Looking for something to watch with the kids over the Christmas holidays? We’ve compiled the best kid’s Christmas TV shows and movies that are hitting the small screen over the next two weeks.
Christmas Bedtime Stories – CBeebies, every day in the lead up to Christmas, 6:50pm
Join a host of different celebrities read a series of festive tales that will bring a spark of Christmas magic to bedtime.
My Pet and Me: Winter Special – CBeebies, Monday 19 December, 5:00pm
My Pet and Me’s winter special features the heart-warming relationship between Ella and her Siberian Husky dogs, all set among the beautiful Cairngorms mountain range in the highlands of Scotland.
Mr Stink – CBBC, Tuesday 20 December, 8:05am
Based on David Walliams’s touching, twisted and hilarious tale of Mr Stink, a homeless man who is befriended by a local girl, Chloe. A tale of unlikely friendship aimed at slightly older children.
Rise of the Guardians – BBC One, Tuesday 20 December, 1.45pm
This 2012 animated movie has more than a sprinkling of Christmas magic, as immortal guardians like Santa, the Easter Bunny, and Jack Frost battle to protect children from the forces of darkness. It’s rated PG.
Justin’s House Christmas Special – CBeebies, Tuesday 20 December, 4:30pm
Robert and Little Monster prepare the house for the festive season, but Justin’s efforts to help only result in a mess. Things get even worse when he tries to wrap a present for Father Christmas.
Puss in Boots – BBC One, Wednesday 21 December, 1:45pm
Now a popular Christmastime movies, Puss in Boots stars his own animated adventure spin-off. Puss teams up with a fellow thieving feline and his old friend Humpty Dumpty to embark on an exciting quest.
James and the Giant Peach – Channel 5, Thursday 22 December, 12:20pm
This Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl classic tale finds young James escaping his life with his two horrid aunt after he receives a magical gift. Rated PG.
Oz the Great and Powerful – BBC One, Friday 23 December, 3:10pm
In Kansas, 1905, a trick-performing showman is transported to the land of Oz, where witch Theodora believes him to be the great wizard prophecy says will save the land. Her sister, however, isn’t quite so sure. Rated PG.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians – ITV, Christmas Eve, 4:20pm
This 1961 animated adventure film produced by Disney needs little introduction. One of the best loved Disney movies, it’s sure to be a hit among little ones this Christmas. Rated U.
The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snow Dog – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 4:45pm / 5:15pm
Perhaps one of the most quintessentially British Christmas duos of all time, this animated double bill based on the work of Raymond Briggs brings some of the most magical scenes in TV history. Shown on Channel Four, you can also catch another of Briggs’ classic tales – Father Christmas – at 8.40am. All three programmes will also be repeated on Christmas Day.
Premier: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 7:30pm (also repeated on Christmas Day, 5:25pm)
A festive treat from the makers of The Snowman, an animated adaptation of Michael Rosen’s much-loved book, featuring Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams. Riding the wave of other hugely successful children’s books being recreated on the small screen, this is set to be the must-watch Christmas TV for families with young children.
Premier: Frozen – BBC Ones, Christmas Day, 3:10pm
For the first time in forever Frozen will be hitting the BBC. As one of the biggest films in box office history, it’s no surprise that Elsa and Anna will be taking over our living rooms on Christmas Day. And if you press the red button, you’ll get to watch the sing-a-long version, too.
The Lion King – ITV, Christmas Day, 3:10pm
Going head to head with the BBC, ITV are offering up this classic Disney movie for their big Christmas Day film. Simba the lion cub must overcome his fears if he is to become the next king. Rated U.
New series: The Last Dragonslayer – Sky1, starts Christmas Day, 5:45pm
Based on the first of Jasper Fforde’s series of novels, this Christmas drama event for Sky 1 is hot on the heels of the success of Fungus and the Bogeyman. Sky commissioning editor, Cameron Roach said: “Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer holds all of the ingredients for the perfect seasonal treat for the entire family; wizards, dragons, a kick-ass heroine and the perfect magical cast led by Ricky Tomlinson, Ellise Chappell and John Bradley.”
Brave – BBC One, Boxing Day, 2:40pm
Brave tells the story of the young daughter of a Scottish king who defies age-old tradition to carve out her own path in life. This Disney modern tale is rated PG and features a huge dose of girl power.
Premier: How to Train Your Dragon 2 – BBC One, Boxing Day, 4:30pm
Animated sequel set in a world of Vikings and dragons. Hiccup and Toothless have ventured beyond their island home to discover new lands.
Revolting Rhymes x 2 – Boxing Day and Tuesday 27 December, both 6:30pm
Two half-hour animated films based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Based on the much-loved children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, then mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.
Ethel & Ernest – BBC One, Wednesday 28 December, 7:30pm
Following its theatrical release in October, BBC One will air the animated feature film Ethel & Ernest, an adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ award-winning graphic novel. The story’s a tribute to his parents, voiced by Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn, covering their experiences from the late-Twenties to the early-Seventies. Advanced viewer say this is a total blub-fest, so have a tissue or two at the ready.