Our Favourite Places' guide to festive films in Sheffield

Settling in for a festive film is a holiday tradition for many of us. And Sheffield's cinemas won't let us down this season. They’re bringing to the big screen wintery tales, classic ballet, and Christmas family favourites.

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Sheffield City Hall are presenting three much-loved festive favourites with live orchestra accompaniment this December: The Muppet Christmas Carol is on the 5th, Love Actually is on the 6th, and The Snowman is on the 14th. You can also enjoy the enduring charm of The Snowman at The Light Cinema, to mark this amazing animation’s 30th anniversary (11 and 14 December).

A still from the animated film The Snowman.

Belt out Let It Go from your cinema seat, in a special Sing-A-Long Frozen screening at the Light on 3–4 December. Also coming up in the Light’s family-friendly festive programme are The Stick Man (18 and 21 December), based on the much-loved Julia Donaldson book; and and Dick Whittington and His Cat (3–11 December), starring faces you’ll recognise from CBeebies.

A still from The Stick Man animation, of the Stick Man in a snowy forest.

Seasonally appropriate shows making their way from stage to screen this season include the Royal Ballet’s latest production of classic ballet The Nutcracker at the Light on 8 December. And at both the Light and the Showroom, A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story retells the Dickens classic, in a production adapted by and starring Mark Gatiss, filmed last year at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Based within the Students' Union at the University of Sheffield, on the outskirts of the city centre, Film Unit has been screening everything from cult classics to crowd pleasers for over 70 years. Join them for the ultimate 80s Christmastime action flick Die Hard on 16 December, starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman. Like all their screenings, it’s a bargain at £3 a ticket.

Over at the city’s iconic Leadmill, they will be transforming the venue into a winter wonderland for a series of festive films. The Leadmill Cinematic programme for December includes: The Nightmare Before Christmas on the 2nd, Love Actually on the 5th, and Home Alone on the 12th. All screening with Baileys hot chocolate, mulled wine and candy cane cocktails on the menu.

Jack Skellington, from The Nightmare Before Christmas, standing next to a Christmas tree.

Perhaps you’d rather sink into a cinema seat to take some time out from all things Christmas. If that’s the case, you can look forward to the star-studded whodunnit Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (at the Showroom and the Light) or the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody. On top of that, there’s the Queer East Film Festival at the Showroom on 8–10 December, an epic back-to-back screening of the Lord of the Rings trilogy at the Light on the 11th, and a day of pop-up Black cinema with The Commune coming to Nether Edge on the 17th.

The ring of power from The Lords Of The Rings