Aside from the food, the best thing about Xmas is the films and TV. So cancel your plans, get the snacks in and mark these must-sees in your diary.
Saturday 23rd December
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
ITV | 1:35pm
Go back to where it all began. Plus this one’s the most festive.
ITV | 1:35pm
Forgot the meaning of Xmas? Watch this…
BBC1 | 2:50pm
Let it go, and get lost in a Disney fave.
ITV | 4:30pm
IT’S SO FLUFFY. If you know, you’ll know. And if you don’t, put this on your list.
C4 | 11:20pm
Not much Christmassy about this one but it’s an award winning film for a reason. Starring Hollywood greats such as Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
Sunday 24th December
The Prince & Me
BBC2 | 7:30am
Okay, so an early start but a cute rom-com way to start the day. Starring Julia Stiles.
Gone With The Wind
C5 | 9:20am
One of the highest grossing films of all time and an all-round classic. Yep, it’s over four hours long but it’s a film you’ll never forget, and the fashion will have you wanting to dress just like Scarlett O’Hara.
ITV | 9:55am
A sad but sweet film about a dad who dies in an accident but returns reborn as his son’s snowman to make amends.
The Santa Clause
BBC1 | 10:30am
A timeless festive film starring Tim Allen as the next Santa Clause.
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
ITV | 12:55pm
The second instalment of the epic franchise, go back to Hogwarts with our fave fierce trio.
BBC1 | 2:20pm
See how Monsters Inc came about with this fun-filled prequel. Well worth a watch.
Monday 25th December
BBC2 | 7:40am
If you happen to wake up early (and hangover free), catch this animated film starring Oprah Winfrey.
ITV | 11:25am
A remake of the Disney fave. Don’t grow up and rewind the years with this childhood fave tale.
Top Of The Pops Christmas Special
BBC1 | 12:20pm
Because it’s not Christmas without TOTP…
Toy Story 3
BBC1 | 1:20pm
A timeless animation that will never get old. Join Buzz, Woody and the crew on the big day itself for allll the fun.
The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast
BBC1 | 3pm
The only reason worth pausing your Xmas dinner for.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
ITV | 3:10pm
Round three is here – if you’re a HP fan, you won’t wanna miss out…
BBC1 | 3:10pm
Going head to head against Harry Potter, Lily James plays Cinders herself in this real life retelling of the classic fairytale.
C4 | 4:30pm
An oldie but a goodie, the Disney 1941 animation is one to get on your watch list.
C4 | 5:50pm
If you don’t watch Home Alone at Christmas, you’re doing it wrong.
Christmas Bake Off
C4 | 7:40pm
Past contestants including Selasi and Val reunite for a Christmas bake off special.
Beauty And The Beast
Sky Premiere | 8pm
The remake everyone waited for. Emma Watson stars as Belle in the 2017 adaptation. If there’s one thing you watch, make it this. You’ll be enchanted.
ITV | 11:15pm
A house swap leads to two festive couple ups starring a stellar cast of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.
Tuesday 26th December
ITV | 3:30pm
Whisk yourself away in a sci-fi alien adventure starring a young Drew Barrymore.
BBC1 | 3:45pm
A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. And a watching of Mary Poppins will make your Xmas that lil’ bit better.
The Little Mermaid
C4 | 4:20pm
Another Disney animation – this time lose yourself in part of her world in the classic film – The Little Mermaid.
Back To The Future
C4 | 6pm
Travel back in time to 1955 with Michael J Fox in this sci-fi adventure.
The School Of Rock
Film4 | 6:50pm
Jack Black plays a pretend teacher in this comedy about a school project that turns into a rock concert.
C5 | 10pm
With an epic soundtrack, killer moves and a standout cast – there’s a reason Dirty Dancing is so big.
Four Weddings And A Funeral
C4 | 11:10pm
Rom com starring Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson to name a few, this BAFTA winning film is a loveable flick perf for a rainy day.
Wednesday 27th December
The Princess And The Frog
BBC1 | 10:45am
Another Disney fairytale well worth waking up for.
The Polar Express
Sky Christmas | 12:55pm
Tom Hanks stars in this epic animation about a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa Clause. The visuals are stunning alone.
BBC1 | 2:20pm
With a cast of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, John Cleese and Julie Andrews – what better way to spend your time off?!
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
ITV | 8pm
Onto the next Harry Potter instalment – this one sees Twilight fave, Robert Pattinson join the cast.
Thursday 28th December
Kung Fu Panda
BBC1 | 10:20am
Another Jack Black film – this time he stars as a Kung Fu fighting Panda.
Shrek The Third
BBC1 | 2:20pm
Bringing sexy back (couldn’t help that one…), Justin Timberlake joins the cast for the third part to the Shrek franchise.
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
ITV | 8pm
Yes, we recommend them all…
About A Boy
C4 | 11:05pm
Hugh Grant and a young Nicholas Hoult go on a journey of ups and downs in this heart-warming story about a bachelor that helps a 12 year-old boy after his mother attempts suicide.
Friday 29th December
BBC1 | 2:25pm
Beautifully shot, Up is the tale of an elderly widow who ties balloons to his house to float to South Africa to fulfil his and his late wife’s dream.
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
ITV | 8pm
Join the gang for the next instalment.
BBC1 | 9:15pm
The novel turned hit film stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in this mystery thriller that’ll keep you guessing as Ben’s tries to track down his missing wife.
Saturday 30th December
Ever After: A Cinderella Story
C4 | 12:50pm
A 16th Century reworking of the classic fairytale starring Drew Barrymore.
Pride & Prejudice
C4 | 3:15pm
Oscar nominated Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennet in a film remake of Jane Austen’s famous novel.
Alice In Wonderland
BBC2 | 6:20pm
Tim Burton works his usual magic in this incredible remake of the Disney film starring Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I
ITV | 8pm
The darkest two films of the franchise, but if you’re a HP fan, keep going…
The Price Is Right
C4 | 8pm
The much-loved gameshow returns for a one off special starring comedic legend, Alan Carr.
Sunday 31st December
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
BBC1 | 1:40pm
The 1971 life-action adventure of a witch, children and a flying bed is well worth a watch.
C5 | 2:55pm
Bill Murray finds himself living the same 24 hours over and over in this 1993 film.
The Lego Movie
C5 | 5pm
Does what it says on the tin. An easy watch about a hero trying to save his lego world from destruction.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II
ITV | 7:50pm
10 years and eight films later, this one sees the end of the world famous franchise. So if you’ve stayed glued to the rest, finish what you started…
Monday 1st January
C4 | 8:15am
Starring Ben Kingsley and a young Vanessa Hudgens, the action film is a FAB (see what we did there…) take on the British TV series.
The Cat In The Hat
C4 | 11:35am
Mike Myers brings the sass and sarcastic humour as one feisty cat in this comedy fantasy starring Dakota Fanning.
The Wizard Of Oz
ITV3 | 1:15pm
There’s no place like home. Or Oz it seems in this 1939 classic starring the one and only Judy Garland. If you’ve not watched it, make time for this one.
Shrek Forever After
BBC1 | 2:05pm
A twist on the Shrek tales as the ogre enters a alternative world where he never married Fiona.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
ITV | 3:30pm
Tim Burton steps in again to hit refresh on a childhood classic – this time with Johnny Depp at the forefront as Willy Wonka.
BBC1 | 5pm
Sleeping Beauty gets retold from the villain’s POV and if anyone can rock the role, it’s Angelina Jolie.
Tuesday 2nd January
ITV | 11:10pm
You’ve not seen it? As IF! A film based on Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, if you’re into a rom-com, put this on your watch list. Starring Alicia Silverstone, the late Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd, it’s a laugh out loud tale of social struggles and dating.
Wednesday 3rd January
BBC1 | 10:45pm
Probably one of the most iconic rom-coms of all time (IMO), starring dynamic duo Julia Roberts and Richard Gere – their on-screen chemistry and killer soundtrack is reason enough to tune in.