The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. That used to be true for Sky customers, until the broadcaster sadly lost the rights to everyone’s favourite Will Ferrell comedy, Elf. (Head this way to find out where to watch Elf online.)
Sky Cinema, though, still has a whole host of seasonal treats, from It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone 2, not to mention Bad Santa.
Sky customers can watch the below by paying several extra quid per month on top of a standard Sky TV bundle to get access to Sky Cinema. There’s even a dedicated Sky Cinema Christmas channel, which cycles through all of their festive flicks on an endless loop.
Don’t have Sky? You can still stream any of the Sky Cinema titles on-demand through NOW TV. A NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £9.99 a month, with no contract and a 14-day free trial.
Here is a full list of the Christmas films available on Sky Cinema and NOW TV in 2017:
For all its cliches, it’s hard to resist Richard Curtis going full Richard Curtis in this rambling, uneven seasonal anthology. Shrewdly commercial yet annoyingly charming, the cast alone make it worth watching, from Emma Thompson’s bittersweet romance to Bill Nighy’s snorting drunkard, while Rowan Atkinson’s cameo as a shop assistant walks away with the whole thing.
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Robert CGI Zemeckis turns his CGI box of tricks to Charles Dickens’ seminal festive tale, with Jim Carrey breathing enough life into the central role of Scrooge to balance out the Uncanny Valley vibe.
The Polar Express
Tom Hanks plays the train conductor of the titular North Pole express in Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 Christmas flick. It’s too heavy on the dead-eyed motion-capture CG, but the music is the real star.
A tale of two sisters, who happen to be princesses, this charming Disney flick is surely the House of Mouse’s most feminist to date. More a tale of female relationships than a rom-com or adventure, this is refreshing, amusing and moving stuff. If you’re already singing “Let It Go” in your head, this is for you.
All I Want for Christmas
Lauren Bacall and Leslie Nielsen – together at last. The par play divorced parents, whose kids try to reunite them for Christmas in this 1991 drama.
One Magic Christmas
Harry Dean Stanton’s guardian angel shows worn-out mum Mary Steenburgen the true meaning of Christmas in Disney’s 1985 family flick.
The Swan Princess Christmas
Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their faithful woodland friends are hoping for a happy Christmas, but the villainous Rothbart has other ideas…
Trapped in Paradise
Nicolas Cage stars in this crime caper about three brothers who see easy pickings in a small-town bank. But things don’t go exactly as planned…
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Belle is determined to spread Christmas cheer throughout the Beast’s castle, but holiday-hating pipe organ Forte has other ideas.
Dennis (Paul Giamatti), out on parole, sells Christmas trees with his friend, Rene (Paul Rudd), in a get-rich-quick scheme to earn enough to buy his estranged daughter a piano.
Billy Bob Thornton is delightfully horrible in this dark, twisted take on the season of goodwill. Moving in uninvited with a home alone boy, will he soften up or stay the alcoholic, womanising loser he already is? For once, all bets are off.
Fireplace for Your Home? That’s just the start of NOW TV’s festive stocking fillers, as kittens playing with baubles and a view out of a wintery window provide you with the all the background wallpaper TV you could need.
Christmas from Holy Trinity
This 45-minute concert from Holy Trinity Church in London’s Sloane Square sees Katherine Jenkins and violinist Jennifer Pike join a choir for seasonal carols.
This 2000 comedy sees a New York school closed by bad weather – only for the kids to plot to keep it that way. Featuring Pam Grier as “Tina”, Iggy Pop as “Mr. Zellwegger” and Chevy Chase as “Tom”.
John Landis’ charming Christmas classic sees a con artist and a rich commodities investor effectively swapped as part of a seasonal bet to prove that lowlives and the upper class aren’t that different after all. Watch out for the moment when Dan Aykroyd briefly becomes one of the best on-screen Santas in cinema history.
Christmas Eve. 1997. A man on a plane is being transported to Los Angeles to face trial for a crime he says he didn’t commit. When another prisoner breaks free of his restraints and a firefight ensues, it’s sure to be a long flight…
The Three Dogateers
It’s all for one and festive cheer for all when fearless furballs Wagos, Barkos and Arfamis unite to retrieve the family’s stolen Christmas presents.
The Magic Reindeer
In the sequel to animated adventure The Flight Before Christmas, Prancer’s son Niko is just getting used to his parents living apart when his mum announces she’s getting remarried.
Tim Burton likes Christmas almost as much as Shane Black. Here, his superhero sequel sees Gotham wrapped in a deep, crisp and even frost – one that only brings out the eerie beauty in Danny DeVito’s villainous Penguin.
We’re No Angels
Comedy from Casablanca director Michael Curtiz starring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray as a trio of soft-hearted convicts who escape from Devil’s Island and find shelter with a struggling shopkeeper.
The Nativity Story
Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke helms this 2006 take on the Christmas story, which sees Oscar Isaac play Joseph opposite Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mar. Ciaran Hinds joins the cast as Herod.
It’s a Wonderful Life
What would the world be like if you didn’t exist? Frank Capra’s seasonal classic not only tackles the subject of suicide but also manages to find time for topical anti-bankers commentary, angels and heart-warming family sentiment. It’s hard to think of a Christmas movie that’s more human.
Jim Carrey pulls out all the stops for this take on Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which manages to be amusing as well as endearing – and boasts one hell of a make-up team.
Home Alone 2
We need to talk about Kevin being abandoned by his parents again. How can the same thing happen to the same kid twice? Macauley Culkin pulls a John McClane in Lost in New York, a film that proves a sequel can be as good as an original, even if that original is one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Bigger traps, bigger laughs and a big slice of ham from Tim Curry as a sycophantic Manhattan hotel employee, Home Alone 2 is a proper delight.
Home Alone 3
Alex D Linx steps into Macauley Culkin’s shoes for this lacklustre sequel, although there is some novelty in a string of set pieces involving a remote control car.
Christmas with the Kranks
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis are the empty-nesters who decide they’re going to forego the traditional Christmas and opt instead for a Caribbean cruise. After all, their 23-year-old daughter won’t be home and they’ve only got themselves to think about. Think again. News of the Kranks’ unconventional seasonal plans are received in the neighbourhood with shock and – led by local busybody Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) – the Kranks are challenged at every turn over their community-splitting piece of duplicity.
Santa Claus’s overlooked and resentful elder brother Fred (Vince Vaughn) struggles to make ends meet as an unscrupulous repo man. One year, desperate for cash, he agrees to work in his brother’s toy workshop only to discover Christmas is a time for giving.
Bill Murray plays a horrible TV executive in Richard Donner’s 80s comedy classic. Visited by spirits, will he learn the error of his ways? Whether the answer surprises you or not, Murray has never been so likeably horrid.
Santa on the naughty list? That’s the size of it when Santa (Jim Broadbent) is thrown in jail after crashing his sleigh and botching his attempt to free his reindeer from Battersea Dogs’ Home. Cue a rescue escape attempt in a film that includes Rafe Spall, Warwick Davis and Jodie Whittaker.
Musical romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as former G. I. s who reinvent themselves as a song-and-dance act.
Idris Elba and Delroy Lindo star in this 2007 comedy about The Whitfields, who celebrate their first family Christmas together for four years. And they’re going to do it in the traditional style: with put-downs and punch-ups.
John Hancock’s 1989 family drama stars Sam Elliott as the widowed father of young Michigan farm girl Jessica, who discovers an injured reindeer and – thinking that it’s one of Santa’s sleigh-pullers – secretly begins nursing it back to health.
Nothing says festive fun like a boy accidentally summoning a demon to his home for Christmas. Come for Gremlins-meets-The-Grinch premise. Stay for the violent gingerbread men. Available until Christmas Eve.