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Banjo’s Festive Features: Family Christmas Films

Next in our series of Christmas blogs, we’re bringing you a great selection of suggestions for Christmas films that you can all watch together! So, get into your festive pyjamas, pour a mug of yummy hot chocolate and have a look at a few of our recommendations this Christmas:

Arthur Christmas

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to deliver a young girl’s present they misplaced in less than two hours! It’s very funny and the kids will love it, watch it here


This is a classic that has been made into a jingle-tastic musical as well as a great animated version. Watch this wonderful film where Buddy the Elf moves to New York to meet his real father. Remember to not be a ‘cotton-headed ninny muggin’ and watch this with your family this Christmas. 

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

This magical musical film came to Netflix last year and had the Cats at Banjo HQ humming along and wanting to get up and dance! Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him, a once-joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life. A real feel good film

The Christmas Chronicles

Another couple of masterpieces from Netflix. In the first film, after accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick. There’s singing, dancing and a real buzz when you’re watching this. The second part has more action in the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas. NO! We loved the second part just as much as the first.

A Boy Called Christmas

This is a new Christmas film this year based on a bestselling book by the amazing author Matt Haig. With an all star cast, A Boy Called Christmas follows a decidedly ordinary boy called Nikolas, nicknamed ‘Christmas’, who sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to find the fabled elf village of Elfheim. Watch now on Sky

Polar Express

In this animated classic, a disillusioned pyjama-clad little boy  boards a magic train to the North Pole and ends up in the middle of Santa’s workshop. Watch here

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Now there is a lot of debate about whether this film is a Halloween film OR a Christmas film… And we think it can be both! Lots of songs all about the different lands with different holidays. Jack Skellington (the Pumpkin King) longs for a different land and stumbles across a Christmas tree door… The kids will want to watch this year after year. 

Home Alone

KEVIN!!! This family classic is full of pranks, Christmas fun and a feel-good happy ending. Every year this is watched by so many families and every year we’re still laughing. Just make sure to check all your children are there before getting on a plane anyway over the holidays!

The Grinch

The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. We love the most recent animated version with Benedict Cumberbatch and think your family will too. 

We hope that this blog has given you even more ideas of festive things to enjoy with the family. Remember to check out our Family Christmas Trips blog, Christmas Books blog and Christmas Gift Guide too for lots of inspiration this Christmas. 

Stay festive and FANTASTIC!

Lots of love, 

Banjo HQ x

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