From Elf to Love Actually: The best Christmas movies on Sky Cinema over the festive season

From Elf to Love Actually: The best Christmas movies on Sky Cinema over the festive season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, for food and movies at least.

Sky Cinema has unveiled its Christmas film line-up for the month of December, and we can see a lot of sitting-on-the-couch-eating-Roses coming up in our lives very shortly.

(You could even take a leaf out of this man’s book and do a 24-hour Christmas movie binge marathon.)

So while the weather may be freezing and it feels like the sun is barely up before it’s pitch black outside again, take solace in knowing there are some absolutely class films on the telly.

From Love Actually to It’s A Wonderful Life, there’s a film for everyone, no matter how much of a Grinch they claim to be.

A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

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A brand new film from Netflix which has just arrived on Sky Cinema on November 26, A Boy Called Christmas looks set to be the new Christmas classic.

It tells the tale of Nikolas, an ordinary boy who goes on an extraordinary adventure through the snow to find the fabled village of Elfhelm, with the help of a talking mouse and a reindeer named Blitzen.

An utterly unique look at the origins of Father Christmas.

Elf (2003)

A baby boy crawls into Santa Claus’s sack of toys one Christmas night and ends up back at the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf and suspects nothing despite being five feet taller than everyone else.

Watching Will Ferrell get hit by a taxi while dressed as an Elf in New York City is a Christmas tradition for many households.

Gremlins (1984)

Yes, Gremlins is a Christmas movie.

This 1980s classic – and its sequels – will be on Sky Cinema multiple times in the lead-up to Christmas, so you can stuff your face with a box of Roses while you learn why you should never, ever feed a Mogwai after midnight.

Die Hard (1989)

Again, no arguments, it’s a Christmas movie. Bruce Willis battles terrorists at a Christmas party, making this, yes, a Christmas movie.

Love Actually (2003)

A unique Christmas film with a star-studded cast including Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth.

You know Alan Rickman was a brilliant actor when you physically hate his guts the moment Emma Thompson opens her Christmas present.

The Polar Express (2004)

Another modern classic with beautiful animation, The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy who awakes on Christmas Eve to find a huge train bound for the north pole outside his window.

He is invited aboard, where other children are waiting, to visit Santa Claus in his workshop. Nostalgic and adorable.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

If you’re looking for something wholesome, look no further than this 1994 remake of the 1947 classic, starring Mara Wilson, were we see a department store Santa pushed into a court battle to prove that he is the real Santa Claus.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

There have been so many different versions of The Grinch since Dr Seuss released his classic book in 1947, but Jim Carrey trying to crush the dreams of Taylor Momsen’s Cindy Lou Who has got to be the best.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Distinguished actor Michael Caine as Scrooge, surrounded by Muppets. What’s not to love?

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

A film that has totally withstood the test of time with a message that is just as relevant now as ever.

A man who plans to die by suicide is shown by a guardian angel what his loved ones’ lives would be like had he never existed. (If you haven’t seen it it may sound bleak, but trust us on this one).

Home Alone (1990)

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without watching Macaulay Culkin torture two hapless burglars for two hours.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

The filmmakers behind Home Alone knew not to mess with a good thing, and so Home Alone 2 follows essentially the exact same premise of the first, except Kevin is alone in New York instead of his house – and it 100% works.

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