We’re pretty excited for Christmas to arrive – so just imagine how the little ones must feel! There truly is nothing quite like this time of year, which means that the 24 hours prior can be some of the most hectic, anticipatory and downright frustrating of the year! Don’t worry, though; if you need to distract the kids for few hours on December 24 th then help is at hand – and lots of it. From magnificent movies to terrific telly, here’s your pathway to peace and quiet on Christmas Eve…actually, we can’t promise quiet either!
Five Ways To Keep The Kids Entertained On Christmas Eve
CBEEBIES: THE SNOW QUEEN
Available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99
The annual all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza takes on a classic story in incredible fashion! The filming of the live spectacular draws hundreds of thousands of applications, and it’s easy to see why; with magnificent musical numbers, perfect production and an amazing atmosphere, it truly is a special show – and all that comes across on camera, too!
Season 3 available now on Virgin Box Sets
They’re the goodest boys on the box, and there’s a veritable festive feast of their adventures available at the touch of a button! Marshall, Rubble, Chase and the rest of the mega-mutts protect the community of Adventure Bay in a show that’s never short of thrills and spills. Colourful, clever, and boasting the cuddliest stars on the box, you’d be barking mad not to pop this on!
A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL WEDDING
Available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999
A year after the world was positively captivated by the most unlikely of international obsessions, it’s back – and this time it’s matrimonial! The nation of Aldovia gets full on wedding fever as Richard and Amber gear up to tie the knot – but with a flamboyant wedding planner, nosey paparazzi and the nefarious Simon knocking about, it’s unlikely to go smoothly! Nobody’s suggesting it’s Oscar fodder – but younger audiences will likely be won over entirely!
THE POLAR EXPRESS
Now showing on Sky Cinema Christmas, Virgin TV 303
A seasonal staple receives a spellbinding update in Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture masterpiece. The tale of the mysterious train that brings little Billy on his journey of discovery is just as rich and rewarding as ever, but it’s in the vivid visuals and awesome artistry that this one really hits the high notes; what better way to build anticipation for a visitor from the North Pole than to join this epic adventure?
Showing at 2.55pm, BBC1, Virgin TV 108
A reminder that nobody can create a world of wonder quite like Disney! It’s fresh, fast-paced and wickedly funny, and carries a lesson that’s well worth learning, too; basically, the magic formula that has kept the most famous name in animation at the top for so long. There’s enough reindeer to arrive in the evening, so make time for just about every other member of the animal kingdom beforehand!
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