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Festive Family Films

Looking out for this year’s biggest new premieres? Or just after some feel-good festivities to set the mood? We know that films make up a huge part of your Christmas viewing, so get comfy and check out our guide to the seasonal delights coming your way this month...

Elf, ITV 2, 23rd December, 4:55pm


This is bound to put a smile on your face. Gather the family round and enjoy this brilliant festive favourite about Buddy (Will Ferrell), a man-sized elf who wreaks havoc at Santa’s workshop. On a mission to uncover his true identity, Buddy leaves the North Pole and heads to America where adventure awaits… 

(Oh and just remember, ‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!’). 

Zog, BBC One, Christmas Day, 4:50pm


Enjoy this enchanting animated special voiced by a stellar cast including Sir Lenny Henry, Kit Harington and Tracey Ullman. A keen but accident-prone dragon gets into mischief in Dragon School. Each year presents a different challenge; but now he’s in his fifth year he has the trickiest challenge yet – he has to capture a princess!

The perfect pick for the little ones.

The Grinch, ITV2, 23rd December, 7pm


He's definitely a mean one that Mr Grinch! Starring Jim Carrey, this Dr Seuss favourite follows a nasty green creature called the Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of the town of Whoville.

With the new adaptation coming out this Christmas, it's the perfect time to watch.

The Holiday, ITV, 21st December, 10:45pm 


Let's face it, we all love a Christmas rom-com and this one is one of our favourites. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star as Amanda and Iris, two women who swap homes where they each find true love. Say 'awwwwwwww' in 3,2,1...

Mary Poppins, Christmas Eve, BBC One, 5pm 


Help yourself to a spoonful of magic with Disney's all-singing masterpiece. Julie Andrews' musical numbers are bound to put a skip in your step on Christmas Eve, which is a testament to how timeless this story really is.

As if that wasn't enough, BBC One will have a bunch of animated animal capers for you and the family to dive into including the premiere of The Jungle Book (3:10pm, Christmas Day), The Good Dinosaur (Christmas Day, 1:30pm), Zootropolis (Christmas Eve, 2:55pm) and many more. Also, don't forget to record the Ab Fab Movie on New Year's Eve (BBC One, 9pm). Cheers sweetie! 

The Night Before, Channel 5, Christmas Eve, 11pm 


This uproarious festive comedy starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Anthony Mackie will leave you in stitches. When three childhood friends reunite for Christmas Eve, they go on a hunt for an exclusive Christmas party called the Nutcracker Ball.

However, they soon come to realise that they have all grown up, and that maybe it is time to put an end to their wild partying tradition, but not before making their last night together one to remember...

The Snowman, Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 12:40pm 


It wouldn’t be Christmas without a showing of Raymond Briggs’ festive shorts The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog. We follow the story of a young boy whose snowman magically comes to life and whisks him away to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Gremlins, ITV, Christmas Eve, 9:30pm 


Remember Gizmo? Tune into this 80s cult hit about a boy who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns into destructive, evil monsters called Gremlins. 

Scrooge, Talking Pictures TV, Christmas Day, 1:50pm 


The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas past, present and future in this much loved Christmas favourite. Plus, later at 5:40pm Talking Pictures will be showing David Lean's 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist starring Robert Newton, Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh. Christmas has come early!