The Christmas holiday season is our favorite time of year at the Anglotopia offices and nothing makes the season better than a good British holiday movie. The problem is that there aren’t that many – but we’ve put together our list of favorite British Christmas movies.
When we surveyed our Anglophile friends and family – this movie was pretty much at the top of everyone’s list. We love this movie too – it’s the perfect Christmas movie. The multiple stories, interesting characters and seeing Britain at Christmas make this an enjoyable movie every year. It also provides a fun insight into British Christmas traditions like the annual Christmas party, Christmas pagents and more.
The first Bridget Jones movie is framed through Christmas at the beginning and at the end. Bridget may have her foibles but this film undeniably fun and we look forward to watching it every year.
Muppet Christmas Carol
While this is not strictly a British movie – it’s one of our favorites. What’s better than Michael Caine as Scrooge? It’s by far one of our favorite adaptations of A Christmas Carol.
About a Boy
Christmas is tangentially involved in this film and while the subject matter can be quite dark – it’s a good movie worth watching.
The Lion in Winter
Nothing says British Christmas like a historical movie about a King of England spending Christmas at his French chateau played expertly by a classic British cast.
This movie didn’t get a lot of love when it came out – but it’s a fun one. The plot imagines a future where Britain is joining the Euro (which seemed possible when it was made, not so much now!) and what happens when a little boy finds a bag filled with millions of Pounds as the answer to his prayers. This movie was directed by Danny Boyle and features James Nesbitt as the father.
Scrooge – Albert Finney
Really any setting of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is worth watching but our opinion is that the one with Albert Finney is the best.
I’m not a big fan of this movie – I can’t stand Cameron Diaz – but the plot is fun and takes places in the two weeks around Christmas. So, there’s plenty of lovely scenery of the English countryside with plenty of Jude Law to look at as well.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
I saw this movie once when I was a kid and recently rediscovered it – it’s a great exploration of Christmas during the ‘olden times’ featuring traditions, songs and more. It’s a classic!
What’s your favorite British Christmas movie? Let us know it the comments?