An integral part of any Christmas is getting cosy with the family and watching your favourite festive films. So with this in mind, leading online estate agent, eMoov.co.uk, has picked its favourites and how the UK housing market has evolved since they first hit our screens.
1983: Micky’s Christmas Carol
The Christmas Carol has been re-told in various guises over the years, as you’ll see shortly, but a firm favourite with youngsters is the Disney take on this festive classic. Since returning to our screens in 1983 Micky, Donald and co have seen the average UK house price increase 612% to the present day.
A year after Micky’s Christmas Carol and the UK house price climbed 12% to £31,076 for the release of Gremlins. Potentially the most underestimated Christmas gift ever, once exposed to light, water or fed after midnight, the cute, cuddly Mogwai transform into gremlins and chaos ensues. Since Billy met Gizmo and had to save the day on Christmas Eve, house prices have increased by more than 500%.
1985: Santa Claus The Movie
House prices increased by another £3,000 by the time Santa Clause The Movie was released in 85, with a peasant woodcutter attempting to fill Santa’s big boots and save Christmas from an evil toy manufacturer. Since its release, UK house prices have increased 472%.
1988: Die Hard
Perhaps not your usual festive go to, but a favourite for many none the less. Since John McClane first hit our screens to save the day and Nakatomi Towers, house prices have increased 283%, Yippie–Ki-Yay Mother*****rs.
1990: Home Alone
Starting off the 90s strong with potentially the greatest Christmas film of all time, Home Alone is without a doubt a sure sign its Christmas. When released the average UK house price was just £57,683, not even 30% of what a house will set you back today. Coincidence perhaps that between Kevin wrecking his parents’ house in the original Home Alone and him causing chaos on the streets of New York in Home Alone 2 (1992), the average UK house price dropped by 10%.
1992: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Unfortunately for the Muppets, the damage had already been done by little Macaulay Culkin when A Muppets Christmas Carol was released in 1992, with the UK house price having dropped to £51,815. Not to worry, they went on to increase by 280% to 2015.
1993: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Unfortunately this decline did continued for another year, albeit marginally, with house prices dropping a further 1% when The Nightmare Before Christmas hit our screens.
1996: Jingle All The Way
Luckily by the time Arnie hit our screens in Jingle All The Way, house prices had begun to rejuvenate, creeping up 4% to £53,394 since Tim Burton’s sombre take on a festive film.
1999: A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is perhaps one of the most famous Christmas novels and has been interpreted in a number of screen adaptations over the years, including the previous Muppets version. But one of the more famous has to be Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Scrooge in the 1999 film. Having increased 31% since Jingle All The Way, UK house prices would continue to do so by another 181% to the present day.
2000: The Grinch
Just because a film was made in the new millennium, it doesn’t mean it can’t gain classic status. The Grinch is proof of just that and has become a firm family favourite during the festive period. Despite his disdain for Christmas the Grinch kicked off the millennium on a good note for homeowners, ringing in an increase in the average UK house price of 15% from 1999. Despite it seeming like yesterday, house prices have continued to rise by 145% in the 15 years since the Grinch was released.
The Elf is another modern classic, Will Ferrell, a man raised as an elf, sent to the States in search of his true identity. Despite his size causing chaos in the elf community, the average UK house price increased by another 58% from 2000 to the release of Elf and, a further 55% to 2015.
2006: The Holiday
UK homeowners continued to enjoy escalating house prices during 2006 when rom-com The Holiday was released, at which point they’d reached £166,470. House prices continued to increase to a peak of £184,000 in 2007. They then took a rather un-festive dive, dropping 19% in 2009 and continuing to yo-yo for another four years.
By the time Disney released Frozen and it went on to become the highest grossing animated film of all time, UK house prices had regained strength and hit over £174,000, an increase of 17% since the lull of 2009, continuing to do so by a further 13% to 2015.
2015: Star Wars?
It would seem Star Wars is set to be the biggest film since forever, let alone this Christmas. Not the most festive but sure to be a hit with people of all ages. Here’s how house prices have fared since it first hit our screens back in 1977.
|Film||Average UK House Price||% Change Since Last Film||% change to 2015|
|1977: Star Wars||£12,805||N/A||1437%|
|1980: Empire Strikes Back||£23,288||82%||745%|
|1983: Return of the Jedi||£27,623||19%||612%|
|1999: The Phantom Menace||£71,122||157%||177%|
|2002: Attack of the Clones||£106,407||50%||85%|
|2005: Revenge of the Sith||£156,325||47%||26%|
|2015: The Force Awakens||£196,807||26%||TBD|