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Where to Watch Christmas Films in Bristol

Maisy Farren

Whilst it might be tempting to curl up under your duvet at home to watch Christmas films, Bristol offers plenty of options for getting out the house and getting festive with your friends. From outdoor screenings (under heaters, of course) to singalong specials – every film-loving family member is catered for here in Bristol. 

Home Alone at Stokes Croft Beer Garden
1-3 Backfields, Bristol, BS2 8QP 
Arguably one of the best Christmas films ever, Home Alone is the best choice for kicking off your festive celebrations. Head to Stokes Croft Beer Garden for a wintery outdoor film screening, where you’ll find thick blankets to curl up under and outdoor heaters to keep you warm. You’ll have a range of warming winter drinks to choose from and your ticket comes with a bag of popcorn on arrival! Get into the Christmas spirit with Kevin McCallister and his DIY home-protection techniques for just a fiver, with tickets available here. Stokes Croft’s festive Beer Garden is also showing The HolidayThe Grinch and Love Actually throughout December – each event is just £5! 
Sunday 15 December 2019, 5pm – 8pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available here.

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Die Hard at Averys Wine Merchants
Averys, 9 Culver Street, Bristol, BS1 5LD 
Yes – it is a Christmas film! Head to Averys Wine Cellar for an adult’s only Xmas film screening, where you’ll be invited to a German and American wine tasting along with a screening of the iconic Die Hard. As part of Bristol Film Festival’s Vintage Screenings series, the atmospheric wine cellar will provide an excellent spot to enjoy some wine and cheese whilst John McClane kicks ass on screen. Naturally, this event is 18+, and the price of your ticket includes one glass of sparkling wine and four glasses of wine throughout the film. 
Thursday 19 December 2019, 6.45pm – 9.30pm. Tickets cost £25 and are available here.

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The Greatest Showman Singalong at Passenger Shed
The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, Bristol, BS1 6QH 
Ok, so this one isn’t a Christmas film. However, it’s a super feel-good family favourite, perfect for appeasing the entire gang at Chrimbo! Just a few days before Christmas, The Passenger Shed will be transformed into an immersive circus-themed experience. The film will be shown with singalong subtitles throughout the film’s bangers, including This Is MeA Million Dreams and The Greatest Show. Drinks and cinema snacks will be available for both kids and adults, and you can upgrade your tickets to include bean bags to lounge on for optimum comfort! 
Sunday 22 December 2019, 6pm – 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (or £7.50 for kids) and are available here.

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The Snowman and the Snowdog at The Pound
The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX
Enjoy a festive morning with younger kids at The Pound arts centre, around an hour away from Bristol. Little kids will love a screening of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and The Snowdog, the 2012 sequel to the iconic festive film The Snowman. The studio space will be kept causal and relaxed for this early screening, and festive themed workshops will give kids the chance to take something wintery home.  
Monday 23 December 2019, 10am – 12pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available here.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic
Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED
Looking for something to do during that awkward week between Christmas and New Year’s? Well, drag your kids away from their new toys and head to Bristol’s Old Vic for a screening of classic Chrimbo movie The Muppets Christmas Carol. The 1992 film features Michael Caine as the angry Ebeneezer Scrooge and a host of festive Muppets to teach him a Christmassy lesson. It’s a great chance to introduce your younger kids to both a Charles Dicken classic and the legendary Muppets! 
Monday 30 December 2019, 11am – 1.15pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available here. 

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