Movie watching is a great way to bond with your kids. So whip up some caramel popcorn and hot cocoas, and put on these kid-friendly Christmas movies for some good family entertainment:
1. Home Alone (1990)
“Home Alone” is a Christmas comedy classic for movie lovers of all ages. Starring Macaulay Culkin as the cheeky and mischievous Kevin, the all-time favorite film follows a 8-year-old boy’s quest and adventure to protect his (really massive) house from 2 very persistent burglars when his family (accidentally) left him alone at home during Christmas.
2. The Santa Clause (1994)
Directed by John Pasquin, “The Santa Clause” stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary man who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve. When he and his young son finish St. Nick’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole where Scott learns that he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed Father Christmas.
3. Shrek The Halls (2007)
“Shrek The Halls” is a television movie that features everyone’s favorite ogre – Shrek. The 30-minute special follows Shrek, who is quietly living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under his best friend Donkey’s urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona a special Christmas surprise.
4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
“Miracle on 34th Street” (also known as “The Big Heart”) based on a story by Valentine Davies. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.
5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Based on Dr. Seuss’ popular 1957 children’s book, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” sees funny man Jim Carrey take on the role of the grumpy (and green) Grinch. The plot follows the creature as he attempt to put an end to Christmas by stealing Christmas-themed items from the homes of the nearby town Whoville on Christmas Eve. However, he realizes that he can never take away Christmas and returns everything that he stole.
6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
In “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, which is based on the comic strip “Peanuts”, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season.
7. The Polar Express (2004)
This is one of the best Christmas movies ever made! “The Polar Express” is a children’s book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and is widely considered to be a classic Christmas story for young children. Set partially in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the movie adaption stars Tom Hanks, Daryl Sabara, and Nona Gaye. The story follows a young boy who finds The Polar Express outside his house.
8. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
On Christmas Eve, a terrible magician named Professor Hinkle is called to the schoolhouse to perform for the class Christmas party, but fails. After, the children go out to play in the snow where they build a snowman and name him Frosty. The snowman comes to life when Hinkle’s hat fell on his head.
Now, sing it with us – “Frosty the snowman/ Was a jolly happy soul/ With a corncob pipe and a button nose/ And two eyes made out of coal.”
9. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)
We’re not gonna lie – this is possibly our favorite version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Featuring the grumpy Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge, the classic tale also stars everybody’s favorite trio: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1984, making it the first nomination for a Mickey Mouse short since “Mickey and the Seal” in 1948.
10. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
“The Muppet Christmas Carol” is another must-watch adaption of “A Christmas Carol”. The live-action musical features Michael Caine starring as Ebenezer Scrooge and Gonzo the Great as Charles Dickens himself. The film was dedicated to the memory of Muppets creator Jim Henson and fellow puppeteer Richard Hunt, who died during pre-production.
11. Frozen (2013)
Last but certainly not least, Disney’s wide-popular “Frozen”. While the film does not have any obvious Christmas themes, it focuses on family, self-discovery, love, friendship, magic, and hope. On top of that, it has some of the best soundtracks in movie history! (Come one, we know you love “Let It Go” and “Love Is An Open Door” as much as we do 😉)
Which are your favorite Christmas movies? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!