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It is time to start adding your favourite Christmas movies to your “must-watch” lists plus a few new movies that are coming out; it’s our annual Christmas movie list and these are the ones we are loving this year!


South Africa (06 November 2023) – Have you started the countdown to the festive season yet? Or maybe you are just counting down the days until you get to take a break, either way, you can do it by watching a few feel-good holiday movies.

Christmas isn’t only about decking the halls, buying up all the gifts, and all the usual commercial things we have grown used to. Christmas is about family and sharing the love. It is about spreading joy and celebrating new life. And we can all use a bit more of spreading love and joy!

Walking through the local mall this weekend, it was evident that the festive season is already well underway. There was festive music playing and the halls were well and truly decked!

If you haven’t noticed yet, the Christmas Spirit is strong in the Good Things Guy office. We love the festive season; it brings the very best out in people. It is the one time of year when everyone feels the same kind of excitement and spreads joy to those around them.

Everything comes in an advent these days, gone are the days where you popped a simple misshaped, practically melted bit of chocolate out a numbered door, now you get gin, beers, candles, beauty products, and more in advent calendars. This inspired us to do an advent-style post and this is our fifth annual list.

We want to share all the must-see (or rewatch) movies leading up to Christmas morning. These movies are all designed to make you feel super festive. They are not listed in any particular order so pick and choose as you feel, and enjoy your Christmas movie lead-up to the 25th.

These movies will start popping up on all available channels, keep an eye out on DSTV, Netflix, Showmax, Disney+, and whichever other services you use, or if you are like us, you may have a few of the classics stashed away on DVD. A quick search (just type in Christmas) on your selected platform will bring up all the Christmassy goodness you need!

There are not very many new ones out this year, just two that we really would enjoy – we have popped the trailers below. The first is called Best. Christmas. Ever! and it’s coming to screens on the 16th of November 2023.

The Holdovers looks like it is going to be a goodie! Filled with laughs and tears!

With that and what we estimate to be thousands of hours of options, there is no better time to start than now. Or if you want to wait, start on the 25th of November to have one movie each day. These are the best and the newest features:

  1. Elf
  2. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  3. Love Actually
  4. The Holiday
  5. Home Alone (all of them in one day is the best!)
  6. Arthur Christmas
  7. Jingle Jangle
  8. The Polar Express
  9. Four Christmases
  10. The Family Stone
  11. A Christmas Carol (1951 & 2009)
  12. Rise of the Guardians
  13. Jack Frost
  14. Klaus
  15. Christmas with the Kranks
  16. The Christmas Chronicles (1 and 2)
  17. Die Hard – It is a Christmas Movie!
  18. Best. Christmas. Ever!
  19. About Fate (Made by the same people as “Holidate” – which was on our list in 2021 – it’s also a goodie!)
  20. The Man Who Invented Christmas
  21. Deck the Halls
  22. Love Hard
  23. A Boy Called Christmas
  24. The Noel Diary
  25. Last Christmas
  26. The Santa Clauses
  27. Silent Night
  28. A Christmas Story Christmas
  29. Spirited
  30. The Holdovers

Which Christmas movies are on your list? Let us know your favourites in the comment section.

Sources: Good Things Guy
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