It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the perfect excuse to get cosy and curl up with a ginormous box of chocolates and some Christmas movies.
When comes our favourite festive films, there are plenty to choose from but it’s the classics that tend to keep us coming back for more.
This year we asked a group of film fanatics to list their top 10 highest rated Christmas movies of all time and here’s what they came up with.
Top 10 Christmas movies
Fancy watching something a little different this year or worry that you haven’t seen all the best Christmas movies?
Check out the top 10 Christmas movies below.
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#1 It’s a Wonderful Life
The top Christmas movie as voted by our film lovers is a stone cold Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Centred on George Bailey, who’s been having a tough time of it lately, he’s considering jumping off a bridge at Christmas before his guardian angel shows him what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
#2 A Christmas Carol
Second on our list of the top Christmas movies is another classic Christmas tale.
Based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens, it features horrible business owner Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
We also love, the all singing all dancing, Muppets version of this film although it didn’t make the list.
#3 Miracle on 34th Street
The classics just keep coming with our third top-rated Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street.
The tale of a little girl who is sceptical about Santa, she meets Kris Kringle, who claims to be the man himself.
#4 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation AND White Christmas
Coming in joint fourth for our top Christmas movie, we have a firm favourite, White Christmas, and comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation features Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, who wants the perfect family Christmas – although things don’t go to plan. The perfect Christmas comedy.
White Christmas, meanwhile, is heralded as a fun-filled musical extravaganza that features the fabulous Bing Crosbie and centres on four dingers who plot a Christmas miracle to help save a struggling local business.
#5 The Bishop’s Wife and Christmas in Connecticut
In fifth place for top Christmas movie, we have another joint two festive films, The Bishop’s Wife and Christmas in Connecticut.
The Bishop’s Wife, features famous film stars David Niven and Cary Grant and is based on Bishop Brougham as he tries to raise money to build a cathedral, only to be thwarted by a helper claiming to be an angel.
Christmas in Connecticut, released in 1945 tells the story of a recovering war hero who becomes the victim of a publicity stunt on a farm in Connecticut but all is not as it seems.
#6 Santa Clause the Movie and A Christmas Story
Coming in joint sixth for our top-rated Christmas movie is Santa Clause the Movie and A Christmas Story.
Santa Clause the Movie features Santa and an expert toy making elf, who becomes fed up with life in the North Pole and moves to New York to work for a failing toy company – with potentially big consequences for the future of Christmas.
A Christmas Story, meanwhile, is a funny film that follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker as he dodges a school bully and dreams of his perfect Christmas present.
#7 Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas movie with a difference, this animated film follows Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who stumbles on Christmastown and plans to bring Christmas under his sinister control.
One of the more recent Christmas movies in the list, Nativity! Released in 2009 is the funny story of a failed actor, now a primary school teacher, who has the task of directing the school’s nativity play.
#9 A Lion in Winter
Number nine in our top Christmas movies is a period drama from 1968, A Lion in Winter, which is based on a Broadway play and focuses on King Henry II during Christmas 1183 as his sons fight for the crown.
#10 Christmas with the Kranks
Finally, number ten in our top Christmas movies is Christmas with the Kranks.
A comedy from 2004, it features Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis as the Kranks, who plan to forgo the usual Christmas holidays and head to the Caribbean instead – of course, all doesn’t go as planned.
Have a very merry Christmas and enjoy plenty festive film watching!