A List of 50 Kids Christmas Movies the Whole Family Can Enjoy


We’ve curated a list of 50 Kids Christmas Movies that cater to every taste, from timeless classics to modern animated wonders. Every movie is family friendly!

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The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to create cherished memories than with a cozy movie night featuring some of the best Christmas films for kids?

If you’re a parent on the hunt for heartwarming tales, delightful adventures, and plenty of seasonal magic to share with your little ones, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve curated a list of 50 Kids Christmas Movies that cater to every taste, from timeless classics to modern animated wonders. Most movies are G Rated animated films that are safe for all ages to watch.

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Happy holidays!

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50 Kids Christmas Movies: A Festive Film Marathon for the Whole Family

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This heartwarming tale follows the beloved Peanuts gang as they explore the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown finds himself questioning the commercialism of the holiday and, with the help of his friends, discovers the simple joy and spirit of giving. Your kids will love the iconic Vince Guaraldi soundtrack and the unforgettable Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

2. The Polar Express (2004)

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
  • Rating: G
  • IMDb: ‘The Polar Express’ on IMDb

All aboard the magical Polar Express! Based on the beloved children’s book, this enchanting film takes kids on a thrilling journey to the North Pole. Follow a young boy who embarks on a train adventure with other children to meet Santa Claus. The breathtaking animation and the message of believing in the magic of Christmas make this a must watch.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Dr. Seuss’s classic story comes to life in this animated gem. Join the Grinch, a grumpy creature with a heart two sizes too small, as he attempts to steal Christmas from the cheerful Whos in Whoville. But, as you’ll soon find out, even the Grinch can’t resist the warmth of the holiday season. It’s a tale of redemption and the power of love and kindness.

4. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Your little Disney fans will adore this delightful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Mickey Mouse takes on the role of Bob Cratchit, while Scrooge McDuck plays the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. It’s a short and sweet version of the classic tale, perfect for introducing kids to this timeless story.

5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

While this one may be more suitable for older kids due to some humor aimed at adults, it’s a holiday comedy classic that the whole family can enjoy. Join the Griswold family as they attempt to create the perfect Christmas, only for things to hilariously unravel at every turn. The film is a comedic look at the ups and downs of holiday celebrations, and it’s sure to get everyone laughing.

6. Scrooged (1988)

  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • IMDb: ‘Scrooged’ on IMDb

In this modern twist on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical TV executive. On Christmas Eve, he’s visited by three hilarious and unconventional ghosts who aim to teach him the true spirit of the season. This comedy is a fun, contemporary take on a timeless tale that’ll keep the family laughing.

7. Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

Join the nearsighted and lovable Mr. Magoo as he stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in this animated adaptation. Your kids will enjoy the humor and heartwarming lessons as Magoo learns the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a charming and lighthearted version of the classic story that’s suitable for children of all ages.

8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

This stop-motion classic tells the story of Rudolph, the reindeer with a glowing red nose, who sets out on a journey to find his place in the world. Along the way, he encounters unique friends like Hermey the elf and Yukon Cornelius. This heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship, narrated by Burl Ives, is a timeless holiday favorite for kids of all generations.

9. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978)

It’s Christmas Eve, and the beloved characters from Sesame Street are preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus. However, questions arise about how Santa fits down chimneys and how he eats the cookies. Big Bird and his friends embark on a charming adventure to answer these mysteries. It’s a fun and educational way for children to celebrate the holiday season with their Sesame Street pals.

10. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

  • Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Cast: Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe, Jimmy Durante
  • Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure
  • Rating: TV-G
  • IMDb: ‘Frosty the Snowman’ on IMDb

Follow the magical adventure of Frosty, the snowman brought to life by a magical hat. With the help of his young friend, Karen, Frosty sets out to escape the clutches of a magician who wants his hat back. This joyful and sing along worthy classic is filled with wintery fun and the lesson that true friendship can melt even the iciest of hearts.

11. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets as they take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, while the Muppets add their own unique charm and humor to the classic tale. It’s a delightful and entertaining way for kids to learn about the true spirit of Christmas.

12. The Santa Clause (1994)

Tim Allen stars in this heartwarming and humorous film as Scott Calvin, who accidentally becomes Santa Claus after Santa falls off his roof. Your kids will enjoy watching Scott’s transformation into the new Santa and the adventures that follow. It’s a magical story about family, belief, and the joy of the holiday season.

13. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Directed by Tim Burton, this unique and visually stunning stop-motion animated film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town. He decides to take over Christmas but soon realizes the importance of staying true to one’s own holiday. This movie combines the magic of both Halloween and Christmas in a mesmerizing way.

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This live action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic story stars Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Watch as he tries to thwart the Whos’ holiday celebrations in Whoville. Jim Carrey’s zany performance adds a new level of humor to this well loved tale. It’s a fantastic choice for those who want a lively and spirited version of the Grinch’s story.

15. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (1970)

This charming stop motion special tells the origin story of Santa Claus. Narrated by Fred Astaire, the film follows young Kris Kringle, who becomes Santa Claus, and his adventures with the Winter Warlock, Burgermeister Meisterburger, and the loveable penguin Topper. It’s a delightful and informative tale that answers many questions about the origins of Santa Claus and his traditions.

16. Frosty Returns (1992)

  • Director: Evert Brown, Bill Melendez
  • Cast: Jonathan Winters, Jan Hooks, Andrea Martin
  • Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy
  • Rating: TV-G
  • IMDb: ‘Frosty Returns’ on IMDb

Frosty the Snowman returns in this animated sequel. When a new invention threatens to melt Frosty, a young girl named Holly and her friends must save him. This heartwarming adventure teaches kids about the value of friendship and protecting what’s special.

17. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and the rest of the Disney gang in this anthology of three heartwarming holiday tales. Your kids will enjoy these stories of love, generosity, and the joy of giving. It’s a Disney classic that captures the magic of Christmas.

18. Annabelle’s Wish (1997)

This touching and lesser known Christmas film tells the story of Annabelle, a calf who aspires to be one of Santa’s reindeer. Alongside her friend Billy, who has a special connection with her, Annabelle embarks on an unforgettable journey to make her wish come true. The movie is filled with heart and the magic of the holiday season.

19. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

In this sequel to “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” Mickey and his friends are back with more festive fun. The film features five interconnected stories that explore the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a delightful continuation of Disney’s holiday magic that kids will adore.

20. A Flintstone Christmas (1977)

Join the Flintstones in Bedrock for a prehistoric Christmas celebration. In this classic TV special, Fred and Barney hope to earn some extra money playing Santa Claus, but they find themselves in a series of comical mishaps. It’s a light hearted and entertaining way to share the holiday spirit with your kids in a unique setting.

21. Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)

Join Barbie as Clara in this enchanting adaptation of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” When Clara is transported to the magical world of the Nutcracker Prince, she embarks on a wondrous adventure to save the day. This beautifully animated film combines the magic of Christmas with the timeless story of the Nutcracker.

22. It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

The Muppets are back in this hilarious Christmas special. When Kermit faces financial difficulties at the Muppet Theater, an angel named Daniel (played by David Arquette) shows him what life would be like if he had never been born. With plenty of Muppet mayhem and heartwarming moments, this movie is a unique twist on the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

23. Jack Frost (1998)

  • Director: Troy Miller
  • Cast: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Jack Frost’ on IMDb

In this heartwarming tale, a father, who becomes a snowman through a magical accident, finds a way to spend quality time with his son during the winter. This film emphasizes the importance of family bonds and cherishing moments together, even when faced with unusual circumstances.

24. Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991)

Join the Hundred Acre Wood gang as they plan for Christmas. When Pooh discovers that Piglet will be left out of the holiday because he’s delivering gifts to his friends, he decides to play Santa and share his honey pots with Piglet. This short but sweet movie teaches kids the joy of giving and the spirit of friendship.

25. The Elf On The Shelf Presents: An Elf’s Story (2011)

  • Director: Chad Eikhoff
  • Cast: Leslie Bellair, Brendan Dooling, Evie Eikhoff
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
  • Rating: TV-G
  • IMDb: ‘An Elf’s Story’ on IMDb

“The Elf on the Shelf Presents: An Elf’s Story” is a heartwarming animated Christmas special based on the popular tradition of “The Elf on the Shelf.” In this delightful story, families all over the world have their very own Scout Elves who watch over them during the holiday season.

The movie follows the adventures of one such Scout Elf named Chippey. Chippey is assigned to a new family but faces a problem when the children start losing their belief in the magic of Christmas. To regain their Christmas spirit, Chippey embarks on a journey to the North Pole and back, learning valuable lessons about the importance of believing, kindness, and the true meaning of Christmas.

This enchanting tale encourages kids to embrace the spirit of the holiday season and the magic that can be found in everyday moments.

26. Home Alone (1990)

  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
  • Genre: Comedy, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Home Alone’ on IMDb

This beloved family comedy follows the misadventures of young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas. While initially relishing his newfound freedom, he soon has to defend his home from two bumbling burglars in hilarious and inventive ways. It’s a fun and action packed film that combines humor and heartwarming moments.

27. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

In this classic stop motion special, Santa Claus is feeling under the weather and contemplates canceling Christmas. It’s up to two iconic characters, Heat Miser and Snow Miser, to help save the holiday. This movie is filled with catchy songs and memorable characters, making it a holiday favorite for kids of all ages.

28. Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is back, this time on a quest to find the missing New Year Baby and ensure the passage of time into the New Year. Along the way, he encounters a host of quirky characters, each representing a different decade. It’s an entertaining and imaginative journey through time.

29. Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979)

In this animated feature, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman team up to save the Circus from the evil plans of a ruthless tycoon. With the help of their friends, they bring Christmas cheer to the middle of summer. It’s a fun and heartwarming adventure that combines two beloved holiday characters.

30. Jingle All the Way (1996)

This family comedy stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a dad desperately trying to find the hottest toy of the season, a Turbo Man action figure, on Christmas Eve. His wild and comical journey through holiday shopping chaos is a hilarious take on the lengths parents will go to make their kids’ Christmas dreams come true.

31. A Garfield Christmas Special (1987)

Join the lasagna loving feline Garfield and his friends as they celebrate Christmas at the home of Jon Arbuckle’s family. Garfield’s sarcastic humor and warm hearted moments add a delightful touch to this holiday special. It’s a great choice for fans of the lovable, orange cat.

32. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)

The Frosty the Snowman sequel continues the adventures of Frosty and his friends. This time, Frosty finds love with a snowwoman named Crystal and must protect her from an evil sorcerer. It’s a charming and frosty filled story with the spirit of togetherness at its core.

33. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000)

In this animated musical, young Jake Spankenheimer goes on a quest to find his missing grandmother, who may have been run over by Santa’s reindeer. It’s a wacky and whimsical tale that will have kids laughing and singing along.

34. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (2003)

This Peanuts special focuses on Lucy and Linus’s younger brother, ReRun, who wishes for a dog for Christmas. With the help of Snoopy and some classic Peanuts humor, the gang comes together to celebrate the holiday season. It’s a heartwarming addition to the Peanuts holiday classics.

35. Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (2006)

In this Looney Tunes take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Daffy Duck plays the Scrooge like character, and Bugs Bunny is his overworked employee. Classic Looney Tunes characters step into the roles of the iconic Christmas tale, adding humor and zaniness to the story of redemption.

36. A Christmas Story (1983)

Follow the holiday adventures of young Ralphie Parker as he pines for a Red Ryder BB gun and navigates the challenges of childhood, family, and school during the Christmas season. Filled with nostalgia and humor, it’s a holiday classic for the whole family.

37. Elf (2003)

  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Elf’ on IMDb

In this modern Christmas comedy, Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human who was raised by elves at the North Pole. When he learns of his true identity, he heads to New York City to find his real father and bring Christmas cheer to a world in need. Buddy’s infectious enthusiasm and heartwarming antics make this film a favorite among kids and adults alike.

38. Klaus (2019)

  • Director: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López
  • Cast: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Klaus’ on IMDb

This heartwarming and beautifully animated film offers a fresh take on the origin of Santa Claus. It tells the story of Jesper, a postman who is sent to a remote, desolate town where he encounters Klaus, a recluse who makes toys for children. The movie beautifully explores the power of kindness and generosity, making it an instant Christmas classic.

39. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Join siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce as they embark on an adventure with Santa Claus himself, portrayed by Kurt Russell. Their mission is to save Christmas after their mishap causes Santa to crash his sleigh. Filled with action, humor, and heart, it’s a thrilling and heartwarming holiday journey.

40. Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special (2016)

This Disney holiday special features Mickey Mouse and his friends as they prepare for Christmas. When Donald Duck’s Christmas spirit goes missing, it’s up to his pals to rekindle his love for the holiday. Filled with Disney magic and familiar characters, it’s a delightful addition to your Christmas movie lineup.

41. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

This heartwarming and whimsical holiday film follows the adventures of young Nikolas, who embarks on a journey to the North Pole to find his father, who is on a quest to discover the secret of Christmas. Along the way, he encounters magical creatures, makes friends, and learns the true meaning of the holiday.

42. Prancer (1989)

  • Director: John D. Hancock
  • Cast: Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda
  • Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
  • Rating: G
  • IMDb: ‘Prancer’ on IMDb

In this touching story, a young girl named Jessica discovers a wounded reindeer and believes it’s one of Santa’s reindeer, Prancer. She sets out to nurse the reindeer back to health, all while facing skepticism from her family and neighbors. It’s a tale of belief, kindness, and the magic of Christmas.

43. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

  • Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely, Rashida Jones
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch’ on IMDb

This animated adaptation brings Dr. Seuss’ classic character, the Grinch, to life once again. Join the Grinch as he hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the cheerful Whos of Whoville. As the story unfolds, he learns the true meaning of the holiday season in a heartwarming way.

44. DreamWorks Home for the Holidays (2017)

Join Tip, Oh, and the Boov alien race as they celebrate their first Christmas on Earth. The misadventures of these lovable characters make for a delightful and comedic holiday special. It’s a tale of friendship, understanding, and the joy of sharing traditions.

45. Santa Buddies (2009)

  • Director: Robert Vince
  • Cast: Craig Anton, Andrew Astor, Charisse Baker
  • Genre: Adventure, Family
  • Rating: G
  • IMDb: ‘Santa Buddies’ on IMDb

In this family friendly adventure, a group of playful puppies stumbles upon the magical Christmas icicle, which powers Santa’s sleigh. To save Christmas, they embark on a mission to the North Pole. This movie is a fun and heartwarming choice for kids who love both puppies and holiday magic.

46. Arthur Christmas (2011)

  • Director: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook (co-director)
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rating: PG
  • IMDb: ‘Arthur Christmas’ on IMDb

Join Arthur, Santa’s younger son, as he embarks on a high-tech mission to ensure no child is left without a Christmas present. This heartwarming and modern take on Santa’s operation showcases the importance of the Christmas spirit and the magic of the holiday.

47. Trolls Holiday (2017)

  • Directors: Joel Crawford, Walt Dohrn
  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • IMDb: ‘Trolls Holiday’ on IMDb

Your kids will enjoy this animated adventure featuring the lovable Trolls. In this story, the Trolls discover that each tribe has its unique holiday traditions, leading to some misunderstandings. Poppy and Branch embark on a quest to unite everyone and celebrate the true spirit of the season.

48. All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)

Based on Mariah Carey’s popular song, this animated film follows a young girl named Mariah as she wishes for a puppy as her Christmas gift. The story explores the importance of responsibility and the bond between a girl and her new puppy.

49. Elliot the Littlest Reindeer (2018)

Join Elliot, a miniature miniature horse, as he dreams of becoming a reindeer on Santa’s sleigh team. When Blitzen announces his retirement, Elliot seizes the opportunity to try out for the team in this charming and humorous holiday tale.

50. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)

The movie is a computer animated musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “A Christmas Carol”. It follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy and coldhearted businessman who hates Christmas and treats everyone around him with contempt.

Scrooge is then taken on a journey by three spirits: Past, Present, and Future, who show him the errors of his life and the consequences of his actions. He learns about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of giving and sharing.

Thanks for reading this article for family-friendly Christmas movie inspiration!

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