Christmas isn't cancelled as long as the films are still playing — and at time of writing, they're being shown at the following festive cinemas.
Check with organisers for the latest information, as events are liable to be cancelled or postponed at short notice, or may change due to evolving government guidelines.
Christmas films at Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema offers two festive options for film lovers at its base in Wandsworth.
The Winter Night Garden takes you through a magical wardrobe into an enchanted forest (think fairy-light strewn woodland vibes), where you can kick back and watch all manner of classic films. It was open from October, but closed for lockdown. Things get really festive when it reopens in December, with the likes of Home Alone, The Holiday, Elf and Love Actually joining the programme. Christmas films run right through until early January, though some of the events closest to Christmas have already sold out.
Meanwhile, The Snow Kingdom runs a similar programme, but features a hidden entrance, magical waterfall and several festive touches to make the film screening into a full festive experience.
Cinema snacks are on sale, and there's a fully-licensed bar too.
The Winter Night Garden and The Snow Kingdom at Backyard Cinema, Capital Studios, Wandsworth. From 3 December.
Festive Film & Fizz at One Aldwych
For a fancy Christmas night out, head to a Festive Film & Fizz screening. Relax in the luxurious screening room at the recently-renovated One Aldwych hotel, and watch either a classic Christmas film (Elf, It's A Wonderful Life, The Holiday...) or a screening of a classic ballet (Swan Lake and The Nutcracker keep things suitable festive).
Your ticket includes a three-course meal in the hotel's Indigo restaurant, plus champagne to sip as you enjoy the film.
Festive Film & Fizz at One Aldwych, 4-23 December.
Luna Drive-In Winter Cinema
After a successful summer season of socially distanced cinema, Luna Cinema is back with a winter drive-in offering. Park up at Copthorne Stadium (AKA Allianz Park) in Hendon and endure a programme that's pure Christmas (yes, Die Hard counts). Timeless classics including Miracle on 34th Street and It's A Wonderful Life are given as much attention as newer releases such as Frozen 2 and Last Christmas.
Once you're parked up, you can order food by scanning a QR code, and have it delivered direct to your car bonnet, so there's no need to cross paths with anyone else.
Luna Drive-In Winter Cinema at Allianz Park, 5-22 December 2020 (other dates at Ascot Racecourse and Birmingham NEC).
Christmas at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
With so many cinemas struggling at the moment, we're thrilled to see that Leicester Square's Prince Charles Cinema is open for business, and it's running its usual eclectic Christmas programme through November and December.
Sure, you've got the usual classics such as The Holiday, Home Alone, White Christmas, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but you've also got lesser-known (or at least, lesser-discussed) Christmas films including Remember The Night and a Christmas Story, as well as not-specifically-Christmassy offerings in the form of Carol and Little Women.
Christmas at the Prince Charles, 3-24 December 2020.
Christmas Cocktail Cinema at Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Rooftop party venue Skylight at Tobacco Dock had its winter 2020 opening delayed by lockdown, but when it does open, it's making up for lost time, with dining igloos, a feast in a forest, and Christmas Cocktail Cinema. No ice rink this year though.
Think festive films, but with a luxurious twist. Comfy seats, cosy blankets and Christmas cocktails are all part of the experience, with Elf, Frozen, Bridget Jones, The Holiday and Love Actually all being shown multiple times.
Skylight Christmas Cocktail Cinema, 3 December-3 January.