Best family films and shows on TV this holiday

Your 14 day guide to the best movies, don't-miss TV specials and family favourites in our day-by-day schedule


Top Christmas family TV highlights

For the next 14 days, we’ve created our MFM top TV picks across all channels for the best family viewing this Christmas and New Year.


Unless you’re going to be pinned to your sofa, you won’t be able to watch all of these – so set to record and we think you’ll have two months’ worth of family films ready to play. You can even create your own boxed sets, with the full movie series of Toy Story, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones…


Saturday 21 December

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas, 9.25am, CITV
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic, 2.25pm, BBC2 (PG)
  • A Cinderella Story, 4.25pm, Channel 5 (PG)
  • MFM Pick: The Young Victoria, 5.25pm, BBC2 (PG)
  • For older kids: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 6.30pm, ITV (12)
  • Family fave: Strictly Come Dancing Final, 6.30 and 8.30pm, BBC1

Sunday 22 December

  • George of The Jungle, 11am, BBC1 (U)
  • MFM ‘Hankies at the ready’ Pick: The Iron Giant, 11.25am, ITV2 (U)
  • MFM Comedy Pick: Nativity, 3.25pm, BBC2 (U)
  • It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, 3.35pm, Channel 5 (U)
  • The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas, 5.25pm, Channel 5
  • Night at the Museum, 6.55pm, C4 (PG)
  • Madagascar, 8.20pm, BBC3 (U)

Monday 23 December

  • Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, 11.35am, BBC1
  • MFM Classic Pick: Harvey, 1pm, Channel 5 (U)
  • The Santa Clause, 1.40pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Hulk, 2.55pm, ITV (12)
  • MFM Must-watch Pick: Toy Story, 3.15pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • For older kids: Jane Eyre, 8.30pm, BBC2 (PG)
  • For older kids: Star Trek, 9pm, Film4 (12)

Christmas Eve

  • Splash, 12.05, BBC2 (PG)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 1.30pm (PG)
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 3pm, Channel 5 (PG)
  • Toy Story 2, 3.40pm, BBC1 (U)
  • The Grinch, 3.50pm, Channel 4 (PG)
  • Fantasia, 4.15pm, BBC2 (U)
  • Finding Nemo, 5.55pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Bedtime Story, 6.50pm CBeebies
  • MFM Family Pick: The Snowman and The Snowdog, 7.30pm, C4
  • Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, 8pm, BBC3 (PG)
  • Pay for Pick: Wreck-It Ralph 7.15pm, Sky Premiere (PG)

Christmas Day

  • James & the Giant Peach, 8.50am, C4 (U)
  • Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, 10.25am, C4 (U)
  • Chicken Run, 11am, BBC1 (U)
  • The Princess and the Frog, 12.30, BBC1 (U)
  • MFM ‘hankies for the dads’ Pick: Toy Story 3, 3.20pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Tangled, 3.20pm, ITV (PG)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol, 4.35pm, C4 (U)
  • Call the Midwife, 6.15pm, BBC1
  • MFM Family Pick: Doctor Who, 7.30pm, BBC1
  • Iron Man Three, 8pm, Sky Premiere (12)
  • Time to sit down Pick: Downton Abbey, 8.30pm, ITV
  • For older kids: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 8.30pm, BBC3 (12)

Boxing Day

  • Room on the Broom, 9am, BBC1
  • 101 Dalmatians, 9.55am, BBC1 (U)
  • The Flintstones, 11am, ITV (U)
  • Flushed Away, 11.30, BBC1 (U)
  • MFM Pick: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 1.05pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Casper, 1.05pm, ITV (PG)
  • Alice in Wonderland, 2.25pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • Cars 2, 4.05pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 8pm, BBC3 (PG)
  • For older kids: Independence Day, 6.20pm, C4 (12)
  • For older kids: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, 7.15pm, ITV (12)

Friday 27 December

  • 102 Dalmatians, 9.50am, BBC1 (U)
  • Batteries not included, 11.25, ITV (PG)
  • Aliens in the Attic, 11.55am, C4 (PG)
  • Doctor Doolittle, 1.35pm, C4 (PG)
  • MFM Pick: Enchanted, 2.35pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • MFM Don’t miss this Pick: Megamind, 4.10pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • For older kids: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 6.05pm, BBC1 (12)

Saturday 28 December

  • MFM family Pick: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 10.30am, Channel 5 (U)
  • The Princess Bride, 4pm, Channel 5 (PG)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 6.30pm, ITV2 (U)
  • MFM Pick: Up, 6.50pm, BBC1 (U)
  • The Italian Job, 7pm, C4 (PG)
  • For older kids: I am Number Four, 9pm, BBC2 (12)

Sunday 29 December

  • Monster vs Aliens, 1.55pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • Happy Feet, 2.15pm, 5* (U)
  • MFM Classic Pick: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 3.55pm (PG)
  • MFM Pick: Fantastic Mr Fox, 6.10pm, More4 (PG)
  • Snow White, 6.20pm, C5 (PG)
  • Scott of the Antarctic, 9pm, BBC4 (U)

Monday 30 December

  • The Railway Children, 11.25am, ITV (U)
  • MFM Scary Pick: Coraline, 2pm, C4 (PG)
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, 2pm, ITV (PG)
  • MFM Pick: Wall-E, 2.45pm, BBC1 (U)
  • MFM Classic Pick: Mary Poppins, 4.15pm, BBC1 (U)
  • Shrek Forever After, 7.30pm, BBC1 (U)
  • For older kids: Quantum of Solace, 8.30pm, ITV (12)

New Year’s Eve

  • MFM Techy Pick: Short Circuit, 7.25am, BBC2 (PG)
  • Bee Movie, 9.10am, BBC1 (U)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, 1.20pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • MFM Pick: How to Train Your Dragon, 4pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • Mr Bean’s Holiday, 7.10pm, ITV2 (PG)
  • MFM Classic Pick: Kind Hearts and Coronets, 8pm, BBC4 (U)
  • For older kids: Mamma Mia!, 8pm, ITV (PG)

New Year’s Day

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 10.20am, BBC1 (PG)
  • Planet 51, 10.20am, C4 (U)
  • The Sound of Music, 2.15pm, BBC1 (U)
  • MFM Classic Pick: Big, 4.10pm, C4 (12)
  • MFM Pick: Kung Fu Panda 2, 5.05pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • MFM Classic Pick: The Dam Busters, 6.30pm, Channel 5 (U)
  • Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, 6.40pm, Film4 (PG)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet, 6.45pm, BBC1 (U)
  • For older kids: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 8pm, ITV (12)
  • For super sleuths: Sherlock, 9pm, BBC1

Thursday 2 January

  • The Pacifier, 10.30am, BBC1 (PG)
  • Flash Gordon, 11.35am, C4 (PG)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 1.45pm, BBC1 (PG)
  • MFM Pick: Mary Poppins, 7.30pm, BBC4 (U)
  • For older kids: The King’s Speech, 9pm, Film4 (12)

Friday 3 January

  • The Cat in the Hat, 9.10am, BBC1 (PG)
  • Race to Witch Mountain, 10.25am, BBC1 (PG)
  • Doctor Zhivago, 1.15pm, Channel 5 (PG)
  • The Shaggy Dog, 1.45pm, BBC1 (U)
  • For older kids: Rebecca, 2pm, BBC2 (PG)
  • Ice Age, 7.30pm, E4 (U)
  • MFM Pick: The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, 7.30pm, BBC3
  • Elf, 8pm, Sky1 (PG)
  • Classic for older kids: Forrest Gump, 9pm, More4 (12)

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