20 Best Holiday Movies For Families

Get into the holiday spirit with these timeless classics. No matter what age, there’s a great movie for everyone.


A Charlie Brown Christmas
1965, ages 3+

The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.


A Christmas Carol
2009, ages 6+

A gentle, less scary version of the classic.

A Christmas Story
1983, ages 8+

A wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; note: some swearing.

A Muppet Family Christmas
1987, ages 3+

A short-and-sweet, tuneful holiday reunion.



Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 2000, ages 6+

Updated version of the classic movie.

2003, ages 7+

Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.

Frosty the Snowman
1969, ages 3+

Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.


Home Alone
1990, ages 7+

Slapstick family holiday comedy brings the pain.


How the Toys Saved Christmas
1996, ages 5+

Delightful animated Christmas story, but some bullying.

It’s a Wonderful Life
1946, ages 9+

This classic delivers warmth all year long.

Miracle on 34th Street
1947, ages 6+

Classic holiday movie for the whole family.

Prep & Landing
2009, ages 5+

Clever holiday story is merry fun for the whole family.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1964, ages 3+

Old-school, heartwarming classic for all ages.


The Muppet Christmas Carol
1992, ages 5+

A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.


The Nightmare Before Christmas
1993, ages 7+

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.


The Polar Express
2004, age 6+

Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.


The Santa Clause
1994, ages 5+

Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults.


The Snowman
1982, ages 2+

Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.


While You Were Sleeping
1995, ages 11+

Appealing family comedy with old-fashioned feel.


White Christmas
1954, ages 8+

Musical-comedy classic reprises Irving Berlin hit.

There is a lot more fun for families this holiday season. Watch for more crafts, recipes and a full round up of holiday events and parades in our Holiday Corner.

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