You’ve decorated your tree and started sampling all the holiday cookie recipes but the season won’t be complete without watching some holiday movies! We’ve rounded up a list of the best Christmas movies to watch with your little ones, from classic to modern, varying from animated to live action. Time to get cozy! 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George fans won't want to miss this adventurous holiday story counting down to Christmas. George and the Man in the Yellow hat are both working hard trying to find the perfect gifts for each other.

Rated: Not rated
Recommended: Ages 3+
Available on Hulu

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Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

The three sweet holiday tales in this anthology star Mickey and his pals in reimaginings of classic stories. Make this viewing a double feature with the sequel Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas also available on Netflix.

Rated: G
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available on Netflix

Dr. Seuss The Grinch

This 2018 retelling of the classic Dr. Seuss story about the green grump who wants to stop Christmas is packed full of fun and laughs.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 6 and up
Available on Netflix

Frosty the Snowman

The whole family will be a bunch of jolly, happy souls when they watch this holiday classic about the snowman who was brought to life with a magic hat and some love.

Rated: G
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available on: Amazon

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Klaus

The first original Netflix animated film, Klaus, follows the story of a plucky mailman and a carpenter in a bleak, remote village. They form an unlikely friendship when they decide to spread joy by delivering presents to the kids.

Rating: PG
Recommended Ages: 7+
Available on Netflix

The Snowman

Based on the classic picture book by Raymond Briggs, The Snowman is totally worth a watch with your tiny tots. This wordless movie follows the adventures of a young boy whose snowman comes to life. It’s a simple but whimsical story that still offers a healthy dose of holiday magic.

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available at: Amazon.com

The Polar Express

Based on the beautiful best-selling book, this modern classic follows a young boy on his journey to the North Pole where he discovers just how real Santa's holiday magic is.

Rating: G
Recommended Ages: 6+
Available on Amazon

A StoryBots Christmas

StoryBots fans will love following along as Bo heads to the North Pole to get gift advice from Santa only to discover that the Jolly Old Elf has gone missing.

Rating: TV-Y
Recommended Ages: 4+
Available on Netflix

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

Narrated by Fred Astaire, this classic holiday flick tells the story of Santa’s humble beginnings. The kids will get a kick out of seeing the movie’s take on how certain Christmas traditions began (like the flying reindeer and why Santa comes through the chimney).

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 5+
Available at: Amazon.com

Santa Buddies

What's more playfully fun than a bunch of talking puppies trying to save Christmas? The adorable Santa Buddies are lending their paws to save the big day in the North Pole.

Rated: G
Recommended Ages: 5+
Available at: Netflix

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

The classic story of It’s a Wonderful Life gets a kid-friendly twist thanks to the Muppet gang. In this version, the Muppet Theater is in trouble and a stressed-out Kermit wonders if the world would have been better off without him and his friends. Luckily, his guardian angel (David Arquette) shows him what matters most—with the help of fun musical numbers and a star-studded cast, of course.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 6+
Available at: Amazon.com

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Super Monsters Save Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season with this brand-new special starring the Super Monsters. It's Christmas Eve in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are lending Santa a magical helping hand to find his missing reindeer.

Rating: TV-Y
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available on Netflix

Arthur Christmas

What’s the lovable youngest son of Santa to do when he discovers that one child hasn’t received her Christmas present? Go on a madcap mission, of course! You’ll love the family spirit of this movie as we meet Arthur and the whole Claus clan. Plus, it’s made by the very same animators who came up with Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 5+
Available at: Amazon.com

Benji's Very Own Christmas Story!

Introduce a new generation to Benji as he sets off on a holiday adventure in Santa's workshop in this classic 1978 film.

Rated: G
Recommended Ages: 6+
Available at: Netflix

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Are your little elves torn about whether their favorite holiday is Christmas or Halloween? Then give ‘em a dose of both. This holiday classic is a little offbeat, a little spooky, and full of a whole lot of crazy stop-motion visuals. It’s perfect for kids who crave a different kind of Christmas movie—and those who are old enough to enjoy the eerie effects.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 7+
Available at: Amazon.com

A Charlie Brown Christmas

For wise kids (and those who have a soft spot for Snoopy), you can’t go wrong with the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown has some deep thoughts about Christmas commercialization and the holiday blues, but the end is all kinds of merry: the true meaning of Christmas and snappy music to boot.

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available at: Amazon.com

The Santa Clause

Older kids will get a kick out of watching Tim Allen (a divorced, uninvolved, turkey-burning dad) take a turn as Santa. The scenes at Santa’s workshop and the North Pole are definitely amazing, but practice some Christmas caution: Allen gets the Santa gig because the original takes a fatal topple off a roof, there’s a lot of talk about divorce and even a slightly scary scene with police.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 9+
Available at: Amazon.com

Home Alone

A member of the John Hughes movie family, Home Alone is a full-fledged faceoff between eight-year-old Kevin and a couple of witless burglars. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen this one, you may not remember just how violent the slapstick gets. Still, it’s worth a view for older kids who understand the Christmas consequences.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 10+
Available at: Amazon.com

Elf

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins (pardon our language) and miss out on watching the story of our favorite innocent “elf,” Buddy! This is another holiday movie you'll be quoting all season long. Though there are a few spots that may run a little boring for little ones, they’ll still love seeing the holidays through Buddy’s enthusiastic eyes.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 7+
Available: Amazon.com

Miracle on 34th Street

This 1994 remake of a 1940s classic has all the tried-and-true favorites of a Christmas movie: a precocious kid, a lovable Santa and a smiley ending. But keep in mind, Mom and Dad, that the little girl in the movie does question the existence of Santa Claus—so if this isn’t a hot topic in your house yet, you might want to skip this one!

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 6+
Available: Amazon.com

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We can’t settle the age-old debate of old Grinch vs. new Grinch—but we’ll admit that the classic ‘toon version holds a special place in our “two sizes too small” hearts. Add it to your holiday movie lineup to get your yuletide dose of Seuss and Whoville.

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 4+
Available at: Amazon.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This stop-motion classic about Rudolph and his unusual nose is a must-watch for every generation in your house

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 3+
Available at: Amazon

The Muppets Christmas Carol

There are a lot of versions of this story out there, but how many of them feature Michael Caine as Scrooge and the big-hearted Kermit as Bob Cratchit? Throw in all the fun musical numbers and Gonzo as the Charles Dickens narrator and you’ve got yourself a movie sesh to remember. Fair warning: his job is to scare Scrooge, so the Ghost of Christmas Future is pretty scary.

Rated: G
Recommended Ages: 5+
Available at: Amazon.com

A Christmas Story

Warning: Watching A Christmas Story is likely to result in nonstop quoting of all those hilarious one-liners (Go ahead and say it with us: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”). Double warning for the younger tots: “Fudge” is substituted for the F word, one poor kid gets his tongue frozen to a flagpole, and let’s not forget that fishnet stocking leg lamp.

Rated: PG
Recommended Ages: 8+
Available at: Amazon.com

White Christmas

Dreaming of a white Christmas? You can’t get much more classic than a Christmas movie featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and tunes from Irving Berlin. It may not have cartoon adventure, but it does have musical numbers and an emphasis on love and family.

Rated: Not Rated
Recommended Ages: 8+
Available on Netflix

— Abigail Matsumoto and Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: iStock

 

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