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Editor’s Picks: the Christmas movies we’re streaming this holiday season

Can you feel the Christmas magic in the air?

As we jingle-jangle through the holiday season and start pulling out our Christmas decor, our appetite for Christmas movies seems to be through the roof. We can already hear the cheery musicals and Christmas carols playing on loop, and can’t help but crave to stream some Christmas movies to get into the holiday mood.

From the classics to the rom-com specials, we’ve asked our very own team what holiday movies they like to watch at this time of year. Here are all the Christmas movies you need to watch to get into the spirit of a holly jolly Christmas.

[Hero Image Credit: Holidate via Facebook; Featured Image Credit: Home Alone via Facebook]

Image Credit: Love Actually via Facebook

Love Actually

This isn’t just one of my favourite Christmas movies, but it is one of my favourite movies all around. There is so much to rave about here: I love the British humour, I adore Hugh Grant and Bill Nighy in their roles, and there’s just a fantastic awkwardness and lovability to so many of the sequences. Love Actually is my must-watch every December, and I still laugh at all the jokes, even when I can recite the script and sing all the songs on cue. I still want to bawl every time God Only Knows comes on during the Heathrow Airport scenes, and I’m still waiting for my boyfriend too to declare his love for me with massive signboards. A girl can dream. My Christmas is never complete without this number. — Lisa Gries, Managing Editor

Image credit: Holidate via Facebook

Holidate

For all the single ladies out there, this one is a great feel-good movie that will instantly lift your spirits. I’m an avid fan of rom-com movies so it’s not surprise I fell into the cliche and has to stream this. Nevertheless, this one is a little different. Surprisingly, Holidate really kept me off my phone and had a fresh, authentic Christmas vibe to it. It’s about two strangers pretending to be each other’s “holiday-date” and eventually they fall in love. Yes, it’s the typical rom-com plot but with a Christmas twist. That’s what makes it extra special and an ideal holiday movie to stream this season. I simply enjoyed drowning myself in a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and watched it on repeat. — Alisha Pawa, Culture Writer

Image credit: The Grinch via Facebook

The Grinch

When it comes to the festive season, A Charlie Brown Christmas is often played on repeat to give my home that extra cosiness. But apart from that I also enjoy watching The Grinch as a comical contrast to the cuteness overload from Charlie Brown. Something about the adorable green creature trying to steal Christmas, the backstory of why he hates such a jolly holiday, and Max the dog, are just a mix of sentimental and lively elements which often make me hesitate whether I should smile or cry all at the same time. — Kankanit Wichiantanon, Dining & Interiors Writer

Image credit: Home Alone via Facebook

Home Alone

Does it get any more classic for Christmas than Home Alone? I grew up watching this movie every year (both the first and the sequel), and still gasp every time I am reminded of Macaulay Culkin’s (old-ish) age. It reminds me of a very traditional family Christmas, and it always makes me miss my own family abroad, especially this year. I know I’m definitely getting older because I can relate to the scene where the mother freaks out about forgetting to turn off the coffee machine when they travel, and I can recall that Kevin was long my inspiration for a ‘good life’ when he ate ice cream in bed at The Plaza. One thing that always flustered me though: why does he scream so loud (iconic image) when he puts aftershave on his face? Did it burn back in the day? But surely he didn’t even shave? Can a grown man (I guess Macaulay Culkin) explain this to me? — LG

Image credit: This Christmas via IMDB

This Christmas

Another holiday movie that is very dear to my heart is This Christmas, because, because my boo Chris Brown stars in it. I love it for the comedy-drama and the family-centric theme which fits the occasion. After all, if there’s any holiday that is most centred around the family, it is Christmas and New Year’s. How the family drama unfolds as the family is trying to stick together through thick and thin just sort of captures a family’s festive season in its truest sense. KW

Image credit: The Holiday Calendar via IMDB

The Holiday Calendar

If you’re looking for an adorable budding romance, then The Holiday Calendar is just the right holiday movie for you. The plot revolves around a struggling photographer who inherits an antique holiday advent calendar which seems to predict the future. There’s magic, romance, and holiday — all the key ingredients to an entertaining movie. It’s a sweet romance that’s not too cheesy, with a dash of holiday magic which also highlights the value of meaningful relationships in our life. After all, that’s what Christmas is about, right? If you’re a Kat Graham fan and fancy magical stories, stream this one on Netflix. — AP

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.