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Guru Saves Christmas: Movies

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With only mere weeks to spare, there isn’t much longer until jingle bells are ringing, presents are getting unwrapped and Turkey is being devoured (or a delicious vegetarian/vegan equivalent). One aspect of Christmas that is well-digested over December is the ‘Christmas Film’, ideal for settling down in front of after a big meal and a good excuse for a tactical snooze.

However, with all of the different streaming services and viewing options on TV, you might be excused for not knowing which medium to watch your Christmas films on. To give you a helping hand, the Guru has trawled through each channel and service to give you a heads up on watching your favourite festive movies, alongside catching all the latest films coming out this December in cinemas too.

New Christmas films for 2019

Whilst we are usually clamouring for classic Christmas films to view over December, there are always new contenders available on the big screen and the small screen to entertain us too. So, whether you want to organise a trip to the cinema with the kids, or just want to settle down in front of the TV, make sure you catch the new Christmas films for 2019 below:

In Cinemas:

  • Last Christmas (out now) – featuring classic songs from George Michael and Wham, Last Christmas is a London-set rom-com starring Emilia Clarke as Kate, a cynical shop worker who meets mystery man Tom, played by Henry Golding, who ends up changing her outlook on Christmas forever. Ideal for families and couples.
  • Frozen II (out now) – the Disney smash hit is back once again to deliver more fun adventures starring Elsa, Anna and the rest of the gang, this time far from the kingdom of Arendelle. Great for kids and families alike
  • Black Christmas (out on the 13th Dec) – for those who haven’t quite forgotten Halloween, Black Christmas is a horror/thriller about college students tackling a killer on campus, starring Imogen Poots as Riley. Perfect for older teens and adults who prefer horror films.
  • Cats (out on the 20th Dec) – whilst not immediately festive, this adaptation of the long-running musical Cats combines motion-capture technology and a huge cast list including Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo and Dame Judi Dench, so is bound to be a hit around Christmas time. Good for families and fans of the hit musical
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (out on the 19th Dec) – even though you won’t find much mention of Christmas cheer in Star Wars, you will find plenty of action in this conclusion to the sequel trilogy that is bound to be the must-see film this Christmas. Pick up where The Last Jedi left off and watch the final battle between Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver). Suitable for older kids, big kids and fans of the long-running movie franchise.

Streaming:

  • The Knight before Christmas (Netflix) – what happens when a 14th-century knight gets transported to present day USA? This charming romantic comedy stars Vanessa Hudgens as Brooke and Josh Whitehouse as Sir Cole. Ideal for families and couples
  • Let it Snow (Netflix) – this enjoyable teen rom-com has a long cast list of up-and-coming young stars, including Isabela Moner as Julie, Shameik Moore as Stuart and Liv Hewson as Dorrie. Great for teens and families
  • Holiday Rush (Netflix) – after a radio DJ (played by Romany Malco) gets fired, he’s forced to move into his aunt’s house with his four spoiled children. Romantic Christmas comedy that’s great for family viewing
  • Merry Happy Whatever (Netflix) – if you prefer binging a series rather than a film, why not try this comedy series starring Denis Quaid and Bridget Mendler? Fun for all the family lasting all of 8 episodes

Where to watch your favourite Christmas films in 2019

There are now plenty of classic Christmas films for you to enjoy over the holiday period, but with so many different streaming services and providers offering movie packages, where can you watch them all? Thankfully we’ve made a list of where you can find the following films:

Film name

Sky Movies/Now TV

Netflix

Amazon Prime Video

 Elf

 

 

 

 Home alone

 

 

 

 Die Hard

Y

 

 

 The Grinch

 

 

 

 Deck the Halls

 

 

Y

 Jingle all the way

Y

 

 

 Miracle on 34th Street

Y

 

 

 The Holiday

Y

 

Y

 Arthur Christmas

 

Y

 

 A Christmas Carol

Y

 

 

 Nativity!

 

Y

Y

 The Nightmare before Christmas

 

 

 

 It’s a Wonderful Life

Y

 

 

 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Y

 

 

 Love Actually

 

 

Y

 Muppets Christmas Carol

Y

 

 

 The Santa Clause

 

 

 

 

If you don’t see your favourite Christmas film listed, or it hasn’t got a Y next to it, it could still be on terrestrial TV and is yet to be confirmed. Alternatively, you can also rent or buy digital versions of the above films via Apple’s iTunes Store, Google’s Play Store or through Amazon Prime.

We will keep this list updated so you can find out when to catch your favourite Christmas films.

How much is each streaming service or TV provider?

  • Netflix - £5.99 per month for the basic package, £8.99 for HD. Cancel anytime
  • Amazon Prime - £7.99 per month but also includes free delivery for Amazon orders. Cancel anytime
  • Now TV – includes access to Sky Movies for £14.99 per month but getting a longer package makes it cheaper. Cancel anytime
  • Sky – basic Sky package with movies around £32 per month for 18 months. Tied into a contract so unable to cancel until contract ends
  • BT – Sky movies is not available on BT, but there is a BT store to rent films
  • Virgin – Sky movies available through Virgin, around £60 per month for 12 months alongside basic TV package, broadband and phone

Conclusion

Since there are so many options it can be difficult to get the right TV setup for you, but the good news is that many services such as Now TV can be cancelled at any time so you don’t have to be tied in for long periods.

Think about the following when organising your Christmas viewing schedule

  • Always get a free trial where possible (Now TV, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video)
  • Immediately set a reminder to tell you when to cancel
  • Be savvy – instead of forking out for 3 different services, it might be cheaper to buy DVDs or digital copies of movies so you can watch them again next year too!
  • Netflix is best for new Christmas films
  • Now TV is best for classic Christmas films without the contract

If you want to spread the cost of your subscriptions along with presents, food and decorations, have a think about a 0% purchase credit card. Start your comparison journey today by using our free moneymatcher eligibility tool using the link below. Good luck!

Robert Bester