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101 Best Christmas Movies for Kids (With Streaming Options)

Get ready for some Christmas cheer! From timeless classics to newer holiday flicks, here are 100+ Christmas movies to watch with your kids.

Updated January 5, 2024
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to be with your loved ones, adorn your home with beautiful decorations, enjoy delicious winter treats, and do one of our favorite Christmas traditions: have a holiday movie marathon with your family! To help you narrow down your options, we’re sharing our list of the best Christmas movies for kids. In addition to full-length feature films, we’ve included short films and holiday specials below, giving your children plenty of entertainment to choose from.

101 Christmas Movies and Specials for Kids

From timeless classics like “Home Alone” to newer holiday flicks like “A Boy Called Christmas,” here are 101 Christmas movies and specials for kids (and the streaming services you can watch them on).

1. 8-Bit Christmas (2021)

8-Bit Christmas (2021)
Image via HBO Max

In the present day, a father named Jake tells his daughter a story from his childhood about wanting a Nintendo for Christmas. As kids in the late ’80s, Jake and his friends are obsessed with having the latest games and technology, including the Nintendo, which they struggle to attain. How far will they be willing to go to get their 8-bit gift?! This hilarious Christmas movie will undoubtedly have you and your kids laughing!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Max
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

2. Alien Xmas (2020)

Alien Xmas (2020)
Image via Netflix, Inc.

“Alien Xmas” is a stop-motion short film about a race of greedy aliens called Klepts. X is the sneakiest of the Klepts but isn’t taken seriously because of his small size. The Klepts’ leader, Z, announces her plan to plunder Earth and needs someone to go there to build a machine that will pull all its “stuff” into space. X volunteers for the task to prove his worth, landing at the North Pole two days before Christmas Eve! As X explores the town, an elf named Obie mistakes him for a doll and gives X to his daughter, who teaches the alien about warmth and kindness.

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

3. All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)

All I Want for Christmas Is You (2017)
Image via Universal Home Entertainment

This cute Christmas film is based on the popular Mariah Carey song of the same title! Narrated by the singer herself, the movie follows young Mariah in her endeavor to get a puppy for Christmas. Mariah has wanted a dog for years, but her father is allergic, her mother is a clean freak, and both parents think a dog will be a distraction. Mariah is over the moon when she meets the most adorable (and hypoallergenic) dog named Princess! But another dog, Jack, might just be the one for her.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

4. Angela’s Christmas (2017)

Angela's Christmas (2017)
Image via Brown Bag Films

This short film is about an innocent young girl named Angela who lives with her mother and siblings in Limerick, Ireland. During mass one night, Angela notices that “baby Jesus” (a prop in the church’s nativity set) looks cold, so she sneaks into the church after the service and takes the doll with her to keep it warm. What happens when her family discovers that she’s taken baby Jesus home?

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

5. Angela’s Christmas Wish (2020)

Angela's Christmas Wish (2020)
Image via Netflix

In this sequel to “Angela’s Christmas,” Angela’s mother is acting a bit strange, and the children think it’s because she misses their dad, who’s away in Australia for work. As a Christmas surprise, Angela and her brother, Pat, try to get their dad back in time for the holidays. At the same time, the children try to help their friend, Mr. McGinty, find a veterinarian for his cow, but the obnoxious vet will only help if Angela can find a way to bring her dad home.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

6. Annabelle’s Wish (1997)

Annabelle's Wish (1997)
Image via IMDb and Dan Henderson

“Annabelle’s Wish” is a heartwarming cartoon about a calf named Annabelle and a mute boy named Billy who lives on a farm with his grandpa. Santa visits the barn on Christmas Eve and uses magic to allow the animals to speak. Annabelle is captivated by Santa’s reindeer and plans to ask him to grant her wish to fly next Christmas. Over the following year, she and Billy become close friends, but Billy faces several conflicts: he can’t talk, his wicked Aunt Agnes wants custody of him, and he’s being bullied. So, Annabelle comes up with an even better wish!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video

7. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas (2011)
Image via Columbia Pictures

In “Arthur Christmas,” we learn about Santa Claus’ family, who helps make Christmas happen every year with a high-tech gift delivery operation. One Christmas Eve, the unthinkable happens: they accidentally skip a child! Worried that the little girl will think Santa doesn’t care about her, Santa’s clumsy son Arthur must make things right.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

8. Babes in Toyland (1961)

Babes in Toyland (1961)
Image via Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution

This Christmas movie includes many nursery rhyme characters that kids will recognize! In “Babes in Toyland,” Tom Piper and Mary Contrary are happily engaged, but a villain named Barnaby plots to kidnap Tom and marry Mary, who has a large inheritance. Later, Tom, Mary, and some children from Mother Goose Village venture into Toyland, where they help the Toymaker and his assistant assemble toys for Christmas and must battle Barnaby.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

9. Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)

Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)
Image via IMDb

There are so many retellings of “A Christmas Carol,” and we’re sharing many kid-friendly versions! The Barbie one is probably the least scary on our list. In this film, Barbie tells her little sister Shelly (who says she hates Christmas) a story about Eden, a selfish and arrogant singer who also hates Christmas. After Eden cruelly forces her theater staff to work on Christmas, she’s visited by the ghost of her Aunt Marie, who warns her to change her ways, and later, three spirits who guide her into the past, present, and future.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

10. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
Image via Walt Disney Pictures

This movie primarily takes place in the past before the Beast and his castle’s inhabitants turned human again. It also introduces some new characters, including Forte, an evil pipe organ, and his minion Fife. Around Christmastime, Belle and her companions are preparing for the holidays, but the Beast is irritated because he hates Christmas. To make matters worse, Forte sows seeds of doubt in the Beast’s mind and tries to turn him against Belle.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

11. The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (2022)

The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (2022)
Image via IMDb

Although Tim loves his family’s Christmas traditions, his younger brother, Ted (aka Boss Baby), isn’t a fan. When they go to the mall to take pictures with Santa, Tim discovers that Boss Baby knows Santa from work — and hates him. As a result, Boss Baby tries to sneak a diaper into Santa’s bag but finds an elf that looks just like him! Boss Baby and his doppelganger, Dongle, get switched, and Boss Baby is taken to the North Pole, where he learns about Christmas spirit; meanwhile, Tim must get everything ready for the holidays and get his brother back!

Rating: TV-Y7

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

12. A Boy Called Christmas (2021)

A Boy Called Christmas (2021)
Image via Netflix and StudioCanal

This movie tells the story of a boy in Finland named Nikolas, who sets out to bring hope and magic back to the world. At the king’s request, Nikolas’ father and a team of men leave to search for the mythical land of Elfhelm and earn a reward. This leaves Nikolas under the care of his cruel, unbelieving Aunt Carlotta. Nikolas discovers a map to Elfhelm, so he and his talking mouse friend, Miika, follow after the father in search of this elusive, magical place.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

13. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Image via IMDb and Apple TV+

In this classic television special, Charlie Brown struggles with being depressed during the holidays, particularly feeling disappointed in the commercialization of Christmas. Lucy suggests that Charlie Brown direct the Christmas play, but things don’t go as planned. He also chooses a tiny sapling instead of a grand tree for the play, prompting everyone to rebuke him. What will it take for Charlie Brown to find some cheer this holiday season?

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Apple TV

14. Christmas…Again?! (2021)

Christmas...Again?! (2021)
Image via Disney Plus

This kids’ movie is about a girl named Rowena who finds herself reliving Christmas Day again and again! Rowena struggles to accept her parents’ divorce and her father’s new family, and her pessimistic attitude contributes to their Christmas get-together becoming ruined. After telling “Tall Santa” about her troubles and wishing for a do-over, Rowena finds her wish has come true — but the novelty of Christmas eventually fades, and Rowena learns how to make the most of the holiday.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

15. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol (2009)
Image via Walt Disney Pictures

This is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ original story, and it stars Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Scrooge is a stingy, miserable businessman who dislikes Christmas. Over a few nights, he’s visited by several spirits and forced to assess his way of life — or otherwise meet a terrible fate. The film is pretty dark and can be frightening or unsettling for younger viewers, so we’d recommend this Christmas movie for older kids who like a good scare!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

16. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Image 1492 Pictures, Madhouse Entertainment, and Ocean Blue Entertainment

In “The Christmas Chronicles,” a little girl named Kate firmly believes in Santa Claus, but her older brother, Teddy, has become reckless and pessimistic since their father passed away. While their mother is out working on Christmas Eve, Kate asks Teddy to help her get a video of Santa when he visits their home. To Claire’s delight (and Teddy’s surprise), Santa shows up at their house, but things start to go wrong when the siblings hitch a ride on his sleigh.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

17. The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)

The Christmas Chronicles 2 (2020)
Image via Netflix and IMDb

The sequel finds an unhappy Kate celebrating Christmas in Mexico with her family, her mom’s boyfriend, and his son, Jack. Kate tries to run away to Boston, but Jack follows her out of the hotel, and an evil elf named Belsnickel throws Kate and Jack through a wormhole to the North Pole! There, Kate reunites with Santa, who introduces them to Mrs. Claus. Kate and Jack are given a tour of the village and learn about Belsnickel’s origins. The elf-turned-human plots to steal the magical Star of Bethlehem and create his own Christmas village on the South Pole!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

18. A Christmas Mystery (2022)

A Christmas Mystery (2022)
Image via HBO Max

In “A Christmas Mystery,” an observant young girl named Violet and her friend, Kenny, must find their town’s missing set of Santa’s jingle bells, which is said to bring good luck to the prosperous Pleasant Bay. Kenny’s father, Mr. Bottoms, has been accused of stealing the bells, but Kenny adamantly believes in his father’s innocence. So, Violet, Kenny, and their siblings team up to uncover the truth and find the real culprit!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Max
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

19. A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince (2017)
Image via Netflix

If you and your kids want a lighthearted, Hallmark-type Christmas movie, Netflix has many options, including “A Christmas Prince.” This film is about an editor named Amber who is assigned to write about Prince Richard of Aldovia, who has a bad-boy reputation. When the prince fails to attend a press conference at the palace, Amber refuses to leave without a story and poses as a tutor for Princess Emily to infiltrate the castle. While undercover, Amber learns that Prince Richard is actually very kind — but she also discovers some royal family secrets.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

20. A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story (1983)
Image via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment

This is one of those Christmas movies you can’t help but watch year after year! “A Christmas Story” centers on a young boy named Ralphie Parker who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas. Unfortunately, none of the adults in his life agree with this gift choice. Featuring menacing bullies, an apathetic mall Santa, and the iconic frozen tongue scene, this hilarious movie is loved by viewers of all ages.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

21. A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)

A Christmas Story Christmas (2022)
Image via Warner Bros. Pictures

Set over 30 years after the original film’s events, “A Christmas Story Christmas” catches up with grown-up Ralphie, who has a family of his own and is an aspiring novelist struggling to get his long-winded book published. After receiving news that his old man has died, Ralphie brings his family to his childhood home to celebrate the holiday. Despite their sadness, Ralphie tries to make it a special Christmas, but not without some mishaps!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Max
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

22. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Image via Revolution Studios Distribution Company

This funny movie is based on the John Grisham book, “Skipping Christmas.” After their daughter, Blair, joins the Peace Corps, married couple Luther and Nora Krank plan to skip Christmas and take a cruise instead. The whole town is shocked and offended by their choice, as the Kranks (mainly Luther) refuse to participate in the holiday festivities, like buying a tree, putting up their Frosty the Snowman decoration, and throwing their annual Christmas party. But the Kranks are in for an even bigger shock when Blair suddenly announces she’ll be coming home after all.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

23. A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)
Image via IMDb

The princess in your life will love this enchanting Christmas musical, which is part of the “A Cinderella Story” film series. It’s about a teen girl named Katherine who is mistreated by her wicked stepmother, Deirdre, and her two bumbling stepsisters. Katherine, or Kat, is also an aspiring singer-songwriter and works as a singing elf at Santa Land, where she meets the kind (and wealthy) Dominic Wintergarden. The two become friends and begin to like each other, but Kat worries it’ll never work because they come from two different worlds.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

24. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009)
Image via IMDb

In this Curious George special, George is eager for Christmas to arrive. He hilariously wakes the Man with the Yellow Hat at 5 a.m. every morning, thinking it’s the big day! As they count down to the holiday, George and his caretaker do Christmas activities (like picking out a tree) and try to find gifts for each other. But George doesn’t know what to make for his friend, and the Man with the Yellow Hat can’t understand George’s wish list, which is just shapes and scribbles!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV

25. DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays (2017)

DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays (2017)
Image via Netflix

This rambunctious Christmas special features characters from the DreamWorks movie “Home” and will likely be enjoyed by younger kids. Tip teaches her alien friend, Oh, all about Christmas, and Oh is excited to celebrate. Oh tells the other Boovs about Christmas, but the well-meaning aliens misunderstand the holiday traditions and become destructive. Tip and Oh must work together to stop the Boovs from ruining everything! Meanwhile, Tip’s mother struggles to find the perfect gift for Oh’s first Christmas.

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

26. Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)
Image via New Line Cinema

This is such a funny Christmas movie to watch with your kids! It’s about Buddy, a human who grows up in the North Pole thinking he’s an elf. When his adoptive father reveals the truth about Buddy’s origins, he journeys to New York City in search of his biological dad. While there, Buddy spreads Christmas cheer and kindness to everyone he encounters and discovers his true place in the world.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Max
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

27. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story (2011)

The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story (2011)
Image via IMDb

If your family has a scout elf at home, this movie will be perfect for your little one! In “An Elf’s Story,” a scout elf named Chippey gets a special assignment from Santa: to help out a boy named Taylor McTuttle, who has stopped believing in the magic. But when he discovers how skeptical the boy is, Chippey realizes the task may be a little more challenging than he thought. Will the young scout elf find a way to help Taylor believe again?

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

28. Elf Pets: Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas (2021)

Elf Pets: Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas (2021)
Image via Netflix

Here’s another Elf on the Shelf special! At the North Pole, Santa announces to the elves that Christmas cheer levels are uncharacteristically low this year. And if they don’t have enough Christmas cheer, they won’t be magical and come alive to watch over the kids! So, Santa sends St. Bernard puppy toys to collect Christmas cheer from pure-hearted children doing good deeds. One puppy ends up with a family struggling to encourage people to give to the poor and help others, and the pup must revitalize the community’s Christmas spirit.

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

29. Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

Eloise at Christmastime (2003)
Image via IMDb

Based on the Eloise book series for kids, this Christmas movie is about a 6-year-old girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel with her nanny. Eloise gives viewers a tour of the hotel at Christmastime and introduces its staff, many of whom are annoyed by the lively but disruptive little girl. However, she’s good friends with a waiter named Bill, whose ex-girlfriend is getting married to a shady figure. Can Eloise stop the wedding and get the past lovers back together?!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video

30. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977)

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977)
Image via IMDb

This sweet Christmas special from Jim Henson features adorable animal puppets, charming sets, and delightful music. Emmet Otter and his mother, a widow, are poor but kind-spirited otters and are very musical. Wishing they could afford Christmas gifts for each other, they each secretly enter the same talent show competition, which has a prize of $50. But the otters learn that what makes their music special is each other!

Rating: Not Rated

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Peacock
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

31. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Image via IMDb

This is one of the many Rankin/Bass animated Christmas specials we all know and love! In the movie, a group of children build a snowman named Frosty, who comes to life with a magical top hat. With the rising temperature, Frosty starts to sweat, and one of the children, Karen, must help him journey to the North Pole before he melts. But Professor Hinkle, a greedy magician who wants Frosty’s hat, is following close behind!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

32. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)

Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
Image via IMDb

“Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” is a cute sequel that involves Frosty returning from the North Pole to play with the children again. Jack Frost, who’s responsible for winter, is jealous of Frosty and wants to get rid of him! In addition, Frosty feels lonely at nighttime when all the children go to sleep and wishes for a companion. So, the children build him a snow wife, whom Frosty names Crystal. But how will they bring her to life?

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • Redbox

33. Get Santa (2014)

Get Santa (2014)
Image via IMDb

In this British film, a boy named Tom wishes to spend time with his father, Steve, who recently got out of prison and is on parole. One night, Tom finds Santa Claus in his garage, claiming that he crashed his sleigh somewhere and lost his reindeer. Steve arrives to protect Tom from the man, not believing he’s really Santa. When Santa is locked up in jail, Tom forces his dad to take him to see Santa, who says that Christmas will be canceled if he doesn’t get out, and he needs their help!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube and YouTube TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

34. Godmothered (2020)

Godmothered (2020)
Image via Disney Plus

This magical movie takes place during Christmastime and will enchant your littles! The Motherland, where fairy godmothers train, is closing down because people have stopped believing in “happily ever after.” But the youngest trainee, Eleanor, isn’t about to give up her dream of being a fairy godmother. After finding an assignment for a 10-year-old girl named Mackenzie Walsh, Eleanor heads to America to grant the girl’s wishes — only to discover that Mackenzie is now an adult and isn’t enthusiastic about getting Eleanor’s help.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus

35. Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas! (2011)

Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas! (2011)
Image via Disney Channel

The Duncan family is headed to Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas in this Disney Channel movie based on the “Good Luck Charlie” series. After things go wrong at the airport, Teddy and her mother, Amy, get separated from the rest of the family! The arguing mother and daughter duo must find a way to Palm Springs in time, while the other family members have their own mishaps after landing in California.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

36. The Grinch (2018)

The Grinch (2018)
Image via Universal and Illumination

Based on the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” this funny kids’ movie centers on the reclusive Grinch, who lives alone with his dog, Max. The bitter, hateful Grinch despises all the Whos in Whoville, who love celebrating Christmas. So, he plans to steal it from them this year! Meanwhile, a little girl named Cindy Lou Who searches for a way to find Santa Claus and get his help with an important task for her mother.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Redbox

37. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
Image via Disney Platform Distribution and Marvel Studios

If your kids are Marvel fans, they should check out this funny Christmas special featuring characters from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Peter is grieving Gamora, and Mantis wants to cheer up her half-brother by bringing Christmas to him. She and Drax head off to Earth, where they explore Hollywood and kidnap Peter’s hero, the actor Kevin Bacon, as a Christmas present for Peter.

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommendation: Ages 12+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus

38. Holiday Rush (2019)

Holiday Rush (2019)
Image via Netflix

In this holiday rom-com, a widowed father named Rush gets fired from his job as a radio DJ right before Christmas. He and his four children, who are used to a “bougie” lifestyle, are forced to downsize and move back into their old house with their Aunt Jo. Now, the family must learn how to be content with less and focus on what they do have: each other. Rush also starts to fall for his producer/friend, Roxy, and they decide to buy their own radio station.

Rating: TV-PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

39. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990)
Image via 20th Century Fox

There are several movies in the “Home Alone” franchise, but the first two are the ones worth watching! In the first film, Kevin McCallister (the youngest of his siblings) is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for their Christmas vacation. When Kevin awakes and finds the house empty, he thinks he’s made his family disappear! Kevin enjoys his freedom . . . until a couple of burglars (the Wet Bandits) plan to rob his home, and he must find a way to stop them. Filled with chaos and shenanigans, this slapstick Christmas movie will put a smile on your kids’ faces.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Hulu
  • Apple TV
  • Starz
  • YouTube and YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Philo

40. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Image via IMDb

In the sequel, Kevin finds himself lost again during Christmas vacation; this time, he accidentally ends up in New York City after boarding the wrong flight! Kevin uses his dad’s credit card to check into the Plaza Hotel, where he orders room service, plays in the pool, watches movies, and terrorizes the hotel staff. But to Kevin’s surprise, the Wet Bandits are also in New York, freshly escaped from prison — and seeking revenge!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Hulu
  • Apple TV
  • Starz
  • YouTube and YouTube TV
  • Sling TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Philo

41. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Image via IMDb

Here’s another hilarious adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” In this version, we get an interesting backstory for the Grinch; he was adopted by two Whos and bullied at school, prompting him to run off to Mount Crumpit to live alone. He’s also in love with a woman named Martha May Whovier — and the feeling is mutual. In the present day, the Grinch hates all the Whos and plans to steal Christmas from them! But while the other Whos hate or fear the Grinch, little Cindy Lou Who thinks he might be redeemable.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

42. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Image via IMDb

This television special is very close to the original Dr. Seuss book. It features hand-drawn animation and wonderful orchestral music, including the delightfully wicked Christmas song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Viewers, young and old, will enjoy this classic Christmas cartoon that reminds us what the holiday is truly about.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Vudu
  • Peacock

43. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998)
Image via IMDb and Buena Vista Pictures

In “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” a student named Jake refuses to go home for Christmas break; he hasn’t been home for the holidays since his mom passed away and his dad remarried. Jake’s dad offers his vintage car as an incentive, and Jake finally agrees to travel home with his girlfriend. However, after a scheme to help some students cheat goes awry, the bullies leave Jake alone in the desert with a Santa costume glued on. Will Jake make it up to his girlfriend and find a way home in time for Christmas?

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

44. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)
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As the “Ice Age” crew is setting up a tree for Christmas, Sid accidentally breaks the Christmas rock, a family heirloom that’s been in Manny’s family for generations! Manny tells Sid that Santa won’t forgive him and that he’s made it on the naughty list. After Manny’s daughter, Peaches, overhears her father saying he doesn’t believe in Santa, she suggests to Sid, Crash, and Eddie that they sneak off to the North Pole to get Sid off the naughty list and prove that Santa is real.

Rating: TV-PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video

45. It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
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An angel named Daniel tries to convince his boss to help Kermit the Frog, who’s in dire need of cheering up. In a series of flashbacks, we learn that Kermit and the other Muppets were struggling to pay off a debt for their theater. They had put on a Christmas show to raise the money but could not deliver the funds in time. Daniel’s boss is finally convinced and sends the angel to show Kermit what life would’ve been like without him. (There are some sexual references/innuendos and darker themes in this Christmas movie, so it’s better suited for older kids!)

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 12+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

46. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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This Christmas movie is an absolute classic that may be more suitable for older kids as it deals with heavier topics. However, it has a valuable message about contentment and not giving up. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey considers ending his life on Christmas Eve, but a guardian angel named Clarence helps George see what life would’ve been like for his family, friends, and community if he hadn’t been born.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • Plex
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

47. Jack Frost (1979)

Jack Frost (1979)
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Narrated by an adorable groundhog, this seasonal special is about the legend of Jack Frost, one of Father Winter’s many assistants. Jack is head over heels for a human girl named Elisa, who lives in the town of January Junction. He begs Father Winter to make him human, and his wish is granted with several stipulations. Eager to prove himself worthy of being human forever, Jack poses as a tailor with his friends and must defeat the evil Kubla Kraus.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Tubi
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

48. Jingle All the Way (1996)

Jingle All the Way (1996)
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In “Jingle All the Way,” a father named Howard forgets to buy his son, Jamie, a super-cool toy for Christmas: Turbo Man. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and Howard is searching for the popular action figure that’s sold out practically everywhere. This quest becomes even more complicated when Howard meets another father, Myron, searching for the same Christmas gift for his kid!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Sling TV
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

49. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
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In this Christmas movie, a grandmother tells her two grandkids the story of Jeronicus Jangle, a masterful toymaker who runs a shop called “Jangles and Things” and creates unique, whimsical toys for kids. But it all comes crashing down when Jeronicus’ apprentice, Gustafson, steals his idea book and best creation, leading the toymaker to lose everything. Years later, during Christmastime, Jeronicus’ brilliant granddaughter, Journey, visits him for the first time and learns about his newest invention, which Gustafson also wants to steal!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

50. Klaus (2019)

Klaus (2019)
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This Christmas movie is hilarious and gives kids a unique origin story for Santa. In “Klaus,” the rich and entitled Jesper is forced by his dad to move to Smeerensburg, where he must work as a postman and stamp 6,000 letters within a year or risk being cut off. The town is cold, dreary, and isolated from the rest of the world, and its combative inhabitants are in a decades-long feud, which means no mail is being circulated. Jesper’s task seems impossible — until he meets a quiet, intimidating toymaker, and the two team up to deliver gifts to children.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

51. The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

The Knight Before Christmas (2019)
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Another movie option for older kids is the Netflix film, “The Knight Before Christmas.” It revolves around Sir Cole, a medieval knight from the 14th century who’s magically transported to the present day. He’s tasked with fulfilling an unnamed quest before midnight on Christmas Eve, or he won’t become a true knight! In the present, Cole meets a cynical teacher named Brooke and tries to adjust to this strange, new era as the two begin to fall for each other.

Rating: TV-PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

52. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)

The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special (2020)
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Now that the First Order has been destroyed and the Sith have been eliminated, there’s peace and freedom across the galaxy. This means everyone can celebrate the holiday Life Day once again! Several “Star Wars” characters, including Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8, gather for the festivities, but Rey is frustrated because she’s having difficulty training Finn to be a Jedi. After consulting ancient scrolls, Rey and BB-8 take off and must find a unique key to help with the training and return in time for Poe’s Life Day party.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus

53. Let It Snow (2019)

Let It Snow (2019)
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This Christmas movie is an option for older kids who want a more mature film, as it features themes like sexuality and romantic relationships. “Let It Snow” follows several storylines that intersect and take place on Christmas Eve. These include a high school boy trying to throw a successful party, two best friends caught up in a fight, an ordinary girl who meets a pop star, and more.

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommendation: Ages 13+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

54. A Loud House Christmas (2021)

A Loud House Christmas (2021)
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This live-action Christmas film brings the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series “The Loud House” to life. Lincoln Loud is looking forward to his annual holiday traditions with his parents and 10 sisters. He’s even bought a 13-person toboggan as a gift for them! But things go downhill when his sister Lori announces she won’t be coming home for Christmas. Soon, other siblings drop out of their usual plans, and Lincoln’s parents want to take the remaining kids to Miami instead. Lincoln and his best friend, Clyde, have 24 hours to fix Christmas!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Paramount Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube

55. Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas (2021)

Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas (2021)
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In this Disney Junior special, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and Cuckoo-Loca prepare for Christmas together. One night, while Minnie and Donald are looking up at the sky, a mysterious bearded man (Santa Claus) appears and tells them about the Christmas Wishing Star, which will grant your wish if you genuinely believe it will come true. Later, as the gang travels, they accidentally get separated in different parts of the world! Will they all reunite at Hot Dog Hills in time for Christmas Eve?

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Disney Now
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Hulu
  • YouTube
  • Sling TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV

56. Mickey Saves Christmas (2022)

Mickey Saves Christmas (2022)
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In this stop-motion short film, Mickey decorates a cabin in the woods for him and his friends to celebrate Christmas in. As Santa and his reindeer fly toward the cabin to deliver gifts, Pluto accidentally unplugs all the lights, causing Santa to crash! One of Santa’s gift sacks, which has presents for the children of Hot Dog Hills, falls into a frozen lake, and all the gifts are gone. Mickey and his friends merrily volunteer to go to the North Pole with Santa and rebuild the children’s presents — but one reindeer gets left behind at the cabin!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Hulu
  • Sling TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV

57. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
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If you’re looking for a shorter version of “A Christmas Carol” for your kids to watch, this movie is a good option since it only runs 26 minutes long. It features Disney characters like Scrooge McDuck, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket playing roles in the story. In this short film, Ebenezer Scrooge (played by McDuck) is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and learns an important lesson about not being selfish.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

58. Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)
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This Christmas movie for kids takes place at the House of Mouse, Mickey’s dinner theater club, and features Disney characters from various films. After discovering that a snowstorm has trapped everyone in the building, Mickey throws a Christmas Eve party with all his guests! But Donald isn’t in the mood for the festivities. Mickey and the gang try to get Donald in the Christmas spirit with fun cartoons and music!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

59. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
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“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” includes three distinct holiday cartoons. The first revolves around Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, who get stuck in an endless loop of Christmas and learn the true meaning of the holiday. The second cartoon is about Goofy and his son, Max, who wrestles with his belief in Santa Claus after being told he doesn’t exist. Finally, the third cartoon focuses on Mickey and Minnie as they each give up a prized possession to buy the other a special gift. The movie ends with all the characters singing Christmas carols!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

60. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)

Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
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This sequel is also an anthology film, and it features five festive cartoons. The first involves Minnie and Daisy, who compete against each other in an ice skating contest but learn that it’s better to work as a team. In the second story, the naughty Huey, Dewey, and Louie travel to the North Pole to add their names to Santa’s nice list. Then, Max brings his girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his accident-prone dad, Goofy. The fourth story focuses on Donald’s annoyance with the holidays, and lastly, Pluto runs away to the North Pole after a fight with Mickey, who must make it up to his loving pup.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV

61. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
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The captivating classic, “Miracle on 34th Street,” is about a man named Kris Kringle who begins working as Santa Claus at Macy’s. Kris is a rather unorthodox department store Santa, as he sends parents to whatever place has the cheapest toy they’re seeking, even if it’s not Macy’s. Ironically, this does wonders for the store, as parents appreciate his honesty. Doris, one of Macy’s employees, has a young daughter named Susan, who doesn’t believe Santa exists, but when she meets Kris, her outlook begins to change.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

62. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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In this remake, Kris Kringle is asked to take over for an intoxicated Santa Claus worker in the Cole’s (instead of Macy’s) Thanksgiving parade. He’s soon hired by the department store (which isn’t doing well financially) and ends up being good for business. Like the original, the film has a precocious girl named Susan whose unbelieving nature is tested when she meets Kris Kringle. However, in this version, executives from a rival store are trying to sabotage Cole’s and are the ones who attempt to get Kris sent to a mental institution.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

63. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
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The Muppets’ take on “A Christmas Carol” is filled with music, funny jokes, and lots of physical humor, making it an excellent movie for kids. It features Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and the Muppets in other key roles, such as Kermit the Frog playing Scrooge’s employee, Bob Cratchit, and the Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat acting as the narrators. The story lends itself to being a little scary for very young children, but this is a fun watch for the family!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV

64. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
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While the Muppets are delivering their Christmas letters to the post office (in song, of course), Gonzo speeds up the mail flow and sends the whole room into chaos. After they leave, Gonzo notices he’s accidentally taken home a few letters, including one from their neighbor Claire to Santa Claus. The Muppets attempt to get her letter to Santa (through carrier pigeons, an invention from Dr. Bunsen, etc.) but fail. Most of the gang, including Miss Piggy, head off on their vacations, but Kermit, Fozzie, Pepe, and Rizzo stick it out and set off with Gonzo to deliver Claire’s letter.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • Youtube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

65. The Nativity Story (2006)

The Nativity Story (2006)
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“The Nativity Story” is a good movie for teaching kids about the origin of Christmas. Starring Oscar Isaac, this biblical film showcases two miraculous births, first for Zechariah and Elizabeth and then for Mary and Joseph. Elizabeth, an older woman, discovers she’s pregnant after her husband receives a message from God. Later on, Mary, who’s Elizabeth’s cousin and a virgin, also becomes pregnant. Joseph initially struggles with this news, but after a vision from an angel, the two set off on a long, arduous journey to Bethlehem and find a place for Mary to give birth.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

66. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
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Whether you’re in the camp of this being more of a Halloween or Christmas movie, it’s undoubtedly a great one to watch with your kids this holiday season. In this spooky musical, the residents of Halloweentown, led by Jack Skellington, attempt to take over Christmas! This involves kidnapping “Sandy Claws,” making ghoulish toys and other gifts, and Jack delivering their frightening presents to all the children.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

67. Noelle (2019)

Noelle (2019)
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This movie is about Santa Claus’ daughter and son, Noelle and Nick Kringle. After their father passes away, Nick is responsible for taking on Santa’s duties, which he’s none too enthusiastic about. On the other hand, Noelle is filled with Christmas spirit and helps her brother out with his Santa training. At Noelle’s suggestion, Nick takes a weekend off to de-stress, but when he doesn’t return, it’s up to Noelle to get her brother back and save Christmas. This Christmas movie is a delightful watch, and kids will love Noelle’s adorable baby reindeer companion, Snowcone!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • FuboTV

68. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
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This visually stunning fantasy film reinvents the story of “The Nutcracker.” It centers on a clever young girl named Clara, whose mother has passed away and left her with a mysterious egg-shaped trinket that’s locked and has no key. At a Christmas Eve party, Clara discovers a door to another world, which her mother created and reigned over as queen. As the new princess, Clara must find the missing key and resolve the ongoing war in this mystical land.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

69. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)
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It’s Arendelle’s first Christmas in forever, and Anna and Elsa are throwing a surprise party at the palace to celebrate. After Olaf and the sisters ring the Yule bell, marking the start of the holiday, the townspeople head home to carry out their family traditions. Anna and Elsa are sad that everyone has left and that they have no holiday traditions of their own (due to being separated during childhood). So, Olaf and Sven head into town to find the sisters a Christmas tradition they can borrow!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Vudu

70. Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016)
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In “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas,” Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about what life used to be like in their neighborhood. Unlike today, Sesame Street had a reputation for being mean and unfriendly, and no one celebrated any holidays, including Christmas! That was until Elmo’s great-great-grandmonster (also named Elmo) came to town and showed everyone what it means to be nice and have Christmas spirit.

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Apple TV

71. The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express (2004)
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Based on the beloved children’s book, “The Polar Express” is a film about a magical train that takes children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. It focuses on a boy who wants to believe in Santa but struggles to fight his doubt, as well as the friends he makes on the train and their paths to self-discovery. Some scenes can be dark and frightening, so we don’t recommend this Christmas movie for smaller kids!

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

72. Prancer (1989)

Prancer (1989)
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Here’s an emotional (though a little dated) Christmas film about a sweet girl named Jessica who lives with her older brother and her father, Steve, a widower. Certain that Jessica needs a mother figure in her life, Steve plans to have her move in with her Aunt Sarah, but Jessica doesn’t want to leave. While walking in the woods one night, Jessica comes across a reindeer, which she believes belongs to Santa Claus and is named Prancer. Jessica feels compassion for the injured animal and secretly tries to nurse it back to health.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Tubi
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • Redbox

73. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

The Preacher’s Wife (1996)
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This family-friendly Christmas movie has superb music and stars Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. A little boy named Jeremiah is downcast after his best friend, Hakim, moves away. Jeremiah’s parents have some problems of their own; his father, Henry, is a pastor struggling with competing duties, and his mother, Julia, is feeling neglected as a result. After Henry prays to God for help, an angel named Dudley comes down from heaven to assist the family — but accidentally finds himself falling for Julia!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 10+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

74. Prep & Landing (2009)

Prep & Landing (2009)
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Wayne is part of Prep and Landing, a specialized elf squad that prepares houses for Santa’s arrival (checking cookies and milk, ensuring kids are asleep, etc.). Since Wayne has been in this position for a long time, he’s expecting a promotion — but Santa promotes his partner instead. Now, a resentful Wayne has a new partner named Lanny, a young recruit who needs training. During their mission, Wayne is careless and is seen by a child, which means Santa will skip that house! This is a wake-up call for Wayne, who realizes the importance of his job and must fix the issue.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Apple TV

75. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011)

Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (2011)
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Wayne and Lanny return in this sequel, and this time, we learn about Prep and Landing’s counterparts for the naughty list: the Coal Elf Brigade, who delivers coal to bad kids on Christmas. The previous year, a naughty girl had stolen one of the squad’s devices and is now trying to use it to get on the nice list. To retrieve it, Wayne and Lanny need the help of an elf from the coal brigade — Wayne’s younger brother, Noel. Wayne struggles with his jealousy of Noel, but when Lanny gets captured by the girl, he must work with his brother to complete the mission.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus

76. The Princess Switch (2018)

The Princess Switch (2018)
Image via Netflix

This Christmas movie series is a fun option for older kids. In the first film, a baker named Stacy travels to the fictional country of Belgravia with her friend, Kevin, and his daughter for a baking competition. While there, Stacy meets Lady Margaret, the Duchess of Montenaro, and the two realize they’re identical! Margaret, who’s engaged to Prince Edward of Belgravia, needs some time away from her position and suggests they secretly switch places for a few days. Things take an exciting turn when Margaret falls for Kevin, and Stacy falls for the prince!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

77. The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)

The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020)
Image via Netflix

In the second “Princess Switch” movie, Stacy is married to Prince Edward and has become the princess of Belgravia, but the two are struggling to find alone time as a couple amid their busy lives. Margaret and Kevin, on the other hand, have broken up! Regardless, Kevin and his daughter join Stacy and Edward in visiting Montenaro for Margaret’s coronation — and the sparks are still there. Meanwhile, Margaret’s evil, money-hungry cousin Fiona and her “minions” threaten Margaret’s future position as queen.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

78. Robin Robin (2021)

Robin Robin (2021)
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This stop-motion musical from Netflix is about a family of mice that rescues and takes in a baby robin. Robin grows up with the mouse family but doesn’t entirely fit in, especially when they sneak into people’s homes to scavenge for food, as Robin is clumsy and gets caught easily. One night, Robin meets a magpie who tells her about a magic wishing star (a star topper on a family’s Christmas tree), prompting the birds to go after it so they can make a wish.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

79. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
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In this classic holiday special, a reindeer named Rudolph is ostracized by his peers for having a bright red nose that glows. But Rudolph realizes he isn’t alone when he meets other outcasts, such as an elf named Hermey who wants to be a dentist and a group of misfit toys. Later, he and his friends prove their worth by battling the Abominable Snow Monster, and Rudolph saves Christmas by lighting Santa’s way through a foggy night. This Christmas movie can open up conversations with kids about valuing your unique traits and accepting others who are different.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video

80. Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (2009)

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (2009)
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Santa Claus and his dog, Santa Paws, discover that the great Christmas icicle is melting because kids and pups don’t believe like they used to; they lack Christmas spirit and are more focused on receiving than giving. It’s up to Puppy Paws to teach the next generation about the importance of Christmas. However, Puppy Paws is irresponsible and doesn’t want this job, prompting him to run away to the town of Fernfield to live among normal pups: the Buddies.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

81. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970)

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
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This adorable Rankin/Bass special explains how a boy named Kris Kringle became Santa Claus. When he was a baby, Kris was taken in by the Kringles, an elf family passionate about toymaking. Once Kris is older, he decides to deliver his family’s toys to the children in Sombertown to make them happy. This task proves difficult, as Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger has outlawed toys. Kris and his friends must find a way around the tyrant’s ban!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video

82. The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)
Image via Walt Disney Studios

This film series is a favorite among many families and can make for a fun holiday marathon! In the first film, ad man Scott Calvin finds himself in a new line of work when Santa Claus falls off his roof on Christmas Eve. Scott reluctantly takes up Santa’s mantle and slowly transforms into the plump, bearded Christmas figure, much to the delight of his son, Charlie. Due to his new role’s secret (and unbelievable) nature, Scott faces criticism from his company, his ex-wife, and others as he tries to manage both worlds.

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 9+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

83. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
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In the sequel, Scott learns about another clause in his contract: the “Mrs. Clause,” stipulating that he must be married or forfeit his role! This means Scott must find a wife by next Christmas Eve, prompting him to return home. Scott is also dealing with his son Charlie, who’s now in high school and entering a rebellious phase, landing him on the naughty list. Charlie’s misconduct leads Scott to meet his school principal, Carol, whom Scott begins to fall for. But back at the North Pole, Scott’s stand-in Santa (named “Toy Santa”) is taking things to the extreme.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

84. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Image via Walt Disney Pictures

The last film of this series finds Santa with a lot on his plate — and not just cookies! 😉 His wife, Carol, is pregnant and almost due, his in-laws (who don’t know he’s Santa) are coming to visit the North Pole, and another Legendary Figure, Jack Frost, wants to take over the Christmas holiday. Jack Frost even convinces Santa to let him help out at his workshop, where the icy trickster sabotages toy production and freezes some of Santa’s family! (If you and your kids want more from this franchise, check out the Disney Plus series, “The Santa Clauses.”)

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

85. Santa Hunters (2014)

Santa Hunters (2014)
Image via Paramount Plus

A group of kids team up to prove Santa’s existence in the Nickelodeon Christmas movie, “Santa Hunters.” Join Alex, his sister Elizabeth, and his cousins Zoey and Richard as they devise a plan to show the world that Santa is real. Though the others start to lose hope during their mission, Alex remains determined — but the kids are in for a shock when they learn the truth about Santa and his magic.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Paramount Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • The Roku Channel
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

86. Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012)

Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012)
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Your favorite mystery solvers come face-to-face with a freaky snowman monster in “Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays.” This Christmas special involves a haunted clock tower, an old mansion, a toy store, the “Sinister Snowman,” and even Santa Claus! Will the gang be able to solve this holiday mystery?!

Rating: Not Rated

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video

87. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)
Image via Timeless Films and Netflix

Here’s a recent adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” from Netflix. This musical version retells the classic story for a new generation with dazzling animation and whimsical songs. The plot isn’t much different from other versions, but there are some fun additions that kids will like, such as Scrooge’s pet dog and original music.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

88. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
Image via Disney

This film is a prequel to “Santa Buddies” and follows a few storylines. On his birthday, Santa receives sad news: his friend Mr. Hucklebuckle, who ran a toy store in New York, has passed away. To cheer him up, one of the elves brings Santa’s dog plush (a gift from his friend) to life, and Santa names it Puppy Paws! Meanwhile, Mr. Hucklebuckle’s grandson visits the toy shop, where he and his wife must operate it through Christmas before the deed can be transferred to them. In addition, a little girl adjusts to life at an orphanage run by the mean Ms. Stout.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

89. Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)
Image via IMDb

This funny Netflix special features Shaun the Sheep as he and the other farm animals prepare for Christmas. The sheep aren’t too happy when Bitzer, the Farmer’s dog, gives them a box of tiny stockings to hang on their fireplace. Seeking bigger vessels to hold their Christmas presents, Shaun and a little sheep named Timmy sneak into the Farmer’s house to steal larger stockings. Unfortunately, Timmy mistakes the Farmer for Santa Claus and hops into his truck as it drives away! It’s up to Shaun and the other sheep to get Timmy back to his mother.

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

90. The Small One (1978)

The Small One (1978)
Image via IMDb

This touching Christmas story reminds children that there’s a place for little ones in the world! The short film is set in ancient times near Nazareth, where a young boy lives with his father. The boy shares a close bond with their littlest donkey, Small One, but when the old donkey can no longer carry its load, the father instructs the boy to sell the animal. The boy reluctantly takes Small One to the market, but the buyers find the donkey undesirable. Finally, a kind man named Joseph approaches the boy and asks if Small One can carry his wife, Mary, to Bethlehem.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

91. Spirited (2022)

Spirited (2022)
Image via Apple TV+

Here’s another take on “A Christmas Carol” that’s fun for families with older kids! This creative movie gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the operation led by Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as their team transforms one wicked person every Christmas. Present is being pushed to retire and feeling disheartened lately, worried they’re not having a big enough impact on the world. But Present finds the perfect target for this Christmas: an “unredeemable” but influential PR person named Clint Briggs.

Rating: PG-13

Age Recommendation: Ages 13+

Where To Watch:

  • Apple TV

92. Spookley and the Christmas Kittens (2019)

Spookley and the Christmas Kittens (2019)
Image via IMDb

This music-filled special will be entertaining for little kids! One Christmas, a red and green cat without a home is taken in by Santa Claus and named Mistletoe. A year later, the cat shows up at Holiday Hill Farm with no memory of who he is or where he came from. Though no one else on the farm wants to help, Spookley sets off to help Misletoe find his home. But they have an even bigger task when Mistletoe is given three kittens that need a home!

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

93. The Star (2017)

The Star (2017)
Image via IMDb

Inspired by the nativity story, this silly cartoon is about a young donkey who works in a mill but dreams of joining the royal caravan. One day, the donkey finally has a chance to escape but gets hurt! Luckily, a woman named Mary tends to him and takes him in, calling the donkey “Bo.” Mary is pregnant with the Messiah, but King Herod is enraged by the impending birth of a new king and sends the royal dog-walker and two vicious dogs to kill the baby!

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

94. A Trash Truck Christmas (2020)

A Trash Truck Christmas (2020)
Image via IMDb

This is a super cute Christmas special for kids who are really into vehicles! In this animated Netflix special, a boy named Hank teaches Trash Truck and his animal friends about Christmas, including who Santa Claus is and how to get presents. The group excitedly adorns their “Tree Fort” with lights, handmade decorations, and a “trash tree.” They each write a wishlist for Santa, but Trash Truck and the animals worry Santa won’t visit them. Suddenly, Santa crashes into their junkyard because his sleigh is too heavy, and he needs the group’s help to deliver gifts!

Rating: TV-Y

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix

95. Trolls Holiday (2017)

Trolls Holiday (2017)
Image via DreamWorks

This Christmas special picks up after the events of the first “Trolls” movie. Now that Trollstice is a thing of the past, the Bergens have no other holidays to celebrate. Poppy feels terrible for them and wants to help Queen Bridget and King Gristle find a new holiday! The trolls put on a holiday presentation that overwhelms Bridget, causing her to (mildly) argue with Poppy. Eventually, Bridget realizes Poppy was just trying to help, and the Bergens decorate their town with lights, snow, a tree, and other Christmas decor as they celebrate a new holiday: Troll-A-Bration.

Rating: TV-PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

96. Trolls: Holiday in Harmony (2021)

Trolls: Holiday in Harmony (2021)
Image via IMDb

Here’s another Christmas special from the “Trolls” franchise that kids will love! Poppy is organizing a holiday gift exchange, and she and Branch draw each other’s names. While Poppy seems confident in her gift, Branch can’t find the right present. Tiny Diamond also participates in the exchange and pulls his dad’s name, but when he tries to rap, he can’t find anything to rhyme with “diamond.” This leads him on a musical quest to find his flow again!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 5+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Hulu
  • Apple TV
  • Google Play Movies & TV

97. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)

The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)
Image via Disney

“The Ultimate Christmas Present” is a Disney Channel movie about two kids, Sam and Allie, who find a magical machine that controls the weather. The friends use it to make their city snow but later create a blizzard! It turns out the device belongs to Santa Claus, and he sends two of his elves to get it back. Meanwhile, a man named Edwin is in hot pursuit of the machine with an evil plan to make himself the best weatherman.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 6+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

98. Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
Image via Warner Bros. Pictures

This chaotic Christmas movie centers on a group of kids trapped in a Chicago airport on Christmas Eve due to a blizzard. Although they’re supposed to stay in a crowded room with all the other unaccompanied minors at the airport, six kids band together and escape, determined to have a good Christmas. The movie follows their shenanigans as they run amok at the airport and get into funny situations. This film is better for older kids (who’ll be less influenced by naughty behavior).

Rating: PG

Age Recommendation: Ages 7+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

99. A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)

A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
Image via Disney Plus

This movie is a terrific option for kids to watch between Christmas and New Year’s, as it features both holidays! On Christmas Eve, Pooh Bear and his friends gather for the festivities and tell Roo about the time Santa almost forgot them! In a flashback, the gang writes Christmas letters to Santa with Christopher Robin. But Pooh cannot deliver the letters in time, so he dresses up as Santa and delivers homemade gifts to his friends.

Rating: G

Age Recommendation: Ages 3+

Where To Watch:

  • Disney Plus
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV

100. White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954)
Image via Paramount Pictures

Here’s a classic Christmas musical featuring the song “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby. After World War II ends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis become a musical duo, find great success with their act, and even produce a play. Lured to a nightclub under false pretenses, Bob and Phil watch two sisters perform and are wooed by them. They agree to go with the sisters, Betty and Judy, to Vermont for Christmas, where they stay at a failing inn owned by their old Army general. Bob and Phil must put on a show (with Betty and Judy) to save the inn!

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Where To Watch:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

101. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
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We’re ending our list of Christmas movies for kids with another Rankin/Bass special: “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” Santa Claus has a cold and needs to cancel Christmas in this stop-motion animation film. His doctor also says no one believes in Santa anymore. To prove this theory wrong, Mrs. Claus sends two elves, Jingle and Jangle, and a reindeer, Vixen, off to find Christmas cheer in an unbelieving world! This film includes fun songs and the Miser Brothers: Heat Miser and Snow Miser.

Rating: TV-G

Age Recommendation: Ages 4+

Where To Watch:

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Vudu
  • Apple TV
  • YouTube
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Redbox

We hope the Christmas movies on our list bring you and your kids some holiday cheer! There are so many fantastic films to watch this year with the family that have valuable lessons or are simply entertaining. And if you’re looking for even more festive fun, check out our list of the best Christmas books for kids.

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