Our guide to the best Christmas cinema pop-up screenings in London.
From Christmas pop-ups with Alpine-style bars, to Christmas caroling services and festive afternoon teas that swap scones for figgy pudding, we love taking advantage of every event that gives us that Christmassy feeling.
And, if there’s one thing that signals the festive period like no other, it’s the arrival of Christmas classics on screen (think Love Actually, The Holiday and Home Alone). However, enjoying these merry throwbacks by no means staying in as, throughout November and December, London is brimming with special Christmas cinema screenings.
From a frozen castle to a winter labyrinth, check out our edit of special Christmas cinema pop-up screenings in London now. Just be sure to be quick, as they’re bound to sell out before too long!
Narnia Cinema in the Snow at Hackney Showrooms
Clamber over the snowy ground and tentatively push open the wardrobe door to reveal a cinema experience like you’ve never known. Inspired by C. S. Lewis’ Narnia, Pop Up Screens special Christmas cinema is the ideal place to snuggle up and watch some seasonal classics – whether you’re a fan of Mr Tumnus or not.
From the 13 to 23 of December, festive favourites like Love Actually, The Holiday and The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened at both matinee and evening showings, transforming Hackney Showrooms into an enchanting wonderland.
Tickets are priced at £21 each for evening showings, £10 for matinee, and there’ll be Christmas-themed delicacies on hand – like mulled wine and other winter warmers, too.
Winter City Cinema at Devonshire Club
Devonshire Club’s Garden Terrace will be screening festive favourites throughout November and December for their first al fresco cinema series, but those who attend will get far more than a re-watch of a Christmas classic.
These boutique-style screenings pass on Christmas clichés in favour full-out luxury, with each ticket including an exclusive picnic hamper laden with hot dogs, popcorn, welsh rarebit and a flask of Hot Liqueur Chocolate - all the snacks you need to nibble through a film. To keep you feeling toasty you’ll also receive a hot water bottle and blanket.
Films start at 7pm every Friday and showings are as follows: Love Actually (9 Nov), Home Alone (16 Nov), Elf (23 Nov), Polar Express (7 Dec), It’s a Wonderful Life (14 Dec), Miracle on 34th Street (21 Dec).
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Backyard cinema at Winterville
Winterville, the alternative Christmas fair sitting which sets up on Clapham Common from the 15 November to 23 December, is home to lots and lots of festive activities, rides and feasting opportunities. But our favourite part of this seasonal spectacular is its partnership with unique cinema company, Backyard Cinema. Instead of simply mixing up the conventional setting to watch films, Backyard Cinema creates an entire concept and story around their pop up film experiences.
This year the creators have dreamed up a Christmas Labyrinth, and are asking guests to navigate their way through a huge magical maze with surprises around every corner. Festive flicks include Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually and The Holiday, as well as singalong blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast and Moulin Rouge.
Even if you don’t have a cinema ticket you can still explore the Christmas Labyrinth, which contains a host of mysteries to discover including singing statues, hidden rooms, and a secret tequila bar.
The Luna Winter Cinema
This winter sees the Luna Cinema host a selection of Christmas screenings from the 17 to 23 of December in two beautiful venues: the stunning Pavilion of Kensington Palace and the former Art Deco cinema now Evolutionary Arts in Hackney. Films range from It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf to Home Alone and Love Actually, and organisers have promised it’s set to be an unashamedly Christmassy extravaganza.
There’ll be delicious mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate on offer as well as a full bar, comfy seats and gently falling snowflakes. Each venue is seated, with the additional option to purchase VIP premium tickets at both London locations. At Kensington Palace a VIP ticket means you can cosy up on a luxury sofa for two, with a complimentary drink, as well as a butler service. While in Hackney premium guests will be granted the best seats in the house – complete with luxury cushions and a complimentary drink.
Frozen Island by Neighbourhood Cinema
Neighbourhood Cinema have created a magical winter paradise in the heart of central London where film fanatics can voyage to the shores of an enchanted Frozen Island to find a shipwrecked world surrounded by frosted palm trees, icicles and giant snow globes. Pretty exciting right?
Snuggle up to watch favourite your Christmas movies around a shimmering lake of ice with snowflakes falling all around. Popping up for just three months in Covent Garden from 11 November, it will take place every Sunday between selected dates at Tropicana Beach Club. Groups of six can take shelter in one of the VIP snow cabins which come with a private screen and huge winter-themed sharer cocktails. Cheers to that.
Christmas Floating Film Festival at St Katharine Docks
St. Katharine Docks’ Floating Film Festival is back for Christmas, providing one of the kookiest spots in town to get your Home Alone, Elf or Love Actually fix.
There’ll be a week-long extravaganza of showings from the 3 to the 9 December, including favourites such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Holiday, Arthur Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Guests are invited to snuggle down on bean bags with cosy blankets and enjoy the films with winter warmers including hot chocolate, mulled wine and a variety of delicious snacks.
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