It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I talk about 11 wonderful Christmas movies that you can watch to get in the Christmas spirit and of course improve your English with.
Today I’m here to share with you a collection of ten Christmas movies that could help brush up your English skills. As a huge fan of the festive season and its spirit, these films are my best picks and I believe they could help you experience Christmas from different perspectives, evoke festive emotions and also improve your English language skills.
Watching Movies for Language Learning
When watching a movie for language learning, feel free to turn on the subtitles if your proficiency level isn’t excellent. With the words right before you, understanding the dialogue will be a lot easier and it also aids in building your vocabulary and understanding sentence structure and idioms.
Home Alone 1 & 2
Home Alone is the first on my list and it’s a classic favorite. Featuring the young, cunning, and brave Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), the Home Alone series is filled with humor, holiday spirit, and a display of childish ingenuity. In the second movie, the setting shifts to New York, adding even more excitement to follow Kevin’s adventures in the Big Apple.
Christmas with the Cranks
Second up is Christmas with the Cranks, a story of a couple who plan to forgo Christmas festivities for a cruise, much to their neighborhood’s disappointment. This comedic movie prompts many laughs and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, not to mention, it’s a great way to learn colloquial English.
Elf, a movie featuring Buddy (Will Ferrell) who thinks he’s an elf and has to navigate life in New York City, is a family favorite in many households, mine included! This movie will have you laughing along and falling in love with the holiday season.
The fourth movie is The Holiday, a romantic movie revolving around two women from different parts of the globe who decide to swap homes during Christmas. It’s a heartwarming story that will encourage your use of more passionate and emotion-driven vocabulary.
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story is a classic Christmas movie depicting a boy’s holiday experience. It’s an easy watch and a good chance to learn about American culture during the holidays.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Another classic to watch is It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s an emotional ride that tells the story of George Bailey, a man that an angel saves from committing suicide on Christmas Eve. This movie is deeply touching and offers a perspective on life’s impact and value.
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause series with Tim Allen, without a doubt, adds an unconventional and enjoyable twist to the Santa Claus story. After accidentally causing Santa’s disappearance, Scott, a divorced dad, has to step into Santa’s shoes. It’s an entertaining watch with a lot of heart.
Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street is a charming story about faith and belief in Santa Claus. As the protagonist insists he’s the real Santa, society labels him as crazy, leading to a courtroom drama that reinforces the magic of believing.
The Polar Express
The Polar Express is an animated movie that tells an extraordinary tale of a magical train ride to the North Pole. This film brings to life the spirit of Christmas for believers and can help in learning more descriptive language.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Lastly, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timeless story of understanding, acceptance, and love, showing us that Christmas is more than just material gifts. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the metaphorical language used in storytelling.
What is your favorite Christmas movie. Let me know in the Youtube comment section!
Remember, this is by no means an exhaustive list of Christmas movies. If you have other Christmas movie recommendations that could improve English proficiency or even your all-time favorites, leave them in the comment section. Remember to subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more content. I wish you a Merry Christmas and joy as you explore these films. Happy watching and happy holidays!