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What’s on TV this Christmas?

There are some cracking Christmas classics coming to Irish TV screens this holiday season...

It’s that time of year when the likes of Home Alone and Die Hard come out of hibernation and families all over Ireland indulge in their favourite Christmas classics in front of a cosy fire with the fairy lights twinkling in the corner of the room. But with the rise of streaming services and dozens of TV channels at our disposal it can be hard to know what to watch over the festive season.

To make it easier to plan out your Christmas viewing Switcher.ie has compiled a summary of what to expect on television over the holidays.

Sky’s dedicated Christmas channel

Did you know that Sky has a dedicated Christmas channel so that you can watch Christmas movies at any time of the year? Tune into Sky channel 319 as there are great holiday films currently showing on this special channel including classic Die Hard, Home Alone 2, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Christmas with the Kranks, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Bad Santa, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Fred Claus.

If Christmas all year around sounds like your type of TV then you can sign up to Sky Cinema and get your festive fix for 12 months starting this December.

Virgin Media’s got your favourite Christmas shows

Virgin Media have put together an awesome schedule of your favourite shows. The Love Island Christmas Special, Coronation Street: DNA Secrets Revealed and The Royal Variety Performance are just some of the great picks you will be able to watch on Virgin Media. Check out what’s on and when below:

The Love Island Christmas Special (17 December), Coronation Street: DNA Secrets Revealed (25 December), Emmerdale special (25 December), The Big Soap Quiz (21 December), Ireland’s Weather 2018: Climate Chaos (24 December), That was 2018 (28 December) and The Graham Norton Show NYE 2018 (31 December).

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Festive films on Netflix in 2018

For those of you who already have Netflix there are some awesome festive films already available on the streaming service. However, if you are yet to join the Netflix family never fear as you can easily sign up online and start watching. The below titles have already been added and are ready for viewing on Netflix: The Christmas Chronicles, The Princess Switch, The Holiday Calendar, The Holiday, Nativity!, Deck The Halls, Arthur Christmas, A Christmas Prince, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Last Holiday and Angela’s Christmas.

NOW TV adds dozens of Christmas films in December

NOW TV have over 40 new titles available throughout the festive period to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. You will be able to access classics such as Die Hard, Home Alone 4 and The Santa Clause trilogy as well as newer titles the kids love like Frozen and The Polar Express. If this is something you’d like to make the most of then get in quick as some of these titles are only available on the platform for a limited time. The full list of titles added by NOW TV is as detailed below:

Die Hard, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Daddy’s Home 2, The Santa Clause trilogy, Fred Claus, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Polar Express, Frozen, Christmas With The Kranks, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Sleepless In Seattle, Surviving Christmas, Trading Places, All I Want For Christmas, Batman Returns, The Family Stone, Home Alone 4, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, Look Who’s Talking Now, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, Prancer, Better Watch Out, Snow Buddies, Snow Day, The Swan Princess Christmas, This Christmas, Tom And Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers, Trapped In Paradise, Sharing Christmas, A Christmas Cruise, A Bramble House Christmas, Christmas Cottage, The Christmas Contract, Holly Star, Coming Home For Christmas, We Wish You A Marry Christmas, Her Magical Christmas, Christmas On Holly Lane and A Gift For Christmas.

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Christmas Eve

If you’re planning on staying in on Christmas Eve why not settle down in front of the telly with a mulled wine to catch some festive favourites. Start your viewing early on Virgin Media Two with A Dog Named Christmas at 12.30pm followed by Miracle on 34th Street at 3.30pm on RTE One.

For all the foodies out there you can sink your teeth into Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast at 7pm on Virgin Media Three. RTE Two will be showing Christmas classic Father Ted from 8pm and there’s a festive edition of Mrs Brown’s Boys on RTE One at 10.20pm.

For those who want a break from Christmas movies Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is showing at 6.00pm on Virgin Media Two, Dirty Dancing on Virgin Media Three at 8.30pm and Irish classic Sing Street 10.20pm on RTE Two.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is so packed with Christmas TV options it’s almost impossible to list them all! For the early risers Carols from the Castle is on at 7.00am on RTE One, followed by the movie Enchanted at 8.20am and Christmas Day Mass at 10.00am. RTE Jnr will be showing The Little Reindeer at 8.15am and Angela’s Christmas at 10.15am.

After you’ve had your Christmas lunch, settle in to watch classic Home Alone on RTE One at 2.55pm. Virgin Media Two will air Most Wonderful Time of the Year at 4.00pm, whereas Virgin Media Three will show Secret Santa at 1.45pm and Deck the Halls at 5.40pm.

Late night viewers who have made it through the day can kick back and relax with Love Actually at 11.00pm on RTE One. There’s also plenty of other non-Christmas themed movies on throughout the day such as Harry Potter, Skyfall, The Jungle Book and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. - check the TV guide for channels and times.

You can see a full schedule of Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve TV here.