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The Best Movies On This Christmas 2017

Section: Christmas
Family Christmas films

It’s Christmas, which means marathon sessions of Christmas movies on TV are not only inevitable, they are a must this year! Snuggle up with your children and enjoy these family-friendly movies, perfect for little ones but with enough comedy for us parents to enjoy too. 

Friday 22nd December

A Monster Christmas, Channel 5, 9.05am

A fun animated adventure about the abominable snowman's children, who disobey warnings to stay away from humans and end up captured by an evil scientist! The young monsters befriend a seven-year-old girl, and end up spending Christmas with her family.

Saving Santa, Channel 5, 9.55am

Bernard, a clumsy elf working in Santa's reindeer stables, learns that his employer uses time travel to go all around the world in a single night. When mercenaries invade the North Pole looking to steal its magical secrets, Bernard goes back in time to stop them ever finding the place.

Saturday 23rd December

Rugrats the Movie, Channel 4, 7.35am

Tommy faces responsiblity when Dil, his new baby brother is born. As with all newborns, the child becomes a bane to Tommy and the rest of his gang. Even Phil and Lil don't like them. So they decide to return Dil to where he came from, the hospital. But they get lost along the way, REALLY lost, and get into even more trouble with a circus. Can they find their way home?

The Boxtrolls, Channel 4, 9.05am​

The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge! A great children's film.

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (short film), Channel 4, 12.55pm

The Ice Age gang are back for this short Christmas special. This time, Sid, Eddie and Crash get in trouble with Santa and have to find a way to get their names off the naughty list!

Frozen, BBC 1, 2.50pm

We're such fans of this all-singing, all-dancing Disney special. If you don't know the story, it's all about Queen Elsa, who accidentally uses her powers to turn things into ice and curses her home into infinite winter. Her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to rid the kingdom of snow and restore the sunshine! 

Despicable Me, ITV, 4.30pm

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. This is a great watch for slightly older tots this Christmas, whilst the younger ones will love watching the minions speak in their gobbledeegook language. 

Elf The Musical Live, Channel 5, 5.00pm

Based on the beloved 2003 Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, ELF The Musical is a stage production of the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.

Christmas Eve

The Lego Batman Movie, Sky Cinema Premiere, 6.00am

Bruce Wayne is back, and cooler than ever. He must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wants to become his sidekick.

Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Channel 4, 6.55am

The Rugrats travel to Paris, France, where Chuckie hopes to find a new mother and keep his father from marrying an evil business woman.

The Santa Clause, BBC 1, 10.30am

A feel-good 1994 film about a man who inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, and finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas, BBC 1, 1.45pm

Perfect for the very little ones, and who doesn't love Shaun the Sheep?! In this movie, Shaun gets the Farmer to bring home a llama from the County Fair.

Monsters University, BBC 1, 2.20pm

Probably best for slightly older tots, Monsters University is the sequel to Monsters Inc. and is a much loved favourite at Christmas. The film is look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University - when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.

Home, BBC 1, 4.10pm

Home is a lovely animated film for little ones, about an alien on the run from his own people. He makes friends with a little girl and tries to help her on her quest, but often proves to be a bit of an interference.

Happy Feet, ITV 2, 4.40pm

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

The Snowman, Channel 4, 5.20pm

This beautiful silent film is a must-watch this Christmas, perfect for the littlest of tots. A little boy strikes up a friendship with a snowman and the two fly together over the village and the snow and go on adventures together. But will the snowman last without the freezing weather to keep him whole? The soundtrack is mesmerising, it'll have your little ones singing 'I'm Walking in the Air' throughout the festive period. 

The Snowman and the Snowdog, Channel 4, 5.55pm

A variation on The Snowman, this movie has a Snowdog too, what's not to love? A young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house where the original snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the Snowman, the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snowdog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar, making it the happiest Christmas ever for him.

The Muppet Christmas Carol, Channel 4, 6.30pm

Perhaps a film for older tots, who will understand the story of the Christmas Carol - told by muppets of course! The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale on Christmas Eve.


Christmas Day

Santa Claus The Movie, ITV, 12.50pm

A golden oldie, in this film, a peasant woodcutter becomes Santa Claus and schemes to take over Chrsitmas by manufacturing evil toys!

Toy Story 3, BBC 1, 1.20pm

The third instalment of the Toy Story films - and it does not disappoint. In this one, the toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Father Christmas, Channel 4, 1.55pm

Made by the same people who did The Snowman, this film is about the real Father Christmas and what he might be like. He might have a large white beard and a red suit, but in a down-to-earth twist, he is depicted as rather grumpy, doing everyday domestic chores and living on his own in a small house in contemporary Britain. A lovely family film!

Dumbo, Channel 4, 4.30pm

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential. Dumbo will never go out of fashion, it's a firm favourite in our eyes, and even better at Christmas!

Happy Feet Two, ITV 2, 5.50pm

Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realise his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat to their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.

Boxing Day

Shaun the Sheep Movie, BBC 1, 2.10pm

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

A Bug's Life, ITV 2, 2.35pm

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe. Another old classic, A Bug's Life is great Christmas watching this festive period. 

Mary Poppins, BBC 1, 3.45pm

Perhaps one of the most iconic films ever made, this is not one to miss! If you don't know the story... In turn of the century London, a magical nanny uses music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. It's a real adventure.

The Little Mermaid, channel 4, 4.20pm

Not only does this classic filn have some of the best Disney songs around, it's an absolute joy to watch at any age! It's all about Ariel, a mermaid princess who makes a bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. But she doesn't have any legs, only her mermaid tail - will she ever make it onto dry land?

  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
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Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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