Our Pick of Family Christmas Movies on TV 2020

Jill Holtz

December 14, 2020

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Want a one stop handy guide to the family friendly tv & movies this Christmas? We’ve popped them onto this list covering the UK & Irish tv channels. Here’s Our Pick of Family Christmas Movies on TV 2020:

Don’t miss the chance to have your say! We’re looking for parents to get involved and give their feedback on all aspects of family life. Find out more here.

One of my favourite memories of Christmas time as a child was looking at the TV schedule to see what movies were going to be on and planning what TV time I’d have – there was no screen time limit at Christmas time (never mind the fact that it was the 70s & 80s!).

So if you like watching a good Christmas movie on TV with your child, here’s a big roundup of what’s on this Christmas 2020.

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Our Pick of Christmas Movies on TV 2020

Saturday 19th December

Ernest Saves Christmas, RTÉ One, 2.25pm
Wreck-It Ralph BBC One 2.55pm
Louis And Luca And The Snow Machine, TG4 2.55pm
Minions ITV 3.15pm
The Gruffalo, TG4, 4.20pm
Scrooge, Channel 5 5.30pm
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, RTÉ One, 7.35pm

Sunday 20th December

Epic, Channel 4, 7.30am
FernGully: The Last Rainforest, E4, 8am
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, FilmFour, 12.55pm
Shrek 2, UTV, 2.30pm
Maleficent, BBC One, 2.45pm
Jack Frost, ITV2, 3.15pm
The Karate Kid, Channel 5, 3.20pm
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, ITV, 4:40pm
Scrooged, Comedy Central, 5pm
The Grinch, ITV2, 5.20pm
Shrek, TG4, 5.20pm
Elf, Sky One, 7pm

Monday 21st December

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Turner Classic Movies, 7.05am
The Muppets, BBC One, 10.25am
Happy Feet, ITV2, 4.35pm
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ITV2, 6.45pm
Scrooged, Sky One, 9pm

Tuesday 22nd December

Muppets Most Wanted, BBC One, 10am
Arthur Christmas, ITV, 11.35
Matilda, Channel 5, 1.35pm
Clash of the Titans, BBC One, 1.45pm
The Gruffalo, RTÉ JR, ,Tue 22 Dec, 6.30pm

Puss in Boots, FilmFour, 3pm
Little Women, Turner Classic Movies, 3.45pm
Happy Feet Two, ITV2, 4.50pm
Spider-Man: Homecoming, BBC One, 7.55pm

Wednesday 23rd December

Flushed Away, FilmFour, 12.45pm
The NeverEnding Story, BBC One, 1.45pm
Christmas with the Kranks, Comedy Central, 3pm
Finding Dory, BBC One, 3.40pm
The Polar Express, Sky One, 6pm

Christmas Eve

The Snowman, Channel 4, 7.20am
Kung Fu Panda, BBC One, 9am
Hook, Sky One, 9.25am
Scrooge, BBC Two, Scrooge 9.35am
The Gruffalo, RTÉ2, 10.15am
Annie, Channel 5, 10.30am
Kung Fu Panda 3, BBC One, 10.45am
Santa Claus: The Movie, ITV, 11am
Stuart Little, E4, 11.55am
Oliver Twist, Virgin Media Two, 12.05pm
Moana, BBC One, 12.35pm
A Christmas Carol, Channel 4, 12.40pm
Ice Age, FilmFour, 1.05pm
Cars 3, BBC One, 2.15pm
Finding Dory, RTÉ One, 2.30pm
It’s a Wonderful Life, Channel 4, 2.35pm
Madagascar, FilmFour, 2.45pm
Happy Feet Two, TG4, 3.45pm
The Grinch, ITV2, 4.05pm
Deck the Halls, RTÉ One, 4.10pm
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Virgin Media One, 4.10pm
Paddington 2, BBC One, 4.15pm
Megamind, FilmFour, 4.30pm
Shrek, TG4, 5.25
How to Train Your Dragon, E4, 6pm
Elf, Sky One, 6.15pm
Star Wars: The Last Jedi RTÉ2, 6.20pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Turner Classic Movies, 6.45pm

Christmas Day

The Gruffalo, BBC One, 8.55am
The Gruffalo’s Child, BBC One, 9.25am
Rio 2, FilmFour, 11am
The Snail and the Whale, BBC One, 11am
Nanny McPhee, ITV2, 11.05am
Shrek Forever After, RTÉ2, 11.15am
Zog, BBC One, 11.25am
Oliver! Channel 5, 12.05pm
Little Women, Sony Movie Channel, 12.10pm
The Snowman, Channel 4, 12.25pm
Kung Fu Panda 2, RTÉ2, 1.05pm
Coco, RTÉ One, 1.50pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, RTÉ2, 2.25pm
Zog and the Flying Doctors, BBC One, 2.35pm
Coco, BBC One, 3.10pm
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, RTÉ One, 3.25pm
Santa Claus: The Movie, Virgin Media One, 3.55pm
The Simpsons Movie, FilmFour, 5.05pm
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Channel 4, 5.30pm
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, ITV2, 5.35pm
Stuart Little 2, E4, 5.45pm
Dancing at Lughnasa, TG4, 6pm
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Virgin Media Two, 6pm
The Greatest Showman, RTÉ One, 6.10pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, RTÉ2, 6.30pm
Goodbye Christopher Robin, FilmFour, 6.50pm

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Boxing Day/Stephens Day

The Gruffalo, TG4, 9am
Madagascar, RTÉ2, 9.05am
Penguins of Madagascar, BBC One NI, 10.15am
Matilda, RTÉ2, 11.05am
A Wrinkle In Time, RTÉ One, 11.25am
Horton Hears a Who!, Channel 4, 12pm
The Karate Kid, Channel 5, 12pm
Happy Feet, ITV2, 12pm
Kung Fu Panda 2, FilmFour, 12.50pm
Beethoven’s 2nd, Comedy Central, 1pm
Brave, BBC One, 1.20pm
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, ITV2, 2.10pm
Minions, RTÉ One, 2.20pm
Bee Movie, FilmFour, 2.40pm
The Princess Bride, Comedy Central, 2.45pm
Cinderella, BBC Two, 2.50pm
Frozen, RTÉ One, 4pm
Jumanji, Channel 5, 4.55pm
Grease, BBC One, 5pm
Shrek the Third, Channel 4, 5pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark, RTÉ2, 6.05pm
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ITV2, 6.15pm
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, RTÉ One, 6.25pm
Hidden Figures, Channel 4, 6.40pm
Ghostbusters II, Syfy, 6.50pm

Sunday 27th December

Shaun the Sheep Movie, BBC One, 10.20am
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, BBC One, 11.40am
Over the Hedge, FilmFour, 12.50pm
Monsters University, BBC One, 1.55pm
Sherlock Gnomes, RTÉ One, 2pm
Space Jam, ITV2, 2.05pm
Edward Scissorhands, Channel 4, 2.10pm
Despicable Me, ITV, 2.35pm
Puss in Boots, FilmFour, 2.40pm
Mrs Doubtfire, RTÉ One, 3.25pm
The Sound of Music, BBC One, 3.45pm
Shrek Forever After, Channel 4, 4.10pm
Jurassic World, ITV, 4:40pm

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Monday 28th December

Paddington 2, BBC One, 10.20
Matilda, Channel 5, 12.55
The Karate Kid, Channel 5, 11:30am
Inside Out, BBC One, 1.20pm
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, RTÉ One, 1.40pm
Jurassic Park, ITV, 2.40pm
The Jungle Book, BBC One, 3pm
The Addams Family, Channel 5, 3pm
Alice Through the Looking Glass, RTÉ One, 3.50pm
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Channel 4, 4.05pm
Addams Family Values, Channel 5, 5.05pm
Madagascar, FilmFour, 5.05pm

Tuesday 29th December

The Croods, BBC One, 10.30am
Happy Feet, ITV, 11:35am
Anna and the King, Channel 4, 11.40am
Zootropolis, BBC One, 1.55pm
Frozen, BBC One, 3.35pm
Marley & Me, TG4, 4.50pm
Hook, Sky One, 5.25pm
Wonder Woman, ITV, 7.30pm

Wednesday 30th December

Stuart Little, E4, 11.35am
Room on the Broom, BBC One, 1.25pm
The Secret Garden, RTÉ2, 1.45pm
Trolls, BBC One, 1.50pm
Twins, RTÉ One, 3.45pm
Goodbye Christopher Robin, FilmFour, 6.50pm

Thursday 31st December

The Highway Rat, BBC One, 1.25pm
Stick Man, BBC One, 1.50pm
Beauty and the Beast, BBC One, 2.20pm
Finding Neverland, TG4, 5pm
Paddington, Channel 4, 5.15pm
Pitch Perfect 2, FilmFour, 6.45pm
The Sound of Music, BBC Four, 8pm

Friday 1st January

Oliver!, Channel 5, 8.30am
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Channel 4, 9am
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Channel 5, 11.35am
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, BBC One, 2pm
Stardust, Channel 4, 3.05pm
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, ITV2, 3.20pm
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, BBC One, 4.30pm
Bee Movie, FilmFour, 5pm
The Greatest Showman, Channel 4, 5.30pm
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, ITV2, 5.35pm
Dirty Dancing, Sony Movie Channel, 7.55pm

Have your say! What will you be watching from this list of Christmas movies on TV this year? Tell us in the comments below. 

Our Pick of Christmas TV for Families

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Published On: December 14th, 2020 / Categories: Entertainment / Last Updated: April 5th, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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