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We all know that a winning formula for a family Christmas movie is some merry mayhem, with lots of tinsel and decorations thrown in.

This year, there’s no exception at British cinemas with the upcoming release of Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger. This is a follow-up sequel to the 2009 Christmas smash hit Nativity, which saw a primary school nativity play going as wrong as it was possible to go at the fictional St Bernadette’s school.

Danger in the Manger sees the return of wacky teaching classroom assistant Mr Poppy and his new class of kids tricking a substitute teacher into taking them to Wales to take part in the inter-school contest A Song for Christmas. The gullible sub is played by David Tennant of Dr Who fame. The classroom assistant is played by Marc Wooton.

With a bus-come-boat, a baby and a class of kids, the two teachers head off on a mad chase across the countryside. At the contest itself, the class is up against Mr Peterson’s far more professional twin brother Roderick’s class, from the rival school St Cuthbert’s. Roderick is also played by David Tennant.

It’s not sophisticated, but this is definitely a cinema release that you could take the whole family to this Christmas for a few laughs. If you are heading to the cinema, then check out the cinema Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Southampton and Manchester listings online to see what’s on near you.

And if you don’t want to face the cold and go out to watch a family Christmas movie, you’re sure to find plenty of old favourites on the small screen at home. Classics include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All the Way, Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone and Will Ferrell’s Elf.

There’s nothing better than watching these classics in the glow of the Christmas tree lights, while the winter weather does its worst outside!

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