Ring in the festive cheer with our picks of the best Christmas movies on Now TV with Sky Cinema
It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. Those dark mornings and chilly nights are made worth it by the promise of mince pies, Christmas markets and endless parties. That said, there’s equally no better way to spend Christmas than being curled up on a sofa with your loved ones beside you watching a good Christmas film.
There are tons of them and we all have our favourites. If you’re an avid movie-enthusiast, Now TV’s Sky Cinema Pass is the best option for you. Viewers can watch over 1,000 of the latest and greatest comedy, action, drama and romantic films – all from the comfort of their homes.
Sky TV subscribers get the exact same movie catalogue if they subscribe to Sky Cinema, but this costs £11/mth on top of the £22/mth Sky Entertainment package, and this is excluding the cost for Sky TV. The service also ties you down to an 18-month contract. In comparison, you’ll find Now TV’s offering much cheaper and you can easily terminate your subscription without paying any cancellation fees.
How to get Now TV with Sky Cinema
Unlike with Sky, where you may need to set up an account and call an engineer to get you started with your initial connection, Now TV requires no such thing. Simply go online to sign up, create an account, then choose any of its passes (or even bundle up a few) and start watching instantly on any of your devices.
You can log into to your Now TV account on up to six devices (including PCs, mobile devices and even gaming consoles), and use it on any two of these devices simultaneously. With cinema ticket prices skyrocketing – not to mention the thought of a cinema trek in this cold weather – we reckon now’s as good a time as ever to crack open the microwave popcorn and settle in for a winter of home-viewing.
With Now TV’s ever-expanding library of content, it can be hard narrowing down your favourite Christmas classics or discovering new favourites. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the sifting. Sit back and relax as we take you through the best Christmas movies available on Now TV, including great Christmas films that will be added to Now TV Sky Cinema in the near future.
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Jingle All the Way (1996)
“I’m not a pervert! I was just looking for a Turbo Man doll!”- We’ve all been there, Arnie. Back in the nineties, it was the latest action man, now it’s the latest iPhone. Could Jingle All The Way be a commentary on the capitalism of Christmas we didn’t know we needed? Howard Langston, played by none other than the magnificent Arnold Schwarzenegger, doesn’t care. He is just your regular dad keeping his promise of a Turbo Man doll for his son. But will he prevail once he discovers every store is sold out…?
Die Hard (1988)
What more could you ask for at Christmas than Bruce Willis stuck in a skyscraper with Alan Rickman and lots of guns? With his wife amongst the hostages taken by Rickman, John McClane must navigate this nail-biting kidnapping with extreme caution if he wants to spend Christmas with his family. Thrilling, action-packed and just a little bit Christmassy.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Without a doubt, the best re-telling of the Christmas Carol there has ever been for the entire family. There’s a dusting of dark humour for adults and some catchy sing-alongs for the children. All your favourite characters from Miss Piggy and Kermit to Gonzo and Tiny Tim will be together once again, this time they’ll be trying to bring the Christmas spirit back to Scrooge.
Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
A true Christmas classic remade with Mara Wilson of Matilda fame. Kris Kringle covers for a drunk Santa in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and receives a warm reception from the public. Following this unexpected turn of events, Kringle becomes a main feature at the Manhattan chain store. Unfortunately, Kringle ends up in a terribly unfestive court case when he starts claiming he really is the Santa Claus. Could it truly be a Christmas miracle or has Kris been on the mulled vino?
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
This classic follows the life of George Bailey, a man who, despite giving back to his community and looking after his family, feels his life has been a waste. George is on the brink of suicide when an angel named Clarence appears and forces him to look back over the alternative universe that exists without him. A truly heartwarming tale that has survived the decades and rings true in our modern times.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
A cult Christmas classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation offers an alternative for the festive season. When Clark Griswold and his wife, Beverly D’Angelo, embark on their road trip from Illinois to California they end up with more than just a few family feuds. Chevvy Chase plays a chaotic Mr Griswold who will do anything to get his family to a famous Californian amusement park.
The Grinch (2018 – coming 6 December)
This time it’s national treasure Benedict Cumberbatch that voices the furry green creature who has grand plans to spoil Christmas for the creatures of Whoville. But what will he do when realises that Christmas goes beyond just present and decorations? Will his small heart finally give in or will he succeed in ruining yet another Christmas for himself and others. The Grinch is a heartwarming tale epitomising the spirit of Christmas and everything it stands for.
The entire Harry Potter Collection (coming 23 December)
Is this a Christmas film series? No. Would you love to re-watch all eight Harry Potter films over the Christmas holidays this year? Most definitely! The entire Harry Potter series – from 2001’s Philosopher’s Stone to 2011’s Deathly Hallows 2 – drops just in time for the Christmas holiday, so you can re-follow how The Boy Who Lived eventually defeated He Who Must Not Be Named. Based on the best-selling novels by J.K.Rowling, the series stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as everyone’s favourite wizarding trio.
Love Actually (2003 – free for all Sky customers)
Sadly, this classic British Christmas film – following the love lives of different individuals during the frantic Christmas time in London – is reserved for Sky customers. If you’re a Sky TV customer with a compatible Sky box, then you can purchase Love Actually for free anytime before 31 December. It’s free to own and keep forever, meaning you can re-watch this Christmas film not only this year, but every Christmas going forward.