The Best Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family

There nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket on a Saturday Night getting ready to watch your favorite Christmas movie with your family. Everyone has their favorites that they watch together each year but maybe you want to branch out and explore something new, we’ve got the perfect list of Christmas movies that you can enjoy with your entire family. These movies are fun and filled with holiday cheer that is sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

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Home Alone

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Released: 1990

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Elf

Raised as an oversized elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his biological father, Walter Hobbs, who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.

Released: 2003

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Released: 1966

Rating: Not Rated

Age Recommended: 4 and up

Where to Watch: Apple TV, Prime TV

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The Polar Express

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Released: 2004

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max, Hulu

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Released: 1993

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 7 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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Dr Suess’ The Grinch

A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Released: 2018

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Apple TV, Prime TV

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

An imaginary world comes to life in a holiday tale of an eccentric toymaker, his adventurous granddaughter, and a magical invention that has the power to change their lives forever.

Released: 2020

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix

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The Santa Clause

When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

Released: 1994

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 9 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

A Christmas Story

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie Parker attempts to convince his parents, teacher, and Santa Claus that a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Released: 1983

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: HBO MAx

Miracle on 34th Street

After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken.

Released: 1947

Rating: Not Rated

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

Released: 1992

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

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It’s a Wonderful Life

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Released: 1946

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 9 and up

Where to Watch: Prime Video

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Released: 1989

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommended: 13 and up

Where to Watch: HBO Max

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Released: 1965

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommended: 3 and up

Where to Watch: Apple TV

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Klaus

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Released: 2019

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix

The Christmas Chronicles

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

Released: 2018

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 10 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

Young reindeer Rudolph lives at the North Pole. His father is one of Santa’s reindeer and it is expected that Rudolph will eventually be one too. However, he has a feature which is a setback and causes him to be ostracized: his red nose.

Released: 1964

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 3 and up

Where to Watch: Apple TV

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours.

Released: 2011

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Where to Watch: Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Apple TV

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece.

Released: 1983

Rating: G

Age Recommended: 4 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+

Jingle All The Way

Jingle All The Way

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

Released: 1996

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Starz, Apple TV

Ernest Saves Christmas

Ernest Saves Christmas

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Released: 1988

Rating: PG

Age Recommended: 8 and up

Where to Watch: Disney+, Prime Video, Showtime, Paramount+

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