6 of Millbank's Favourite Christmas Films - 12 Days of Christmas - Day 7

One tradition that gets passed down through generations is the good old-fashioned Christmas movie. Here are six Christmas films we love watching.

Elf (2003)

In one of the most popular Christmas movies, Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a human raised as one of Santa’s elves, and goes on a journey to New York to find his real father. Will Ferrell suffered from headaches throughout filming, as he had to actually eat all of the sugary foodstuffs in the Elf food pyramid on camera.

Die Hard (1988)

Is it a Christmas movie? We think so – after all, it is set at a Christmas party. While the film was released in the summer of 1988, it's since evolved into a cult Christmas movie since it takes place on Christmas Eve.

Home Alone (1990)

This film has everything you need to make a Christmas classic, and was a huge hit when it was released. A deleted scene even has a shot of Marv and Harry singing their own demented version of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The story of a man shown what the world would be like had he never been born is now classic. Despite being set around Christmas, it was filmed during a heat wave. It got to be so hot that director Frank Capra gave everyone a day off to recuperate.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s dark Christmas story might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has its fans here at Millbank. It took a group of around 100 people three years to complete. For one second of film, up to 12 stop-motion moves had to be made.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

There have been many versions made of Dr Seuss’s classic book, with another version starring Benedict Cumberbatch slated for 2018. But it’s Ron Howard’s visual masterpiece, starring Jim Carrey in a dyed-green yak fur suit, that gets the nod here at Millbank.

Check back next week for the final parts of our countdown to the 12 Days of Christmas with Millbank.

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