The programme of events will cater for audiences of all ages.

Image: ELF (Jon Favreau, 2003)

The BFI is set to celebrate the festive season with a packed programme of festive films for humans of all ages beginning on the 1st December with the 20th Anniversary re-release of ELF. The film will be screened throughout December in 4K IMAX with Laser projection. In addition to this, fans of the film can enjoy a trip inside Buddy the Elf’s Manhattan department store as BFI IMAX at London Waterloo transforms into the Christmas floor of Gimbels with a complete venue makeover for the entire month.

Meanwhile, the season of events will also see the release of Wonka ( directed by Paul King) on the 8th December and follows the early adventures of Willy Wonka, with Timothée Chalamet taking on the title role.

Elsewhere, audiences can also enjoy the holidays with the 30th Anniversary of Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D on 26 November and 13 December, along with The Polar Express which steams into the Waterloo venue from 15th December. For grown ups, audiences can enjoy the Bruce Willis classic Die Hard which will head to the IMAX on the 16th December. while animation fans can watch the mastery of Tokyo Godfathers  on the 14th December when a screening will be introduced by Ghibliotheque podcast creators Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham. Rounding off this fantastically festive programme is an afternoon of Middle Earth adventure with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy  (Peter Jackson, 2001, 2002, 2003) on the 17th December .

Meanwhile, across the road at BFI Southbank the feast of festive programming continues with this year’s Christmas line-up including The Bishop’s Wife (Henry Koster, 1947), Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947), Scrooge (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1951), The Muppet Christmas Carol  (Brian Henson, 1992),  Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015) and Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015). Seasonal favourites playing under the BIG SCREEN CLASSICS banner, with tickets for just £9, will also include The Shop Around The Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940), Remember the Night  (Mitchell Leisen, 1940), Meet Me in St Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944), It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1989).

Tickets are on sale to BFI Members on 7 November and to the general public on 9 November. They will be available to purchase here.

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