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!
And while they may not be about Christmas, you just have to brew a batch of hot chocolate and snuggle up with Happy Feet (and perhaps take a family day to see the sequel currently in theaters).
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 may not be the best choice for kids under 12. 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 too corny) to miss.
Of course there’s a new batch of holiday films released every year, but I hope you can enjoy some serious snuggle time while watching a few of these favorite flicks.