What Christmas movies are on NOW TV / Sky Cinema? A complete list (2018)
Staff Reporter | On 10, Dec 2018Reading time: 11 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 £9.99 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 2018 – 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.
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.
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.
Musical romantic comedy starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as former G. I. s who reinvent themselves as a song-and-dance act.
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.
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. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, a special one-off short film, is also available.
The Nightmare before Christmas
Tim Burton’s stop-motion flick takes the festive charm of Christmas and twists it with the warped horror of Halloween – a combination that director Henry Selick whips up with visually breathtaking glee. Combined with Danny Elfman’s superb soundtrack (Elfman sings the part of Pumpkin Jack), this is one musical guaranteed to freak out the whole family. Best of all, you can watch it again next October.
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.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen’s take on the Santa legend is genuinely fun, as he plays a divorced businessman who ends up becoming the next St. Nick, after accidentally knocking the original off his roof.
The Santa Clause 2
Santa Claus Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) returns home to find himself a wife by Christmas Eve – because if not, he’ll have to say goodbye to the beard, belly and job.
The Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause
Martin Short joins the franchise for this underwhelming third outing, which sees Jack Frost cause trouble, just as Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is feeling the pressure of being the world’s biggest Christmas present supplier.
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.
Daddy’s Home 2
The dad-stepdad double team of Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) and Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) seem to have put their previous warring ways behind them, but all bets are off when their respective fathers – sweet-natured hug enthusiast Don (John Lithgow) and womanising ex-astronaut Kurt (Mel Gibson) – fly in for the holidays.
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 Once Upon a Christmas
Mickey Mouse leads the festive fun alongside Disney stalwarts Donald Duck and Goofy in a trio of colourful tales for Christmas.
After getting stuck in a refrigerated truck, canine mischief-makers Rosebud, Buddha, B-Dawg, Budderball and Mudbud faced their nippiest adventure yet – in deepest Alaska.
12 Days of Giving
After winning a nice sum of money, good Samaritan Baxter Billings (David Blue) decides to play Secret Santa to the residents of a small town. His generosity is rewarded when he falls for the widowed mother (Ashley Jones) of one of his young beneficiaries.
Christmas-themed boutique owner Anna (Ellen Hollman) is struggling to stay afloat as her store in a desirable neighbourhood of New York is too old-fashioned. Ambitious property development official Michael (Bobby Campo) sees the old shop as an opportunity to flip over for a profit. However, after he spends a little time in the store and realises what it means to its loyal customers, he’s not so sure that he’s doing the right thing.
A Song for Christmas
Romance blooms between two single parents, but then they discover that their daughters are bitter rivals at school. Can it still be a merry Christmas? No points for guessing the answer.
Miranda (Erin Krakow) is flying back to Vermont from her home in Seattle to join her family for Christmas – and to see Ian (Niall Matter), a local handyman she fell for on her last trip to the snowy state. But while changing planes in Boston, Miranda runs into old boyfriend Josh (Andrew Francis) who follows her to Vermont, where Miranda learns of an old family secret that could destroy her family.
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…
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…
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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…
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.
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.