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Christmas is just around the corner and we are so ready to relax and unwind. We are planning on doing nothing but eating Pringles, turkey sambos and chocolate Santa's for the foreseeable future.

One of the best things about Christmas is being able to lounge around in your pyjamas and watch movies all day. It is honestly all we want to do this year.

We’ve conjured up a list of the best movies on over the holidays and you just can’t miss these classic flicks this year.

Christmas Eve: There are many timeless classics on December 24 that will make for the perfect festive movie night for you and the gang.

RTÉ Two, 12:25 pm- E.T

RTÉ One, 3:35 pm- Miracle on 34th Street

BBC One, 5 pm- Mary Poppins

Virgin Media 3, 8:15 pm- Dirty Dancing

Christmas Day: For those of you taking it easy and staying home on Christmas Day, you’re in for a real treat. Some of the all time greatest Christmas movies will be on December 25 and they’re bound to make your day feel extra magical.

RTÉ One, 8:20 am- Enchanted

RTÉ Two, 10:25 am- Finding Nemo

RTÉ One, 2: 55 pm- Home Alone

Virgin Media One, 4:05 pm- The Wizard of Oz

RTÉ One, 4.30 pm- The Jungle Book

RTÉ One, 6: 35 pm- Arthur Christmas

Sky One, 6: 45 pm- The Greatest Showman

E4, 9:15 pm- The Devil Wears Prada

Virgin Media One, 9:15 pm- Bridget Jones’s Diary

RTÉ One, 11:10 pm- Love Actually

St. Stephen’s’ Day:

A day of turkey sandwiches, napping and chocolate. Unwind with these brilliant films all from the comfort of your sofa.

BBC Two, 2:30 pm- Saving Mr Banks

RTÉ One, 3:55 pm- Cinderella

RTÉ One, 6: 25 pm- Zootropolis

Virgin Media One, 9 pm- The Commitments

December 30:

RTÉ Two, 1:25 pm- 13 Going on 30

BBC One, 2:25 pm- Cinderella

Channel 4, 5: 40 pm- Paddington

New Year’s Eve:

If you’re not in the mood to go out on the town and simply want to ring in the new year at home then there are plenty of movies on to keep you entertained.

RTÉ One, 9:40 am- Annie

BBC One, 4:15pm- Maleficent

ITV 2, 6:40 pm- New Year’s Eve

ITV 2, 9pm- Bridesmaids

 

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We can’t quite believe Love Island is over already. Everyone was delighted to see Jack and Dani crowned champions last night, but we can’t help but feel disappointed now that the show is over.

Today, marks the first day without Love Island in our lives since the beginning of June. If you’re missing Love Island already and don’t know how you’re going to fill that 9-10 pm gap in the evenings now that the reality series is over, try one of these feel good films or TV shows on Netflix to continue the long, hot summer of love.

 

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Ibiza
Desperate to re-live the Spanish villa life? Ibiza is full of summer parties and modern day romance to help lift your spirits. The Gillian Jacobs – Vanessa Bayer – Phoebe Robinson trio of Ibiza delivers the hilarious girls trip you never knew you needed.   When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgement, falls for a hot DJ

The Kissing Booth
When Elle Evans, a pretty, late-bloomer who’s never-been-kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush– the ultimate bad boy, Noah Flynn. Sparks fly, but there’s one little problem: Noah just happens to be the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is absolutely off limits according to the rules of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes that she must ultimately make a choice: follow the rules or follow her heart.

Set It Up
Harper and Charlie are overworked, underpaid assistants wasting their 20s slaving away for bosses who treat them like dirt and work them ‘round the clock. When they realize that they would have much more free time if the people they worked for weren’t single, they concoct a plan to lure their bosses into a faux-romance.

Friends
If you were absolutely smitten with the trio of Wes, Jack and Josh – get your fix in Joey, Chandler and Ross, with every single episode of Friends here to provide the bromance levels you are missing.

LOVE
Rebellious Mickey and good natured Gus navigate the thrills and agonies of modern relationships in this bold comedy co-created by Judd Apatow

Us & Them
10 years ago, during the hectic chunyun period, two strangers traveling home meet on the train, what follows is a journey of realizing their dreams, love, breakups. 10 years later, these not so strangers were reunited on a plane.

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UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather expected later on this evening, the Happenings and 7UP Free® screening of Dirty Dancing has been postponed until next week.

Happenings, in association with 7up Free is delighted to announce that it will return to Merrion Square, Dublin for the second instalment of Summer Cinema. The park will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for a special screening of the smash hit romcom Dirty Dancing tomorrow evening, Friday, July 27.

There's no better way to spend a Friday night than swooning over Patrick Swayze on the big screen.

The film follows the story of ‘Baby’ (Jennifer Grey) who finds herself on a sleepy summer holiday with her family. While there, she falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze) whom her father forbids her to see. However, she is determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer!

Gates open at 8.30pm with the movie screening beginning as the sun goes down.

Before the movie kicks off, guests can settle into a comfy billow bag with a complimentary 7up Free in the beautiful surrounds of Merrion Square – perfectly capturing the taste and feeling of summer.

There will be a host of tasty food vendors available and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, snacks and outdoor movie essentials! In keeping with Happening’s Leave No Trace policy, Summer Cinema goers are urged to take all belongings with them once the movie has ended and small bags will be provided to dispose of any rubbish.

Places are limited for each screening, so make sure to follow the Happenings and 7UP Free social media channels to be the first to know the dates and times for each screening and avoid missing out on these blockbuster events.

Tickets are priced at €5 and are available to book in advance online or on the door. Early arrival is advised to get the best seats in the house – “Nobody puts baby in a corner!”

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Sundays are all fun and games until reality hits and you have to get yourself organised for another week of work. The Sunday night fear is something we all experience, but fear not, we have the perfect solution that is bound to lift your spirits tonight.

If anything is going to bring a smile to yourself tonight it’s a musical. Sometimes all you need is to curl up on the sofa and watch Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried sing and dance to ABBA’s greatest hits.

Forget about your 6am start and watch Donna and the Dynamos shimmy to Dancing Queen. Ignore the fact that you have a mountain of unwashed dishes in the sink and prance around your living room to Voulez Vous. Boost your ego by listening to Pierce Brosnan singing SOS (God loves a trier.)

RTÉ 1 are making our Sunday night a hell of a lot better by showing Mamma Mia at 9.30 pm tonight.

The movie is one of our all time favourites. We know it’s cheesy, but it’s the ultimate feel-good movie.

Mamma Mia is a musical/rom-com that will make your heart feel warm, leave your sides hurting from laughing and turn you into a blubbering mess all within the space of 109 minutes. 

It follows the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who has grown up not knowing who her father was, but as her wedding day approaches, she wants her dad to be there to give her away.

She takes matters into her own hands and invites her mum's (Meryl Streep) three former lovers- Harry (Colin Firth), Bill (Stellan Skarsgard) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan)- to the wedding. One of the three men is her father, and Sophie believes if she gets to know them she’ll find out who her dad is.

Mamma Mia is on RTÉ1 tonight at 9.30 pm.

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Have the long-weekend festivities left you feeling drained already? Or are you aching after taking part in the Women’s Mini Marathon? If you’re in dire need of a lazy movie night then we’ve got good news for you. One of the best Irish movies is on TV tonight, so make sure you’re well stocked up on popcorn and wine.

This Irish drama is based on one of Maeve Binchy’s best books and is the perfect Sunday night movie.

TV3 are showing the brilliant Circle Of Friends at 10:05 pm tonight, and you just can’t miss it.

The drama is set in Dublin during the 1950s, where we meet Benny as she starts a new chapter of her life at university, along with her two friends- Nan and Eve.

The movie follows the girls as they try to adapt to their new lives in Dublin after growing up in the small Irish village Knockglen.

We see the trio grapple with their desire for love and their religious upbringings. Benny falls for Jack- the charming rugby player, but her friends aren’t as lucky.

Circle Of Friends stars Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Saffron Burrows, Geraldine O'Rawe and Chris O'Donnell, with appearances from Aiden Gillen and Alan Cumming.

The heartwarming tale will certainly leave you feeling nostalgic (and no doubt, you'll be cringing at those awful Irish accents.)

Tune into Circle Of Friends on TV3 at 10:05 pm tonight.

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Remember the days you’d pack up your pyjamas, your Dream Phone and the 90’s Irish equivalent of a Slam Book and head en masse to your friend’s house for a night of R&R, sex talk and movies?

The R&R ended because no one had the patience to ‘manicure’ more than two nails, the sex chat would stop because no one knew what the hell they were talking about, but the movies never failed us. Thank God.

So here ladies are five classic flicks for when sleeping in your own house was just not an option.

Never Been Kissed
Chances are the majority of pyjama clad girls in the living room hadn’t been either, so Drew managed to make all of us feel better about our glasses, braces and training bras. AAA cup, anyone?

If Josie Grossie managed to snag a hottie like him in the end, then there’s no stopping the rest of us, right?! Ah, the innocence of youth.

10 Things I Hate About You
Whether you were Team Bianca or Team Kat, fancied Cameron or lusted after Patrick there was definitely a little something for everyone in this 90’s classic.

We cringed alongside Kat when she read her poem aloud, we discovered a new-found respect for our parent’s music with Patrick's version of ‘Cant Take My Eyes Off You’ and we learned a little something about black underwear we never knew before. Thanks for the info, Bianca.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
No slumber party was complete without a pee-your-pants inducing horror flick. Scream was so passé by the time we hit we hit our stride and did some serious slumber party’ing (OK fine we couldn’t handle Ghostface, but no one needed to know that) so we went for the next best thing.

1997 slasher flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer packed a serious punch and having eye candy like Freddie Prinze Jnr and Ryan Phillipe as leads didn’t hurt either. Christ, what was that noise?

Stepmom
Much like a horror is a given at any sleepover, so too is any flick including Julia Roberts and bonus points if you cry like a baby behind a frilled, floral couch cushion. Yep, Stepmom had it all.
 

Julia, tears and snowblowing. Oh we know ALL about snowblowing now! High five!

Thirteen
Woah, woah, woah! Evan Rachel Wood’s portrayal of troubled 13-year-old Tracy Freeland in this 2002 drama made us feel thankful our lives were as vanilla as they were. We wanted to press the film into our parent’s hands, admit we bunked off PE and tell them to watch this before they went ballistic on us.

 

Jeez, we thought ditching afternoon classes to watch Loose Women was living dangerously.

 

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You don’t have to have an unlimited income to have a good time on Valentine’s Day. All it takes is the right attitude and a bit of creativity for you and your other half to have an amazing time on this special day.

Candlelight romance
Write down the ingredients you’ll need to make each other’s favorite homemade meal and enjoy a candlelight dinner at home.

Have a movie night in
Rent out a couple of films that you both like and cuddle up next to one other in front of the telly.

Count the stars
This might sound sappy, but it’s definitely a budget-friendly way to end this special day. Head to the park with a few blankets, lie down in each other’s arm and enjoy an intimate conversation beneath the stars. Well, if it’s not lashing…

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