These will get you in the festive spiritThree of the year’s biggest films are out and you’re not too late to catch them. There’s The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the green grouch with a Christmas grudge and a super cute dog. There’s the latest tale from the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, which sees Eddie Redmayne (good) fight Johnny Depp (bad) for the soul of the wizarding world. And there’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, a brilliantly inventive sequel to Wreck-It Ralph where he blunders around the workings of the wifi world.
Then, things get seriously ChristmassyDecember sees the 40th anniversary re-release of the heart melting The Snowman as a double bill with its sequel The Snowman and The Snowdog. If your family likes a festive trip to the theatre, we’ve got a selection of magical Big Screen Events coming up, starting with the Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, followed by a brand new stage version of A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow, which critics are calling ‘toe-wrigglingly delightful’ (The Stage). CBeebies’ panto is being broadcast to the big screen for the first time; this year it’s Thumbelina. Or, for a short break from winterland, try The King and I from the London Palladium, the super fun musical set in 1900s Thailand.
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Just before the big day, on 21 December, one of the most anticipated family films hits the big screen: Mary Poppins Returns, which sees Emily Blunt float down from the sky to help the grown-up Banks children and their kids through a difficult time with kites, cuteness, song and dance.
But what about Boxing Day? You’ll feel a bit overfed on Christmas magic and just in need of a laugh. Holmes & Watson can’t fail, with Will Ferrell and John C Reilly stumbling around and taking on Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes). Or there’s Bumblebee, a Transformers spin-off directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) that sees our yellow friend bonding with a pair of teens and missing his home planet.