Christmas Movie Marathon Ideas
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Christmas Movie Marathon Ideas

Christmas Movie Marathon Ideas

One of the best parts of Christmas is having a Christmas Movie Marathon. From watching your favourite Christmas musicals to silly Hallmark Christmas Romances. Today I thought I would share Christmas Movie Marathon Ideas based on some favourite Christmas themes.

Here are the movie marathons I recommend for a Saturday or Sunday with friends and family.

Romantic Christmas Movies

Love, Actually

A classic, even if it hasn’t aged well. Emma Thompson crying to Joni Mitchell is now a Christmas staple and cannot be missed.

Last Christmas

Why not pair it with Last Christmas, another London-set Christmas romance, if a little more emotional than Love, Actually. But also stars Emma Thompson! Alongside Emilia Clark and Henry Goulding, and a lot of George Michael music. Have the tissues at the ready.

Classic Christmas Movies

It’s a Wonderful Life

If classics are more your thing then you definitely want to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. I haven’t actually seen this movie in full, but I know the story and have seen many clips. It’s more depressing than you’re average Christmas movie but it has a strong moral for Christmas. Embrace your family, and tomorrow is another day.

Miracle on 34th Street

Another classic, much more uplifting, is Miracle on 34th Street. Whether you watch the original from 1947 or the Richard Attenborough edition from 1994, both are Christmas classics for the family.

Christmas Musicals

Scrooge: The Musical

If musicals are more your speed then there plenty of Christmas musicals to choose from. My personal favourite is Scrooge: The Musical, starring Albert Finney. It’s very 1970s with large dance sequences, in-line with Oliver! and the golden era of movie musicals. But the songs are catchy and the sequences, though aged, a lot of fun.

Meet Me in St Louis

Another Christmas musical I adore is Meet Me in St Louis with Judy Garland. The story covers one family over the course of a year, including Christmas, and focuses on the two older sisters who are looking to get married. Judy Garland plays the second oldest sister and is in-love with her next door neighbour and willing him to court her. It’s lovely and emotional, with beautiful and catchy songs. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my favourite.

A Muppet’s Christmas Carol

And finally, it wouldn’t be a Christmas Musicals list without A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. This beloved family movie is hilarious, heartwarming and full of catchy tunes. Can Michael Caine sing? No, he cannot. But it doesn’t matter.

Christmas Movie Series

The Santa Clause 1, 2 and 3

If you want a familiar film series, then I will always recommend The Santa Clause starring Tim Allen. The first two movies are brilliant. The third should be illegal to watch and the new Disney+ series is not the best, but it’s still familiar, heartwarming and lovely to return to each year.

Die Hard 1, 2, 3 and 4

Okay, I’m not saying Die Hard is a Christmas movie – to me it isn’t – but for others it is. So why not include the series?

Home, Alone 1, 2 and 3

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Home, Alone. The first two are classics and I don’t mind the third, but don’t watch any of the others after that. My favourite is Home, Alone in New York City with the bird lady any the toyshop. Not to mention the hotel room service – who hasn’t dreamed of completely going crazy on room service as a kid?

Family Favourite Christmas Movies 


It wouldn’t be a Christmas Movie Marathon list without Elf. This silly Christmas film is now a classic, though I doubt many people expected it to become so. Directed by Jon Favreau aka Happy from Iron Man and other Marvel movies, this film is hilarious and instantly quotable. Santa! Oh my god!

The Grinch

My favourite Christmas movie growing up was The Grinch. Jim Carrey’s performance is Oscar-worthy in my mind, but not according to critics who ripped this classic to shreds. It’s brilliant and never gets old.

The Polar Express

And finally, for those that prefer a gentle animation for Christmas, why not finish a movie marathon with The Polar Express? For me, it sends me to sleep, but friends of mine adore it.

What movies would you recommend for a Christmas Movie Marathon? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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