To get into the festive spirit, you know what to do; Christmas films. Lots of venues screen festive classics in the weeks before Christmas — take a look below. Note: we’ll be adding plenty more events for Christmas 2018 when they’re announced, so keep checking back. Take a look at our Christmas in London page for further inspiration.
Backyard Cinema’s Snowman Experience at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Roaming movie theatre Backyard Cinema pitches up at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland this season for an “immersive cinematic adventure” celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Snowman (that’s the Raymond Briggs children’s book, not the crime thriller, FYI). Rather than sitting to watch the film, you’ll walk through different rooms designed to bring the scenes to life. Thank goodness it’s only a 20 minute film, eh?
The Snowman Experience, £6.95-£14.95, from 22 November 2018
Festive Film & Fizz 2018 at One Aldwych
Fancy hotel One Aldwych runs a season of fancy film screenings each Christmas. Watch the film in the hotel’s screening room, with a glass of champagne, and then head to the on-site restaurant Indigo for a three-course meal once the credits roll. This year’s programme includes It’s A Wonderful Life, The Holiday, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street, among others, all screened on multiple dates.
Christmas film screenings at One Aldwych, from £58, 22 November-18 December 2018
Love Actually at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Richard Curtis’s 2003, London-based rom com has one heck of a cast: Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley… all telling the interwoven stories of 10 couples around Christmas time.
Following last year’s event, it’s being screened accompanied by a live orchestra once again, in the opulent settings of the Theatre Royal.
Love Actually, £33-£78, 2 December 2018
Home Alone in concert at the Royal Albert Hall
You’ve probably seen Macaulay Culkin’s festive antics multiple times before (it’s been around since 1990, which makes us feel old), but this year, the Royal Albert Hall is screening it with a live orchestra performing John Williams’ score, just a couple of days before Christmas.
Home Alone in concert, £25-£60, 22 December 2018
Christmas at the Prince Charles Cinema
The beloved Prince Charles Cinema puts on a whopping number of screenings each Christmas related films each year, and 2018 is no different. The website breaks down these films in two categories, a nice list with your more traditional Christmas fare, and a naughty list featuring some edgy options. There’s so much to choose from and incredibly the cinema is showing It’s A Wonderful Life twice a day throughout December until Christmas Eve. Some screenings are sing-a-long, some quote-a-long and others come with a mince pie and sparkling wine.
Prince Charles Cinema, prices vary, throughout December
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