Christmas and movies go hand-in-hand, and so it’s time to look forward to this year’s offering with a look at Christmas films in 2017.

Last year, Christmas film lovers were spoilt with several cinematic releases as well as the likes of Netflix offering a whole stack of festive movies.  As for Christmas films in 2017, details are still a little sketchy at the time of writing as is normal, however, we can preview the potential releases for this year.

Christmas films 2017 at the cinema

In order of estimated release dates in the UK:

O’Bloody Night
Estimated release date: November 1st, 2017

Christmas horror movies seem to come along every year or so these days, and O’Bloody Night will be one of 2017’s offering to the genre.  Produced by the aptly named Body Bag Films, this low budget production will star Kim Sønderholm, Eske Skafsgaard Hjorth and Camilla Fynbo. Details of the plot are still unknown.

Nightmare on 34th Street
Estimated release date: November 1st, 2017

Another horror movie hitting our cinema screens this Christmas, Nightmare on 34th Street is said to combine three mysterious horror stories as an unknown Santa Claus arrives on 34th Street just in time for Christmas.  Something tells us that this won’t be one to let your children watch.

Bad Mom’s Christmas
Estimated release date: November 3rd, 2017

A little cheerier, Bad Mom’s Christmas will be one of the big budget Christmas films in 2017, due to be released in early November.  Starring some a-listers including Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, it will show the three main characters struggle to cope with the visit of each of their mothers for Christmas. We have high hopes for this one – it’s written and directed by the pairing of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, a pairing that previously delivered comedy smash hits such as The Hangover and The Change-Up.  We will definitely keep a close eye on this one.

Let It Snow
Estimated release date: November 24th, 2017

Back in 2015, we brought you an article about Let It Snow, the Christmas movie built around three short stories by John Green.  This was originally expected to be released in 2016, however it never made it.  It’s now slated for a release in both the UK and US in late November 2017.  More info can be found by reading our original article about Let it Snow.

The Star
Estimated release date: December 15th, 2017

This Sony Pictures picture is aimed at a younger audience and will tell the story of a donkey (Bo) who dreams of having more in life beyond that of his usual daily routine in a village mill.  He soon breaks free from the mill and goes on a grand Christmas adventure with a sheep (Ruth).  Others get invoiced along the way as Bo enjoys his first ever Christmas.  This one is likely to be very popular with kids, especially given the likely large marketing budget that will be afforded to it.

Other film releases around Christmas 2017

While those movies mentioned above are almost certainly ones to be categorised as being Christmas films in 2017, of sorts, there will be some other big pictures released toward the end of the year that will compete for box office sales during the festive period.

The biggest are:

Paddington 2
Estimated release date: November 10th, 2017

Everyone’s favourite marmalade-eating bear from Peru will return to the big screen in November, and it’s sure to be absolutely everywhere you look.  This time we follow Paddington as he saves up to buy his Aunt Lucy a present for her 100th Birthday, only for the gift to be stolen and our lovable bear need to find a way of getting it back.

Red Sparrow
Estimated release date: November 10th, 2017

A spy thriller, Red Sparrow promises to be pretty good.  It will star Jennifer Lawrence, among others, and sees a Russian spy fall for a CIA officer and consider becoming a double agent.

Daddy’s Home 2
Estimated release date: November 24th, 2017

A sequel to the 2015 movie of the same name, Mel Gibson and Mark Wahlberg feature in a strong cast in this family comedy.  The plot is, as yet, unknown.