Celebrate the festive season by gathering the whole family round for a film night to remember. It's a cosy and budget-friendly way to create new Christmas memories and traditions.

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We have plenty of inspiration including drinks, snacks and the best family Christmas films to watch to take your film night to the next level.

For more ways to spend time together during the Christmas holidays, see our fun family Christmas traditions and 10 things to do on Christmas Eve including family games, easy baking and sleepovers.

Try throwing a Christmas afternoon tea with our recipe ideas or making our Christmas crafts for kids. Or see our complete list of winter activities for kids like seeing Christmas lights, going on outdoor walks and stargazing.

For gifting inspiration, see our Christmas Eve box ideas, best Christmas mugs and best gingerbread house kits.

Family Christmas films

Family watching Christmas film

Looking for the best Christmas movies for the whole family? See our top picks.

  • The Snowman (1982)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  • Home Alone (1990)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • The Polar Express (2004)

For more ideas, see the best foodie movies to stream online.

Christmas drink ideas

Hot chocolate

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Nothing says Christmas like a warm mug of hot chocolate. Try our top-rated classic hot chocolate made with just milk, cocoa, brown sugar and chocolate. To mix things up, try one our fun alternatives like gingerbread hot chocolate, white hot chocolate and even peppermint hot chocolate. Or, make preparation even easier with our slow cooker hot chocolate.

Find more ideas with our hot chocolate recipe collection.

Mocktails

Christmas Punch

Mix up some mocktails for the whole family to enjoy. Make a big batch of this non-alcoholic Christmas punch to last the entire film, with grape juice, ginger ale, lemons and pears. See our classic fruity mocktail or mulled apple juice for a festive twist.

For more recipes, see our kids' mocktails and non-alcoholic Christmas drinks.

Milkshakes

Vanilla Milkshake

Create your own milkshake bar to treat little ones on a Christmas film night. Pick from one of our classic milkshake flavours, including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana. Create a toppings bar using chocolate chips, sprinkles, candies, nuts, chocolate sauce, caramel and whipped cream.

See more flavours with our collection of milkshake recipes.

Christmas snack ideas

Popcorn

Sweet popcorn

No movie night is complete without tons of sweet and salty popcorn. Make your own popcorn at home by heating popcorn kernels on the hob in a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Try our five-star sweet popcorn or heat things up with our spicy microwave popcorn.

Find more flavours and toppings in our popcorn collection.

Savoury snacks

Pizza Fondue Dip

Getting peckish through the film? Share our melty pizza fondue dip with the whole family, or dig into a batch of crispy halloumi fries. Little ones will love some classic sausage rolls or cheese-stuffed garlic dough balls. Make your spread extra festive with this pesto cheese straw Christmas tree.

Discover more savoury bites with our sharing recipes.

Sweet treats

Smores dip

Share a special sweet treat with the little ones to round off your festive feast. Make this easy s'mores dip, complete with toasted marshmallows, and use biscuits and fruit for dipping. Bake this impressive giant cookie and let the kids pick out their favourite filling like chocolate, pretzels or toffee. Bake a festive treat with these mince pie brownies or this easy rocky road.

See more sweet treats with our family dessert recipes.

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