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 First: Nativity – CBeebies, Wednesday 13 December, 5:20pm
Britney takes part in a Nativity play for the very first time. She finds out that she is going to have a special role acting in the Christmas story in school, playing Mary. This is a very important part as she will help the teacher tell the story. So she will need to learn her lines, practice a song and find a costume before the big performance.
Mr Bloom’s Nursery Christmas Special: Hoe Hoe Hoe! – CBeebies, Thursday 14 December, 3:00pm
Mr Bloom and the Veggies create a Mr Bloom takes the Veggies to a log cabin to celebrate Christmas. When they arrive, the Veggies are unimpressed by the lack of decorations. That can only mean one thing… it’s time to create a Christmas with all the trimmings!
Premier: CBeebies Panto – The Snow Queen – CBeebies, Friday 15 December, 5:00pm
All your favourite CBeebies stars will bring Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic story to life in a show full of adventure, comedy and music.
Swashbuckle: Christmas Rules! – CBeebies, Saturday 16 December, 10:30am
Cook & Line want Christmas to be fun on the Scarlet Squid, but Captain Captain is ruining things with all her Christmas rules and her determination for it to be “the perfect pirate Christmas”.
Premier: Ratburgers – Sky1, Christmas Eve, 6:00pm
In what is becoming another book adaptation tradition, David Walliams’ children’s book ‘Ratburger’ will be premiering on Sky1. The story follows a y girl named Zoe who befriends a dancing rat called Armitage. While she plans to enter him in the school talent show, wher not-so-nice stepmother and “shifty burger man” Burt decide they’d prefer to make ratburgers instead…
The Muppet Christmas Carol – Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 6:30pm
The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine).
The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snow Dog – Channel 4, Christmas Day, 12:45pm / 1:20pm
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 1.55pm.
Premier: Cinderella (2015) – BBC One, Christmas Day, 3:10pm
The BBC’s big Christmas movie. This 2015 Disney version of the classic story features the Downton Abbey actress Lily James as Cinderella and handsome Prince Kitt is played by Richard Madden.
Dumbo (1941) – Channel 4, Christmas Day, 4:30pm
Meet Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo’s sweet little “Baby Mine” who charms all who see him, until it’s discovered that he has huge floppy ears!
Premier: The Highway Rat – BBC One, Christmas Day, 4:45pm
It’s Christmas, and that means it’s time for a new Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler picture book adaptation. Featuring the voices of David Tennant and Rob Brydon, the Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat bandit who steals sweet things from passersby – but of course, thing don’t turn out exactly as planned.
Premier: Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) – BBC One, Boxing Day, 2:10pm
All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do anything to get out of work. So, Shaun the sheep and his scheming friends devise a plan to put their master to sleep. However, the ruse backfires when the poor farmer finds himself transported to the big city, having lost his memory.
Premier: Snow Bears – BBC One, Boxing Day, 6:30pm
Snow Bears is an enchanting documentary which follows polar bear cubs on an epic 400 mile journey to the ice around the North Pole. With spring on the way they must make the trip to their prime hunting ground, while meeting other fascinating arctic characters along the way.
Big Hero 6 (2014) – BBC One, Wednesday 27 December, 4.10pm
In this 2014 animated hit, Young Hiro Hamada befriends an inflatable robot Baymax, before teaming up with friends to form a high-tech super-hero group.
Into the Woods (2014) – BBC Two, New Year’s Eve, 8:00pm
A mash up of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, this 2014 musical fantasy follows a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) as they set out a quest to reverse a witch’s curse. Rated PG.
Premier: Grandpa’s Great Escape – BBC One, New Year’s Day, 6.55pm
Nope, you’re not seeing double; it’s another David Walliams book adaptation. ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ will be making the move to the small screen. Starring Jennifer Saunders, Samantha and David as himself, the story centres around Jack, a young boy who plots to break his Grandpa out of his nursing home, with hilarious results.