We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite family Christmas movies to get you inspired for some post-turkey sofa time. From comedies to stories about the true meaning of Christmas, there’s plenty to keep you and little ones of all ages occupied.
Pause the holiday rush for these great Christmas movies for the whole family:
– Arthur Christmas
Santa delivers gifts to every child in the world in one evening with the help of an army of elves coordinated by his son, Steve. But when one child is missed out, it’s up to Arthur, Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten kid before Christmas morning dawns.
– Merry Madagascar
Kids who loved Madagascar simply can’t resist this short TV Christmas special, which stars their favorite characters in a festive new adventure. Anyone else should enjoy the film’s positive messages and quirky humor.
– Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
When Homer receives no holiday bonus, he hopes to make extra money by becoming a Mall Santa, in an attempt to bring the family a happy holiday.
– The Flight Before Christmas
This Christmas cartoon features a young reindeer who is scared of heights. To overcome his fear, he takes flying lessons from a flying squirrel before heading to the North pole to save Santa and his reindeer. A great Christmas film to watch with younger kids.
– A Charlie Brown Christmas
The perfect Christmas cartoon for any Snoopy fan. A Charlie Brown Christmas is ideal for even tiny tots.
– Love Actually
Made up of nine intertwined stories, Love Actually has a brilliant cast including Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Andrew Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson… the list is long and distinguished.
Viewers can’t get enough of funnyman Will Ferrell’s antics as a human raised as an obstreperous elf who finally meets his real-life dad.
– The Santa Clause
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
– Home Alone
Left at home accidentally while his family heads off on a Christmas vacation in Paris, Kevin – played by Macaulay Culkin – is left to defend his home against two bumbling burglars – played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern – who are taking advantage of the fact that so many families are out of town.
– It’s a Wonderful Life
The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing.
– Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Nearly 50 years old, this one of our top kids’ Christmas movies is still a unique animated classic. Don’t be surprised if the kids are singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” until New Year’s.
– Miracle on 34th Street
Macy’s hires gentle Kris Kringle to be its department store St. Nick, but his stellar commitment to the job (as well as insistence on being the genuine article) has all the kids in awe and sets off a media firestorm that ends up in a court of law. It’s a classic that continues to appeal to kids generation after generation.
What Christmas movies are you looking forward to watching this holiday season? Please let us know in the comments below!
At this magical time of the year take a look at our list of can’t-miss holiday activities for the whole family to make the most of your Christmas.