey as the Grinch, and a very young Taylor Momsen (remember her from Gossip Girl?), this fantasy Christmas film is crazy, sometimes dark, and altogether amazing. Dr Seuss' remarkable ability to create an incomparable world of fantasy is apparent in The Grinch like no other.

 7. While You Were Sleeping


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While You Were Sleeping is easily one of the best romantic movies around, even if it is a little dark for a festive film.

Lucy (Sandra Bullock), falls in love with Peter (Peter Gallagher), while working as transit fare collector in Chicago. Peter is a daily traveller on Lucy's train platform, and one Christmas, while worshipping him from afar, Peter is robbed and shoved onto the tracks.

Lucy saves him from a train, but Peter falls into a coma. A MAJOR mix-up at the hospital leads to Peter's family mistaking Lucy for his fiancée, and his imminent memory loss and saucy brother make things even more interesting.

6. Miracle on 34th Street

The epitome of a Christmas classic, A Miracle on 34th Street might be a sappy one, but it's a great kind of sappy.

Starting with a drunk Santa (could it have inspired movie number 10 on our list?), and culminating with buckets of good will and festive cheer, it's hard not to love.

5. The Holiday

Another Christmas rom-com, this blockbuster features a star-studded cast including Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law (swoon).

While the Jude Law factor alone is reason enough to watch, two hilarious and poignant romances unfold, as Amanda (Diaz) and Iris (Winslet) swap their homes for the other in a transatlantic transaction that leads to love.

4. Christmas with the Kranks


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Luther, played by Tim Allen; and Nora Krank, played by Jamie-Lee Curtis, decide to skip Christmas this year and go on a cruise.

Their daughter, Blair, has flown the nest and won't make it home, so the usually festive family decide to forego Christmas altogether.

This doesn't go down well with their neighbours, who want to win the town award for best neighbourhood decorations. Expect a laugh a minute from this famous flick.

3. Home Alone

This '90s comedy classic is essential, come Christmas time.

With a cameo appearance from US President-elect Donald Trump, this amazing movie isn't the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time at the North American box office for nothing.

2. The Santa Clause


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Apparently it's a requirement to have Tim Allen as the lead if you want your Christmas film to be a success.

In this heartwarming tale from 1994, Allen plays Scott Calvin, who (spoiler alert) must become the new Santa Clause after accidentally killing the old model, while also convincing his loved ones that his transformation is a reality and not a delusion.

This film also deals with the difficulties of joint custody all while maintaining that certain 'je ne sais quoi' that all of the very best Christmas movies offer.

1. Love, Actually

We have to agree with Netflix on this one; Love, Actually has got to be the best Christmas movie ever.

Intertwining the lives of multiple characters, we dare you not to get emotionally invested in the highs and lows, dismays and triumphs, of this absolute classic.


Home Alone has got to be one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. It’s a must watch once December rolls around (and when Film 4 screen it during the summer)

The Macaulay Culkin classic was first released in 1990 and has remained one of the most-watched Christmas movies since it’s original release. 

30 years on from it’s debut, Disney are set to reboot the beloved Christmas movie.

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According to Deadline, Disney’s streaming service Disney + is set to feature a Home Alone reboot.

Disney’s Bob Iger said the reboot will be reimagined for a new generation, but we can’t help but feel like the original is perfect the way it is.

Don’t fix something that isn’t broken, right?

The company is also set to reboot Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Cheaper by the Dozen and Night at the Museum.

Disney has not yet revealed when the movie will be released or any details about the plot so we’ll have to wait and see how this one unfolds.

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Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019.

Disney’s recent live-action remakes of The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast was incredibly impressive so we’ll just have to hope they don’t tarnish the magic of the Chris Columbus and John Hughes movie.


ODEON and Pigsback.com have partnered up yet again to bring another classic film to the big screen.

On Thursday, December 20 at 6.30pm, ODEON Cinemas Nationwide will screen the iconic Christmas classic, Love Actually.  

With a star-studded ensemble cast of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and the late Alan Rickman – this is a Christmas favourite for all the family and one you do not want to miss!

For only €15, this package deal includes a cinema ticket, popcorn combo (medium combo with a dispensed soft drink or bottle of water) and one small tub of ice cream. A saving of €9.25! – Tickets are limited so get booking at Pigsback.com

Love Actually hit the silver screen in November 2003, and gained immediate critical acclaim and huge box office success. This unique romantic comedy has become a festive favourite with many turning to it every Christmas to mark the season.

Paul Wren, Commercial Manager for ODEON cinemas said, “After screening previous cult classics in partnership with Pigsback.com, Love Actually was the natural choice to mark the festive season. With so many memorable scenes and quotes – this film deserves another Christmas run. We are delighted to give guests the opportunity to share the magic of this festive favourite on the big screen at ODEON.”

What better way to get into the festive spirit than seeing Hugh Grant shimmy around No.10 Downing Street.


OK, so we have to admit that we're over the excitement surrounding the revival of the Gilmore Girls.

The lead up to the Netflix series was brilliant, and the four episodes were fun to watch.

However, the ending kinda confused everyone, because there were so many unanswered questions.

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But, we got over it and moved on.

And so did most of the cast too, with Scott Patterson moving on to create his own coffee, and Alex Bledel becoming a stand-out star in The Handmaid's Tale.

But, it seems like the Gilmore Girl journey isn't over for one actress, as Lauren Graham has opened up about reviving it… again.

While speaking on the TV Line podcast, Lauren revealed that she wants to do a… wait for it… Christmas movie.

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“To me, what would be a great next step – whenever it is, five years, ten years – would be a Christmas movie," she told the podcast hosts.

We're not entirely sure how we feel about this, but if it were to happen, we definitely want some answers (like, *spoiler alert* WHO is Rory's baby daddy?!).

With Alex signed up to be a series regular on the second season of The Handmaid's Tale, we'd say it might be a while until any Gilmore Girl talks spark back up again.