Good Christmas Movies for Kids

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Good Christmas Movies for Kids
Christmas movies help kids get in the holiday spirit. (kids ready for Christmas image by sonya etchison from

Older classic Christmas movies like "It's A Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" and newer classics like "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Elf" and "A Christmas Story" are shown on television nearly every year. Favourites from decades ago like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" are still on best seller lists. Break out of your Christmas movie comfort zone to entertain and enchant your children this holiday.

Live Action

This list includes titles with a heartwarming theme and at least a dash of humour. You can watch some on movie-streaming websites, while others are only on DVD. "Home Alone," "The Santa Clause," "The Muppet Christmas Carol" and "A Child's Christmas In Wales" are suitable for the whole family. Some movie choices just for kids under 12 include; "Santa Buddies" and "Animal Holiday."

Good Christmas Movies for Kids
Add a bit of humour to the holiday with fun live-action films. (happy children image by Marzanna Syncerz from


Movies that are completely cartoons make this list. It includes Christmas offerings featuring film and television characters, as well as some based on children's books. The computer animation in "Shrek the Halls" is well done. "Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas," "Annabelle's Wish" and "Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody" are more traditionally drawn. Titles just for your very little ones include "Max & Ruby's Christmas" and "Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Classics to Remember

There is something to be said for revisiting fond memories. Some flicks you may have almost forgotten about include "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas," "The Year Without a Santa Claus," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Snowman" and "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."

Good Christmas Movies for Kids
Make new memories with old favourites. (Santa baby image by chinatiger from


Each of these programs specifically mentions Christian traditions and beliefs, and all have a spiritual message about Christmas: "Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey," "VeggieTales: It's A Meaningful Life," "The Very First Noel," "Red Boots For Christmas" and "The First Christmas and Other Stories."

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