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.
Cbeebies Panto: Alice in Wonderland – 18 Dec, 5.00pm
Oh, yes it is! This year the Cbeebies panto crew have adapted Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland. Always a treat for the whole family, the Cbeebies panto will first be shown at 5.00pm on Friday 18 December on the Cbeebies channel.
Rise of the Guardians – 20 Dec, 1.15pm
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 and will be shown on BBC One.
Nativity 2 – 21 Dec, 6.15pm
This fun sequel follows the group of primary school children as they go head-to-head with posh rivals at the national Christmas song contest. Premiering on BBC Two, this is a great family movie for slightly older children.
The Snow Chick – 23 Dec, 8.30pm
Though not strictly a kid’s show, this documentary which follows the first few months in the life of an emperor penguin would be lovely for nature lovers. Narrated by Kate Winslet, we expect this to be a big Christmas hit for BBC One.
The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snow Dog – 24 Dec, from 4.55pm
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 8.05am. All three programmes will also be repeated on Christmas Day.
Toy Story Toons – 25 Dec, 11.40pm
Here’s a treat for Toy Story fans. Channel Four are bringing us three short animations featuring Woody, Buzz and the other characters.
Brave – 25 Dec, 3.10pm
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. Premiering on BBC One, this Disney modern classic is rated PG and features a huge dose of girl power.
Stick Man – 25 Dec, 4.45pm
Earlier this autumn Essex saw the opening of the highly successful Stick Man Trail at Weald Country Park, and now were getting an extra dollop of Stick Man fun beamed right into our living rooms on Christmas Day.
Stick Man is all set to delight kids as he hits the small screen on BBC One from 4.45 to 5.15pm on Christmas Day.
Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children’s story will be brought to life by an all-star voice cast including Martin Freeman, Jennifer Saunders, and Hugh Bonneville. You can find more information at www.stickmanofficial.com.
Once watching the highly-anticipated new animation, we’re bound to be itching to take a Boxing Day walk around the Stick Man trail.
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas – 26 Dec, 6.10pm
Also premiering on BBC One is Shaun the Sheep – The Farmer’s Llamas. The new half-hour special from Aardman’s Richard Starzak will be shown from 6.10pm on Boxing Day and will see Shaun causing big trouble when he visits a Country Fair with the Farmer and Bitzer.
Fungus the Bogeyman – 27 Dec, 6.00pm
Older children will rejoice in the four-part adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic story Fungus the Bogeyman. To be shown on Sky1 on Friday 27 December, the tale is packed with things that go bump in the night and humans that seem more dangerous than the bogeymen.
The Gruffalo – 28 Dec, 3.55pm
Many parents of young children will already be well acquainted with this Julia Donaldson tale that features a rather bold mouse. If you have yet discovered it, this BBC One repeat will be a real treat.
Room on a Broom – 30 Dec, 3.55pm
If you aren’t tired of Julia Donaldson adaptations yet, you’ll love this outing on BBC One with the popular witch who invites a whole lots of animals to ride on her broom.
Panda Babies – 31 Dec, 8.30pm
Another one for the animal lovers out there, this adorable ITV documentary visits the panda nursery in China. Get ready for the cutest show you’ll see this Christmas.