Posted December 12, 2011 by Beth Webb - Events Editor in Features
 
 

Winter Warmers P2


With promises of snow over the next week it is finally starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and whether you want to share the magic of festive cinema with others or simply sit in a quiet room in the warm and not have to talk to anyone for a few hours, a few more nationwide events have popped up to keep you cosy.

With promises of snow over the next week it is finally
starting to feel a lot like Christmas, and whether you want to share the magic
of festive cinema with others or simply sit in a quiet room in the warm and not
have to talk to anyone for a few hours, a few more nationwide events have
popped up to keep you cosy.

If you’re along the south coast waiting for your stockings
to be stuffed this year, you can while away a few hours with a free screening
of a mystery children’s film for festive families and shagged shoppers at the newly
constructed Lighthouse cinema in Newquay. Pop over to this comfy complex on
Friday the 23rd for a bit of time out that won’t hurt an undoubtedly
beaten bank card. Full details can be found here.

For our Welsh readers, Caerphilly’s Winding House will be
filled with the best of the season’s cinema, bringing you the modern story of
belief Miracle on 34th Street (December 11th) and Santa
Claus: The Movie (December 18th.) The season of giving is well
underway as both screenings are completely free, although advanced booking is
required. All information can be found here.

When all the excitement is over you can bundle your pressing
waistline and over excited children/siblings/cousins to a very special showing
of Polar Express at Halsmere Hall in Surrey. Youngsters are encouraged to come
in fancy dress as they have their golden tickets stamped by a familiar looking
train manager for a pretty magical event to blast away the post Christmas
blues. Have a look here for a few details.

Popping up to the nether regions of the UK for a bit of
cheer, the Oban Phoenix Cinema in Scottish Argyll is cracking out two of the
more contemporary classics in the form of puppet happy Dickens A Muppet
Christmas Carol and pointy hatted charmer Elf. The films are shown
consecutively over the 15th and 16th of December, with
times and tickets here.

A little off theme but guaranteed fun nonetheless, Leeds
Hyde Park Picture House is putting on an interactive showing of Mighty UKE: The
Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog, accompanied by a live performance from
James Hill and a chance for enthusiasts to bring their own instruments for a
strum along. Not the most obvious musical documentary to date but certainly one
of the most unique, the film is currently touring the country but will be
stopping up north on the 8th of December. Grab your four strings and
head to website
for more information.

Finishing off back in the capital, The Prince Charles Cinema
in blustery London will be pulling you in off the busy streets with a heavy
dose of the cheery cinema, from those trusty Muppets to Frank Capra’s It’s A
Wonderful Life to the infamously grumpy Bill Murray’s Scrooged to some
dangerously cute Mogwai, the West End cinema is bulging with Christmas classics
and double bills. Find the full round up here.

And there we have it, so no excuse for the wary traveller or
solitary viewer sat in front of the Christmas specials, get on your hat and
gloves and get stuck into what the season is really about; old fashioned belly
laughs, timeless values and a bit of fun with some pretty alright people.


Beth Webb - Events Editor

 
I aim to bring you a round up of the best film events in the UK, no matter where you are or what your preference. For live coverage of events across London, follow @FilmJuice