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Festive Fun: Films To Fly You Home For Christmas

23 December 2022

Festive Fun: Films To Fly You Home For Christmas

As the festive season approaches, there's nothing quite like settling in with a warm cup of hot chocolate, getting cosy under a blanket and putting on a classic Christmas film.

Here, at, we felt that the time was right to bring some first-class flight films back onto the radar of all airport enthusiasts - and we have some crackers for you.

From action to romance, sit back and grab the box of chocolates, as takes you through the Christmas airport films you should line up to help get you through the holidays.

  • Love Actually

We get the list kicked off with what has now become a quintessential Christmas movie, 'Love Actually'. Featuring a star-studded cast as long as Heathrow runways, (Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kiera Knightley, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth and the late Alan Rickman, plus quite a few more), this film follows eight different couples as they battle through the complexities of love in the month leading up to Christmas.

Heathrow Airport's terminal three bookends the narrative as the opening and final shots of the movie. The opening scene features Hugh Grant voicing a monologue where he explains that love can be found everywhere over various shots of families reuniting at the arrival hall. The final scene helps tie everything together… but it would be poor form if we say exactly how.

  • The Holiday

Set over the Christmas period, the Holiday places Iris and Amanda (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) attempting to escape their individually failing relationships through an international house-swapping scenario. Hopping across the pond via the Heathrow to LAX route, Iris swaps her village home for a LA Hollywood mansion, Amanda vice versa.

Both ladies then meet local lads (Jack Black in LA and Jude Law in the UK) and your light-hearted film then truly takes off. With LA's sunshine and the UK's chocolate box Christmas snow setting, this film has grown in popularity since its release and now features on many Christmas movie playlists.

  • Home Alone

Would it be a Christmas film list if Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Caulkin) does not feature? A classic family holiday hit, Kevin's dysfunctional crazy family famously forget him as they make their international flight across the pond to Paris. 8-year-old Kevin then has to survive on his own over Christmas in what he initially thinks is a dream scenario.

However, with two robbers scoping out the house, thinking it is empty, what ensues is comedy gold, and plenty of iconic quotes, which always leave audiences laughing every year it comes onto our screens.

  • Die Hard

Yes – we're going there. Is it really a Christmas movie? A quick poll in the office was in favour, so we're flying with it.

NYC detective, John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies into LA on Christmas Eve to surprise his estranged wife at her work's Christmas party. Hoping he was just coming out to the coast, for a get together and a few laughs, McClane quickly finds himself in the middle of a terrorist heist, orchestrated by the chillingly cold Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).

Featuring action sequences, and plenty of one-liners now synonymous with the franchise, Die Hard always features on many movie playlists every year as devout fans continue to push the 'Is it a Christmas film?' debate.

Here at, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

IMAGE CREDIT: © Universal Studios 2003
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