Family Christmas TV schedule 2021


by Maria Martin |

Whatever your family's plans this Christmas and whoever they are with this year, we all know that the TV is likely to play a part in the festivities, even if you have seen Home Alone 50 times already. To make deciding what to watch as easy as possible, we've gathered together the best family TV shows and films that will be on the box over the festive period. So grab a blanket and your tub of Quality Street and get snuggly in front of the telly.

24th December

BBC1

9.15am: CBeebies presents: The Night Before Christmas

9.50am: The Farmer's Llamas

10.20am: Room on the Broom

10.45am: The Gruffalo

11.15am: The Gruffalo's Child

 11.40am: Brave

1.30pm: Frozen

3.00pm: Abominable

4.30pm: Dolittle (2020)

6.00pm: Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

ITV

11.00am: Nativity Rocks!

3.20pm: Shrek the Halls

7.30pm: Royal Carols: Together at Christmas

Channel 4

6.20am: The Little Penguin Pororo's Racing Adventure

7.30am: Rugrats the Movie

9.05am: Quentin Blake's Clown

11.25am: The Bear

11.55pm: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

12.30pm: Father Christmas

1.00pm: A Baby Reindeer's First Christmas

4.40pm: Channel 4 News

5.00pm: The Snowman

5.35pm: The Snowman and the Snowdog

6.00pm: Home Alone (1990)

8.00pm: The Greatest Snowman

25th December

BBC1

9.05am: Zog

9.35am: Zog and the Flying Doctors

11.00am: Stick Man

11.25am: Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

1.10pm: The Secret Life of Pets 2

2.30pm: Superworm

3.00pm: The Queen

3.10pm: Mary Poppins Returns

5.10pm: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

6.25pm: Michael McIntyre's Christmas Wheel

7.25pm: Blankety Blank Christmas Special

8.00pm: Call the Midwife Christmas Special

BBC2

6.10am: The Polar Bear Family & Me

7.10am: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

10.00am: Gangsta Granny

ITV

3.10pm: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

5.30pm: Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs at Christmas

6.00pm: The Masked Singalong

Channel 4

5.55am Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)

7.15am: The Simpsons

10.00am: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

10.30am: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

11.00am: How to Train Your Dragon

12.55pm: White Christmas (1954)

3.20pm: Father Christmas

3.55pm: The Snowman

4.30pm: The Snowman and the Snowdog

5.15pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

7.30pm: Terry Pratchett's the Abominable Snow Baby

8.00pm: The Great Christmas Bake Off

26th December

BBC1

9:15am: The Snail and the Whale

9:45am: The Highway Rat

10:10am: Shaun the Sheep: The Movie

11:30am: Trolls

1:50pm: Revolting Rhymes Part One

2:20pm: Beauty and the Beast

4:20pm: Paddington

BBC2

6:45am: Mary Poppins Returns

ITV

3.30pm: Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs

4.15pm: Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Presents: Double Trouble

5.00pm: The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special

6.00pm: Celebrity Catchphrase : Christmas Special

8.00pm: All Star Musicals at Christmas

Channel 4

6.05am: Rugrats Go Wild

12.30pm: Terry Pratchett's the Abominable Snowbaby

1.55pm: Home Alone 3

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