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The Best Christmas Films for Kids


Are you getting in the Christmas mood yet? It’s actually a little early for me, but for some reason everyone seems to be starting early this year and I am finding myself swept away with it. Last night we watched a Christmas move as it was on TV and the girls were all a bit grumpy and under the weather. It definitely got us looking forward to the holiday season. It made me think of all the movies there are which are lovely to watch as a family.

I ran a competition to win a copy of The Snowman on DVD and the question to win  was “what is the best Christmas film?” I thought it would be a nice idea to compile a list of all the movies the entrants listed – as well as a couple they forgot. Top of the list was the Snowman (well that was the prize) – but following pretty closely was Elf – brilliant family fun.

Christmas films for kids

So here are 30 of the best Christmas films for the family. They may not be the most critically acclaimed films of all time, they may not have won any awards or have dissertations written about them. What they are is good family fun. Movies which will get you feeling festive – which you can watch sitting curled up in front of the fire, with pop corn or mince pies to eat and a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Movies to wrap the Christmas presents to. Movies to watch on Christmas Eve – or in the car on the way to visit relatives. Movies you watched when you were a child – which remind you of how you felt as a child, and which you can’t wait to share with your children – or grandchildren. Movies which you will get out every Christmas and which will become a part of your family traditions for years to come.

The Best Christmas Films for Kids

The Snowman


 Polar Express

Arthur Christmas


It’s a Wonderful Life

White Christmas

Home Alone

A Christmas Carol

Miracle on 34th Street


The Santa Clause

The Muppets Christmas Carol

Santa Claus The Movie

Jack Frost


The Grinch

Jingle All The Way

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Holiday Inn

Nightmare Before Christmas

Love Actually (Age 15+ one for the adults!)

Deck the Halls

Charlie Brown’s Christmas

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Miracle on 34th Street

Mickey’s Magical Christmas

Father Christmas

Little Women

Fred Claus

Santa Paws

So what do you think? What is your favourite Christmas movie, is it on the list? What are you looking forward to watching this year?

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The best Christmas movies

For our advent calendar of Christmas books and films look here.

Open a Christmas book a day during advent. A fun way to get in the festive spirit and create a love of reading.

For our tree shaped advent calendar of Christmas books look here.

For our Snowmen homemade advent calendar  look here.

A fun homemade advent calendar so you can have fun activities and not just chocolate.

For another alternative advent calendar have a look at this decoration idea from last year.

Alternative Advent Calendar

If you like this idea then make sure you are following me on Pinterest. I have a board dedicated to fun Christmas ideas.

Christmas Pinterest

For all of our Christmas idea in one place – check out our Christmas activities for kids which I keep updated as I add a new idea.

Over 40 fun activities for kids - everything you need to keep them entertained in the run up to Christmas.

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