It wouldn’t be Christmas without at least some time spent lazing in front of the television. If you don’t have the patience to scour the TV guide, then this post is for you. Here’s 45 ideas of things to watch on TV with your kids this Christmas, from Christmas Eve to Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December 2016, mostly on terrestrial TV.
Will you be watching any of them?
The featured picture is from Channel 4’s adaptation of Michael Rosen’s wonderful children’s book, which will be broadcast at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve.
CHRISTMAS EVE – Saturday 24th December
Olive, the Other Reindeer
6.15am, Channel 4
Cartoon featuring a dog who sets out to save Christmas.
8.40am, Channel 4
The classic Raymond Briggs animation explores what Santa does on the other 364 days of the year.
Baddie Gru finds his position as world’s greatest leader threatened by an up-and-comer.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The first film in the franchise sees the boy wizard trying to find a blood-red stone.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Can a brood of cute Dalmatian pups escape the evil Cruella De Vil’s plans to turn them into a fur coat?
Shrek The Halls
Animated mini adventure sees Shrek’s plans for a quiet Christmas thwarted by his friends.
Penguins of Madagascar
After success in the three Madagascar films, penguin brothers Skipper, Kowalski and Rio get their own movie.
The Snowman / The Snowman and the Snowdog
4.45pm/5.15pm, Channel 4
Christmas classic The Snowman sees a little boy’s creation come to life. The follow-up sees
The Muppets Christmas Carol
5.50pm, Channel 4
Michael Caine stars alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and gang in this musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
CBeebies bedtime story – Justin Fletcher reads The Night Before Christmas
What better choice of book for the night before Christmas?
The Polar Express
6.55pm, Channel 4
A sceptical boy finds his belief restored thanks to a magical train ride to the North Pole.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
7.30pm, Channel 4
An animated version of Michael Rosen’s classic children’s book.
CHRISTMAS DAY – Sunday 25th December
The Cat in the Hat
Dr Seuss’s classic tale is given the live action treatment.
CBeebies The Nutcracker
An all-singing panto version of the classic Christmas ballet.
Animated adventure of a young honey bee as he heads to New Hive City and strikes up an unlikely friendship.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Festive animated mini adventure featuring the characters of the films.
Animated adventures of a stone-age family.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The boy wizard’s adventures continue.
The Sword in the Stone
12.20pm, Channel 4
Animated Disney musical film adapting the Arthurian myth.
The Farmer’s Llamas
Shaun the Sheep tricks a farmer into buying three llamas.
The Wizard of Oz
The classical musical sees Dorothy meets a scarecrow, lion and tinman in the colourful land of Oz.
Anna, Elsa, Olaf and gang get their first terrestrial screening in Disney’s highest grossing animated film.
The Lion King
Animated musical follows Simba the lion cub as his uncle attempts to prevent him becoming king.
Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor in this Christmas special, which sees brain-swapping aliens attacking New York.
6pm, Channel 4
Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) outwits two burglars after he is accidentally left at home when his family goes on holiday.
BOXING DAY – Monday 26th December
Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
Pixie Hollow is at risk as a rogue fairy returns as a pirate.
Dusty enters a race, despite his fear of heights.
Scottish princess Merida begs a witch for a spell to change her mother’s mind about marrying her off.
Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep.
Animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s story of a mouse who takes a stroll in a deep dark wood.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
A darker, scarier edge in the third instalment of the boy wizard’s adventures.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
4.10pm, Channel 4
2005 film adaptation of the CS Lewis classic follows four siblings as they step through the wardrobe into the land of Narnia,
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Fictional Viking world where Hiccup must contemplate adult responsibility.
An animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s slightly sinister take on classic fairy tales. (Part 2 – Tuesday 27th December, 6.30pm, BBC1)
Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th December
Gnomeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s classic romance is depicted by gnomes, frog sprinklers and pink flamingos.
The Furchester Hotel: A Furchester Christmas
Big Bird and Count Von Count visit Elmo at Christmas.
Lightning McQueen returns to take part in the first ever World Grand Prix.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Classic 1981 adventure film with Harrison Ford as intrepid archaeologist India Jones.
12.10pm, Channel 5
Michael J Fox stars as a basketball-playing teenager who turns into a wolf.
Bigfoot and the Hendersons
2pm, Channel 5
Eighties favourite follows a Seattle family who adopt a hairy beast.
Animated adventures about a tap dancing penguin.
Mr Peabody and Sherman
A genius dog and his adopted son travel back to the past in a time machine.
4.10pm, Channel 5
Fantasy musical adventure starring David Bowie as the Goblin King.
4.20pm, Channel 4
A mouse is adopted by humans.
Second part of the animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s slightly sinister take on classic fairy tales.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry’s adventures continue in the fourth film in the series (rated 12A).