Here’s how to create an at-home festive cinema setup that will make everyone on Instagram seriously jealous

We’ve already expressed our love for these cheesy, predicable movies and rounded up all the best ones worth watching from Netflix to Disney Plus.

And now that we’ve got quite a bit more time on our hands than we would in the usual run-up to Christmas, best believe that means we’ll be taking full advantage to maximize our festive film watching. But that left us thinking – whether it’s Elf, The Holiday or Home Alone, surely a bells and whistles festive cinema set up is needed?

The lead up to Christmas is filled with some pretty fabulous things, isn’t it? Decorating the tree in between eating *just one more* mince pie, choosing the perfect gift you know your boyfriend/sister/mum will love and joyfully opening up the little door to your favourite beauty advent calendar every morning.

Yes, this year we may not have raucous office Christmas parties and Winter Wonderland to look forward to, but there’s one thing even 2020 can’t take away from us – Christmas films.

So we started researching just what goes into the perfect festive at-home cinema, and with a few small purchases, you’ll be setting yourself for an at-home experience as cheesy as the movies themselves – in the best way possible of course. Whether it’s a romantic surprise for your partner or to take that family tradition of watching your favourite films in your Christmas PJs to the next level, we *guarantee* it’ll be worth the effort.

The first step to creating the ultimate festive cinema experience is finding the perfect area in your home – it doesn’t need to be big, in fact, the cozier the better- but a room with a decent-sized plain white wall (or a wall you can hang a sheet onto) is best, so you can project your movie for the full cinema encounter. And not to worry if this sounds like it’s getting too spenny; this Smartphone projector is only £22 and will cast up your film straight from your phone, or for more of an investment there’s the option of this more high tech microprojector.

Now to the fun part of creating the festive cinema vibe. Light an appropriately festive scented candle, string up some starry fairy lights, and get the coziest throw you can find to cuddle under, and your home will be transformed into a winter wonderland cinema – definitely worthy of humble-brag post on the ‘gram.

And of course, no festive cinema experience is complete without the snacks. From your own popcorn machine to the most decadent hot chocolate (with marshmallows obvs), once you’re cuddled up in your own festive cinema, you’ll wonder if you need to leave the house for the rest of the year at all.

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