All films watched and vetted by BBFC staff to ensure that they don’t spoil the ‘Santa secret’

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published a list of ‘Santa Safe’ films that focus on the origin story of Father Christmas, to help busy families who want to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

The list features nine festive films, all of which have been vetted by BBFC staff to ensure that they don’t spoil the ‘Santa secret.’

All the films picked are rated U and PG, so they are suitable for the whole family. Arthur Christmas, Klaus, The Polar Express, The Snowman, The Grinch and The Christmas Chronicles all feature.

Sarah Peacock, compliance and education manager, said:

“Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year for families, but sometimes enquiring little minds can often start asking difficult questions about exactly how their presents are delivered. Understandably, parents and carers want to keep that festive magic and mystery alive for as long as possible.

“We know that this time of year can be incredibly busy and stressful for parents and carers, who are already time poor – which is why we’ve published a list of ‘Santa Safe’ films that don’t spoil the ‘santa secret’ for kids. We’ve watched and vetted the films so you don’t have to, can press play with confidence and keep the magic alive for another year or two. There’s not a false beard in sight.”

The BBFC has also published a wide range of Christmas themed content and activities to keep families entertained this festive period, no matter what your festive celebrations look like:

  • The ‘Movie Night with the BBFC’ pack features Klaus, and includes everything you need to know about the film as well as activities, games, and discussion points to keep the movie magic alive once the credits roll
  • Families who might be spending time apart this year can check out a list of films that are themed around long distance, all rated from U to 12. The BBFC is encouraging those who aren’t able to spend the festive season this year to organise a festive film watch along – by either watching a film together and chatting over a messaging service, or downloading the Chrome extension TeleParty
  • Read the case study on Carol on the BBFC website
  • Have a go at rating the trailer for A Christmas Gift From Bob on the BFFC’s website for children

Find the full list on the BBFC’s website.