The best films and TV specials on over Christmas

Whether it’s Frozen, Home Alone, or Love Actually, we all have our favourite Christmas films that we watch every single year.

It’s also a treat to watch new Christmas films as well as some TV specials such as Call the Midwife or Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

We’ve compiled a list of all of the best Christmas TV shows and films broadcasting on Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day

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BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 will all be televising a range of TV shows and films, whether that be comedy, entertainment or romance, and all with a festive theme.

Christmas Eve TV guide

Nativity Rocks

Nativity Rocks is the sequel and follows the staff and students from St Bernadette’s Primary School as they get ready for the school nativity.

When? 11am

Which channel? ITV

Scrooge (1970)

Scrooge is the adaption of Charles Dickens famous novel A Christmas Carol and this adaption stars Albert Finney as Scrooge.

When? 11.55 am

Which channel? Channel 5


Frozen is every kid’s favourite film. Tune in to watch Princess Anna embark on a mission to find her sister Elsa, who can turn anything into ice.

When? 1.30 pm

Which channel? BBC One

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas film from the 1940s and stars Hollywood legends James Stewart and Donna Reed.

When? 2pm

Which channel? Channel 4

Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American comedy about a couple who plan to take a cruise for Christmas, instead of spending the day with their family.

When? 2.15pm

Which channel? Channel 5


Abominable is an animated film about three friends who try to reunite a yeti with his family.

When? 3pm

Which channel? BBC One

Abominable, the new animated movie from Dreamworks.

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls is a 2006 comedy film about two neighbours who try and outdoor each other with their Christmas decorations.

When? 4.20pm

Which channel? Channel 5

Home Alone

Home Alone is a classic Christmas film from the 90s which sees a young Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, set booby traps for home invaders after he finds that his parents have forgotten about him and left him in the house over the Christmas period.

When? 6pm

Which channel? BBC One

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

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This film sees Shaun and the rest of the farm go on a wild holiday adventure after Timmy goes missing.

When? 6pm

What channel? BBC One

Carols from Kings

Tune into watch a carol service filmed at Kings College chapel at Cambridge University.

When? 6.15pm

Which channel? BBC Two

The Amazing Mr Blunden

The Amazing Mr Blunden is based on a 1972 family mystery novel that involves ghosts. The Blunden family become the caretakers of a derelict country mansion at Langley Park.

When? 7pm

What channel? Sky Max

The Greatest Snowman

This TV programme will see Sue Perkins present a competition where contestants have to build snowmen.

When? 8pm

What channel? Channel 4

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint

This programme is set in 1923 and sees a curator looking for answers after an art dealer sends him a mezzotint, which arrives at the same time as a cloaked figure with murderous intent.

When? 10.30pm

What channel? BBC Two

Christmas Comedy Club with Lost Voice Guy

Tune into watch comedians including Joel Dommet, Omid Djalili, Rosie Jones and Bill Bailey.

When? 10.30 pm

What channel? ITV

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What’s on TV on Christmas Day?

Last Christmas

Last Christmas is a romantic comedy starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. The protagonist Katarina, works as a Christmas elf and gains a new insight when she meets Tom.

When? 12.05am

Which channel? BBC One

White Christmas

It wouldn’t be Christmas Day without Bing Crosby crooning about dreaming of a White Christmas. The popular American musical that also stars Vera-Ellen will be on at lunchtime.

When: 12.55 pm

Which channel? Channel 4

The Queen’s Christmas speech

The Queen makes a speech every year on Christmas Day. Tune into BBC One to watch.

When? 3pm

Which channel? BBC One

Santa Claus – The Movie

This 1985 family film depicts the origin of Santa and stars Dudley Moore and John Lithgow.

When? 3.10 pm

Which channel? ITV

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Kevin McCallister finds himself alone in New York exactly one year after he was left home alone.

When? 5.15pm

Which channel? Channel 4

Terry Pratchett’s The Abominable Snow Baby

The Abominable Snow Baby tells the story of a quintessentially English town that is disturbed by a huge snowfall and the appearance of a 14-foot tall Abominable Snow Baby.

When? 7.30 pm

Which channel? Channel 4

Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife is a popular BBC series set in the late 50s and early 60s in Poplar, East London. Tune in on Christmas Day for a special episode.

When? 8pm

Which channel? BBC One

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The Larkins at Christmas

The Larkins is a modern adaptation of The Darling Birds of May.

When? 9pm

Which channel? ITV

Love Actually

Love Actually is Richard Curtis’ romantic Christmas comedy that features a star-studded lineup that includes Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Hugh Grant amongst the ranks.

When? 10.40pm

Which channel? ITV

Boxing Day

Home Alone 3

Home Alone 3 sees eight-year-old Alex fend off burglaries who are trying to get into the house.

When? 1.55pm

Which channel? Channel 4

All-Star Musicals at Christmas

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This TV programme will see celebrities partake in a musical theatre masterclass.

When? 8pm

Which channel? ITV

All I wanted for Christmas

This programme will see stars reminiscing about Christmas past and what they wanted in their childhood stockings.

When? 8pm

Which channel? Channel 4

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

Big Fat Quiz of the Year is an annual staple for Channel 4 and sees a star-studded lineup of celebrities and comedians answering questions about events from the past year. Play along and test your own knowledge of the year gone by.

When? 9pm

Which channel? Channel 4

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