What Christmas movies are on NOW TV / Sky Cinema? A complete list (2019)
Staff Reporter | On 10, Dec 2019Reading time: 13 mins
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 The Muppet Christmas Carol.
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 £11.99 a month, with no contract and a 7-day free trial.
Here is a full list of the Christmas films available on Sky Cinema and NOW TV in 2019 – with all the best ones at the top.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets give Dickens a hefty injection of fuzzy humour without losing the story’s dark edge. From Gonzo as Charles himself and Rizzo’s jelly bean-eating sidekick providing the post-modern narration to Michael Caine’s surprisingly moving turn as Ebenezer, this is not only a fantastic, family-friendly adaptation of A Christmas Carol; it’s arguably the definitive version.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”
Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6,000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Come for the cast that includes Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Stay for the pretty interior decor.
Aardman’s seasonal animation sees Arthur struggling to save Christmas with a range of high-tech gadgets.
Jingle All the Way
Arnie stars in this unlikely festive comedy about Howard, a haggard salesman who promises his son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas – but is forced to fight every parent and travel all over town to get the toy after he forgets to buy it.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold is really into Christmas and promises to make it a good one until he turns everything completely around, causing a domino effect of disasters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sleepless in Seattle
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are on charming form in this endearing rom-com from queen of the genre Nora Ephron, which sees a reporter fall for a voice on the radio, even though they live on opposite sides of America.
There’s Christmas chaos when lonely millionaire Ben Affleck hires a family to spend the holidays with. Comedy with Christina Applegate.
The Family Stone
Sparkling comedy drama with Diane Keaton as the mom trying to stop son Dermot Mulroney from making a matrimonial mistake with uptight career girl Sarah Jessica Parker.
Look Who’s Talking Now
After wise-cracking babies, the third entry in the comedy series finds John Travolta and Kirstie Alley dealing with a pair of mismatched mutts voiced by Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton.
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Mickey Mouse leads the festive fun alongside Disney stalwarts Donald Duck and Goofy in a trio of colourful tales for Christmas.
A Christmas Cruise
An aspiring novelist reluctantly joins her best friend on a Christmas-themed cruise, only to have her life changed forever.
The Christmas Cottage
Workaholic San Francisco interior designer Lacey (Merritt Patterson) finds herself trapped in Christmas Cottage – a homely Oregon pile reputed to bring lovers together – with her ex-boyfriend Ean (Steve Lund). To make matters worse, her own partner and company co-owner turns up for a wedding at the cottage.
A Bramble House Christmas
Nurse and single mum Willa Fairchild (Autumn Reeser) is offered the chance to spend Christmas at the Oregon home of one her elderly patients with her son Scout (Liam Hughes). When they turn up they meet Finn (David Haydn-Jones), who doesn’t let on that he is the man’s son and suspects Willa of manipulating his dad so she would be put in his will.
Skint puppeteer Sloan (Katlyn Carlson) returns home for the holidays and gets caught up in a treasure hunt with her paintball-obsessed best friend, her tango-dancing grandmother, and a childhood sweetheart.
A Gift for Christmas
Bookstore worker Darcy (Ali Liebert) knocks dog-walker Aidan (Peter Porte) over while she’s cycling to work. The spill leaves him with no memory so – while he’s recuperating in hospital – Darcy looks after his pet and sets out to learn more about the man who can’t remember who he is.
We Wish You a Marry Christmas
Miranda and Ian are excited to tie the knot at their Christmas wedding, but with complications on the horizon will they get their happily ever after?
The Christmas Contract
One Tree Hill stars Hilarie Burton and Robert Buckley reunite in this romance about the newly single Jolie, who agrees to bring along her best friend’s brother to he festive celebrations. Could a practical arrangement lead to something more? Gee, what do you think?
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.
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…
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.
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”.
Home Alone 4
Despite his forgetful parents splitting up, Kevin McCallister (Mike Weinberg) finds himself left home alone once more while spending Christmas at the hi-tech home of his dad’s new girlfriend. But while the place is a gadget lover’s dream, it turns out to be a burglar’s nightmare, as Kevin’s old nemesis Marv (Frenchy Stewart) is about to discover with his new sidekick Vera (Missi Pyle).
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
When Malcolm McDowell’s goofy crooks target the Baxter house in an art robbery, it’s up to 10-year-old Finn to defend his home…
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.
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.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins). When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy’s, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself. H
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Jim Carrey and Robert Zemeckis team up for this motion-capture take on the Dickens classic.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Mackenzie Foy stars as Clara, a young woman who more than anything else want to find a key that will unlock a gift given to her by her late mother. When It finally appears the key is in her grasp, it slips away from her and disappears into a fantastic world consisting of four realms and inhabited by gangs of mice, living toys, and magical fairies. As she chases after it, she makes a new companion in the form of a nutcracker solider named Phillip, and must venture into the ominous “Fourth Realm” to get the key from tyrant Mother Ginger’s (Helen Mirren) clutches. Keira Knightley’s turn as the Sugar Plum Fairy is worth the price of admission alone.
The Grinch (2019)
The Grinch grows increasingly annoyed with the ever-growing festive cheer that engulfs the village of Whoville. So, he teams up with his dog to ruin the festive spirit by playing spoilsport.
12 Men of Christmas
A public-relations executive (Kristin Chenoweth) uses her media savvy to stir excitement in a small Montana town.
The Christmas Swap
A woman raising her four children without their father and a man trying to get custody of his two sons cross paths during the holiday.
Coming Home for Christmas
DescriptionLizzie Richfield lands a job as house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the family, although they seem to be a family in name only.
Her Magical Christmas
Marie finds her Christmas spirit reawakened when her mother begins sending her the family’s Christmas ornaments. As each ornament arrives, it brings a positive change to Marie’s life, including an introduction to the handsome man from next door.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey.
Memories of Christmas
When Noelle inherits her mother’s house, she finds out that for the past few years her aging mother had been hiring professionals to decorate it for Christmas. Noelle tells the decorator that the deal is off, but he refuses to take no for an answer.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
You may have grown up with the remake starring Richard Attenborough, but this 1947 original – about the legal case to save an old man claiming to be Santa from being institutionalised – has oodles more charm. A film about the importance of fantasy as much as festive spirit, it’s enchanting stuff.
Miracle on 34th Street (1973)
Sebastian Cabot takes the lead role in another remake of the film made for CBS.
Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws gets tired of the North Pole. He finds Budderball on Santa’s naughty list and figures he’s just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup.
Santa Claus and his faithful canine companion Santa Paws leave their chilly home at the North Pole on an important mission.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
DescriptionFour of Santa’s pet puppies stow away with Mrs Claus and discover the beautiful town of Pineville, where they soon cause a sack-load of Christmas mischief.
Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in this slapstick comedy about Dr. Ted Brooks, a Miami-based dentist who inherits a pack of sled dogs. He must learn the tricks of the trade or lose the dogs to Thunder Jack, a mountain man.
A New York insurance accountant inherits a rundown hotel in the Colorado Rockies and decides to convert it into a ski lodge. Johnny Baxter packs up his family to start their new life at the lodge, but they soon find it is more difficult than they had expected.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have drifted apart since they escaped from Guantanamo Bay. Kumar still gets high, even while his ex is telling him that she’s pregnant. Harold, meanwhile, is a successful businessman who’s more concerned with getting the Christmas tree right to please his scowling father-in-law (Danny Trejo). One chance visit from Kumar later, and a joint has burned down the tree and ruined Christmas. And so the pair embark on a miscellaneous string of japes. Mostly involving drugs. And penises. And sex. And drugs. Did we mention the penises? From Neil Patrick Harris to a claymation sequence, this stoner comedy chunders along with a few chuckles.
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas
Special Christmas film based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of Looney Tunes gang. Dastardly Daffy Duck owns a superstore called the Lucky Duck, and causes a ruckus when he makes his employees work on Christmas Day.
The Star (2017)
A donkey goes in search of excitement in this charming animated comedy about the story of the first Christmas. With Kelly Clarkson and Oprah Winfrey.