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  • Writer's pictureKirsten Smith

Holiday Movies That Your Entire Family Will Enjoy

December is the perfect time to come together with your loved ones and celebrate your favorite holiday traditions. I know that each family has their own unique winter customs, but for me and my kids, nothing beats snuggling up on the couch with hot cocoa and our favorite snacks while watching our favorite holiday movies.

Of course, there are tons of great holiday-themed films that will bring excitement, joy, and magic into your house this year. With so many streaming services to choose from it can be hard to find the right movie for your family to enjoy on these cold winter nights! Luckily, I have some great options that I’ll be sharing with you today.

No matter what age you are, Christmas movies can help get everyone into the holiday spirit. The movies I’ve curated are sure to be a hit with your whole family and they each have something special to offer!

Best Holiday Movies For Families:

Our family’s Christmas movie list has changed a little over the years, especially as my kids have gotten older. I’ve made sure that everyone can enjoy the movies on this list, no matter how young or old they are!

1. Home Alone 1 & 2

Home Alone is a classic movie series that you won’t want to miss out on this Christmas. These hilarious and heartwarming films follow the mischievous Kevin McCallister as he outsmarts a pair of ridiculous burglars. This is definitely one of my family's favorite holiday movies to watch! That’s why I’ve added it to this list first.

Packed with great comedic moments, clever pranks, and a fun storyline everyone is sure to enjoy this holiday film. I recommend watching both Home Alone movies to keep your kids entertained for hours! Home Alone 1 & 2 can be found streaming on Disney Plus.

2. The Polar Express

The next movie I suggest watching is The Polar Express. This magical animated film takes viewers on an enchanting adventure to the North Pole. Based on the beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg, this story follows a young boy who embarks on a life-changing train ride to rediscover the meaning of Christmas.

In my opinion, The Polar Express’s stunning visuals and beautiful message make this movie a must-watch for every family. Right now, you can find it streaming on HBO Max.

3. A Christmas Story

Although this movie is on the older side, I highly recommend watching A Christmas Story with your kids! You're sure to feel a bit nostalgic as you think back to those days when you wanted to get presents from Santa Clause and his reindeer.

Set in the 1940s, the movie is centered around Ralphie Parker's quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. He has to overcome bullies, his grumpy dad, and other childhood obstacles.

With its memorable characters, humorous scenes, and iconic moments, A Christmas Story has become one of our go-to holiday movies. It’s not streaming for free at the moment, but you can rent it on Amazon Prime for under five dollars.

4. Jingle Jangle

If you're looking for a unique and diverse holiday film, Jingle Jangle should definitely be on your watchlist! This Netflix original musical tells the story of legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle, who rediscovers the magic of creativity and belief with his granddaughter.

With its unique visuals, catchy music, and A-list cast, Jingle Jangle is sure to be a family-favorite film for many years. Its heartwarming story really captured my kid's attention. Plus, this movie includes some great themes and lessons for kids!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timeless film that really shows us the true meaning of the holidays. There are two versions of this film available. The animated version from 1966 and the live-action adaptation starring Jim Carrey. Both films are great for kids, but the live-action movie holds a special place in my heart.

No matter which version of the film you watch, you are in for a treat! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great way to teach your family the power of love, forgiveness, and community. You can find the live-action Grinch on HBO Max. The 1966 cartoon is streaming on Hulu, and there is a new animated Grinch film on Amazon Prime that is also a lot of fun!

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas

The final movie I’ve included on this list is A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are so many timeless holiday movies to choose from, but I think this movie really captures Christmas and everything our family loves about this season. We make sure to watch this film every year with our kids.

This animated movie is on the older side, but you can’t go wrong with the Peanuts. Currently, it’s streaming on Apple Plus TV.

Final Thoughts on Holiday Movies For Families

Holiday movies are one of the best ways to spend quality time with your family and make memories that will last for the rest of your lives. The films I’ve included on this list should get you started on your Christmas movie marathon. So, get ready to prepare snacks, drinks, and blankets for the festivities!

In addition, if you have other movie suggestions or just want to talk more about the holidays feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear more about your family's favorite holiday films and traditions!

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Oct 07, 2023

What a great list, will be using this! Thank you!


Oct 03, 2023

These are amazing Christmas movie suggestions. I have always watched Home Alone as a kid and I don't mind watching it over again.


Oct 02, 2023

Lots of good recommendations! Another one that we really love is Klaus which I believe you can watch on Netflix! We were so surprised at how much we enjoyed it, but now it's a yearly tradition!


Oct 02, 2023

I love getting into the Christmas spirit watching Christmas movies! I’ve never heard of Jingle Jangle so I’ll add that to this years list 🙌🏼


Oct 02, 2023

These are really fun movies to watch and will help you get into a holiday mood. Home alone 1 & 2 are my faves. Thanks for the suggestions!

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