Elf is back in UK cinemas this week to celebrate its 20th anniversary

Buddy's back on the big screen where he belongs.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 28th November 2023

One of the best-loved festive films of all time is returning to UK cinemas this week to celebrate 20 years since it was released.

That’s right – Buddy the Elf is coming back to Greater Manchester.

Whether you can believe it or not, it’s actually been two whole decades since the 2003 Christmas cult classic that is Elf was released to the world, and with December literally just a few days away now, there’s no better way to celebrate this special anniversary than seeing the film return to the big screen for a limited time only.

From this week, you can head on down to Vue cinemas in both Manchester Printworks and inside Quayside MediaCity, as well as others throughout the region, to watch the beloved festive flick.

Going on to become a much-loved festive favourite that’s watched by families all over the world every time December rolls around, Elf is a Christmas comedy film that tells the story of a human raised by Santa’s elves.


As Buddy grows older, he eventually learns about his origins, and heads to New York City on a mission to meet his biological father. 

Directed by on Favreau and written by David Berenbaum Elf has been hailed by many as a modern classic, and it’s often listed as one of the best Christmas films of all time.


It stars legendary comic actor Will Ferrell as the title character Buddy the Elf, alongside a talented ensemble cast of famous faces such as Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Jon Favreau, Peter Dinklage, and more in supporting roles.

Ferrell’s performance as Buddy was also praised by critics and audiences alike at the time of the film’s release, and many have even called it one of the best performances of his career.

It’s to celebrate 20 years since the beloved festive flick was released / Credit: Warner Bros.

Speaking ahead of Elf’s return to cinemas this Christmas, Mike Anton, who is the General Manager of Vue Manchester Printworks, said: “Christmas is all about spending quality time with friends and family, and creating treasured moments to last a lifetime.


“So we’re glad to be marking the merry occasion with a lineup of some of the most iconic and beloved Christmas classics.”

Tickets to see Elf at Vue Manchester Printworks and Vue Manchester Quayside are now available to get your hands on from just £4.99 when booked online here.

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If you also find yourself at a loose end in Manchester city centre over the next couple of weeks, there’s another a little hidden cinema tucked away inside popular hotel King Street Townhouse that’s screening a jam-packed lineup of classic Christmas films throughout December too – including Love Actually, Home Alone, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

You can also sip on festive cocktails, and snack on popcorn and pick n mix while you watch all the festive flicks too.

Featured Image – Warner Bros.