Winter is Coming (so are some great film nights)

Winter is officially here, and whilst for some it might be too early for decorations and Christmas cards, London has already started to offer some amazing events to help kick-start this year’s filmic festivities.


Where: St. Katharine Docks

When: 4th-10th December | Screenings start at 7pm during the week whilst on Saturday and Sunday there will be two screenings at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets: £13-£26

Available Here:

The Floating Film Festival is back for Christmas! in the same outside location as the summer event, St. Katharine docks will host an array of Christmas and festive themed films this winter. This week-long festival will showcase the top movie favourites popular at this time of year, including Home Alone, Elf, and A Miracle on 34th Street. Unlike its summer counterpart, guests are invited to snuggle down on bean bags with cosy blankets and heaters to shelter from the cold. Winter warmers including hot chocolate, mulled wine and a variety of delicious snacks are on offer to ensure you experience the perfect festive night out. Be sure to visit on Thursday 23rd November and watch their wonderful Christmas Lights get switched on!


Where: Various locations in the Hearn Hill area

When: 7th-20th December

Tickets: Free entry for all films (On a first come first serve basis)

Part of the community group that organises free neighbourhood film festivals to encourage community involvement through film, The Hearne Hill Free Film Festival is hosting a Christmas special in December. It will be screening nine films in total, some with a festive theme for the occasion. The screenings will be taking place in a selection of wonderful local venues in and around Herne Hill. Films such as, Elf, Krampus and Paris, Texas will be shown, as well as a night of Festive Family Shorts which will be screened at Judith Kerr Primary school on the 9th. This is the festivals 5th year and this year prides itself on working with the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank to make as many happy Christmases as possible for people in the local area. Donations for the homeless including food will be welcomed at any of the screenings. More info available on their website:


Where: BFI Southbank

When: Throughout November and December

Tickets: Available here

(Prices vary for different events)

If festive to you means a line-up of incredible filmic talent, then BFI Southbank is the place to be this winter. As the cold starts to set in and London begins to transform into a winter wonderland the South Bank offers a fine film collection spread across its storied venues. From the Good at Being Bad collection which chronicles the films of Gloria Grahame to Russian Film Week set to start from the 19th November, the South Bank is to host countless films to get stuck into during the lead up to Christmas. Be sure to check out the Underwire festival before it ends of the 26h Nov as well as the Being a Man festival which runs from the 24th-26th Nov and is set to screen the The New Man, a heart-breaking and hilarious doc about what it means to have a child and be a parent today.



Where: Winter Night Garden cinema is located on Clapham Common, South London, as part of the Christmas festival ‘Winterville’ based on Clapham Common.The Snow Kingdom cinema is located in Borough, South Londonas part of the Italian market – Mercato Metropolitano.

When: November-January

Tickets and Info: Available online

Backyard cinema started out as a homemade project in the back garden of its founder Dominic, it is now one of the most recognised and sort after cinema experience. This Christmas Backyard Cinema is to host 2 incredible festive events and when it comes to Christmas spirit they won’t disappoint. The Winter Night Garden will be located on Clapham Common as part of the Christmas festival Winterville. The snow Kingdom cinema will be located in Borough as part of the Italian Market, Mercato Metropolitano. Both events will screen Christmas favourites old and new including The Wizard of Oz. Home Alone, The Great Escape and Elf. Both events will also screen brand new releases such as Beauty and The Beast starring Emma Watson and Despicable Me 3. Book now as tickets are selling out fast!


When: London screenings 2ndNov- 10th December

Where: Ciné Lumière, JW3 Cinema, Regent Street Cinema and Watermans Art Centre (Brentford)

Tickets: Available Online

The 25th Edition of the French Film Festival started on Thursday 2 November at London’s Ciné Lumière. It runs throughout November and December and takes place in many venues across the UK screening the crème de la crème of Francophone cinema including an impressive collection of documentaries and shorts. Although not strictly festive themed this festival is a must go for cinema lovers this winter.

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