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A guide to Christmas movies for the whole family
Who doesn't love a Christmas movie? My favourite is Miracle on 34th Street. There were three versions made and I have them all. Do you have a Christmas movie you like to watch every year? The following 12 are screening on free to air TV in the days leading up to Christmas.
The Search for Santa Paws Saturday 20th December - Channel 7, 1.00 pm
Santa and Paws have gone to New York City to revive the spirit of Christmas when Santa is hit by a car and loses his memory. Paws, some magical dogs, an orphan named a Quinn and his friend Will, team up to save Santa and Christmas.
The Search for Santa Paws (Image: Wikipedia.org)
Santa Buddies Saturday 20th December - Channel 7, 3.00 pm
Puppy Paws flees the North Pole seeking to become a regular dog. He joins up with the 5 Buddies but when the magic Christmas icicle begins to melt Puppy Paws and his buddies return to the North Pole to save Christmas.
The Polar Express Saturday 20th December - Go! Channel 99, 6.30 pm
My favourite of the animated Christmas movies. A magic steam train carries children to the North Pole where adventures abound. A young Christmas doubter comes to believe and so is able to hear the ringing of the Christmas bell.
The Polar Express (Image: IMDb.com)
A Christmas Carol Saturday 20th December - Channel 7, 6.30 pm
An animated version of the Charles Dickens classic. Jim Carey expertly portrays Scrooge whose miserly ways and lack of Christmas spirit are reformed following the visit of the three Christmas Ghosts.
Fred Claus Saturday 20th December - Channel 9, 9.00 pm
Fred Claus is Santa's errant brother. He's after a loan to open a betting shop. Santa agrees only if Fred helps out with Christmas, but Santa is undergoing an efficiency audit. How will these two very different brothers work together to keep Christmas on track?
Fred Claus (Image: IMDb.com)
The Greatest Story Ever Told Sunday 21st December - GEM Channel 90, 2.05 pm
An epic production of almost four hours chronicling the life of Jesus Christ.
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Sunday 21st December - Channel 7, 3.00 pm
The mischievous Santa Pups stowaway with Mrs Claus when she goes to Pineville. It isn't long before something goes wrong and Mrs Claus and the Pups find themselves on a quest to save Christmas.
Deck the Halls Sunday 21st December - GO! Channel 99, 6.30 pm
Extreme Christmas lights, so bright they can be seen from space. This neighbourhood has taken Christmas decoration to new heights.
Deck the aHalls (Image: IMDb.com)
Christmas with Holly Monday 22nd December - Channel 7, 12.00 pm
Six year old Holly is rendered mute by her mother's death and is now being cared for by her three uncles. Together they learn the importance of family.
The Nutcracker Tuesday 23rd December - Channel 7, 12.00 pm
Nine year old Mary receives a wooden Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Her imagination brings it and other toys to life for a wonderful adventure. Mary must rescue the nutcracker from the evil clutches of the Rat King.
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure Wednesday 24th December - Channel 7, 12.00pm
Beethoven comes to the rescue when an elf crash lands Santa's sleigh and the magic toy bag is stolen.
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure (Image: IMDb.com)
This Christmas Wednesday 24th December - GO! Channel 99, 12.00 pm
The Whitfield's eldest son has come home for Christmas and the family is celebrating together for the first time I four years.
Whatever you choose to watch this festive season, may your Christmas be merry and your New Year full of happiness.