Must-see Festive Telly List


One of my favourite parts of Christmas has always centred around the TV. Since being a kid, cosying up on the couch with a selection box, a blanket and watching something like Willy Wonka stands out amongst my favourite memories. And now that I have kids of my own, this is still one of my favourite things to do. I love taking time out of the craziness of normal life and just chilling out with the little people in my life. Here’s a guide to what’s on this festive season – so have your remotes at the ready! There’s a massive amount on every channel, but here are the ones I’ll be watching or recording this year.


Miracle on 34th Street – 1.10pm, RTE One – an oldie but a goodie. I loved this as a child and I’m hoping the kids will like it too.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 1.35pm UTV. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read the books and I’ve never seen any of the movies. I’m planning to start reading the books aloud to the kids soon, so I’ll record this for future reference. I’ve purposely avoided all Harry Potter articles for fear of any spoilers and I can’t believe I’ve managed thus far!

Frozen – 2.50pm, BBC1. This is something we had on DVD and the kids watched it so much that I recently had to throw it out. I’ll record it for them.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – 12.55pm, UTV. Again, for future reference, will be Sky Boxing this baby.

Home Alone. 2.10pm, RTE One. The kids have never seen this and I’m very excited about watching it with them for the first time. I loved this as a child. All my kids have a twisted sense of humour and love physical comedy and people getting walloped over the head etc. This will be right up their street!

Arthur Christmas. 4.05pm, RTE One. I’ve never seen this myself but the kids have watched it on Netflix and love it. It’ll be nice to watch it with them for once as I seem to always be busy doing something else these days.

Happy Feet. 4.40pm ITV2. This film came out in 2006 so my kids weren’t even born. We’ve never seen it and I’ve heard great things about it, so looking forward to it.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 9.25am, UTV.  I loved this as a kid! I haven’t seen it in years, so this will be a trip down memory lane.

Shrek Forever After. 10.40am RTE 2. I’ve somehow never seen this movie, so I need to check it off the list. I loved the first few Shrek films though.

Peter Pan, 11.25am ITV2. Another family favourite that has fallen foul of “scratched DVD syndrome.” Will record for future reference.

Madagascar. 11.30am. This will be worth recording as well.

Toy Story 3, 1.20pm BBC One. I adore this movie. I first saw it whilst pregnant with Maisie and I bawled. I can’t blame pregnancy hormones as every time I’ve seen it since, I’ve also bawled. A firm favourite.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 3.1opm, UTV. To add to the collection.

ET. 4.15pm RTE 2. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without watching ET. The kids have never seen it so I’m looking forward to introducing them to this classic. It’s great now that they’re getting older, I get to relive my childhood through them!

Chicken Run, 4.20pm TV3. This film we’ve watched a few times and it always gets laughs so we’ll record it to watch in future.

Dumbo. 4.30pm Channel 4. This is another tear jerker that I had to include on the list. We have it on DVD so won’t be watching because of ET, but I’ve included it here for anyone who wants to see it or record it.

The Highway Rat. 4.45pm, BBC One. We’re all looking forward to this one – another in the Julia Donaldson series brought to life for the small screen. We’ve seen The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child and Stickman and loved them all, so we’re looking forward to this.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 6.05pm, RTE 2. This is a classic, again, Christmas TV wouldn’t be complete without it. We’ll probably be stuffed after dinner by this point and back in our pjs! We have this on DVD so will probably watch the next movie on the list…

Babe 6.10pm, 3e. This is one of my favourite movies and I recently searched Netflix for it for the kids but it wasn’t there. I haven’t seen it on DVD anywhere recently either, so delighted we’ll be able to tune in.


Song of the Sea, 6.40am, Channel 4. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it’s definitely worth getting up early for. Or if not, record it. It’s an Irish film, absolutely beautiful and we’ve watched it again and again in this house. Me and the kids!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 9.25am, UTV. Another classic. The kids haven’t seen this yet obviously and I haven’t seen it in years. We’ll give it a go and see if it can hold their interest.

Nanny McPhee, 12.3opm ITV. I’ve never seen this but the kids have and love it. Will tune in.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. 3.40pm RTE One. This is one of my husband’s favourite films. The kids haven’t seen any of these yet and he’s just dying to show them. Maybe this will be the year!

Mary Poppins. 3.45pm BBC One. This is another classic that my kids haven’t seen yet and it’s really a must for Christmas.

The Little Mermaid, 4.20pm, Channel 4. Love this film from childhood and the kids do too. It’s one I definitely don’t mind sitting through again.

Back to the Future, 6pm, Channel 4. Another one of himself’s favourites, and I love it too. We’ll see if we’ll get away with squeezing it in.

Uncle Buck. 7pm, ITV2. Love John Candy and love this movie. I think we’ll have to make room for this one as well.

On the 27th, we’ll be heading to Donegal to celebrate New Year’s with my family, so that’ll be the end of the vegetating in front of the telly for us. Happy watching guys! Have I missed anything that you’ll be glued to this year?



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