It's time to launch into the Christmas spirit...

... and what better way than to watch some animated and family Christmas classics?

We've selected five of the best live-action and animation features now showing on Netflix that everyone young and old can enjoy.

Happy viewing!

 

'Arthur Christmas'

This gem has a whopper cast which includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton. It follows four generations of the Claus family from Grandsanta (Nighy) to brothers Arthur (McAvoy) and Stephen (Laurie). Arthur learns that his dad, Santa (Broadbent), forgot to deliver a gift. He goes on a quest to bring it to the missed child.

 

'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

Led by two excellent performances in Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer, 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' is a modern classic. Stevens plays Charles Dickers while Plummer plays Ebenezer Scrooge. The story follows how the former was inspired to write 'A Christmas Carol'. Part of the film was shot in Ireland so make sure to watch out for some recognisable sights.

 

'Rise of the Guardians'

This underrated animated feature stars not only Santa but the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, the Easter Bunny and Jack Frost too. Together, they form the Guardians, who must stop Pitch Black from engulfing the world in darkness. Its impressive cast includes Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. You'll want tissues for this one.

 

'Nativity!'

'Nativity Rocks!', which is currently showing in cinemas, is the fourth Nativity film if you'd believe it. In the original, Martin Freeman plays a teacher who once wanted to be an actor, producer or director. He gets the chance to (somewhat) follow his dream when the primary school he works at puts on an nativity play with a difference. The sequel starring David Tennant, 'Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger', is also on Netflix if you feel like some binging.

 

'Deck the Halls'

'Home Alone' may not be on Netflix but if you're looking for something of that ilk, 'Deck the Halls' will make do. Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito star as two neighbours who compete to have the best decorated house and most dedicated Christmas spirit. Sure, we all have at least one in our neighbourhood. Kristin Chenoweth, Kristin David and Alia Shawkat also star.