Christmas Film Screenings And Pop-Up Cinemas In London: Christmas 2018

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Christmas Film Screenings And Pop-Up Cinemas In London: Christmas 2018

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.

Frozen Island at Neighbourhood Cinema, Covent Garden

Frozen Island

Frozen Island is the theme of Neighbourhood Cinema, popping up in a secret Covent Garden location with frozen palm trees, icicles and giant snow globes. There's an ice bar next to the screening room, and VIP snow cabins available to hire.

Screening are a mixture of family favourites and adults-only, booze fuelled singalongs.

Neighbourhood Cinema, 11 November 2018-27 January 2019

Backyard Cinema's Snowman Experience at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Where to watch Christmas films in London 2018: The Snowman Backyard Cinema immersive experience at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland London 2018

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

White Christmas: festive film screenings in London Christmas 2018
Festive film screenings 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 £60 p, 22 November-18 December 2018

Poolside Cinema Club at Sheraton Skyline Hotel London Heathrow

Floating cinema at Sheraton Heathrow:  - where to watch Christmas 2018 films in London

Love Actually, Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman are the next three films to be screened at Poolside Cinema Club in the Sky Garden at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel. Choose whether you snuggle under a blanket on a floating sofa in the pool, or lounge on a beanbag on dry land. The transparent roof means you'll feel like you're under the stars — without the outdoor chill. Ticket price includes a welcome drink and popcorn, with other food and drink available to purchase.

Poolside Cinema Club, £18, 23 November, 12 December and 25 January

Love Actually at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Love Actually Christmas 2018 film screening at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

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

Christmas Floating Film Festival 2018 at St Katharine Docks

Christmas Floating Film Festival at St Katharine Docks - where to watch Christmas 2018 films in London

Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually and Arthur Christmas are just some of the screenings at this floating film festival in St Katharine Docks. Wrap up warm, kick back in a deckchair or beanbag on a floating pontoon and watch the Christmas classics. Blankets and heaters are provided, and mince pies, mulled wine, hot chocolate and other warming goodies will be available from Benugo.

Christmas Floating Film Festival, £12-£24, 3-9 December 2018

Pop Up Screens: Cinema In The Snow 2018

 Cinema in the Snow: Christmas film screenings in London 2018
Wander through the wardrobe at Cinema in the Snow

Think Narnia and you've got some idea what they're going for when they construct this cinema in Hackney. Walk through a wardrobe to a snowy screening room, where you can watch festive classics including Elf, Home Alone 2 and The Santa Clause in the snow. It's indoors, and there's a bar where you can buy warming refreshments.

Pop Up Screens: Cinema In The Snow 2018. From £6 child/£10 adult, booking required, 13-23 December

Luna Winter Cinema 2018

Best-known for popping up at quirky London locations throughout the summer, Luna Cinema also runs a winter screening programme. The venues for the London Christmas screenings are Kensington Palace and Earth (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), with the likes of Elf, The Holiday and Die Hard on the programme.

Luna Winter Cinema, £13.50-£18.50, book ahead, 17-23 December

Home Alone in concert at the Royal Albert Hall

It's almost 30 years old.

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

Christmas film screenings at Prince Charles Cinema - festive movie screenings in London
Elf is just one of many options at the Prince Charles this Christmas

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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Last Updated 06 September 2019