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On The Sofa Our Top Christmas Films

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions.  A visit to the local Christmas market, rushing round the shops on Christmas Eve grabbing those last presents and checking the TV Times to see what's on over the Festive Holiday.

We’ve selected our top 5 classic family Christmas movies to watch this year. 

Family Watching TV

To help plan your viewing, we’ve included date, time and channels so you won’t miss them!

A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) – Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher.  On Christmas Eve, an angel petitions God to send help for Kermit the Frog who has lost all hope after losing the Muppet Theatre. Channel 5 12:40pm, Sunday 21st December.

White Christmas (1954) – Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.  This is a classic film all about two World War ΙΙ Army Soldier putting on a show for their previous commanding officer.  This is a real feel good musical film, which is a Christmas must and always the first one I watch!  If you don’t have this classic on DVD, then you can watch it on Channel 4 11:50am, Monday 22nd December.

The Snowman (1982) – An animated Christmas film about a boy who builds a Snowman that comes to life and takes him on an adventure.  It is a clever film, and completely wordless apart from the song “walking in the Air”.Channel 4 7:30pm, Tuesday 23rd December.

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) – Directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Dudley Moore, David Huddleston and John Lithgow.  When Santa’s eager Elf, Patch (Moore) leaves the North Pole for New York he becomes mixed up with a toy tycoon’s (Lithgow) plans to take over Christmas.  Santa (Huddleston) now faces his greatest challenge yet, to rescue his faithful elf and save Christmas!  ITV 4:15pm, Christmas Eve.

Home Alone (1990) – Directed by Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.  Home Alone is about Kevin, (Culkin) an eight-year-old boy who is left behind by accident when his family leaves for a Christmas trip to France. While enjoying his new found freedom, he learns that he has to protect his house from two burglars (Pesci and Stern).   Sky Family 8:00pm, 29th December.

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There are plenty more Christmas and Family films you won't want to miss over the holidays:

Nativity (2009) – starring Martin Freeman as a teacher that is producing his school’s Nativity.  Not only is he competing with the local posh school for best play in town, but stakes are raised when he idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, about his play.  She comes to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. BBC2 4:45pm, Saturday 20th December.

Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005) – Directed by Andrew Adamson and starring Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell. Four children (Henley, Keynes, Moseley, Popplewell) travel through a magical wardrobe to the land of Narnia.  Their adventure includes a White Witch (Swindon) and a mystical lion (Neeson).  If you enjoy the film, then we recommend reading C.S. Lewis’s whole collection of books.  BBC1 3:15pm, Sunday 21st December.

Cars 2 (2011) – Directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis, starring Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine.Lightning McQueen (Wilson) and his pal Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race.  Mater ends up caught in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. BBC1 3:30pm, Tuesday 23rd December.

Toy Story 3 (2010) – Directed by Lee Unkrich and starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Andy is off to College, which makes the toys worry about what will happen to them.  A film that all ages can enjoy.  BBC1 6.25pm, on Christmas Eve.

Nanny McPhee (2005) – Directed by Kirk Jones and starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth.  Governess Nanny McPhee (Thompson) uses magic to rein in the behaviour of Mr. Brown’s (Firth) seven badly behaved children. ITV 1:10pm, Christmas Day.

Arthur Christmas (2012) – Animated film directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook and starring James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy,  Arthur (McAvoy), Santa’s (Broadbent) clumsy son, gets put on a mission with Grandsanta (Nighy) to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hoursChannel 4 6pm, Christmas Day.

Frozen (2013) – Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and starring Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.  A young girl, Elsa (Menzel) with the ability to control snow and ice, grows up isolated and fearing her powers.  Her younger sister, Anna (Bell) helps her accept and embrace them.  A lovely movie for the whole family to enjoy with iconic song “Let It Go”.  Sky Premiere 7:00pm, Christmas Day.

20th Anniversary Edition (1982) – Directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore.  Troubled child, Elliot (Thomas) summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.  A classic movie that the whole family can enjoy. ITV 3:20pm,Sunday 28th December.

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