WITHAt the beginning of Advent, which Google is currently celebrating with a doodle called “December Holidays”, many places will once again play well-known Christmas music, remove Christmas decorations, read Christmas stories – and from now on, Christmas movies are of course not missing.
There are many movies that promote the Christmas spirit and increase anticipation for the holidays: the classics include ‘Isn’t Life Beautiful?’ From 1946 with James Stewart, ‘White Christmas’ (1954) with Bing Crosby, ‘Kevin – Alone zu Haus’ (1990), ‘Santa Clause – A beautiful gift’ (1994) or ‘A Promise is a Promise’ (1996) with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
For many Germans, “Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella” (1973) and “The Little Lord” (1980) have also been recorded. But many of these Christmas movies are very old or look old-fashioned. For those who like it more fun and modern, 24 movies from the past 20 years are recommended to stream for the 2020 Advent season:
01 “Holidate” (2020):
Humans are not made to be alone on vacation – that’s the premise of this Netflix romantic comedy starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey. The film runs through all the major holidays every year, from Christmas to Christmas. The main characters date each other as singles so as not to get silly questions about loneliness. And then – who could have guessed – love comes into play. Turbulent and funny.
02 “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” (2020):
In keeping with her Christmas album release ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’ featuring the song ‘Christmas on the Square’, country legend Dolly Parton appears in this new film as an angel who has to educate people about charity, because a cold-hearted property owner (Christine Baranski ) prefers it. Build a shopping center to protect tenants.
03 “The Christmas Chronicles”, Teil 1 (2018):
In the first of these Netflix movies, siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) – children of a widowed, hard-working nurse – save Christmas with the help of Santa (Kurt Russell).
04 “The Christmas Chronicles”, Teil 2 (2020):
In the second part, Kate encounters the evil wizard Belsnickel, who wants to destroy the North Pole and Christmas. In Part 2, directed by “Kevin Home Alone” director Chris Columbus, Russell’s wife Goldie Hawn plays a bigger role as Mrs. Claus than in the first part.
05 “Jingle Jangle Journey: Adventurous Christmas!” (2020):
A Netflix Christmas musical for the whole family based on toy maker Jeronicus Jangle (Forest Whitaker) and his granddaughter with music by John Legend, Philip Lawrence, Usher and Kiana Ledé.
06 “The Knight before Christmas” (2019):
Fairytale film about a knight who ends up in the present and meets a teacher who wants to help him. Love comedy with Vanessa Hudgens, an almost inevitable part of Netflix Christmas movies.
07 “Exchange of Princesses”, Part 1 (2018):
In the first of these Netflix films starring Vanessa Hudgens, a baker from Chicago and a future princess from the fictional European state of Belgravia swap roles.
08 “Exchange of Princesses”, Part 2 (2020):
In the second part (“Princess Swap: Swap Again”), Stacy and Margaret swap back, but now deal with a third party – a triple role for Vanessa Hudgens. It should continue in 2021.
09 “A Christmas Carol” (2019):
Not quite a movie, but a three-part BBC miniseries (almost three hours at one time). Guy Pearce plays the curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge in the remake of Charles Dickens’s famous ghost story. BBC One showed it on December 22, 23 and 24, 2019. In Germany it will run from December 9. at Sky.
10 “Last Christmas” (2019):
The heartbreaking comedy starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding takes place in London before Christmas and is enriched by the music of George Michael. In the course of the film, the song line “I gave you my heart” from the hit “Last Christmas” takes on special meaning. The film can be seen on Sky.
11 “About Christmas” (2020):
The three-part Netflix miniseries (approximately 135 minutes together) starring Luke Mockridge is loosely based on Christian Huber’s bestseller “7 Kilos in 3 Days”. Basti, who goes home on holidays, goes to his family in the Eifel during the holidays. His brother is now in a relationship with Basti’s ex-girlfriend, and not everything is perfect.
12 “Dear Santa Claus” (2014):
French-Belgian comedy about a Parisian boy who mistakes a burglar for Santa Claus (“Le père Noël”) and climbs over the rooftops of Paris with him. Available through Sky.
13 “Bad Santa” (2003):
Among other things, American comedy available through Joyn about a thief (Billy Bob Thornton) who dresses up as Ho-Ho-Ho Santa Claus and steals people in a department store, but this time gets a lesson from a child.
14 „Klaus“ (2019):
This Spanish animation film on Netflix is a real gem – in the German version with the voices of celebrities such as Ralf Schmitz, Rufus Beck, Josefine Preuss and Uschi Glas. It is about postman Jesper, who is transferred to the hostile Zwietrachtingen (Smeerensburg) north of the Arctic Circle, where he meets the melancholic toy maker Klaus, finds his true destination and virtually imagines Christmas. Enchanting.
15 “Every Year – Christmas at the Coopers” (2015):
Family comedy available from Joyn Plus about keeping problems during the holidays a secret. The film mainly lives from strong actors like Diane Keaton, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried and is told from the point of view of the family dog Rags.
16 “Everything is love” (2014):
Five couples fight their way through the pre-Christmas madness in Frankfurt and find each other in an unusual way at the festival. The episode film in the “Actually … Love” style brings together German movie stars such as Nora Tschirner, Heike Makatsch, Tom Beck, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Katharina Schüttler, Fahri Yardim and Christian Ulmen. The Schnulze is available from Joyn.
17 “The Guardians of Light” (2012):
In this imaginative animation film, villain Pitch gives people nightmares and wants to take over. The Guardians of Light – a quartet consisting of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Sandman – want to beat him. Jack Frost (German voice Florian David Fitz) would help, but must learn to believe in yourself first. Have fun believing in the miraculous – not just for children. Available as a fixed rate at Joyn + and Netflix, among others.
18 “When Santa fell from the sky” (2011):
This German children’s film, which is available on Netflix at a flat rate and other streaming services for money, is based on the book of the same name by Cornelia Funke. Alexander Scheer plays a cheeky Santa Claus, with Noah Joel Kraus, Mercedes Jadea Diaz, Jessica Schwarz and Volker Lechtenbrink in other roles.
19 “Disney’s A Christmas Story” (2009):
Charles Dickens’ classic (“A Christmas Carol”) as a digital Disney adventure – seen on the Disney + streaming service. In 19th-century London, Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is chased by the late partner Marley and then three Christmas ghosts to become a better person. 1992’s “The Muppets Christmas Story” (also on Disney +) seems more successful because it has puppets.
20 “Merry Christmas” (2005):
This film with Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Dany Boon and Daniel Brühl is about Christmas 1914 at the front in Flanders. German, Scottish and French troops try to celebrate the festival in the trenches of the First World War. When they realize that their enemies are also celebrating, they decide on a three-day truce. The ordinary Christmas alerted the army command. The film, which is based on a true story, was nominated for Oscar and Golden Globe and can be seen on Amazon Prime’s Sony Channel, for example.
21 “The Polar Express” (2004):
Director Robert Zemeckis’s computer-animated children’s film (“Back to the Future”, “Forrest Gump”) tells the story of a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa and who is better educated on a trip to the North Pole. The children’s book adaptation features a lot of Tom Hanks in a variety of roles, but it’s probably too overloaded for some eyes. The film is available at an additional cost from almost all streaming services.
22 “Der Grinch” (2000):
There are two known movie versions of this children’s book story from Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) from the 50s. While everything looks sugary sweet, the Green Grinch has reasons to ruin Christmas. For comedian Jim Carrey, the furry Grinch is one of his most famous roles. The film is available on Netflix, Sky and Amazon Prime at a flat rate.
23 “Der Grinch” (2018):
This cartoon variant appeared two years ago with Otto Waalkes as a speaker (in the original Benedict Cumberbatch). The Grinch animated movie is available on Amazon.
24 “Indeed … Love” (2003):
This British ensemble film – originally called “Love Actually” – tells several stories from London in the run-up to Christmas. Hugh Grant dances through the house as Prime Minister, Bill Nighy plays a drunken musician. Heike Makatsch has a supporting role. Also featured are Keira Knightley, Billy Bob Thornton, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Claudia Schiffer and Rowan Atkinson, known as Mr. Bean. The film is a hit and is available on Amazon Prime, Joyn, Netflix, TVnow and Sky, among others.