Looking for the best of the best Christmas movies for kids this holiday season? Whether you’re in the mood to for a more classic Christmas movie to introduce to the kids, or the perfect new pick to help the whole family get in the holiday spirit, we’ve got the Christmas movie for you!
Grab the popcorn and your choice of movie snacks, cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy!
Christmas Movies for Kids
There are many on this list that are especially good choices for families with young children but I would suggest checking out the reviews on the Common Sense Media website for any titles that you are unfamiliar with. I really like the level of information they provide about each movie in their reviews, plus they give age recommendations from parents and children too. Each movie listed below is linked to an Amazon store page – these are affiliate links and I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
For those with little ones, be sure to check out our list of 15 Toddler Christmas Movies and Holiday Specials.
Christmas Movies for the Whole Family
1. Dr Seuss’s The Grinch A new spin on the classic Grinch tale featuring multiple, musical sing-along moments and the same feelgood Grinch scenes with the wonderful Whos of Whoville.
2. Polar Express A perfect holiday tale about a young boy who is doubting the reality of Santa Claus, until he finds himself aboard a very memorable train ride and a perfect holiday adventure.
3. Arthur Christmas Follow the youngest son of Santa Claus on a grand adventure to deliver the final gift of the holiday season.
4. An Elf’s Story (Elf on the Shelf Movie) Chippie the Elf ventures out to revive one little boy’s belief in Christmas magic. Introduces the rules of the Elf on the Shelf and the consequences of not following them.
5. Prancer Nine year old Jessica believes in the magic of miracles despite her bereaved father’s harsh bitterness. When she secretly nurses a wounded reindeer back to health Jessica brings the hope and joy of Christmas to her family and hometown.
6. A Christmas Story One of the most watched holiday movies. From getting dressed in holiday PJs to visiting Santa in the local mall, does Ralphie get his most wished for gift? You’ll have to watch to find out.
7. Rise of the Guardians A modern take on the holiday seasons, with a host of magical characters Gollow along as they team together to defeat the Boogeyman and restore Christmas to the world.
8. Miracle on 34th Street Susan Walker doubts Santa is real, until she meets a chain store Santa who goes by the name of Kris Kringle and truly believes he is the real deal.
9. Home Alone A parent’s worst nightmare and a child’s dream, eight year old Kevin is forgotten when his extended family head off on Christmas vacation to France, having to fend for himself at home. Kevin is overjoyed by his newfound freedom until he discovers the plan of a pair of local crooks to break into his family’s home.
Disney Christmas Movies for Kids
10. Santa Clause Ever wonder what happens if Santa gets hurt or sick? A father becomes the new Santa, belly and all, while trying to keep the secret of his new identity all the while.
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas Join Jack Skellington in spreading a different kind of spooky holiday cheer in this classic movie. Full of musical sing alongs and memorable iconic scenes.
12. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms This imaginative adventure is a twist on the classic Nutcracker story, following Clara on an adventure to open a secretive box.
13. Prep & Landing See how Santa’s elves, Prep & Landing, prepare for the big day and Santa’s arrival. With lots of bumps along the road they will have to work hard to get everything ready in time.
14. Disney’s Sing Along Songs Very Merry Christmas Songs This Disney holiday version focuses on showcasing some of the most popular holiday and festive songs to sing along with while you enjoy seeing your favorite Disney characters full of holiday cheer.
15. Disney’s A Christmas Carol Not your average Disney movie, this new take on the classic tale of Scrooge has an intensity thanks to the 3D animation that makes more suitable for families with kids ages 10+.
Animated Christmas Movies for Kids
16. PJ Masks Hello Christmas Join Luna Girl, Gekko, and Romeo of the PJ Masks crew on a holiday adventures to skate, give gifts and more!
17. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure A sweet, short film that follows everyone’s favourite snowman, Olaf, as he searches for the best holiday traditions to bring home for Anna and Elsa.
18. Saving Santa Bernard, the elf, dreams of joining Santa’s elite team of inventors – the very elves who make the magic of Christmas happen! But when one of Bernard’s wacky inventions goes very, very wrong Santa and Christmas itself are in jeopardy. Can Bernard rescue Santa in time for Christmas?
19. Trolls Holiday Learn new holiday songs and dances with your favourite Trolls characters as Poppy strives to show the Bergens some true holiday fun, even though they don’t think anything is missing.
20. Curious George: A Very Merry Christmas Follow George and The Man in the Yellow Hat as they enjoy the holiday season…but first they must decide what to buy each other, finding the perfect gift proves to be quite a challenge!
21. Charlie Brown Christmas In this Christmas classic, Charlie Brown is struggling to find his festive cheer. Will directing the holiday play and creating a make-shift Christmas tree help him find his Christmas spirit?