The BEST family Christmas movies
There is so much to love about the Holiday season. The sights, the smells, the love, THE MOVIES!!! There is just something so nostalgic about turning on a holiday movie and drinking some hot cocoa while cuddled up on the couch. If you totally get this, then I have gathered a list of the best family Christmas movies that you need to watch this holiday season including classic Christmas movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life and newer animated Christmas movies like A Christmas Carol.
I love traditions and watching family Christmas movies is definitely a tradition that I cannot pass up! Living in a colder place gives me a great excuse to turn on a movie, grab a blanket and a hot beverage and just chill out. And seriously, at least for 1 month I can probably get away with not turning on a super hero or ninja show and THAT is a pretty good excuse to watch Christmas movies!
Classic Christmas movies for kids and adults
As I get older, I realize that cartoons are just not as good as they use to be. Sure, they had pretty lame animatronics, but they were so simple and just good clean fun! You will notice that a lot of my movies on this list are the old classic Christmas movies, but that surely doesn’t mean they are not worth watching. Matter of fact, they have lasted the long haul so they are even more worth watching!
A Christmas Story- There is a reason that it is on ALL DAY LONG on Christmas. It is for sure a classic Christmas movie!
Charlie Brown Christmas is delightful. While it is really old school, it is also just one of those classics that may never go away. And the song just may get stuck in your head for the next month.
It’s a Wonderful Life. Just give this classic black and white movie a try. I promise you will love it!
Home Alone 1 and 2, you know with the original kid. It is funny, a bit crazy, and still good for the kids.
Santa Clause 1, 2, 3. Something about a real person turning into a story book character, it is just…magical! It is one that I can watch over and over.
Scrooge is another classic that will never die. The story has been told over an over, but the 1970’s version is still worth watching.
Rudolf is the best classic. Here are the kinda lame animatronics, but it is still so good.
Frosty the Snowman was made around the same time as Rudolf, but there are some recent ones too.
Everyone should watch Miracle on 34th Street. Yes, it is as old as my parents, but it is such a classic!
White Christmas is actually the only one on this list that I haven’t seen a dozen times. I have plans to fix this situation though:)
Christmas book to animated Christmas movie
Books are amazing. We practically hoard books in this house. Sometimes, though the movie is soooo much better. Here are just a few that you should check out both ways!
The Grinch is great no matter if it is the Jim Carey version or the cartoon version. I love them both.
Polar Express is one of those movies that makes you sad and happy all at the same time. It is also a great book (of course).
A Christmas Carol is based off of Dickens book and it is sooo good. The more recent animated remake with Jim Carrey is perfect!
Mickey’s Christmas Carol is just the cartoon, kid friendly version of the book above. Little Mister could watch this over and over and over again.
New family Christmas movies
New movies are not always the best. It seems like the best story lines were already taken. These few movies are definitely new ones that will stick around for a long time!
Elf. Do I really need to go into how great this one is? We watched this one with our 4 year old and he just belly laughed so many times. Adult humor and kid humor…what more could you ask for?
Arthur Christmas is actually a really cute movie based on a goofy boy.
Nightmare Before Christmas, is it Christmas or is it Halloween? I am really not sure. That is why I watch it several times between the two holidays.
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Christmas movies for adults only
Adult friendly movies are good too, right? I love me some Hallmark channel around Christmas, but here are a few good ones to check out on Netflix or from your library.
Four Christmases is funny and sweet. I love to watch this one every year now.
The Holiday is a must…especially for fans of Jude Law. The love stories are just too good.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. That is all I have to say, right? I hope you have seen any of their movies. They are worth it for sure!
Christmas with the Krank’s is kinda corny, but it is still good enough to watch every year. I mean, it will come on t.v. anyway.
Jack Frost gives a good movie with a bit of a love story. This one isn’t great for little kids, but older kids may enjoy it!
That is it! You not have your work cut out for you. You have 25 days of classic Christmas movies, animated Christmas movies and newer family Christmas movies to watch together (or alone), cuddled up on the couch, drinking hot cocoa. Seriously though, what more could you ask for this year?
Now, what is your favorite Christmas movie? Is it on the list?