How to watch Elf, Love Actually, The Holiday and Die Hard this Xmas – All the best Christmas movies for 2020 on Sky Cinema

Sky Cinema has got Elf, Scrooged, It’s A Wonderful Life and - yes, it is a Christmas movie - Die Hard, all available to stream and watch with NOW TV.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 18 December 2020 - 5.11pm

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If you’ve got the Sky Cinema Pass on NOW TV, there’s no better time to make the most of it than at Christmas.

Indulge yourself and your family with festive favourites for all ages and make time for your own personal favourite Christmas film.

If you’re not sure where to start with your seasonal movie binge, here are top picks for the best Christmas films on Sky Cinema.


Originally released: 2003

Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

Son of a Nutcracker! Will Ferrell is at his colourful and larger than life best as Buddy the Elf in the endlessly quotable and delightfully silly Christmas cracker.

Buddy (Ferrell) is a human who was accidentally taken to the North Pole and adopted by elves as a baby. Now all grown up, Elf follows Buddy’s journey back to his real parents in New York City, where the true spirit of Christmas is in danger of being extinguished.

Last Christmas

Originally released: 2019

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas

Inspired by the Wham! classic and the music of George Michael, this romantic comedy is powered by Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding’s charm and endearing chemistry as a disillusioned store worker and mysterious man who keeps falling into her life.

Perfect for a cosy night in with someone special over the holidays.

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Originally released: 1988

Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait

A Christmas comedy that was ahead of its time that features Bill Murray in prime Bill Murray mode.

Following his huge success in Ghostbusters, Murray has some further spooky adventures in this update on the Christmas Carol format. Can a succession of ghosts help Murray’s cynical and selfish TV exec Frank Cross regain some festive spirit? What do you think?

Love Actually

Originally released: 2003

Cast: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman

Loved and loathed in equal measure, Love Actually is the Marmite of Christmas films. Yes, it’s overloaded with cheese and weepy moments, and yes the scenes with Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln are a bit icky and iffy, but viewed on its own terms, Love Actually is a massive dollop of Christmassy, glittery, big-hearted movie joy.

And we’re still not over the Alan Rickman necklace scene.

The Holiday

Originally released: 2006

Cast: Kate Winsley, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

One of those films which appears to grow in popularity with the passing years, the gentle romance and stunning locations used in this Nancy Meyers Christmas comedy have helped it endure.

Winslet, Law, Black and Diaz bring the star power, but it’s the stunning houses in snowy Surrey and sun-kissed California that steal the show.

The Polar Express

Originally released: 2004

Cast: Tom Hanks

It’s a Christmas movie with Tom Hanks in it – what more could you want?

A magical story about a young boy’s adventure to the North Pole celebrates the true spirit of Christmas and the enchanting animation from director Robert Zemeckis wraps up this movie in the most beautiful way possible.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Originally released: 1946

Cast: James Stewart, Henry Travers

Consistently voted among the greatest movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life has lost none of its power or magic over the last 70+ years.

The story of George Bailey is still just as relevant in 2020 as he looks back at his life with the help of guardian angel Clarence Odbody and realises the impact and importance of his own actions.


Originally released: 1984

Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

The perfect anti-Christmas Christmas movie, Gremlins brings mischievous havoc-wrecking monsters to the holidays rather than goodwill or any ho-ho-ho jolly fun.

An ‘80s classic that spawned a successful sequel, 1990’s The New Batch, Gremlins is perfect for those who enjoy their humour dark and their Christmas a little bit nasty.

Die Hard

Originally released: 1988

Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedelia

Are we still arguing about this? Of course it’s a blooming Christmas film.

John McClaine’s terrorist skyscraper battle might go easy on the sleighbells and Christmas cheer, but the iconic action movie has become a Christmas institution that millions watch every single December.

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Originally released: 2000

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor

Jim Carrey as The Grinch

Ron Howard and Jim Carrey teamed up to bring Christmas fantasy The Grinch to life in this magical adaptation of the Dr Seuss classic.

Carrey’s manic, rubber-faced antics dominate the movie, bringing humour and colour to a Christmas movie that both kids and parents can enjoy together.

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