It’s that time again, the most wonderful time of the year. Hang those stockings up, get a little too tipsy in front of your grandad and put on a cosy, Christmas film to finish off the day. That’s right it’s Christmas, and here at CBD Testers we wanted to run down some of the most fuzzy and festive movies available for you to watch as you sit back, relax and enjoy some of Santa’s special cookies as we count through the top ten best Christmas films to watch whilst high.
Christmas is such a fun time of the year, filled with decoration, good food, family and friends, and of course, recreation. Now, that can mean something different for everyone, but for me personally, it means good weed, good movies, and spending time with the people I love. We hope you enjoy our list of our favorite Christmas films. For more articles like this one, and for exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other legal products, make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCO, THCV, THCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!
10. The Night Before
At 10 on our list, we start with the most modern. Right off the bat, The Night Before is probably the only film on here that may have been written whilst high on cannabis. The Night Before is Seth Rogen and the gang’s attempt at a festive film hits some of the marks. It’s the night before Christmas and a group of friends head to a big old Christmas rave as Joseph Gordon Levit’s character has no family to spend the night with. Hilarity ensues as things get more and more ridiculous. Lots of Cannabis is smoked and the whole film feels like a more adult attempt at a Christmas movie. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but if you want something to just chill out to and laugh at, Rogen has you covered… plus it’s free on Amazon prime so there’s that.
9. The Santa Clause
1994’s The Santa Clause may seem an odd choice to get high to, but trust me when you see chimney scenes as well as the journey to the North pole, you’ll understand why. Tim Allen stars as Scatt Calvin (SC, get it?) a man who accidentally causes the death of Santa Claus. After putting on his jacket he himself signs a cleverly titled Santa Clause which means he must now become Santa. Another genuinely funny Christmas film, full of some great performances from an ensemble cast. This film also happens to have my favourite representations of reindeer in the sarcastic, flatulent animatronics. David Krumholtz as Bernard the Elf is another highlight.
8. A Christmas Carol, Robert Zemeckis Version
The bell strikes midnight as we have our first adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on this list, from the mind of Robert Zemeckis. Known as well for the equally festive Polar Express, Zemeckis makes Dickens’ classic a whole lot darker than other versions (I’m looking at you Muppets). He adds back from the original novel, the personified versions of ignorance and want in a very surreal scene. We also have an exceptionally trippy moment when Scrooge is thrown into the future and sees his own funeral preparations. This adaptation might not be to everyone’s taste and the animation falls into the uncanny valley at some points, but it is still a romp and Carey’s performances alone as Scrooge and all three ghosts, make this a must see stoned Christmas film.
7. Chicken Run
Perhaps a new name to readers from the States, or anywhere outside of the UK. Chicken Run is one of Aardman Studios’ (of Wallace and Gromit fame) first feature length animated films. It features a set of clay-mation chickens fighting for their lives in a WW2 inspired chicken farm/prisoner of war camp all in the style of The Great Escape. Full of dry British humour, as well as a star turn from Mel Gibson, playing a cocky American rooster who promises to teach the Chickens to fly, this film is shown every year around the Holiday season on British TV. This of course being in itself exceptionally British, for what sounds more christmassy than a film about Chickens trying to escape a farm? I’ve put this on my list of Christmas films to get high to as it really is very funny and can only be heightened by enjoying it whilst high.
6. Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s festive Magnus Opus. A darkly comic telling of an original tale about how Jack Skellington, the reigning king of Halloween town accidentally finds the neighbouring Christmas town. Chaos ensues as Skellington goes a bit Christmas mad, trying to take over the holiday and run it himself. Superbly animated, with that idiosyncratic Burton flare, this film is as haunting as it is festive, some of the characters are actually quite scary (Oogie Boogie, the boogeyman still freaks me out). The bright colours and intricate set designs will make you cannabis Christmas party all the more interesting as there really is a lot to look at with this film. Rated 95% fresh on rotten tomatoes, it is a hit that everyone will enjoy.
5. Love Actually
Now for something a little more romantic. There are literally thousands of romantic Christmas movies out there, but I felt that Love Actually was the only one that firmly deserved a spot on my list. This best of British classic features so many iconic actors, moments and jokes that it would be impossible to leave out. Who doesn’t well up at the ending when the boy runs through the airport? Who doesn’t smile when Hugh Grant does his dance routine to ‘Jump’. It’s a classic through and through and something to get you especially warm and tingly as the cannabis kicks in.
Will Ferrell outdoes hims-elf (ho ho ho) in this Christmas cracker of a film. One of the most laugh out loud funny movies that is genuinely heartwarming as well. In this John Favreau classic, a human sneaks into Santa’s sack and is raised by elves in the north pole. Very quickly Buddy out grows his peers and it becomes clear that he doesn’t quite fit in. We follow his adventures as he returns to New York City to find his father and to fit in at last. With excellent performances from Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell and James Caan, as well as a 85% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes, there’s a reason Elf is at the top of my list. It’s the perfect film to get a little giggly at due to it’s pretty zany sense of humour (I’m talking about the raccoon clawing Buddy’s face). If you haven’t seen this christmas romp already, thank me in the New Year. Available on Amazon, but sadly not prime however it’s only a few dollars and very much worth it.
3. Home Alone
Of course it had to be Kevin McCallister and his big night in. We’ve all seen it and I reckon it’s about time to watch it again, as this is one of the all time feel good films for the christmas season. If MaCaulay Caulkin in his heyday, fighting off home invaders with an incredibly inventive set of weapons, then you need to recharge your christmas spirit. Everyone as a child had a dream of setting up their own intricate booby systems as much as everyone secretly dreamed they’d be left behind from a family vacation to have the whole house to themselves. So spark up, grab some snacks and shout your ‘Kevinnnn!!!’s for all to hear.
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol
Where would a list Christmas films be without arguably one of the best muppet films ever made. This film is so canonically christmassy that I refuse to feel festive without first seeing Kermit and co. tackle Dickens’ classic tale. Not only is the film well made, but exceptionally well cast with each muppet being a perfect fit for the role they were given. Kermit’s cratchit is perfect and Gonzo and Rizzo as a double act narrating team tie together this well loved adaptation. This was one of the first muppet films to be made after Jim Henson’s death and they more than do him proud. It also would be impossible not to mention Michael Caine’s powerhouse performance. In a role that he could have coasted and taken the pay-check he delivers a touching journey from Mean old Mr Humbug all the way to the changed Scrooge at the end. Light up and prepare to sing along to this Christmas classic. One thing to watch out for is that some of the muppets are already a little trippy in their designs, so could be a little overwhelming if you’re too high.
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
Get the tears ready as we end on the emotional powerhouse that is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. The oldest of all the Christmas films on our list, being made in 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of a down on his luck man, George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, who asks the question ‘What if I’d never been born?’. An angel shows him how the world would be without him and he sees the errors of asking such a question. Powerful, moving and classic, if you want a film to watch that’ll really make you love and respect those around you then look no further, this will leave you warmed to the core.
Hopefully you’ve found your perfect movie to get high to this festive season from this pretty eclectic list. Make sure to wrap up warm as it is cold outside, oh and let’s hope you’re on Santa’s Nice list this year, although he did appreciate those special cookies you left him last year. It really helped him on his way for Christmas eve. Merry Christmas from CBD testers!
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