Raymond Briggs’ story of a young boy who builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus is a classic. It's as essential now as it was in 1982 when it was first released.

If you're likely to face any Christmas trivia questions this year, you might win a round by remembering that Aled Jones doesn't actually sing in the film. His career took off afterwards, in 1985, when he had a hit with his cover of 'Walking in the Air'.

In 2012, the story was updated with the equally brilliant The Snowman and the Snowdog. In this beautiful film, another boy moves into the house in whose garden the original snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman, the boy builds him again, and also makes a snow dog. When they come to life overnight, the three of them journey together to meet Santa.

The perfect Christmas includes group viewings of both movies. So let’s find out how to watch The Snowman and The Snowman and the Snowdog online, on TV or on any mobile device.

Stream The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snowdog online

So the bad news is that neither The Snowman nor The Snowman and the Snowdog is available to stream as part of your Netflix, Now TV or Amazon Prime TV subscription. You can rent The Snowman on Amazon Prime TV in HD for £3.49 or in SD for £2.49. 

You can also rent it from TalkTalk TV in HD for £3.95.

The Snowman and the Snowdog is sadly not available to rent at the moment but you can buy it to stream from the Sky Store for £5.99 in HD.

Buy The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snowdog on DVD

For even better value, you can pick up a DVD of both films for just £6.99 all in. And if you order it quickly, and have Amazon Prime, you can buy it today and have it tomorrow. Here is where to buy The Snowman on Amazon.

If you're feeling Christmassy, have a look at our Favourite Christmas movies ever and the best Christmas TV ads for this year.