Films you can’t live without this Christmas

by Lynn Connolly

Wizard of Oz

There are some films that are quite simply must-haves at Christmas, so I thought I’d give you a run down of my top five favourite must-see Christmas films, and when and where you can see them. And of course, we want to know what your must-see Christmas films are too!

First up is of course The Wizard of Oz – no Christmas would be complete without it. And considering it was made in 1939, it’s truly a classic, in all senses of the word. It’ll be on Five on New Year’s Day at 3:50pm, so it’s a good excuse to sit huddled in your duvet all afternoon while nursing your hangover…

Here’s a little taster of this brilliant film in the form of a 1950s cinema trailer…

In at number two for me has to be Scrooge, the original Alistair Sim version which is on – in its colourised glory – on Sunday 20th, channel Five at 1:40pm. Here’s old Scrooge getting visited by ghostie…

Third in my top five is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It is without doubt THE funniest film I’ve ever seen and in our house, we can all recite almost the entire film, which gets annoying. It’s also on TV on Sunday 20th on ITV1 at 10:30pm. If you’ve never seen it, you’re missing one of the best Christmas treats there is!

Here’s a clip from the film of one of the funniest sequences…

Fourth is Oliver! And yet again, it’s the original Oliver that makes Christmas for me. It’s on Fiver on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

Here’s a little taster for you…

And finally, at number five – last but not least – is Mary Poppins which is another Christmas tradition that I just couldn’t do without. Dick Van Dyke’s appalling English accent and Julie Andrew’s charming voice are as symbolic of Christmas as snow and robins for me.

It’s on at 3:35pm, BBC1 on Wednesday 30th.

Here’s the awesome ‘rooftop’ dance sequence…

Let us know what your favourite Christmassy films are!

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Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.