Festive films to watch at Christmas 2013

Festive films to watch at Christmas 2013

It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife and more enjoy cinema outings this winter

If the thought of seeing the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit fills you with dread, then perhaps one of these Christmas classics will be more fitting to your seasonal sensibilities.

This time of year, there’s always more than one outing for the gloriously sentimental It’s a Wonderful Life, in which a guardian angel tries to save a man’s life. In The Bishop’s Wife, another angel, in the form of Cary Grant, flurries down from the heavens to save Christmas Day – but not before stirring up a romantic rivalry with the bishop.

A reliable family favourite is Elf (GFT, Glasgow, Sat 14 Dec), starring Will Ferrell as a regular-sized man raised as an elf, who clatters through New York in search of his biological family. Raymond Briggs’ charming short films are also an excellent family choice: The Bear, Father Christmas and The Snowman are showing back-to-back at the GFT on Sat 21 Dec.

For dance lovers there is a screening of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet Sleeping Beauty (Cameo, Edinburgh, Sun 22 Dec), performed by the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, with new choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. And if you’re desperate for a double dose of sugar, get £2 off Mary Poppins with a Saving Mr Banks Cameo ticket stub (Cameo, Edinburgh, Sun 15 Dec).