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Top 5 animated Christmas specials

Christmas is all about family, and what better way to spend time together than in front of a wonderful animation?! So, if you’re feeling extra Santa-mental (sorry!) over the holidays, we reckon these will definitely put a smile on your face. Check out the list below… and then check it twice (last one, we promise!) ☃️

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, BBC One, Boxing Day, 3:20pm


Brace your elves for a magical 2D animated adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book, narrated by the award-winning writer himself. We follow a story about a village that quakes in fear of the mighty Mountain Dragon. One winter, a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed.

Mimi takes the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her mother who all the villagers fear. An enchanting musical adventure - it’s the perfect pick for the little ones.

The Snail and The Whale, BBC One, Christmas Day, 2:30pm


Ahhh it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a Julia Donaldson animation! Her picture books are best-sellers and for good reason. After the success of Zog last year, this year we’ll be treated to The Snail and The Whale. It’s a wonderful tale of an unlikely friendship as we follow the amazing journey of a tiny snail who longs to see the world and manages to hitch a ride on a huge humpback whale.

With voices from Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Diana Rigg and Cariad Lloyd, we’re very much looking forward to this one.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 7:30pm


From the makers of The Snowman and The Snowdog comes this special animation of the much loved, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. The tea-guzzling tiger, who turns up unannounced and eats and drinks Sophie and mummy out of house, home and bathwater before disappearing into the night, has been delighting generations of children and parents in the much-loved picture book by Judith Kerr.

Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Paul Whitehouse all have lent their voices to what should be a truly festive family treat.

Raymond Briggs Specials, Channel 4, Christmas Eve, from 3:15pm


If you haven’t seen any of Raymond Briggs specials, then this is the perfect time to settle down, cosy up on the sofa and tune in. A perfect way to spend an afternoon on Christmas Eve. 

  • Father Christmas, 3:15pm

  • The Snowman, 3:50pm

  • The Snowman and the Snowdog, 4:20pm

Klaus, Netflix, available now


If you haven’t seen this wonderful animation by Director Sergio Pablos (co-creator of Despicable Me) then you are missing out. A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. This one is an office favourite! 

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