There are far, far too many classic movies on over the period for us to name, but to make things slightly easier we've picked out ten of the absolute essentials.
December 23, 11pm, Channel 4
Martin McDonagh's feature debut stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as a pair of hitmen banished to Bruges by their boss after a hit goes tragically wrong. This is easily one of the most original films the noughties produced, a bold, black, spectacularly surreal ride that's at once uproariously funny and ultimately very sad. In case the time slot hadn't tipped you off, this is decidedly not family-friendly viewing.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 24, 9.10am, BBC Two
This Tim Burton-penned stop-motion animation is a delightfully dark and dreamlike family favourite, which follows the ghoulish mayor of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon) as he discovers the brave new world of Christmas Town. Debunking the myth that children's films can't be genuinely scary, this should keep relatives of all ages entertained on Christmas Eve morning.
Lady and the Tramp
December 24, 5.05pm, BBC One
We defy you to even watch the trailer below without descending into a wobbly-chinned, misty-eyed mess. Chronicling the coy canine romance between classy spaniel Lady and a stray mutt from the wrong side of the tracks might be the sweetest and simplest love story Disney ever produced. There's a reason why that infamous spaghetti scene made our list of the greatest ever movie kisses.
Singin' In The Rain
December 25, 1.35pm, BBC Two
They don't get much more feel-good than this. There's nothing notably festive about Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's nimble-footed 1960 classic, but something about its blend of showmanship, wit and old-fashioned optimism makes it essential Christmas viewing nonetheless. And if you were charmed by The Artist last holiday season and haven't yet clapped eyes on this notable predecessor, you need to rectify that situation ASAP.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
December 25, 5.40pm, Channel 4
As we may have already mentioned at length recently, Peter Jackson's first ever venture into Middle-earth holds a special place in our hearts, and its big-hearted combination of fantastical adventure, loveable characters and a compelling sense of real danger makes it ideal post-Christmas dinner viewing for the whole family. The next two instalments air on the 26th and 29th, if you want to score the hat-trick.
December 26, 10:30pm, BBC Two
But enough of the family-friendly stuff. You need some material for those solo evenings in front of the TV, when it's just you, the family dog and a big tin of Roses, and Alfred Hitchcock's twisted psychological thriller fits the bill perfectly. An orphaned young woman (Joan Fontaine) marries the mysterious Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) but finds their relationship haunted by the spectre of his late first wife Rebecca and the malevolent housekeeper Mrs Danvers (Judith Anderson).
December 27, 11.55pm, BBC One
Prepare yourself for Kathryn Bigelow's breathtaking new drama Zero Dark Thirty by re-watching her earlier, somewhat less worthy but relentlessly fun action classic. Keanu Reeves stars as an FBI agent who goes undercover in the surfing community in an attempt to catch a gang of bank robbers, and develops a complex friendship with Patrick Swayze's laid-back lead surfer. It's not quite as homoerotic as Top Gun, but it has its moments.
December 29, 11.10pm, Channel 4
Far from your bog-standard Brontë adaptation, Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold brings a brutally poetic quality to this dark and often vicious romance. Skins star Kaya Scodelario and newcomer James Howson make less of an impression as the adult Cathy and Heathcliffe than their junior counterparts, but this is still a haunting, visually stunning and completely distinctive take on a familiar story.
December 30, 11.30pm, BBC Two
However disappointed you may have been with Ridley Scott's Prometheus this year, you can restore your faith in his sci-fi credentials with a viewing of his dystopian noir, which casts Harrison Ford as a retired cop who's re-enlisted to assassinate four rogue replicants. This is Scott's 2007 'Final Cut', which he's described as the definitive version.
January 1, 6.30pm, BBC One
It wouldn't quite be Christmas without a bit of Pixar. If you're feeling at all fragile following your New Year's Eve antics, you may want to stock up on Kleenex, because the first 15 minutes of Up will literally make grown men weep at the best of times. 70-year-old Carl ties hundreds of balloons to his house and takes off to fulfill his dream of seeing South America, accompanied by a plucky young explorer, a flightless bird and one of the most adorable animated dogs in movie history.