By DYLAN GOWAN.
It’s Christmas Eve! In many ways, Christmas Eve is better than Christmas Day. It’s basically Christmas but not quite; everyone, even the most Scrooge like among us, starts to get in the spirit; you’re full of anticipation for the day that is but 24 hours away; and, assuming you’re all set for the big day, it’s a great time to chill out and watch some Christmassy movies.
So, here I present to you a list of movies perfect for Christmas Eve. Some of them are of course straight Christmas movies, while others have no mention of Christmas but just feel right to watch on the night before the new Smash Mouth-loving Santa Claus uses his drones to deliver all of our presents (assuming you live in the drone zone, of course).
OK, you might not be able to make it through all 11 of these films today, but Santa loves a tryer.
Elf is one of the greatest Christmas films ever made, and let’s face it, that is all thanks to Will Ferrell’s winning performance as Buddy. Will Ferrell is a comedy legend.
#2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
There are few movies as magical as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder as the mysterious but ultimately good hearted Willy Wonka is stellar. Plus, the sets – the sets make this film. There is none of that CG junk, it was all real. Okay, I know that the factory’s candy garden isn’t actually all real, and the chocolate river is just brown water. But at least it looks real.
#3. The Wizard of Oz
I don’t know if anyone remembers the first time they saw The Wizard of Oz. It’s just one of those movies that everyone knows, and most people love. It is a gem of the studio system era and is always a joy to watch.
#4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
You might be like me; I have never read what is probably C.S. Lewis’ most well-known work, but I’ve seen the movie. It’s all about good versus evil, which is perfect for Christmas time.
#5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic Christmas film. Since it was released, National Lampoon has come to be associated with crass, lame films, but back in the ‘80s that wasn’t the case at all. This John Hughes film is a must-watch, will make you laugh, and get you all excited for tomorrow. Plus, watch out for Leonard.
#6. The Santa Clause
Tim Allen is another great comedian, and his turn in the first Santa Clause movie is great. Just don’t watch the other two. They aren’t so. I haven’t even seen the last one it looks so terrible.
Mogwai is so cute. The gremlins that he unintentionally spawns, not so. Gremlins 2 is also a solid film, but isn’t a great choice for Christmas Eve.
#8. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I have seen this movie so many times. That is mainly thanks to the fact we got it in a double pack with The Nutty Professor 2 from Pizza Hut back when Pizza Hut used to give out movies sometimes. This Jim Carey starrer is really good. The sets are great and so is the costuming and makeup. It will suck you into its world.
#9. Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands is a beautiful, original movie. It’s sad, but still oh-so-lovely. It is just right for Christmas Eve – mystical, captivating and reminding us not to judge.
#10. The Corpse Bride
This movie, like Edward Scissorhands, comes from creative genius Tim Burton. It is also not a Christmas movie. At all. But it is incredible. It’s got a wonderful story, musical numbers and the animation just whisks you away.
#11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The same can be said for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Technically a Halloween movie, it is just right for Christmas for the same reasons as The Corpse Bride. Plus, it actually features Christmas and Santa, so there’s that.