Britain’s Favourite Christmas Film Has Been Revealed And It’s Controversial

The HookThe Hook in Entertainment, Film
Published 24.12.19

Britain’s favourite Christmas film has been revealed…

Christmas films are an acquired taste – much like Bountys in a box of Celebrations (to coin a Christmas phrase) – and everyone has their go-to that they watch  every year without fail.

I’ve got a couple: The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Holiday.


Both are pretty different, I’ll admit, but they both entertain in their own special way.

The Holiday because Jude Law is an absolute dreamboat and I get lost in his gorgeous eyes every time, and The Muppet Christmas Carol because it’s the friggin’ Muppets singing and hanging out of windows in Victorian London.

Anyway, the good folks over at the Radio Times have done a poll of 7000 people to determine the Christmas film Britain loves the most.


It’s totally definitive, completely scientific and sort of a little bit controversial.

Britains Favourite Christmas Films:

1. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
2. Elf (2003)
3. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
4. Love Actually (2003)
5. Home Alone (1990)
6. Die Hard (1988)
7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
8. The Polar Express (2004)
9. White Christmas (1954)


10. Scrooge (1951)
11. A Christmas Carol (1984)
12. The Snowman (1982)
13. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
14. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
15. The Holiday (2006)
16. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
17. The Grinch (2000)
18. Scrooged (1988)
19. Nativity! (2009)
20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

There you have it: It’s A Wonderful Life is the nation’s favourite festive flick.

Obviously I have a couple of issues with this list, the first being The Holiday’s shocking 15th placed finish.


Elsewhere, The Grinch has been criminally overseen in 17th and I’m sorry but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is absolutely not a Christmas film.

What’s the criteria here?

Having said all of that, I’m not that mad at the list.

Also, I’ve never actually seen It’s A Wonderful Life so I couldn’t possibly comment on whether it should get the top spot.


However, I’m fairly certain no Muppets are in it so as far as I’m concerned this list is a sham.

Merry Christmas, yah filthy animals.

Images via Warner Bros/Walt Disney