Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule

Can't face the seasonal TV line-up? Switch on your streaming service and dial up some of these movies instead of watching The Great Escape for the umpteenth time

Christmas Day TV listings are numbingly predictable.

Look at this year's spread: Downton Abbey, Miranda and – with metronome inevitiablity – soap specials. And you can't even go out and pick up a Blu-ray. Not to worry, though: we've rounded up a selection of movies available on streaming services to add some fizz to your festive viewing on the big day.

READ MORE: Stuff's Christmas survival guide

Morning

You've been rudely awakened by the kids leaping up and down on your bed. Blearily, you haul yourself downstairs to oversee the unwrapping of presents, and maybe fix some breakfast.

They're still jumping up and down. You need a distraction. Here it is.

Frozen (Blinkbox, Now TV)

If by some miracle you haven't already seen Disney's snowbound fairy tale, you can catch it from Christmas Day on Now TV. Blinkbox, meanwhile, has a "sing-along" version, so you can warble along to Let It Go to your heart's delight.

Buy Frozen on Blinkbox (£10)
Buy Frozen Sing-Along Edition on Blinkbox (£10)
Watch Frozen on Now TV

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The Christmas Visitor (BFI Player)

This charming little Christmas cartoon from the 1950s kicks off with a rendition of The Night Before Christmas, before spinning off into an adventure featuring living toys – including an entertainingly villainous Snidely Whiplash-type Jack in the Box. The retro stylings will conjure up visions of Don Draper, so pour yourself a whiskey and settle down to watch the rest of our schedule.

Watch The Christmas Visitor on BFI Player

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Netflix, Blinkbox)

Paying tribute to the Hammer Horror movies of old, Wallace & Gromit's first full-length film finds them tackling a giant rabbit with designs on Tottington Hall's vegetables. But things are not quite what they seem…

Aardman Animations' plasticine heroes retain their quirky charm on the big screen, untainted by Hollywood interference. They're joined by a big-name cast including Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter – who throw themselves wholeheartedly into the silliness.

Watch Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit on Netflix
Rent Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit on Blinkbox (£2.50)

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