If you want to feel festive but don't want to be assaulted by Hallmark films and Christmas spirit, we've got just the thing.
We've compiled a list of alternative Christmas films - films set at Christmas with festive undertones to get you in the holiday spirit, but at a lower level than your standard Christmas films.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
"Jack Skellington, a being from Halloween Town, finds Christmas Town and is instantly enchanted. The situation becomes riveting when his obsession with Christmas leads him to abduct Santa Claus"
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
"A factory owner gives 5 children a chance to win a lifetime supply of sweets. Charlie, along with four odious children enter the factory. Disasters befall each of the children. Will Charlie survive?"
"Cady joins a new public school and befriends Janis and Damian. They warn her to avoid the Plastics, a group led by Regina, but things get worse when she falls in love with Aaron, Regina's ex-lover."
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
"While playing, Lucy and her siblings find a wardrobe that lands them in a mystical place called Narnia. Here they realise that it was fated and they must now unite with Aslan to defeat an evil queen."
"Ray and Ken, two hitmen, get stuck in Bruges, Belgium, after an unsuccessful mission. The situation becomes complicated when their boss asks Ken to kill Ray."
KISS KISS BANG BANG
"A thief, pretending to be an actor, gets involved in a murder investigation in Hollywood when he befriends a private eye. He soon draws in a struggling actress in the investigation."
"In Lethal Weapon, a pair of mismatched LAPD detectives – Martin Riggs (Gibson), a former Green Beret who has become suicidal following the death of his wife, and Roger Murtaugh (Glover), a 50-year-old veteran of the force – work together as partners."
IRON MAN 3
"Tony Stark encounters a formidable foe called the Mandarin. After failing to defeat his enemy, Tony embarks on a journey of self-discovery as he fights against the powerful Mandarin."
Die Hard follows New York City police detective John McClane (Willis) who is caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife.
"When Max, an entrepreneur, and criminal Penguin team up to wreak havoc in Gotham City, Batman decides to stop them. Catwoman's alter ego, Selina Kyle, seeks revenge on Max for trying to kill her."
HARRY POTTER (any of them)
"Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."
"Edward, a synthetic man with scissor hands, is taken in by Peg, a kindly Avon lady, after the passing of his inventor. Things take a turn for the worse when he is blamed for a crime he did not commit."
BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
"Bridget, a single woman, writes a diary focusing on how she wants to change her life. However, after two romantic encounters, her perspective changes drastically."