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Christmas TV And Films That Are Perfect For Seniors

December 12th, 2023

The festive season is always full of great Christmas TV and lots of top Christmas films to catch. For seniors, it’s a wonderful time to reminisce about Christmasses past and revisit some classic Christmas films on TV or streaming services. With TV Christmas specials aplenty as well, there’s no better excuse than the festive season to get comfy and enjoy some nostalgia. Read on for our guide to some of the best Christmas TV and films to watch in December 2023.

The Best Christmas TV

It’s hard to narrow down a list of Christmas TV that seniors will love, as every channel is packed with great TV Christmas specials and old favourites. We’ve put together some of the shows that are loved all year round or that will be exciting Christmas one-offs.

Call The Midwife Christmas Special

In what has now become a stalwart of Christmas TV specials, Call The Midwife returns for another festive instalment this Christmas Day. Expect tears and tugs on the heartstrings as we find out what happens to the midwives of Nonnatus House and the residents of Poplar. There’s a mysterious package for Shelagh Turner, and marital woes for fan-favourite Trixie. As always, we’re sure there will be moments of tenderness and lots of Christmas spirit too. 

When And where: BBC One – Christmas Day – 8.15pm

The Great Christmas Bake Off

It wouldn’t be Christmas TV without The Great British Bake Off bringing us some Christmas cooking. As always, the Christmas special will feature past contestants battling it out to be the best Christmas baker. There’s not one but two specials as well, with a second edition, The Great New Year Bake Off also added to the Christmas TV line up. The New Year instalment usually has celebs trying to win the Bake Off title but this year it’s another round of past contestants on our screens. So, grab a slice of Christmas cake and tuck into two Bake Off specials.

When and where: The Great Christmas Bake Off is on Channel 4, on December 24th at 8.15pm. The Great New Year Bake Off is also on Channel 4 on January 1st at 7.40pm

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The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Special

Christmas craft lovers can rejoice as they watch celebrities turn festive fabrics into stunning Christmas creations. Celebs such as Toyah Wilcox, will be turning their hand to Christmas stockings, children’s coats and a Christmas Day outfit. It’s wholesome Christmas TV at its best and perfect with a mince pie in hand.

When and where: Thursday 21 December at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special

What would Christmas be without some extra sequin and sparkles? Seniors who love to dance can enjoy watching a host of famous faces get to grips with the likes of the Salsa and American Smooth. Broadcaster Dan Snow and ex-England rugby player Danny Cipriani are among the two-steppers taking part and you can expect plenty of razzle dazzle and magic in what has become one of the most loved TV Christmas specials of the season.

When and where: 5.10pm on Christmas Day on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who has been missing from our Christmas screens for several years now, so this is an exciting moment for fans of the Doctor. Part of the BBC’s mega Christmas TV line-up, December 2023 sees the first outing for brand new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa. The special, titled The Church on Ruby Road, is long awaited by Doctor Who lovers, many who have been watching since the first incarnation played by William Hartnell in 1963. The Christmas special focuses on the back story of new Doctor Who sidekick Ruby Sunday and just how she came to meet the Doctor. Tune in for twists, turns and Christmas sci-fi fun.

When and where: Christmas Day at 5.55pm on BBC One

Films On TV This Christmas

If you want to get the popcorn out and watch some classic Christmas movies, there are plenty on UK TV in the week running up to Christmas. There are also some top christmas films available on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime if you have a subscription. Here are some of the titles we think have the right sprinkling of festive cheer and nostalgia for seniors looking for films on TV this Christmas.

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It’s A Wonderful Life

We’ve got to start with this all-time classic Christmas film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Still holding up after all these years, It’s A Wonderful Life is a tale that truly celebrates what Christmas really means and the most important things in life. It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing this in a list of films on TV this Christmas

When and where: Channel 4 on 23rd December at 4.30pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 

One of the top Christmas films for lovers of comedy and chaos. This 1989 romp tells the story of Clark Griswold and his often eccentric efforts to ensure a cracking Christmas for his whole family. Clark’s crazy escapades lead to all manner of hilarious situations until he finally realises what Christmas is all about. Switch on this caper for belly laughs and some 80s Christmas nostalgia.

When and where: Stream National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Amazon Prime

White Christmas

This Christmas musical starring Bing Crosby is a beautiful black and white musical extravaganza that warms hearts year on year. Featuring the song of the same name, White Christmas is an enduring movie set in World War II that just makes you feel good. Warm up your vocal chords and grab a glass of sherry for one of the most feel-good Christmas films on TV this December.

When and where: Rent White Christmas on Sky Store or stream on Amazon Prime

Home Alone

This 90s caper is one the top Christmas films to watch with every generation. Adults and kids alike love Macaulay Culkin’s cheeky turn as Kevin Mcallister who ends up home alone during the holidays. Two hapless criminals, Harry and Marv, try to break into Kevin’s home only to be met with a laugh-out-loud set of pranks and hilarious subterfuge. Home Alone is 33 years old this year and yet still feels as fresh as it was back in 1990.

When and where: Christmas Day at 7.15pm on Channel 4

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Die Hard

Love it or hate it, Die Hard is seen as a Christmas film by many, and is a great alternative to some of the more traditional films on TV this Christmas. Seniors who love an action movie but still want some Christmas-themed fun can tune in and watch John Mcclane take on Hans Gruber. This 1988 smash hit has everything from thrills and romance to helicopters and Christmas trees. Lean into something a little bit different with Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman lighting up your screen this December.

When and where: 23rd December on Channel 4 at 9pm

Christmas with New Care Homes 

We love to make Christmas perfect for all our residents, including watching all kinds of Christmas TV and films throughout December and into the new year. We also have Christmas-themed activities and, of course, Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

If you want to know more about what Christmas looks like in a care home, please contact us and we’ll tell you about our residential care, respite care, nursing care and dementia care services, and the person-centred care we offer.