The tree is up, the mince pies are out and you’re almost ready for the big man himself to visit on Christmas Eve. What better way to get yourself into the festive mood than by watching and re-watching your favourite festive films?
Thanks to its stunning OLED screen and powerful S-Force Front Surround speakers, Sony’s Xperia XZ3 offers the ultimate immersive experience when it comes to streaming content. The XZ3 features X-Reality™ for mobile, up-converting content close to High Dynamic Range (HDR) so you can experience your seasonal favourites in the palm of your hand without compromising on quality.
The XZ3 is also a YouTube Signature Device, meaning it’s the perfect device to stream Christmas films on, whether you prefer family classics, romantic comedies or historic dramas.
So settle down with a mug of hot chocolate as we countdown some of our favourite festive films this holiday season!
We all know that Father Christmas delivers presents to children and adults around the world all in one night – but what happens when one child is missed off the list? Join Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, as he attempts to save the magic of Christmas with his retired Grandsanta, a mischievous elf and some untrained reindeer! Guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of adults and children alike, you’ll feel like you’re really zipping around the world with Arthur Christmas on your XZ3 smartphone.
With canary-yellow leggings, bags of festive enthusiasm and no idea how the human world works, it’s no wonder Elf is the Christmas classic we all keep returning to! Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) snuck into Santa’s sack and brought to the North Pole as a toddler to be raised by Santa’s elves. Now an adult and accidentally wreaking havoc on Santa’s Christmas operation, Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father. With some of the most iconic comedy scenes of any Christmas movie, you’ll find yourself singing with Buddy to spread the festive cheer!
A box office smash hit from 1990, Home Alone sees young Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin in a star-making role) left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas holiday. While most children would be distraught at this turn of events, Kevin gets up to some hilarious and highly watchable antics in his parents’ absence. The film is renowned for its edgy slapstick humour when Kevin defends the family home against two hapless intruders, using household objects to cause mayhem and misery for the opportunist burglars.
Love: the one thing that brings us all together at the most wonderful time of year. Viewed by many as the ultimate seasonal rom-com, Love Actually follows the stories of ten intertwining London relationships in the run up to Christmas. Even the biggest Scrooges out there will find themselves laughing and crying with the star-studded cast, including Colin Firth, Keira Knightly, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson.
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)
Based on a true story, Joyeux Noël beautifully encapsulates the true meaning of Christmas. Set in the trenches of WWI, this heart-warming tale follows two opposing sides as they put down their weapons to celebrate Christmas. Enjoy this historic Christmas tale on your XZ3’s stunning OLED display to take you deep into the trenches in this extraordinary film.
A heart-warming tale of two unlucky-in-love strangers (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) who switch homes for the holiday season to escape the reality of being single at Christmas. Soon enough, the women find themselves meeting local men who whisk them away in a Christmas romance. If you’re looking for a true feel-good film, The Holiday is one not to be missed!
Miracle on 34th Street
What happens when a child stops believing? This family classic follows the journey of Susan, a young girl whose mother divulged the “secret” of Santa Claus to her. Now, the six-year-old girl is about to meet a passionate department store Santa who is convinced he’s the real deal and determined to get the young girl believing in the magic of Christmas again! Miracle on 34th Street is a timeless tale sure to leave you feeling festive and revisiting the adventure time and time again.
It’s a Wonderful Life
No list of the best festive films would be complete without Frank Capra’s heartbreaking It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Hollywood great James Stewart in one of his most memorable roles. On the brink of ending his life, George Bailey sees all the lives he has touched and comes to realise the true value of being alive. While the film is in black and white, its gorgeous cinematography and its timeless story means it stands up to scrutiny today.
Are there any festive films you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below.