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Firstsite Cinema | Top picks for the festive season

20th December 2019

From Bangok to Berlin, let Firstsite’s festive film selection sweep you away on a magical Christmas adventure. Whether you’re looking for Disney magic, Shakespearean feuds, breathtaking ballet or a cosy rom-com, our seasonal cinema offerings have left no-one’s Christmas wish-list unchecked.

Frozen 2 (PG)
Fri 20 Dec – Sun 5 Jan
Let it go, let it go! Disney’s sequel to the stunning Scandinavian tale which had audiences enrapt back in 2013 is finally here. Packed with hypnotising tunes, twists and turns, the whole family will enjoy unearthing Elsa’s backstory. With an exciting set of developments, the sisters of Arendelle and their familiar friends will be faced with a challenge like never before…

Last Christmas (12A)
Sat 21 Dec 4:45pm + Tue 24 Dec 3:45pm
Fans of Love Actually will relish in this delightful Christmas treat that sparkles and crackles like an open log fire on a winter’s night. Disgruntled and disenchanted, overworked elf Kate’s life is transformed when a handsome stranger walks into her shop. With its dry, quintessentially English charm and warm heart, this is an unmissable treat watch for rom-com fans everywhere.

The Winter’s Tale (U)
Sat 21 Dec 7pm + Sun 29 Dec 6pm
It’s not really Christmas if there hasn’t been at least one family row, is it? But whereas most might choose to limit their squabbles to who chooses the post-Christmas-dinner-film, the stakes are a little higher in Shakespeare’s realm of King Leontes. With power, love, obsession, money and redemption all on the table, it’s going to be a Christmas family gathering to remember.

The Nutcracker (U)
Tue 24 Dec 6pm + Sat 28 Dec 7pm
The classic ballet favourite that has delighted audiences young and old alike since its first showing in 1984, we’re proud to present a chance to view The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. No need to journey to London- we’ve got all the action on-screen right here.

The King and I: From the London Palladium (U)
Mon 30 Dec 4pm
Shall… we… dance? On a bright cloud of music we shall fly, as the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I takes to our screens. A classic gem from the golden age of musicals, the unlikely love story between very British schoolteacher Anna and aspiring modernist King of Siam never fails to captivate.

Berliner Philharmoniker: New Year’s Eve Concert (U)
Tue 31 Dec 4pm
See 2019 out in style with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s glittering New Year’s Eve Concert. Conducted by Kirill Petrenko and featuring guest soloist Diana Damrau, prepare to be dazzled by an epic sweet of orchestral magic. With scores from George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and more, there’s no better way to see out the end of a decade and the dawn of a new one.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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