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Christmas pop-up cinema in London

Yes, ‘Elf’ is awesome, but Will Ferrell screaming ‘Santa’ isn’t the only festive film highlight in our round-up of pop-up Christmas screenings

Summer isn't the only season that can do quirky film pop-ups. Sure, the wine may be mulled rather than sparkling and you'll draw a few odd looks if you turn up with a picnic. But with no weather and no wasps to worry about, we reckon this selection of Christmas screenings could be even more of a hoot.

RECOMMENDED: For more festive fun read our full guide to Christmas in London

Christmas movie screenings in London

Backyard Cinema's Winter Night Garden

Backyard Cinema's Winter Night Garden

Backyard Cinema is staying at the Mercato Metropolitano Italian food market this Christmas, but they are swapping their jungle for a winter night garden. Cinemagoers will push through a magical Narnia-style wardrobe, before wandering down a tunnel of trees to their beanbag seat. It’s all inside, with blankets and mulled wine to keep you warm while you watch. Films include ‘Frozen', ‘Cinderella', ‘Elf', 'Home Alone' and 'It’s a Wonderful Life'.

November 18-January 6
Tickets: standard £16.50 (under 12s, £9.50) 

Find out more at Backyard Cinema

Winter Film Club at the Electric Theatre in Peckham

Winter Film Club at the Electric Theatre in Peckham

Right through December, outdoor cinema Rooftop Film Club is stepping indoors – popping up Peckham’s beautifully dilapidated Electric Theatre. Transformed into a picture palace with plush velvet curtains and cockle-warming cocktails, the films screening will include Chrismassy classics like ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’  

December 1-23.
Tickets: £13.

Find out more at the Winter Film Club 

Pop-up film grotto in Hackney

Pop-up film grotto in Hackney

This festive film pop-up is one place you can guarantee snow this Christmas. The Hackney Showroom is getting transformed into a winter wonderland grotto (with a hidden entrance at the back of wardrobe.) All the usual Crimbo faves are showing, with cockle-warming cocktails. Films include: ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Love, Actually’ and ‘The Grinch’.

December 8-18.
Tickets: £20 (under tens, £10)

Find out more at Pop-Up Screens

The Dalloway Film Club

The Dalloway Film Club

Every Saturday night in the run up to Christmas, The Dalloway Terrace becomes a pop-up silent cinema. Film lovers gather under fairylights, with headphones, piles of blankets and patio heaters (there’s also a cover if it rains or snows!) while a film is projected onto the wall opposite the terrace. A cocktail inspired by the movie and a bag of popcorn is included in your ticket price, and you can also order dinner while you watch. Films include: 'Home Alone', 'It’s a Wonderful Life' and ‘Cinderella’.

December 10–19
Tickets: £25

Find out more at Nomad Cinema 

Ghost stories at Christmas, Picturehouse cinemas

Ghost stories at Christmas, Picturehouse cinemas

In the run-up to Christmas, the Picturehouse chain of cinemas is presenting a series of spooky movies in London's cinemas. The season, ‘A Warning to the Curious’, is inspired by Charles Dickens and the chilling tales of ghost story writer MR James. The films are assorted bunch, covering everything from family friendly classics like the 1990 film of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ to weirdie folk horror ‘The Blood on Satan’s Claw’. 

November 27-December 21

Find out more at Picturehouse


'Miracle on 34th Street' at The View from The Shard

'Miracle on 34th Street' at The View from The Shard

The Shard is set to screen a Christmas movie 'in the stars' this December. Book tickets for a one-off showing of the original 'Miracle on 34th Street' movie on Level 69, with spectacular views over the city. Your ticket also includes a glass of champagne and access to Level 72, the open-air Shard Skydeck decked out with festive pines and twinkling lights. 

December 14
Tickets: £45

Find out more at View from the Shard


Discover more Christmas movie magic

The 50 best Christmas movies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – but is it the most wonderful time at the movies? Christmas films have something of a shaky reputation, conjuring up images of apple-cheeked brats, poorly animated reindeer and Bing Crosby in a dodgy cardigan. But the best Christmas movies have so much more to offer: in our list you’ll find psycho Santas, machine-gun terrorists and home-invading thieves – plus, of course, all the cockle-warming sentiment, feel-good frolics and classic Christmas movies for kids we demand for our festive viewing. 

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By: Joshua Rothkopf