Christmas Movie Cocktails – The Nightmare Before Christmas

21st December 2020

The Nightmare Before Christmas Cocktail

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was first shown at the New York Film Festival on October 9th 1993, it then released on November 25th 1994, the film has earned over $91.5 million since it released 27 years ago.

The film introduced classic Christmas and Halloween characters, including Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, Sally and Dr. Finkelstein.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Did You Know?

1. Tim Burton didn’t direct The Nightmare Before Christmas, he produced and helped write it, but the film was directed by Henry Selick.

2. While working as an animator at Walt Disney Productions in 1982, Tim Burton wrote a poem that would later inspire him to create The Nightmare Before Christmas, which you can read the poem here or listen to it here.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas took about 3 and a half years to make, every second of the film required 24 shots, with one minute of the film taking a week to film, the film consisted of 110,000 frames by the final result.

4. Disney wanted Jack Skellington to have eyes to help the audience connect with the character, but Burton and Selick refused. Jack’s black and white suit was originally going to be just black, but he blended into the background of some scenes, so they added the white stripes.

5. Composer Danny Elfman wrote the iconic songs for The Nightmare Before Christmas before the script was even written, Elfman said this to Los Angeles Times in 2015. “Tim would show me sketches and drawings, and he would tell me the story, describe it in bits of phrases and words and I would say, ‘Yeah, I got it.’ Three days later, I had a song,”

6. The sculpture department consisted of just four people, they made 60 individual characters, with there being three or four duplicates for every character, they also made over 400 Jack Skellington heads being made, you can watch a fascinating video on The Making Of The Nightmare Before Christmas if this interests you.

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas Film?

Henry Selick has said that ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas is indeed a Halloween film’, and Composer Danny Elfman saying “It’s obviously about Christmas, but for me, it’s a Halloween movie”.

I believe it’s both, a great Halloween film and a great Christmas film, it covers two joyful occasions, giving you two solid reasons to watch the film each year 🙂 What do you think?

Enjoy A Glass of Champagne Faniel & Fils This Christmas

Champagne Faniel’s story started with André Faniel, who after his retirement left a six-hectare vineyard to his three sons. In 1992 the name was changed to Faniel & Fils (Sons), they are located in the heart of the village of Cormoyeux and since 2008, Mathieu, a very talented man, has been helping his parents with promoting Champagne Faniel & Fils.

You can check out our Trip To Champagne Faniel & Fils where Mathieu shows us his range of Champagne’s as well as pairing them with some truly wonderful dishes and tasting a Ratafia.

Champagne Faniel & Fils – Rosé Perlane Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Red berry and nutty aromas.”

Flavours – “Fresh red fruits and candied nuttiness.”

This Champagne Won a Silver Medal in the Winter Warmer Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Cocktail


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Dark Rum
  • Blueberry Juice
  • Liquorice
  • White marshmallows

How To Make The Nightmare Before Christmas Cocktail

  1. Pour in 15mls of Dark Rum
  2. 50mls of Blueberry Juice
  3. Top up with Sparkling Wine
  4. Place in 2x Liquorice
  5. Then add 7x White marshmallows

Tasting Notes

Aroma – “A candy licorice berry aroma.”

Flavours – “Smooth fizz and sweetness on the palate with a creaminess forming near the end, licorice and blueberry flavours.”

Have A Merry Christmas

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.