20 of the Best Christmas Movies for Kids

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christmas movies for kids

Winter is coming, which means it's time to eat all of the yule logs, make snow angels, and — most importantly — curl up with your family for a cozy holiday movie. Pop in one of these gems that'll keep the kids entertained with non-stop Christmas cheer.

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christmas movies for kids frosty the snowman
Videocraft International
'Frosty the Snowman'

He's a snowman with a corn-cob pipe and a button nose. What's not to love? The only downside is that the kids will have "Frosty the Snowman" stuck in their head for weeks on end.

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christmas movies for kids jingle all the way
20th Century Fox
'Jingle All the Way'

Before he was the governor of California (still not over it), Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in Jingle All the Way, a delightful '90s movie about two rival dads who are determined to get their sons the same in-demand toy. Lovable for kids, adults, and aspiring political leaders alike.

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christmas movies for kids 'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas'
'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas'

As somehow who still owns multiple Micky Mouse Christmas specials on VHS, I'm here to tell you that Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is magical. This one's better for younger kids, as well as adults who want to re-live their youth (a.k.a. me).

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christmas movies for kids the polar express
Castle Rock Entertainment
'The Polar Express'

Okay, so the animation in The Polar Express is a little iffy, making it a tough one for adults with high CGI expectations to watch. But you know who loves this adventurous movie about a train ride to the North Pole? Every child ever, and this list is for them.

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christmas movies for kids a charlie brown christmas
Lee Mendelson Film Productions
'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

If you're between the ages of zero and 100 and don't watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year, you aren't doing the holiday right. Plus, it comes with one of the most iconic holiday movie soundtracks ever.

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christmas movies for kids i want a dog for christmas charlie brown
Lee Mendelson Film Productions
'I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown'

If Peanuts movies are your vibe, this one is also good! (Not as iconic as A Charlie Brown Christmas good, but still good!)

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christmas movies for kids the dog who saved christmas
Barnholtz Entertainment
'The Dog Who Saved Christmas'

Once upon a time in 2009, Christmas was in danger of being ruined by two burglars — but good news: This adorable fur baby in a Santa Hat saved the day. You're welcome! P.S. This dog is most definitely voiced by Mario Lopez. Again, you're welcome.

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christmas movies for kids the santa clause
'The Santa Clause'

This flick still holds up after many years as a supremely fun and heartfelt movie, that's just as much about Santa as it is about a father and son mending their relationship.

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christmas movies for kids the snowman
Channel 4 Television
'The Snowman'

The Snowman will make you cry. Hysterically. Because, despite being super short and having barely any dialogue, it manages to be one of the most pure and moving holiday films out there.

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christmas movies for kids home alone
20th Century Fox
'Home Alone'

It doesn't get more classic than Home Alone, the Macaulay Culkin movie about a kid who's accidentally left home alone for the holiday and has to stave off two burglars. If you have a child that hasn't seen this movie, go ahead and rectify the situation ASAP.

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christmas movies for kids the elf
New Line

Will Ferrell's turn as the lovably clueless Buddy the Elf is pure holiday perfection, and Elf is one of those rare movies that's just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids. Come for the "SANTA! I KNOW HIM!" scene and stay for everything else.

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christmas movies for kids i'll be home for the holidays
'I'll Be Home for Christmas'

This movie poster of Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the desert wearing a plaid shirt and a Santa hat tells you everything you need to know.

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christmas movies for kids a muppet christmas carol
'The Muppet Christmas Carol'

This isn't just one of the best Christmas movies of all time. This is one of the best movies, straight up, of all time. Which is pretty impressive considering it's quite literally Michael Caine acting alongside a fleet of muppets.

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christmas movies for kids muppet family christmas
'Muppet Family Christmas'

Speaking of large talking stuffed animals, Muppet Family Christmas is also a fun movie. If your kid likes The Muppet Christmas Carol, they'll probably like this one too.

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christmas movies for kids the nightmare before christmas
Touchstone Pictures
'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is just as much about Halloween as it is about Christmas, and it might be a little too scary for your youngest. But despite the spooks and scares, it's managed to work its way into the must-watch lists of families all over the world around the holidays.

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christmas movies for kids the grinch
Universal Pictures
'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

Classic doesn't even begin to describe this movie, which will remind your kids what the holidays are really about.

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christmas movies for kids a christmas story
'A Christmas Story'

TV stations play A Christmas Story all day long on Christmas for a reason. It's perhaps *the* most classic family film on this list, is dated in all the best ways, and will warm your heart so much you might burst into spontaneous flames.

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christmas movies for kids smurfs christmas special
Hanna Barbera Productions
'The Smurfs Christmas Special'

Speaking of things being dated in the best ways, did you know The Smurfs did a Christmas special? Yeah, that's right! And it's super cute!

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christmas movies for kids miracle on 34th street
20th Century Fox
'Miracle on 34th Street'

Watch this with your kid and not only will you laugh, cry, and want to move to New York, you just might start believing in Santa again.

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christmas movies for kids olaf's frozen adventure
'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'

Is it as good as Frozen? No. But even so, Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a fun holiday mini-movie for the little kid in your life, so you might as well just get on board.

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