Amidst the gifts, games and the food – all the food, there’s very little time to waste scrolling through the TV guide and bickering over what to watch. To help you plan your time with maximum relaxation and enjoyment in mind, we’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together our top picks of what to watch over the festive period.
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Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda Holiday & Kung Fu Panda 3 (BBC 1): That’s right, three Kung Fu Panda films back to back to preoccupy excited minds!
A Christmas Carol (BBC 2): Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey to Christmas joy in this 1984 classic.
Katherine Jenkins: Christmas Spectacular from the Royal Albert Hall (ITV): Pop Katherine & co on in the background whilst you finish your Christmas preparations.
The Snowman – The Original (Channel 4): Get the tissues ready and watch the story of a young boy and his best friend, the snowman. One for all ages!
The Great Christmas Bake Off (Channel 4): A handful of familiar faces will be taking to the tent to whip up some festive treats.
Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas (BBC 2): With many theatres still closed, Comic Relief are bringing the pantomime straight to you! Calling out ‘he’s behind you’ is just as good from the comfort of your sofa!
Top of the Pops Christmas Special (BBC 1) Let Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo guide you through the best music of the year. Whether you’re rocking around the Christmas tree or listening as you go about your day, it’s bound to keep everyone in the spirit.
The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast (BBC 1): A traditional moment of pause in many a household, as the Queen addresses the nation and looks back on the events of 2020.
Strictly: The Christmas Countdown (BBC 1): Sequins and sparkles – clear markers of both Strictly Come Dancing and Christmas! Although coronavirus has scuppered plans for a traditional Strictly Christmas special, the countdown will look back at the 25 most memorable dances of all time.
Gogglebox: Best of 2020 (Channel 4): Join your favourite sofa-sitters for a lookback at the best TV moments of the year – we’ve certainly watched a lot of it!
Madagascar: Escape to Africa (BBC 1): An easy start to the day after all the food, drink and noisy toys!
Brave (BBC 1): There’s nothing like a spot of Disney at Christmas to keep the magic going for as long as possible!
The Chase: Christmas Special (ITV): Watch household names put their general knowledge to the test as they take on ‘The Chase’. It’s the perfect opportunity to shout your answers at the TV!
The Great British Sewing Bee: Celebrity Christmas Special (BBC 1): If you’re starting to think about new hobbies to take up in the New Year, this is a good place to start. Light-hearted inspiration and cosy viewing with a festive feel!
Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4): Jimmy Carr is back with a team of celebrities to look back at 2020 and test how closely they were paying attention to key events! Not one for young ears!