If you’re celebrating the festive period at a private rental villa in Thailand, let our selection of Christmas films inspire family movie nights in your home away from home.
After an inspiring day of tropical sightseeing around Phuket or Koh Samui, there’s nothing quite like putting your feet up, kicking back with some snacks and settling in to watch a movie with the family.
Many of Thailand’s top private villas come with their own large screen TVs and some even boast mini movie theatres, complete with, surround sound and plush sofas and day beds to make yourself comfortable while you lose yourself in the screen
Most properties also have their own library of movies and TV series to choose from, inclduding a few festive classics to infuse your movie night with a distinctly Christmassy theme.
Below are a few ideas that will be a celluloid hit with the whole family.
Jingle the Bells
Although It’s a Wonderful Life
never sets out to be your typical Christmas movie, the way it encompasses the Dickensian spirit of family and community during the closing scenes of the film makes it one of the ultimate holiday greats. The movie tells the story of one man – George Bailey – and how his actions have positively affected those of all the people around him. One cold night before Christmas, when Bailey is suicidal, his guardian angel Clarence shows up to reveal exactly what life would be like if George had never existed. This heart-warming tale is one of Hollywood’s great, and a timeless festive classic.
Walking on Air
Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, this short animated movie tells the magical story of a young boy who builds a snowman who comes to life on the stroke of midnight. The pair become fast friends and venture out into the moonlit night, where the magical snowman takes the boy to meet Father Christmas and his reindeer. In the morning, the boy wakes up – only to find that his magical friend has melted in the sunlight. Set to the haunting melody of “We’re Walking in the Air” this is a winter wonder no family should miss out on, even when it’s warm outside.
The first movie in the Home Alone
franchise tells the story of what is pretty much every kid’s fantasy – getting left at home when their parents go on holiday, free to eat as much junk food and go to bed as late as they like. This was the breakthrough movie for child star Macaulay Culkin, who plays Kevin – the young hero of the film. As well as having a jolly good time while his parents are stuck in Paris, Kevin also sets an impressive array of booby traps to catch out the burglars attempting to rob his parents’ house. This Christmas classic was so successful, it led to four sequels.
Christmas Meets Halloween
The Nightmare before Christmas
is one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated movies, and will have you and your kids singing along to the catchy “What’s This?” Christmas anthem for days. While this stop-motion animated film presents a darker edge to the usual Christmas story, it’s a laugh a minute. It tells the story of Jack Skellinghton – Pumpkin King and the ultimate anti-hero – as he stumbles across Christmas Town and decides he’d prefer to do Santa’s job rather than his own.
Still Believe in Santa Claus?
Based on the 1985 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, Polar Express
is the perfect musical fantasy film for little ones who want to wrap themselves up in the magical fantasy of a fairy tale Christmas wonderland. The digitally-animated movie tells the story of a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa, when one Christmas Eve a huge train arrives to take him up to the North Pole to meet Santa and all his helpers. He receives a magical gift that only children who still believe in Father Christmas can still experience – the ability to hear the ringing of an enchanted bell.