There are few things that people look forward to more than they do to the Christmas season. We can see why; the idea of being snowed in, sitting around a fireplace, watching a movie, and drinking hot chocolate sounds pretty appealing!
Today, we’re sharing the 20 best family-friendly Christmas movies to look forward to as you gear up for the holidays!
1. Elf (2003)
Few things make us laugh quite as much as Will Ferrell in an elf costume. This Christmas movie featuring comedy legends Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel is a classic!
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Kicking off the first of the Grinch movies featured on this list, we have the 1966 version that started it all.
It’s the only Grinch film on this list that Dr. Seuss himself actually got to see, and it’s one of the most popular movies to watch at Christmas!
3. Home Alone (1990)
This film tells the tale of Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old who gets stranded in Chicago when his family forgets him on their Paris vacation.
This family-friendly movie is a staple in millions of Christmas lovers’ annual movie playlists!
4. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
In the next installment of this holiday classic, the people of Whoville are terrorized by a live-action Grinch, who is played by Jim Carrey.
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Nothing says Christmas like Rudolph! Explore the North Pole and overcome hardships with Rudolph while watching his rise to Santa’s most important reindeer.
6. A Christmas Carol (2009)
This classic captures the spirit of Christmas so well, that the original story written by Charles Dickens in 1843 has been remade 135 times!
From the Scrooge-inspired Highway to Heaven episode to Jim Carrey’s 2009 film, this story is a must-watch during the holidays.
7. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
A group of children set out to save a friendly, magical snowman in this winter classic. Revel in the spirit of Christmas with this movie about a beloved childhood hero!
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Much of the slapstick humor that makes this film humorous to children is balanced by subtle adult references. This film is enjoyable for the whole family!
9. The Polar Express (2004)
Another family-friendly Christmas movie, this is a festive classroom staple every holiday season!
10. A Christmas Story (1983)
This beloved holiday movie follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker, who finds himself at odds with a local bully and his father. While his challenges are humorous, this movie has something for everyone to relate to.
A survey found that it was America’s favorite Christmas movie, too!
11. The Santa Clause (1994)
This unique movie follows Scott Calvin, a divorced dad who must assume the role of Santa Claus and save Christmas.
12. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)
The heartwarming spin-off of Disney’s most popular movie to date is one of Disney’s most popular holiday featurettes, and for good reason.
13. The Grinch (2018)
Our third and final adaptation of Christmas’ favorite Whoville reject is Illumination’s 2018 film, The Grinch.
Similar to the 1966 version, this installment is also animated with cute scenes, characters, and jokes to make viewers of all ages smile.
14. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Cheer on Santa, Kate, and Teddy as they attempt to deliver lost presents and save Christmas in this Kurt Russell hit.
15. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
A Charlie Brown Christmas is adored by children who relate to their onscreen, school-aged counterparts.
16. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton’s stop-motion smash hit is enjoyable any time from Halloween to Christmas. Get the family together and watch it on both holidays for double the cheer!
17. Arthur Christmas (2011)
Meet Santa’s extended family in this thrilling, 3D Christmas movie featuring many of England’s biggest stars!
18. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
Revel in the true essence of Christmas with Belle and Beast in this enchanting and festive Disney classic!
19. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
This take on the 1892 ballet is magical like the original. Disney’s spin on this whimsical story may look modern, but it’s full of nostalgia at its core.
20. Merry Madagascar (2009)
Stranded on Madagascar, the animals of Central Park Zoo take on the responsibilities of Santa in an attempt to return home to New York City!
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Prepare Your Family-Friendly Christmas Movie Playlist Now
It’s no secret that the best types of movies are Christmas movies. What better way to ring in the holiday season than by watching family-friendly Christmas movies to warm your heart from the outside cold?
Check out our selection of Christmas movies from all over the world under the entertainment tab of our homepage to get started!