Nothing gets you into the festive spirit like a good Christmas film. Plenty of venues screen festive classics in the weeks before Christmas — take a look below. And no, we don't want to get into the Die Hard debate again.
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Christmas films at Backyard Cinema
Not content with having two festive cinema settings running simultaneously in Wandsworth, Backyard Cinema also takes over Troxy in Limehouse for Christmas film screenings. Backyard Cinema's Christmas Extravaganza (1-31 December) combines live music, performance and film screenings. Your entertainment begins with a traditional Christmas story written and performed by George the Poet, supported with live music from Some Voices Choir and the Backyard Cinema Band. This is followed by a screening of a festive film — Elf, Love Actually and Home Alone are the choices at this venue.
Back in Wandsworth, the usual Winter Night Garden and Snow Kingdom set-ups return, where the surroundings are as important as the film itself. Enter The Winter Night Garden (from 15 November) via a magical wardrobe to an enchanted forest, where festive favourites such as The Holiday, The Muppets Christmas Carol and Love Actually are screened, along with the new Bond film.
The Snow Kingdom (from 16 November) is an equally enchanting experience, home to a castle and accessed through the centre of a magical waterfall. Film choices are similar to the Winter Night Garden programme. Food and drink options at both The Winter Night Garden and The Snow Kingdom include Honest Burgers, artisanal pizzas and rainbow popcorn.
Christmas film screenings at Backyard Cinema, from 15 November 2021
Christmas films at Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
The Prince Charles doesn't do things by halves, and its Christmas season is no exception.
Sure, you've got the usual classics such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, Home Alone, and It's A Wonderful Life, but you've also got lesser-known (or at least, lesser-discussed) Christmas films including 2010 Finnish film Rare Exports, as well as not-specifically-Christmassy offerings in the form of Carol, Lord of the Rings, and Little Women.
Many of the films are screened multiple times in the run-up to the big day — for an independent cinema, the Prince Charles punches well above its weight, and is deserving of as much support as possible after a tough 18 months. So consider buying some popcorn and a Coke on your way in.
Christmas at Prince Charles Cinema, 1-24 December 2021
Film & Fizz at One Aldwych
Swanky Strand hotel One Aldwych partners with Curzon for a year-round programme of film screenings in its intimate 30-seat cinema, complete with food and drink.
As you'd expect, the programme gets suitably festive for December, with screenings of Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf and It's A Wonderful Life. It's a more luxurious option than some of London's other festive film screenings though — your ticket (£65) includes sparkling wine and popcorn to enjoy with the film, followed by a three-course meal in the hotel restaurant.
Film & Fizz at One Aldwych, 2-24 December 2021
Christmas films at Crofton Park Pictures/Rivoli Ballroom
South-east Londoners; head for the glitz and glam of the Rivoli Ballroom for festive movie nights. Pop-up cinema Crofton Park Pictures screens Home Alone 2, Love Actually, Elf and Die Hard over an epic two-day run, with chandeliers hanging overhead, a stall selling sweets and popcorn and of course, a bar.
Christmas films at Rivoli, 16-17 December 2021
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