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Watch: BNKR Christmas Film Festival

Watch: BNKR Christmas Film Festival

This isn't a definitive list of the best Christmas films, nor is it an exhaustive top 100 listicle where somehow Elf wins out yet again.

This is straight up all the films you need to ease yourself into the Christmas spirit one month away from the big day - especially if you've been internalising your holiday season anger since October when every store started filling every available space with baubles and gift wrap. 

Yule love these.

The film: The Santa Clause (1994)
Watch: Surrounded by your fam + with a cup of hot choc in hand.
Why it's great: A total classic, this is peak Tim Allen and also peak that guy from 10 Things I Hate About You. Also, those warm and fuzzies can't be beat.

The film: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Watch: With your high school former emo friends.
Why it's great: The perfect antithesis to saccharine Christmas films (and let's be real - you know all the words still).

The film: Love Actually (2003)
Watch: As many times as you can before the big day.
Why it's great: Yes okay this predictable and half the people you know hate it. But whip out that old DVD before you're forced into watching it by every major TV station, and bask in early Keira and Colin Firth's wet shirt and also Hugh Grant's finest dance scene ever. Never gets old.

The film: The Holiday (2006)
Watch: On Boxing Day, when you're hungover (and with a big pile of leftovers).
Why it's great: For all intents and purpose, The Holiday is a terrible film. Unless you're hungover and vulnerable - which give the time of year, is likely AF. Terrible scripting and unlikely pairings ensue, but it's oddly comforting. Also see: Four Christmases.

The film: Home Alone (1990)
Watch: When you're feeling nostalgic.
Why it's great: No one is sure how many times they've actually seen this film - but it's at least in the double digits. Some quality Christmas viewing to teach further generations about MacGyver-like ingenuity, kinda messed up self defence tactics and also to never leave your parents' side.

The film: Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Watch: With wine and friends who will join you during the 'All By Myself' bit.
Why it's great: Not specifically about Christmas, but the includes ugly jumpers, painful fam events and embarrassing office party antics, so it basically sums up our festive experiences to date.

The film: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Watch: If you secretly hate everything about this season.
Why it's great: Even though Jim Carrey is the stuff of nightmares (and not just in costume), there's a few gems in there. And it's so damn Christmas it hurts. 

The film: About A Boy (2002)
Watch: Over and over.
Why it's great: Like Bridge + co, not a lot to do with Christmas - but there's definitely Christmas included and that's important.

Words: Lucy Ahern

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