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 on Christmas Eve is a classic, as essential now as it was in 1982 when it was first released. And... yes, Aled Jones doesn't sing on the movie, but his career exploded when he had a hit with the fabulous 'Walking in the Air'.

In 2012 the story was updated with the equally brilliant The Snowman and the Snowdog. In this beautiful film a different young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard 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 fly off in a plane to meet Santa.

The perfect Christmas includes group watchings of both movies. So let’s find out how to watch The Snowman, and watch 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 buy either movie on Amazon Prime TV in HD for the princely sum of £4.99, however (here is The Snowman and the Snowdog on Amazon).

Buy The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snowdog on DVD

Here’s the really good news: 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.

When to watch The Snowman on TV

In the UK, The Snowman will air on TV on Sunday 9 December at 4:35 on Channel 4.