TOP PICKS: Get in the festive spirit with some stellar Christmas viewing.
TOP PICKS: Get in the festive spirit with some stellar Christmas viewing.

10 best Christmas movies to start watching now

ESCAPE the hot weather in Warwick this weekend by lounging in front of some festive Christmas movies.

Here are a few top picks that are fun for the whole family and sure to get you in the holiday mood before the big day.

1. Elf

He's cheery, he's festive but he's not like all the other Elves.

Will Farrell stars in this Christmas classic where a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is thrust into life in America.

2. Love Actually

A series of stories that all intertwine into one, Love Actually will warm your heart this festive season.

It's a lesson on love not always going to plan, but when it does it truly is something special.

3. The Santa Clause

There are three of these great movies in the series so the joy doesn't just stop after the first installment.

Tim Allen is magically transformed into Santa after a Christmas Eve mishap, giving a glimpse into what life is really like as the big man at the North Pole.

4. Home Alone

An eight-year-old is accidentally left at home by his family when they go on Christmas vacation, which proves to be an absolute blast.

But when Kevin discovers two burglars about to rob his house, it's all action stations to bring them to justice.

5. Arthur Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and the massive task of delivering presents to all the children in the world lies ahead.

Arthur Christmas reveals exactly how it's done, but after a present drops off the conveyor belt it becomes a race against the clock to save Christmas for a little girl.

6. The Holiday

Two women are fed up with life in their own location so they decide to swap places for the holidays.

One finds herself in a mansion and the other in a cute country cottage.

Friendships start to blossom in both places, which could turn into something more by the time the movie is through.

7. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Griswolds are preparing for a festive celebration but nothing ever seems to go to plan.

An unfortunate turkey incident and Christmas light mishap threaten to unravel all the best laid plans, so man of the family Clark must hold it together in the hopes of still making Christmas a success.

8. It's a Wonderful Life

It's an oldie but a goodie.

This Christmas tale was made in 1947 and follows the story of a frustrated businessman who had spent his whole life giving.

When he goes through a rough time and starts questioning it all, he is sent an angel from heaven and her mission is to show him what life would have been like if he never existed.

9. Die Hard

An NYPD cop goes on a Christmas holiday to visit his wife, but while they're at a Christmas party the whole building gets held up by robbers.

With no way to escape and no police in sight, John is forced to take matters into his own hands.

10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey stars in this giggle-worthy adaptation of the Dr Seuss book.

The nasty Grinch plans to steal Christmas, but not everything goes exactly to plan thanks to a little girl who offers him a friend.

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