As much as Christmas is all about eating, drinking and spending time with your loved ones – sometimes all you want to do is snuggle up with a tub of popcorn and indulge in the guilty pleasure of your favourite festive film. Luckily, London has you covered!
Here are the top 10 places to catch a Christmas movie screening near your accommodation in London Paddington this winter. Don’t wait too long to book!
1) The Prince Charles Cinema: Christmas at the PCC
Now until Sat 21 Dec; 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
The Prince Charles Cinema is hosting all manner of festive, family and cult classics this season. Some of their most popular screenings are their sing-along events – you’ll have a blast belting out the songs from The Muppet Christmas Carol! Alternatively, catch the Die Hard double feature or an epic screening of all three Lord of the Rings masterpieces. The Christmas Pyjama Party runs on Sat 21 Dec, where six favourites will be screened back-to-back.
Be sure to enjoy a hearty dinner at one of the restaurants near Paddington London and pack plenty of movie snacks for this event!
2) Festive Films at London Zoo
Now until Tues 24 Dec; London Zoo ZSL, Outer Circle, NW1 4RY
With a valid ticket to the zoo, you can swing by one of the free film screenings taking place at London Zoo this Christmas! The selection includes children-friendly classics including Santa Claus: The Movie, The Polar Express and Elf in the 12:30pm slot, and date-night rom coms are shown at 4.30pm. So if you ever wanted to catch Hugh Grant wriggling his behind whilst tigers roar in the background, this is your chance!
3) Winter Pop-Up Cinema
Now until Sun 29 Dec; The Circus Bar, Southbank, SE1 8JU
Nestle down in a bean bag to enjoy a screening of a holiday classic at Southbank’s snug pop-up, right by the Thames. Their schedule caters for family audiences, with plenty of Disney and Pixar on the agenda – whether they’re festive or not. Choose between Moana, The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo and you’ll still feel the London chill melt away. Some of the screenings are free, but you will need to book in advance.
4) The Secret Forest at Harvey Nichols
Now until Sun 5 Jan 2020; 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Harvey Nichols has given their fifth floor a Northern Lights inspired makeover for the 2019 Christmas period. This dreamy hideaway serves ice cream cocktails and Nordic savouries, under a starry ‘night sky’ which casts the Aurora Borealis. On Sunday and Wednesday nights in December, they will screen Christmas films including It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street and recent blockbuster, The Greatest Showman.
5) Backyard Cinema: Christmas at the Snow Kingdom & Winter Night Garden
Now until Sun 19 Jan 2020; Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET
Backyard Cinema is where alternative cinema experiences in London all begun, and Christmas is when the company pulls out all the stops. Experience this year’s cinematic extravaganza, Christmas at the Snow Kingdom, in Wandsworth. To get in, you’ll need to locate the secret entrance and speak the magic password. Alternatively, check out their Winter Night Garden – featuring an enchanted woodland set up. Backyard Cinema’s line-up includes family-friendly films such as Toy Story 4, Elf and The Muppets Christmas Carol. Beyond Christmas, they will show hit live-action Disney films from 2019 including Aladdin and The Lion King. Now that’s how you beat the January blues!
6) The Luna Winter Cinema
Sun 15 – Sun 22 Dec; Kensington Palace, W8 4PX
The Luna Cinema knows how to bring magic to the cinema no matter what season it is, and this winter their festive screenings are taking place in the jaw-dropping Pavilion on the Orangery Lawn at Kensington Palace. Opening with beloved rom-com Love Actually and culminating with everyone’s favourite family movie, Home Alone, their programme only runs for a week and tickets are already selling quickly.
7) Festive Film & Fizz with Curzon One Aldwych
Fri 6 Dec – Weds 18 Dec; 1 Aldwych WC2B 4BZ
For those seeking a luxury film experience, turn your eye to the Festive Film & Fizz with Curzon One Aldwych where your film is accompanied by a glass of Champagne. The experience is topped off with a post-screening three-course dinner or two-course brunch (Sundays only). The Holiday, White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life still have seats available.
8) E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
Sun 8 Dec (x2 showings); Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP
The ultimate, utterly timeless masterpiece which has charmed families since 1982 is coming to the Royal Albert Hall for one day only. Watch Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece on the big screen whilst the full symphony orchestra plays the memorable score.
The perfect experience to share with your family when paired with lunch at one of the restaurants in Paddington London.
9) The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show
Tues 10 Dec; The View from The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
If you’re prepared to splash out or want to kill two birds with one stone, you can get your yuletide fix of Home Alone at the same time as you check out the view from the 69th floor of The Shard. That’s right, the Extraordinary Travelling Film Show is being hosted by the UK’s tallest skyscraper this year!
There’s only one showing available, so act quickly to secure accommodation in London Paddington and a seat at the event.
10) Rivoli Pop Up Cinema
Weds 11 – Fri 13 Dec; 350 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY
For anyone with an interest in history as well as films, the Rivoli Ballroom is the only intact 1950s ballroom remaining in London. This Christmas it’s getting spruced up with festive decorations and hosting your favourite films. Kicking off with How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this three-day cinematic event has two screenings per day to choose from.