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Best Christmas Movies for Kids

I can’t think of a better family tradition than spending the afternoon baking cookies and spending the evening running a marathon of Christmas movies to get the entire family feeling the spirit.

If you’re looking for fun Christmas movies your kids will love, here are just a few of my favorites. Gather the entire family (because yes, these movies are so good that adults will love them just as much), grab a few snacks, and spend an evening (or several) binge-watching these fun Christmas movies for kids.

 The Best Christmas Movies for Kids

Noelle

Santa’s daughter, Noelle, helps her brother prepare to take over’s Santa’s job. The problem arises when her brother, Nick, realizes he might not be up to the title and gets sent on holiday for the weekend. To everyone’s dismay, Nick doesn’t come back home when he’s supposed to, and the entire Santa World is turned upside down just as the holiday season is about to begin and Noelle is left with no choice but to go on a journey in search of her brother. | Stream on Disney+

Elf
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Leon Redbone, Will Ferrell, James Caan (Actors)
  • Jon Favreau (Director) - David Berenbaum (Writer) - Jon Berg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Elf

What happens when Santa mistakenly takes a human baby back into the North Pole? He’ll learn to be an elf! Thinking he is part of the clan of present-makers for thirty years of his life, Buddy the elf suddenly realizes he is not, in fact, an *actual* elf and sets off to New York City in search of his human family. 

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This movie is absolutely hilarious, so don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself watching it even when the kids aren’t around!

Klaus

A whimsical animated film that will definitely get you shedding a tear or two. A postal worker befriends a retired toymaker who lives alone up in the mountains (hmmm?). Realizing the toymaker’s potential, the postal worker convinces him to continue crafting toys with the promise to help deliver them to kids in the nearby village. Sounds a little familiar? | Stream on Netflix

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

A creative toymaker, Jangle, loses his magic when his apprentice steals his latest invention. Thinking everything is lost, Jangle’s granddaughter steps in and helps him find his invention along with his holiday spirit. | Stream on Netflix

The Santa Clause
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson (Actors)
  • John Pasquin (Director) - Leo Benvenuti (Writer) - Brian Reilly (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Santa Clause

Everyone knows Santa as the guy who delivers gifts on Christmas, but the actual work that goes behind making it all happen often goes unnoticed. That is, until a divorced dad suddenly learns that Santa isn’t born – he is made. As soon as the red suit is worn, a person is given Santa’s role and powers – along with the never-ending list of duties that come along with the title. This movie is a great one to watch, especially if your kids are getting curious and asking questions about Rudolph and the elves!

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Polar Express
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari (Actors)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Director) - Robert Zemeckis (Writer) - Robert Zemeckis (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Polar Express

All aboard the Polar Express! This film is an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s endearing book and the result is absolutely magical. If your kids love adventure movies, this is the perfect film to watch this evening as the entire movie follows a quest to the North Pole where Santa can be seen – if only people believe, that is.

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mickey Rooney, Shirley Booth, Dick Shawn (Actors)
  • Arthur Rankin Jr. (Director) - William Keenan (Writer) - Arthur Rankin Jr. (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Everyone needs a break, but the one person who never seems to get a holiday is Santa. This enchanting claymation movie lets us in on what happens when Santa decides to take a year off and the havoc that comes along with it. Luckily for the kids of the world, two elves take it upon themselves to get things in order and hopefully, save Christmas this year.

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What are some other amazing Christmas movies your kids love to watch? Let me know in the comments section below!

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