There’s no better time than the holiday season to snuggle up for Family Movie Night. Pop some popcorn and light the fire, as you enjoy these can’t miss kid-friendly Christmas movies.
For Kids of All Ages:
Winnie the Pooh – A Very Merry Pooh Year – I admit, I’m a sucker for Pooh. This is my favorite Christmas movie – a heartwarming tale reminds us all that friendship means more than presents.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol – Rated G and great for viewers of all ages!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – If your child hasn’t yet heard of the Island of Misfit Toys — now’s the time! A great vintage film sure to bring smiles to all.
Frosty the Snowman – There are tons of reasons to watch this fantastic film, but if for nothing else – the songs are fun to sing!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Another fun-for-everyone family favorite.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – This one delivers the message that there is value in everything — even the most misunderstood and scraggliest among us.
For Kids Age 6 and Older:
The Polar Express – A beautifully filmed modern rendition of the classic tale, but it can be a bit intense or even scary for kids under 6.
Miracle on 34th Street – The story can be a bit slow for young kids, but who doesn’t love this holiday favorite – is Santa real, or is he?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Personally, I think the 1966 animated version may be less-frightening (and more age-appropriate) than the Jim Carrey rendition; but whichever version you choose, your family won’t want to miss this fabulous Dr. Seuss Christmas message. It might just make your heart grow two sizes!
For Older Kids:
Home Alone – Not really appropriate for kids under 8, but a hilarious adventure story about a kid left home alone for the holidays (some bad language and mild violence).
Of course you can’t forget A Christmas Story. Rated PG, this is not for kids under 12 — and even then, you might find some of the scenes a bit edgy for kids. Still, for older children, Ralphie is a hilarious as he narrates this All-American holiday story set in the 1940s.
Ok, I wasn’t going to list it, because it’s really not a kid-friendly movie, but I have to say the movie Elf is absolutely hilarious for older children. Will Ferrell’s role as an orphan raised by Santa is just too unique (if not corny) to miss.