Top ten family films for Christmas

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Families tend to sit together and fight over who's had the last Malteser from the box of Celebrations at Christmas. But occasionally, it's nice to sit down and watch a film together - one that everyone can get something out of. Here are ten festive suggestions to get you going...
Nativity
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Nativity

Stick with the first Nativity film and you're on safe ground, as Martin Freeman plays a teacher trying to get his class of singing talent into shape. The sequels, sadly, don't come close to matching the warmth of the original.
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The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Not a perfect movie this by any measure, but director Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of The Polar Express is not without its moments. It's not without multiple Tom Hanks roles either, albeit behind strange-looking performance capture animation.

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Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians

An overlooked animated movie from a few years' back, that brings Santa together with the likes of the Easter Bunny, Sand Man and the Tooth Fairy, all to see off a threat against our holidays. It's got a packed last third, but there's an awful lot to like here.

Nightmare before Christmas
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Nightmare before Christmas

Nightmare before Christmas

The debate will never be resolved as to whether the sumptuous The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween film or a Yuletide one. Either way, in under 80 minutes, it packs creativity, great music and wonderful stop motion animation into a pretty much unmissable film.

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Bernard and the Genie

Bernard and the Genie

A made-for-TV movie starring Lenry Henry, Bernard And The Genie first screened in 1991, and came from the pen of Richard Curtis. It follows Bernard, after he's been given the boot by his boss, who discovers, as you might guess, a genie. Guffaws ensue.

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Elf

A film that's fast become a Christmas favourite, Elf stars Will Ferrell as Buddy. Buddy works for Santa, but learns his true origins, and heads to New York City to meet his real father. A modern comedy treat follows.

Miracle on 34th Street
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Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

You can't really go wrong with either version of this: the 1947 original saw Edmund Gwenn take on the role of Kris Kringle, whilst the 1994 updating gave the late Sir Richard Attenborough the part.  Both Miracle On 34th Streets come warmly recommended.

Arthur Christmas
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Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Arguably the best festive film of the last few years, Aardman's Arthur Christmas has lots of sly background gags for the adults, a terrific seasonal jumper, and bags full of charm.

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Home Alone

Home Alone

Home Alone sequels continue to be bilged out straight to DVD, but stay on the safe side: Home Alone, and if you're feeling generous, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York are your best bets.

The Muppet Christmas Carol
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The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Surely the top choice. The first Muppets film made after the death of Jim Henson, this is rightly revered as a Yuletide classic. The songs are good, the jokes are great, and Charles Dickens' text has never been more fun.

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