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Seven Christmas movies that seriously feel like Christmas - but aren't!

Christmas movies come in all sort of shapes and sizes.

There are the hardcore Christmas films such as Santa Claus and Elf or more subtle flicks like Love Actually.

But whether you prefer your movies heavily wrapped in tinsel or not, we could all do with a break soppy storylines and ‘Christmas miracles’.

Here are seven of the best Christmas movies that aren’t really about Christmas.

They may feel like a warm mince pie and flickering fire but actually have very little to do with the festive period.


Shrek has become something of a Christmas staple when it comes to Freeview TV.

Usually airing on Christmas Eve or before, the classic 2001 movie helps build up excitement and tension ahead of the big day.

Any film that starts ‘Once upon a time‘ has an instant Christmas, even though Shrek is about an ogre and a donkey taking on dragons, princesses and an evil little lord.


A lot of films released in the 1990’s have a Christmas feel to them and none more so than 1992 classic Hook.

Following the death of  Robin Williams in 2014 the film has an even greater sense of warmth and tenderness.

Perhaps it’s Peter Pan’s magic that gives us that ‘Christmas miracle’ feel – and without the need for reindeer, snow or corny storylines.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

If you’re looking for a more modern version of that mystical and magical feel then Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone is a superb example of a Christmas film that shouldn’t really be one.

Yes, parts of the movie are set in Christmas, but does that mean J.K Rowling wrote a Christmas story?

Snuggle up on the sofa and throwback to when Harry and Ron were adorable, tucking into the sort of jelly beans you dread getting as a gift.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 

The festive period is synonymous with indulgement and perhaps that’s what makes the original Willy Wonka feel like a Christmas movie.

Kick back and watch Augustus Gloop eat his body weight in chocolate while you do exactly the same with lavishings of tiramisu, trifle, cheesecake, lemon meringue pie and, to top it all of, a tin of Roses.

Home Alone

There will be a never-ending debate as to whether Home Alone is a Christmas movie or not.

And that’s why we are putting it in ALL of our lists!

Watching an eight-year-old Macaulay Culkin take on burglars and bad parenting single-handedly makes Home Alone the perfect Christmas Day flick.

Toy Story

Any of the Toy Story movies can pass as quality, family Christmas movies, and at least one of them will undoubtedly be on over Christmas

The connection we have with the likes of Woody, Buzz or even Mr Potato Head make these iconic Disney characters as meaningful as Santa Claus.

After all, family is Christmas.

Die Hard

Sitting in the same boat as Home Alone, Die Hard is both a Christmas film and not a Christmas film at the same time. It all depends on your point of view.

The film’s hard-hitting, explicit and explosive content it the ultimate late night Christmas movie – once the kids are tucked up in bed.

Die Hard is more than just an action movie. It’s iconic from start to finish, making cult heroes such as Police Officer Al and, of course, John McClane.

Welcome to the party, pal!



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Liam is our head of Entertainment and Gaming, managing teams globally. His journalism experience has covered everything from sport to health and fitness with companies such as Men's Health and HITC. Before moving into management, writing about the ridiculous antics of the Made in Chelsea crew was by far his most enjoyable topic.