12 Days of Christmas: Day 4

London Met’s Student Blog will be sharing different Christmas ideas for you to explore, read, eat and wear for the next 12 days to put you in the right mood.

Non-Christmas Christmas Films

It’s that time of the year again when your TV is flooded with the same old Christmas films. Everyone knows and loves the classics but if you feel like you’ve seen Home Alone one too many times, here’s a list of the best non-Christmas films you can enjoy during the festive season.

Die Hard (1988) – It is one of the greatest action films of all times and the best non-Christmas Christmas film out there. Bruce Willis is playing John McClane, officer of the NYPD, who is trying to save his wife and several other hostages from a German terrorist. And the best part is that it’s all happening during a Christmas party in LA. 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) – When a failed thief runs into a casting office trying to escape the police at Christmas, he gives the accidental performance of his life and is sent to Hollywood to compete for an A-List role. But a murder mystery turns his world upside down. Dry humour makes this whole thing laugh-out-loud funny, and is worth getting on your Christmas must-see list.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – A film with no need for an introduction, Edward Scissorhands is creepy and magical at the same time. The story of Edward can melt your heart all year around but having this story happening around Christmas time does make it a festive special. 

Mean Girls (2004) – Sure, there’s actually only one scene about Christmas in Mean Girls, but that’s more than enough to give you a reason to rewatch one of the greatest film from our teenage years.

Just Friends (2005) – This underrated rom-com is one of the favourite “going home for Christmas” type of films. Ryan Reynolds is visiting his hometown during the holidays, where he comes face-to-face with his old high-school crush, a girl whose rejection has made him into a cruel womaniser. Will he mend his ways in time?

Rise of the Guardians (2012) – This animation is great for the young ones too. When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Santa Claus as a superhero? Why not.

Die Hard 2 (1990) – Yes, we started with Die Hard and we finish with its sequel. This time John McClane gets stuck in Dulles International Airport on Christmas, where he finds himself involved in a plot to free a captive ex-colonel or every plane in the sky will be taken down. Oh, and McClane’s wife just happens to be in the air at the same time.