There are lots of great children’s films on TV this Christmas. If you’re looking for some films to watch or record for your little ones during the holidays, we’ve prepared a list of the ones we think are great. Enjoy!

When I was a little girl I used to love flicking through the Christmas editions of the TV Times and Radio Times, circling the children’s films I wanted to watch during the holidays, and the ones I wanted my father to tape on Betamax! It became a bit of a ritual of mine:

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – circled
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – circled
  • The Wizard of Oz – circled.

As I now have children of my own, and my oldest son and I love to sit and watch a good film together, I decided to revive this old tradition. Because my son is too young to read a TV magazine on his own, I have been through the Radio Times (which today contains details of more channels than just BBC1 and BBC2!) and circled what I think are the best ‘U’ rated children’s films on TV this Christmas.

Saturday 21 December

Home Alone, 12.55-2.40pm, C5
This is one of my most favourite Christmas films and if it still manages to make me laugh today, it’s definitely good fun for children.

Sunday 22 December

Alice in Wonderland, 5.15-6.30pm
An animated ‘Alice’ adventure with lot of characters for children to enjoy.

Monday 23 December 2013

Toy Story, 3.15-4.30pm, BBC1

Tuesday 24 December 2013 – Christmas Eve

Toy Story 2, 3.40-5.10pm, BBC1
Fantasia, 4.15-6.15pm, BBC2
A Disney classic containing stunning animations and timeless classical music. It was originally released in 1940, but it’s still worth a view today. My son loves Mickey Mouse, so I bet he’ll love this.

Wednesday 25 December 2013 – Christmas Day

James and the Giant Peach, 8.50-10.25am, C4
Classic Roald Dahl with an all-star cast of voices.
The Muppet Christmas Carol, 4.35-6.15pm, C4
The Muppets will never grow old in my eyes!

Thursday 26 December 2013 – Boxing Day

The Wizard of Oz, 5.15-7.15pm, C5
It’s an old one… but a good one. I couldn’t resist putting this film on the list, although I may have to divert my son’s attention during some of the Wicked Witch of the West scenes with her scary flying monkeys and chants of “I’m melting, I’m melting”!
Flushed Away, 11.30-12.50pm, BBC1
This is a lovely and funny animated film about rats, gangsters and toads, featuring the voice of Kate Winslet, amongst others, set in the subterranean sewer world of London. Well worth a watch.

Friday 27 December 2014

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, 8.20-10.00am, C4

Saturday 28 December 2013

Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 12.10-1.55pm, Sky 609 or Virgin 724
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 10.30am-1.15pm, C5
This is another film from my childhood that I just can’t resist from putting on the list. I really think my son will love the concept of a flying car, although a bit like the Wicked Witch of the West scenes in the Wizard of Oz, I may have to shield his eyes from the long-spindly-nosed child catcher!

Sunday 29 December 2013

Happy Feet, 2.15-4.35pm, 5*
If you’ve never seen this, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as your children. The animation is beautiful; the storyline covers love, friendship, growing up and even environmental concerns; and the music is great with lots of well-known modern songs you’d never realised penguins could sing! It has an all-star cast of voices too.
Fantastic Mr Fox, 6.10-7.55pm, More 4
This is actually a PG rated film, however it has sneaked onto the list purely because George Clooney is the voice of Mr Fox! (It’s not all about the children!)

Monday 30 December 2013

The Railway Children, 11.25-1.35pm, ITV
It’s a classic! It has to be on the list.

Tuesday 31 December 2014 – New Year’s Eve

Bee Movie, 9.10-10.30am, BBC1

Wednesday 1 January 2014 – New Year’s Day

Gnomeo and Juliet, 6.45-8.00pm, BBC1

Thursday 2 January 2014

Mary Poppins, 7.30-9.45pm, BBC4
Every child should love this film, whether you’re a child at heart who has grown into a 40 year old adult, or a four year about to encounter Julie Andrews for the very first time! (It’s a strange time of day for the film to be on though, so one to record methinks.)

Friday 3 January 2014

Ice Age, 7.30-9.10pm, E4
We have this film on DVD and my son loves it (as well as Ice Age 2 and Ice Age 3!), so I definitely recommend it. The animation is very clever, the artwork amazing, and the script is funny for adults as well as children.