What Christmas movies are on Sky Cinema and NOW? A complete list (2021)
James R | On 26, Nov 2021
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. That’s true this year for Sky customers, with the broadcaster holding the rights once again to everyone’s favourite Will Ferrell comedy, Elf.
Sky Cinema has a whole host of other seasonal treats, though, from It’s a Wonderful Life to Die Hard.
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 every December, 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. A NOW Cinema Membership 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 in 2021 – with all the best ones at the top.
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.
“Oh my God! Santa’s coming! I know him!”
Santa’s oversized helper Will Ferrell goes to New York to find his real
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.
Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis lead a delightful ensemble cast in this feel-good Christmas comedy about acceptance.
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.
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.
Joe Dante’s seminal horror comedy sees a young boy acquire a new pet, under strict instructions to never get it wet or feed it after midnight.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Loveable Mogwai Gizmo spawns a new batch of mischievously evil Gremlins who take over a cable network in this playful sequel.
Rise of the Guardians
The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are together at last in this entertaining animated adventure that might be DreamWorks’ most under-appreciated film.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas
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.
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.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and more strive to gift-wrap the perfect Christmas for the Griswold family.
The Night Before
Michael Shannon saves Christmas in this shallow male-bonding comedy, which proves enjoyably childish.
A Boy Called Christmas
This Christmas origins story is a muddled but charmingly warm-hearted adventure.
A starry cast and family-friendly humour make this British comedy an enjoyable – and sometimes unique – yuletide offering.
There’s Christmas chaos when lonely millionaire Ben Affleck hires a family to spend the holidays with. Comedy with Christina Applegate.
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.
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.
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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.
12 Men of Christmas
A public-relations executive (Kristin Chenoweth) uses her media savvy to stir excitement in a small Montana town.
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.
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.
When Lauren leaves everything behind in Boston to embark on a new chapter in her life, an unforeseen detour to a charming town leads to a surprising turn in events.
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas
Buddy heads to the Big Apple in this festive special based on the much-loved film.
Christmas With the Coopers
John Goodman, Ed Helms and Alan Arkin lead a star-studded ensemble in this festive family comedy about the titular clan’s annual seasonal gathering.
A Christmas Feast (2019)
Take a seat at the table of a large Italian family on Christmas Eve as they prepare the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes and reminisce about the past.
Tom and Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers
Merry mayhem ensues until the destructive duo decide to put their differences aside and work as a team in order to save Christmas. Animated short.
When Santa’s rival hatches a plan to steal his sleigh, elf Bernard must travel back in time to save Christmas. Animated musical with the voice of Martin Freeman.
A Christmas to Cherish
Plenty of surprises await Darcy and Aiden as they prepare to celebrate their second Christmas together and fight to save the beloved community centre from closure.
In Search of Santa
Penguin princess Crystal and her sister Lucinda set out on an eventful quest to find Santa and prove he exists once and for all. Animated adventure with Hilary Duff.
Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
As winter falls, Moomin Valley excitedly prepares for a mysterious guest named ‘Christmas’.
How the Toys Saved Christmas
A group of enchanted toys come to life to take on a holiday-hating villain who is determined to thwart their delivery and ruin Christmas.