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The Most Enchanting Christmas Cinema Experiences in London This Year

29 November 2018 Billie Manning

It's nearing that time when Londoners trade in their everyday clothes for woollen jumpers, single-handedly devour boxes of Roses and dust off their copy of Elf only to quote every line over the top of it. But there’s no need to get stuck in a living-room stupor: here are the most magical Christmas cinema experiences London has to offer.

Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema will be making guests earn their dinner – well, cinema – with a little orienteering this year. Taking place at Winterville on Clapham Common, the Christmas Labyrinth will have you navigating an enormous magical maze to get to their enchanted forest-themed cinema. The cinema will also host a retro Christmas cabaret bar for you to enjoy before and after the show.

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Backyard Cinema, until 23 December, Winterville, Clapham Common
The Royal Opera House
This year the ROH will hold its first ever Cinema Festival, featuring 21 titles that celebrating the breadth of ballet and opera, meaning you can check out Christmas classic the Nutcracker for far less £££ than a ticket to the ballet itself. What’s more, children can go free to all Saturday and Sunday cinema matinée performances and to The Nutcracker on 3 December.
Cinema Festival at the Royal Opera House, 3 December - 7 January, The Royal Opera House, Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
Neighbourhood Cinema
Neighbourhood Cinema has taken immersive cinema to the next level with their enchanted Frozen Island. Surrounded by frosted palm trees, icicles and giant snow globes, audiences will be able to snuggle up to watch Christmas favourites around a lake of ice. fun family showings and boozy adult sing alongs. Neighbourhood Cinema’s Frozen Island will take place every Sunday between selected dates at Tropicana Beach Club. Tickets include your popcorn plus a frozen cocktail. Brrrrr!

Neighbourhood Cinema, until 6 January, Covent Garden

Lost Boys Pizza
For something a bit less traditional, in December things will be getting freakily festive at Lost Boys Pizza with a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas. A ticket to the screening will include bottomless prosecco plus a pizza on suitably dark charcoal dough.

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Lost Boys Pizza, 14 - 16 December and 21 -  23 December, 141 Junction Rd, London N19 5PX

Pop Up Screens
Pop Up Screens' Cinema in the Snow will be transporting guests all the way from Hackney Showrooms to Narnia – with the entrance through a wardrobe and everything. They’ll be serving up Christmas romcom classics The Holiday and Love Actually with glasses of mulled wine and a heavy helping of snow and fir essence.
Pop Up Screens' Cinema In The Snow, 13 - 23 December, Hackney Showrooms

And if you really don’t fancy stepping out into the cold, why not snuggle up on the sofa and watch some flicks on the net? The quintessential streaming service is coming out with an exclusive festive film this season. The Christmas adventure from producer Chris Columbus (responsible for some brilliant classic Christmassy-ness in “Home Alone” and "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone") tells the story of a sister and brother whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. Definitely one to watch with a big mug of hot choc.

Christmas Chronicles is on Netflix now.

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