When is it acceptable to listen to Christmas songs and watch Christmas films? This can be a hot topic among family and friends, but with the year that we’ve all had, we won’t judge if you want to kick off the celebrations a little earlier than you usually might. And what better way than with a Christmas movie night with the whole family.

From the best picks on both Netflix and Prime Video to the best snacks and treats to scoff, we’ll help your prepare for a snuggly evening in.

 

Streaming Christmas movies

Tuck into the festive seasons with a cosy film night in front of the TV. Whether you’re checking out new movies or revisiting those annual classics for the umpteenth time, streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ have all the entertainment you could want at the touch of a button. And with a Smart TV you’ll be able to seamlessly flip between your favourite streaming apps to pick something that everyone can agree on. Not to forget, Smart TVs come with all your familiar free-to-air channels, and with broadcasters usually saving all the best films for the Christmas holidays, there’ll be plenty of entertainment to sink your teeth into.

 

Netflix top picks

With a whole library of entertainment to choose from, there’s bound to be something on Netflix to whet your appetite for the Christmas holidays. For the whole family, check out animated classics such as ‘The Grinch’ (2018) and ‘Arthur Christmas’ (2011) along with live action favourites ‘Nativity’ (2009), ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ (2018), and it’s brand new sequel ‘The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2’ (2020).

Don’t worry, when the kids go to bed you’ve got late night comedies like ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ (2017) and ‘Holidate’ (2020) to giggle away at while sipping on your glass of Baileys. So, there really is something for everyone.

 

 

Prime Video top picks

Not to be outdone, Amazon Prime have really doubled down on all the Christmas classics. Whether you fancy catching up with little Kevin in ‘Home Alone’ (1990) as he gets up to mischief, or following the hilarious journey that Will Ferrell embarks on in ‘Elf’ (2003), there’s plenty to choose from that will have the whole family in stitches. And that’s without even mentioning animated favourites such as the quirky ‘The Night Before Christmas’ (1993) and the heartfelt ‘The Polar Express’ (2004). Whatever you’re after this Christmas, you’ll find it on Prime Video.

 

 

Have you got a soundbar?

For the complete cinema experience, we recommend hooking your TV up with a soundbar. They don’t take up much space, they’re easy to setup, and they’ll make you feel every moment of your favourite Christmas films with sound that’ll blow your TVs’ speakers out of the water. Now all that’s missing is the popcorn!

 

 

 

Don’t forget the snacks

No movie night is complete without snacks, and a Christmas movie marathon is the perfect excuse for yummy treats. While popcorn is always a go-to when the lights fade and the film rolls, why not mix it up by sprinkling some cinnamon on it before popping it in the microwave, you’ll thank us later. Also we won’t judge if you want to swap out the popcorn all together for a mince pie or two (don’t forget the cream). And when the winter months creep in, it’s rude not to have a selection box spread out on the table to wash down your evening cuppa.

 

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By Toby Birchall on 16.12.20

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