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7 Christmas shows to help you get into the festive mood

From the classics to newly released ones, these movies and shows from Disney+ and Netflix will get you excited for Christmas!

Nnurul Shakinah

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Published: 13 December 2022, 6:01 PM

Let’s just say a good Christmas movie holds the potential to bring to life a Christmas-y scene without needing one to step out of our tropical island.

Whether you are a fan of Christmas classics like Home Alone or reality cooking shows with a festive twist, there’s something fun to throw on for your movie night. 

Here are seven movies and shows for you to indulge in to welcome the Christmas season!

1. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

Marvel fans can now spread their love for the Marvel universe with the rest of their loved ones this holiday season. The studio has just released The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

In this 42-minute Christmas special, the Guardians search for a perfect present for Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) to make his Christmas an unforgettable one, following the loss of Gamora. 

The Guardians have come up with a plan to retrieve Quill’s childhood hero, actor Kevin Bacon, from Earth to surprise him. 

 

This all new special movie is exclusive to Disney+. PHOTO CREDIT: IMDB

 

This Christmas special will feature a star-studded cast including Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn and Bradley Cooper. 

The movie revolves around the theme of gift-giving which highlights the joys that come during the festive season. You can catch The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+.

2. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone is the first instalment of the Home Alone franchise. The series of films is known for its lighthearted humour and comedic elements.

In this all-time Christmas favourite, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (played by actor Macaulay Culkin) is left at home on accident by his family as they leave for a Christmas vacation to France. 

Being alone at home seems fun to Kevin at the start. However, he soon learns that burglars are planning to rob his house on Christmas Eve. 

 

Kevin’s mum (played by actress Catherine O’Hara) frantically trying to catch a ride back home to her son. PHOTO CREDITS: IMDB

 

This 103-minute classic revolves around the idea of reuniting with your family during the festive season. Even if you have caught this film before, you can consider rewatching it with your loved ones!

Watch Home Alone on Disney+.

3. The Santa Clauses (2022)

Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen), the protagonist of The Santa Clause trilogy, is back on the mini television series, The Santa Clauses! 

 

Scott is still as jolly as ever after being Santa Claus for nearly three decades. PHOTO CREDIT: IMDB

 

This time, Scott’s magic begins to falter and he struggles to keep up with his Santa duties.

Fans of the original The Santa Clause Christmas movie franchise will also be delighted to find out that this series features Eric Lloyd who was also part of the original cast. 

Catch the first season of The Santa Clauses on Disney+.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

What is Christmas without the reclusive green Grinch? This movie is a live-action adaptation of the children’s book by Dr Suess, titled How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Grinch (played by actor Jim Carrey) puts himself in exile from the town of Who-ville, as he despises Christmas.  

 

The Grinch and his dog Max live on the outskirts of Who-ville. PHOTO CREDIT: IMDB

 

The Grinch plans to ruin Christmas for the residents of Who-ville, but that is until he meets a new friend, Cindy Lou (played by Taylor Momsen). 

This film eventually sees the residents of Who-Ville learn to forgive the Grinch for stealing and invite him to a feast. 

Celebrate the acts of forgiving and giving with How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Netflix.

5. Sugar Rush Christmas (2020)

If you are looking for an exciting reality competition, Sugar Rush Christmas might just be the show for you!

 

This show has two seasons, with four new sets of bakers competing in Christmas-themed baking challenges. PHOTO CREDIT: IMDB

 

Participants have to make different sweet treats in each round, with the first round being cupcakes, second being confections and last round being cakes. 

There will be one group eliminated after each challenge and the winner of the final challenge gets US$10,000 (S$13,560). 

Indulge and drool over these Christmas treats. Both seasons of Sugar Rush Christmas are currently on Netflix. 

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

If you enjoyed Wednesday, the new supernatural comedy television series produced by Tim Burton, you might want to check out a Tim Burton classic – The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Trouble starts when the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon), gets bored of doing the same thing every year for Halloween.

 

Jack Skellington stumbles upon Christmas Town and tries to spread the joy of Christmas with his Halloween Town citizens. PHOTO CREDIT: IMDB

 

However, when Jack dresses as Santa and delivers presents to the real world outside of Halloween Town, he frightens the populace who end up calling the authorities on him. 

This film cleverly portrays the joys that the Christmas season brings, by emphasising the importance of forgiveness. 

Check out this heartfelt animated film this Christmas on Disney+.

7. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)

Want to check out another supernatural animated film? The new Netflix Holiday Special film, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is a good option.

 

This film is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. PHOTO CREDIT: NETFLIX

 

Selfish and greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge (voiced by Luke Evans), has little to no time to spend for others. 

However, leading up to Christmas Day, he is visited by ghosts who remind him of his past and warn him of what may come for him in the future if he continues his present behaviour. 

If you are a big believer of Christmas miracles, then this film might just be the one for you to indulge in. 

You can catch Scrooge: A Christmas Carol on Netflix!  

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