9 big-screen movies for the kids this festive season

Who doesn't love the movies?
Who doesn't love the movies?

With a week before schools close their doors, holiday fever is already setting in. We start searching out fun outings for our kids, and where better than the movies? 

Thankfully, this holiday season presents some great choices for movie lovers both young and young at heart. From long-awaited sequels to action-packed remakes, see what your family can expect in the cinema's this December holidays. 

What is your family looking forward to most this holiday? Tell us by emailing chatback@parent24.comand we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  

Already on circuit

These movies have been out in cinema since November, but in case you missed it, here's what's still on show. 

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

After receiving a mysterious Christmas gift from her godfather, young Clara gets transported into an unknown world. There she must fight off the evil Mother Ginger and restore peace to the Fourth Realm.

This adventure-filled movie is loosely based on the classic Christmas fairy tale, The Nutcracker. 

Age rating: PG 

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz are back and this time the duo have a new stomping ground: the world wide web. Vanellope's game of origin, Sugar Rush, is in trouble and the two misfits literally scour the internet in search of a vital component needed to save Sugar Rush.

The result is a hilarious reimagining of life online, and just the thing for fans of the first installment. 

Age rating: PG 

Coming soon... 

Here's what you can expect to see at the movies in the coming weeks. 

The Grinch 

Christmas has never been a happy time for the Grinch, and he's bent on sharing his not-so-Christmas cheer with the rest of the world. The 2018 animated release was made by the creators of The Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me and Sing, so it's safe to say this classic is in good hands. 

Age rating: PG code

Release Date: 7 December 2018

Robin Hood (2018)

The time-honoured tale of Robin Hood has once again been remade for the big screen and of course, lacks nothing in the way of action and adventure. Parents should note the PG13 age restriction though as the movie does contain a fair amount of violence and sexually inappropriate comments. 

Age rating: PG13

Release Date: 7 December 2018

Mortal Engines 

Mortal Engines is set thousands of years in the future, where life is practically unrecognisable. Cities are no longer stagnant but mobile, moving along on wheels.

In this post-apocalyptic world the only rule is kill or be killed, and one mysterious woman (Hera Hilmar) is bent on revenge. A breathtaking cinematic ride from the creators of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. 

Age rating: PG13

Release date: 14 December 2018


Set in 1987, the soon-to-be 18 Charlie stumbles across a unique yellow VW bug and soon learns just what makes the car special. Fans of the Transformer series will love this prequel spin-off featuring one of most beloved characters of the franchise. 

Age rating: PG13

Release Date: 21 December 2018


Arthur Curry is no ordinary man; he's the half-human, half-Atlantean heir to the submerged empire of Atlantis. His powers as Aquaman give him superhuman strength and telepathic abilities. He is called to defend his throne from his half-brother, Orm, a supervillain threatening to destroy earth.

Age rating: PG13

Release date: 21 December 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Miles Morales has just taken on spidey powers and believes he's the one and only Spider-man. He soon learns about the Spider-Verse, a multiverse in which each alternate universe has its very own Spider-man. The troop of web-slingers join forces in order to defeat a powerful villain.

Age rating: PG

Release date: 21 December 2018    

Mary Poppins Returns

Is there any Christmas movie more beloved than Mary Poppins? The highly anticipated sequel Mary Poppins Returns features all the well-familiar magic of the 1964 musical fantasy. This time around, Mary Poppins plays nanny to a new generation of the Banks family, bringing joy back to a family in mourning. 

Age rating: PG

Release date: 28 December 2018

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