12 Days Of Christmas - Picturehouse Spotlight

12 Days Of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit with 12 films and events to enjoy this Christmas.

Spread the Christmas cheer with our festive line-up of yuletide classics, a sparkling singalong and a must-see preview!

Keep scrolling to discover the full programme of films and events, but first, take a look at our 12 Days Of Christmas ident. The classic carol gets a Picturehouse twist with the help of Starks Field Primary School.

Sunday 2 December

A Christmas Story

Christmas Story

Director: Bob Clark
Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin. Duration: 91 min

In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when gruff dad and doting mum regularly respond with “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping Santa-begging campaign.

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Wednesday 5 December

Home Alone

Home Alone

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara. Duration: 103 min

Home Alone is the beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realises they’ve left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin’s suburban Chicago neighbourhood.

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Friday 7 December

Die Hard


Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman. Duration: 133 min 

Die Hard is surely the ultimate alternative Christmas flick and this year sees it celebrate its 30th anniversary. New York City cop John McClane (Willis) travels to LA to spend Christmas with his estranged wife (Bedelia).

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Sunday 9 December

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Muppets Christmas Carol
Muppets Christmas Carol

Director: Brian Henson
Starring: Michael Caine. Duration: 86 min 

Brian Henson directs his late father’s creations in the Charles Dickens classic, the best known (and most oft-filmed) Christmas story of all time.

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Wednesday 12 December

A Christmas Carol starring Simon Callow

Simon Callow

Based on Charles Dickens’s own performance adaptation, Simon Callow and director Tom Cairns have created a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive storytelling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving.

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Saturday 15 December

CBEEBIES Christmas Show


Starring: Justin Fletcher, Cat Sandion, Maddie Morte. Duration: 75 min 

This winter, join in the fun and enjoy your favourite Christmas show in the cinema for the first time ever! The much anticipated annual CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen for a family-friendly cinema experience. The makers of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Snow Queen will delight audiences this year with the classic tale of Thumbelina.

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Sunday 16 December

The Greatest Showman Singalong


Director: Michael Gracey
Starring: Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams. Duration: 105 min 

This special print features all the lyrics to the stunning soundtrack written by Academy Award and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). Come in all your finery and sing along with your family and friends!

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Wednesday 19 December

The Nightmare Before Christmas


Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Catherine O’Hara. Duration: 81 min 

Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

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From Friday 21 December

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins

Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth.

In Disney’s all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

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Saturday 22 December

Preview: Stan And Ollie + Short Film The Music Box

Stan And Ollie

Director: Jon S. Baird
Starring: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson. Duration: 127 min 

A special preview screening of Stan And Ollie, part of our 12 Days Of Christmas season of films, alongside a unique opportunity to see Laurel and Hardy’s iconic 1932 short film, The Music Box, on the big screen beforehand.

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Sunday 23 December

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

Bolshoi The Nutcracker

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

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Monday 24 December

It’s A Wonderful Life!

It's A Wonderful Life!

Director: Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed. Duration: 131 min 

One of the most popular and enduring films ever made, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life! is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values. James Stewart gives one of his finest, most affecting performances and the film looks better than ever in its new restoration.

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