The Best Alternative Christmas Films

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By Finley Crebolder.

Well, we’ve made it to that awkward time of year. That time of year where Halloween has been and gone and all you really want to is get in the Christmas spirit right? Whilst some of you, like myself, will shamelessly be watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Elf, sticking on your Christmas playlists, others of you may choose to be slightly more reserved for the time being considering it’s still November. Whether this out of guilt, wanting to save all the best stuff for closer to Christmas or simply because you’re a massive scrooge who hates all the typical Christmas films, I’m not judging. Well, maybe a little, but that’s not important.

Anyway, if you do find yourself wanting to get into the festive mood without being too “Christmassy”, here are ten alternatives to the typical holiday classics.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The fact that as soon as you see this film mentioned you’ll immediately picture CS Lewis’s Narnia winter wonderland says it all, with the opening hour of the film almost entirely set in the snowy setting. If hot chocolates and log fires in the snow-covered forest aren’t enough to get you in the festive spirit, Father Christmas and his reindeers briefly show up to give the children presents. I mean sure they’re not your average stocking filler, unless of course you too are preparing to go into a battle for your fantastical kingdom, but it’s Christmassy nonetheless.

Trading Places

This is a film set over Christmas, with quite a few Christmas themes and scenes, but fear not, it’s certainly not your typical Christmas film. I mean the plot itself actually has very little to do with Christmas itself, I promise. It’s a hugely hilarious, ever entertaining, and sometimes touching film, with Eddie Murphy at his best and a happy ending to make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Oh, and it has Dan Ackroyd dressed as a drunken, mentally broken and beaten Santa Claus yielding a gun and eating meat through his fake beard. Ho, Ho, Ho.

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