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Fun Snacks for Movie Night: Celebrating the Festive Season with the Family


Fun Snacks for Movie Night: Celebrating the Festive Season with the Family

Celebrate the festive season with a cosy night in and a magical Christmas film. Spend some quality time with the family and create new Christmas traditions with budget-friendly ideas that are fun for everyone. We have rounded up the best snacks and drinks to take your film night to the next level and make it unforgettable.

More Ideas for the Christmas Holidays

Aside from a movie night, there are plenty of ways to spend time with the family during the Christmas holidays. You can try family games, easy baking, sleepovers, seeing Christmas lights, going on outdoor walks, or stargazing. For gifting inspiration, see our gift guides and recommendations.

Best Christmas Movies for the Whole Family

Choosing the right Christmas film is crucial for a memorable movie night with the family. Our top picks include:

  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • Home Alone (1992)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Frosty the Snowman (1969)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1990)
  • White Christmas (1954)

For more ideas, see the full list of the best Christmas movies for families.

Fun Drinks for Movie Night

Nothing says Christmas like a warm mug of hot chocolate. Try our top-rated hot chocolate recipe with just milk, cocoa, brown sugar, and chocolate. For a fun twist, mix things up with our alternatives like peppermint hot chocolate, orange hot chocolate, and even Nutella hot chocolate. You can also make preparation easier with our slow cooker hot chocolate.

Mix up some mocktails for the whole family to enjoy during the film. Make a big batch of this spiced apple and pear punch to last the entire movie. It only requires grape juice, ginger ale, lemons, and pears. See our classic mulled wine or holiday punch for a festive twist. For more recipes, check out our collection of festive drinks.

Milkshake Bar for Kids

Create a milkshake bar to treat little ones during a Christmas movie night. You can pick from one of our classic milkshake flavors, including vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. Create a toppings bar using chocolate chips, sprinkles, candies, nuts, chocolate sauce, caramel, and whipped cream. See more flavors with our collection of milkshake recipes.

Sweet and Salty Popcorn

No movie night is complete without tons of sweet and salty popcorn. You can make your own popcorn at home by heating popcorn kernels on the hob in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Try our five-star popcorn recipe or heat things up with our spicy garlic popcorn. Find more flavors and toppings in our collection of popcorn recipes.

Savory Snacks to Share

If you get peckish throughout the film, share our loaded potato skins recipe with the whole family or dig into a batch of crispy chicken tenders. Little ones will love some classic pigs in a blanket or pizza bagel bites. Make your spread extra festive with this Christmas tree cheese board. Discover more savory bites with our appetizer recipes.

Special Sweet Treats

Share a special sweet treat with the little ones to round off your festive feast. Make this easy chocolate fondue complete with toasted marshmallows and use biscuits and fruit for dipping. Bake this impressive gingerbread house and let the kids pick out their favorite filling like chocolate, pretzels, or toffee. Bake a festive treat with these gingerbread muffins or this Christmas pudding candy.


Spend a fun and budget-friendly Christmas movie night with the whole family by trying out these snack and drink ideas. Don’t forget to pick the right Christmas film and check out other activities to make your holiday season unforgettable. For more recipes, gift ideas, and inspiration, visit

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