Christmas films are an essential part of the festive period.
If you’re not sat around scoffing handfuls of Roses chocolates and watching Christmas movies then it’s probably not Christmas at all.
Despite this, the Freeview TV schedule often offers little in the way of new and modern films – oh look, they’re replaying The Snowman again.
Fortunately, there are plenty of films on Now TV to get you in the festive spirit.
Here’s a look at every Christmas film on TV – (updated weekly).
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Frozen (5 stars)
“The city of Arendelle is gripped in an eternal winter when Princess Elsa loses control of her magical powers. It’s up to younger sister Anna – with the aid of ice salesman Kristoff, trusty reindeer steed Sven, and adorable snowman Olaf – to bring Elsa back.”
This Christmas (4 stars)
“The Whitfields are about to celebrate their first family Christmas together for four years. And they’re going to do it in the traditional style: with put-downs, punch-ups and a sprinkling of jaw-to-the-floor surprises. Ft Idris Elba and Chris Brown.”
White Christmas (5 stars)
“Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as the song and dance duo out to save a snowless ski resort. Show-stopping musical with a terrific soundtrack from Irving Berlin (1954)”
Bad Santa (4 stars)
“Billy Bob Thornton has a blast as the foul-mouthed safecracker who dresses up as a department store Santa, then robs the joint. Wickedly funny comedy.”
It’s A Wonderful Life (5 stars)
“Frank Capra’s classic Christmas fantasy stars James Stewart as a smalltown good guy who contemplates ending it all until his guardian angel shows him how the town would fare without him. With heartless money-lender Lionel Barrymore making life difficult for everyone and misfortune occurring at every turn, all does seem a little bit lost. But that’s when the magic kicks in…”
Scrooged (4 stars)
“Groundhog Day meets Christmas Day as Bill Murray’s heartless TV boss is taught the error of his ways by three different Yuletide ghosts. A knockabout contemporary update of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.”
The Polar Express (5 stars)
“As the gruff conductor on the Polar Express, the digitally rendered Tom Hanks welcomes aboard a young boy who has ceased to believe in Father Christmas… but is willing to come along for the ride.”
Surviving Christmas (2 stars)
“There’s Christmas chaos when lonely millionaire Ben Affleck hires a family to spend the holidays with. Comedy – kind of.”
A Bramble House Christmas (3 stars)
“Nurse and single mum Willa Fairchild is offered the chance to spend Christmas at the home of one her elderly patients with her son. When they turn up they meet Finn, who doesn’t let on that he is the man’s son and suspects Willa of manipulating his dad so she would be put in his will.”
Fred Claus (3 stars)
“Santa Claus’s overlooked and resentful elder brother Fred struggles to make ends meet as an unscrupulous repo man. One year, desperate for cash, he agrees to work in his brother’s toy workshop only to discover Christmas is a time for giving.”
National Lampoons Christmas (4 stars)
“After holidays from hell – home and abroad – the Griswold clan opt to stay put for the festive season. Naturally, disaster-prone dad Clark is determined to make it a Christmas to remember. And so it is… for all the wrong reasons.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas (5 stars)
“When bored Pumpkin King Jack Skellington stumbles into Christmastown, he’s so taken with the idea of Yuletide that he rallies the residents of Halloweentown to put on Christmas instead of Halloween. But as you’d expect from a bunch of bats, ghouls and goblins, they can’t get the festive thing quite right.”
12 Days of Giving (3 stars)
“After winning a nice sum of money, good Samaritan Baxter Billings decides to play Secret Santa to the residents of a small town. His generosity is rewarded when he falls for the widowed mother of one of his young beneficiaries. Prepare to have your cockles warmed by this happy case of Christmas karma.”
All I Want for Christmas (3 stars)
“With Christmas coming, two New York kids – seven-year-old Hallie and older brother Ethan – hatch a plan to bring together their divorced parents. It’s a Christmas version of Parent Trap!
Sleepless in Seattle (4 stars)
“Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan give everyone the warm-and-fuzzies in this inescapably romantic comedy from the writer of When Harry Met Sally…”
The Santa Clause (4 stars)
“A Disney movie in the old style, in which divorced Scott Calvin has his little son Charlie back for Christmas Eve and tries to bolster the kid’s belief in Santa, which is being destroyed by his stepfather. What Scott isn’t prepared for is the real Santa falling to his death after making a pancake landing on his roof, and Scott becoming the next Santa.”
The Santa Clause 2 (3 stars)
“Santa Claus Scott Calvin has returned home just when things were getting busy. He’s been told that if he doesn’t get a wife by Christmas Eve, then a process of de-Santa-fication will rob him of his beard, belly and job.”
The Santa Clause 3 (2 stars)
“Twelve years after being anointed Santa Claus, Scott Calvin is struggling to balance the annual present-distribution business with his domestic responsibilities. Mrs Claus is pregnant, the in-laws are on their way and seasonal spoilsport Jack Frost has his eye on the big red suit. Let the festive fun commence.”
Snow Day (2 stars)
“Family comedy with Chevy Chase as a TV weatherman whose kids’ school is closed by a freak snowstorm. Naturally, the pupils want to keep it that way and do everything in their power to make conditions difficult for snarling snowplough driver Chris Elliott.”
Christmas With The Kranks (2 stars)
“Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are the empty-nesters who decide they’re going to forego the traditional Christmas and opt instead for a Caribbean cruise.”
The Muppets Christmas Carol (5 stars)
“Michael Caine guests as Ebenezer Scrooge in this Muppet version of the classic tale of an old miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Despite being “just a kids’ film” there’s heart, soul and joy in this yarn that uses the familiar characters – the Great Gonzo, Kermit, Miss Piggy – in traditional roles such as Charles Dickens, Bob and Emily Cratchit.”
Batman Returns (4 stars)
“Twas Christmas in Gotham City and not a mouse stirred… but there was an almighty kerfuffle between a bat, a cat and a Penguin…”
A Christmas Cruise (2 stars)
“An aspiring novelist reluctantly joins her best friend on a Christmas-themed cruise, only to have her life changed forever. Romantic drama with Vivica A Fox.”
Better Watch Out (3 stars)
“Precocious 12-year-old Lukas is harbouring ludicrously high expectations of an evening in the care of comely teenage babysitter Ashley. After sneaking some fizz, he launches his seduction… and her shocked reaction is exactly what you might expect. However, the subsequent awkward standoff is interrupted by mystery phone calls, signs of disturbance and a clear threat of menace.”
The Christmas Cottage (2 stars)
“Workaholic San Francisco interior designer Lacey finds herself trapped in Christmas Cottage with her ex-boyfriend. To make matters worse, her own partner and company co-owner turns up for a wedding at the cottage.”
Prancer (3 stars)
“Young Michigan farm girl Jessica discovers an injured reindeer and – thinking that it’s one of Santa’s sleigh-pullers – secretly begins nursing it back to health. Heartwarming family fare from writer John Taylor, who namechecks Steven Spielberg’s E. T. as a key influence.”