Christmas is a classic time for watching a lot of TV, but with more streaming services and TV channels than ever, it’s a bit overwhelming. Here we’ve rounded up what Sky has to offer by the way of Sky Cinema movie premieres and the popular Sky Max channel.

There’s something for everyone with the likes of Dolittle arriving on both Cinema and Max, along with some big football games available without needing Sky Sports. Also, check out our guides to the best Christmas TV and best Christmas movies.

Sky Christmas freebies

Before we look at some of the TV highlights, Sky has announced that Sing is available from Sky Store completely free of charge for Sky TV customers until 31 December.

On Boxing Day, sports fans can watch the Premiere League match Aston Villa vs. Chelsea completely for free. They can also tune into the World Darts Championship, the Championship game Barnsley vs. Stoke City, and the Scottish Premiership match St Johnstone vs. Celtic.

Sky's free channel, Sky Showcase, will also be broadcasting the following films on 27 December: Blithe Spirit, Riverdance: The Animated Adventure, Promising Young Woman, and SAS: Red Notice.

There’s also free calls from your Sky Talk landline to anywhere in the world on 25th and 26th December - including to mobiles.

Sky Cinema Christmas movies 2021

Here’s a list of the premieres arriving on Sky Cinema throughout December. Available via Sky Q, Sky Glass, or on Now with a Sky Cinema Membership - normally £9.99 per month but you can take a 7-day free trial.

  • 1 Dec - Nowhere Special 
  • 2 Dec - Sound of Violence 
  • 3 Dec - Godzilla Vs. Kong 
  • 4 Dec - 8-Bit Christmas 
  • 5 Dec - Vanquish 
  • 6 Dec - Miss Marx 
  • 7 Dec - Notorious Nick
  • 8 Dec - Last Bus
  • 9 Dec - Playing God
  • 10 Dec - A Christmas Number One
  • 11 Dec - The Unholy
  • 12 Dec - Another Round
  • 13 Dec - Christmas at Cattle Hill
  • 14 Dec - No Man of God
  • 15 Dec - The Champion of Auschvitz 
  • 16 Dec - The Stand In
  • 17 Dec - In the Heights
  • 18 Dec - Last Train to Christmas
  • 19 Dec - Hide and Seek
  • 20 Dec - C.I.Ape
  • 21 Dec - The Obscure Life of the Grand Old Duke of Corsica
  • 22 Dec - Pups Alone
  • 23 Dec - Think Like a Dog
  • 24 Dec - Fatman
  • 25 Dec - Peter Rabbit 2
  • 26 Dec - The Suicide Squad
  • 27 Dec - Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal
  • 28 Dec - Plan A
  • 29 Dec - Young Hearts
  • 30 Dec - The Colony
  • 31 Dec - Boogie

Sky Max Christmas TV highlights

Sky has a number of originals and specials airing this Christmas. Here are our picks of some of the best:

Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After - 23 December at 8pm

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith are practically unrecognisable in this reimagining of a children's classic fairytale, in which we see what happens to the gingerbread-loving siblings after the original story ends. 

The Amazing Mr Blunden - Christmas Eve at 7pm

Antonia Barber's book, The Ghost, has been adapted by Mark Gatiss for Sky and Now. Jamie and Lucy are two teenagers who go to a mansion, only to travel back in time 1821, with the help of a mysterious man, played by Simon Callow. 

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts - New Year's Day

Welcome in the New Year with a look back at one of the most iconic and magical film franchises of all time. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other stars of Harry Potter will all be reuniting to reflect on some of the best moments. 

In addition, Sky Cinema has all eight Harry Potter films available to watch this Christmas.