By S. Standish
It’s time to watch the best holiday movies for kids and adults alike! ‘Tis the tinsel-laden season for classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Miracle on 34th St, and some newer classics like Elf and The Star. Why not plan a Christmas Movie Marathon, make some delicious hot chocolate, snack on gingerbread cookies and cuddle under Christmas blankets?
Classic Christmas Choices: These are the ones that are in rotation over the holiday season. I put them in order from newest to oldest.
- The Star – 2017 – Rated G – New in theatres!! One day a donkey finds the courage to break free from his everyday life, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. This movie is inspired from the Nativity story.
- Frozen – 2013 – Rated PG – Not specifically about Christmas, but a great, feel-good story that happens to take place in the perfect setting of winter. Olaf is our favourite character to watch in this instant Disney classic.
- The Polar Express – 2004 – Rated G – Based on a children’s book, this story takes place on Christmas Eve, when a young boy finds a train parked outside his house—The Polar Express—which is headed to the North Pole! This is all about his adventures on the ride and all the things that happen when he gets there.
- Elf – 2003 – Rated PG – “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” I love this movie about Buddy the Elf. Lots of laughter and warm feelings watching this comedy classic.
- Dr. Seuss’: How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 2000 – On a mountain high above the happy Whoville, lives a green, jealous Grinch who plots with his innocent dog Max, on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the Whoville citizens.
- The Santa Clause – 1994 – Rated PG – Santa falls off a roof and leaves Scott Calvin his suit to become Santa Claus.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas – 1993 – Rated PG – The King of Halloween Town makes a plan to kidnap Santa and deliver ghoulish gifts to Children on Christmas morning.
- Home Alone – 1990 – Rated PG – When somewhat-bratty young Macaulay Culkin gets accidentally left alone as his house as the rest of the family flies off to Paris during the holidays, he wastes no time settling into his own routine. Unfortunately there are robbers eyeing his house and he is the only one to stop them.
- A Christmas Story – 1983 – Rated PG – “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” The classic story of a young boy, Ralphie, who attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.We have a soft spot in our hearts for this flick for the proximity of shooting this movie in the town I grew up in. I even tried to stick my tongue to the same flagpole as a kid.
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol – 1983 – ‘Tis the season to be merry with Mickey, Donald, Goofy and all their pals. An all-time Christmas classic gets a fun update with our favourite lovable characters from Disney.
- Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – 1970 – Stop-motion Christmas Classic! I always felt horrible for the sad kids in Sombertown. This is the story about how Christmas changed this dreary town by a young man named Kris Kringle.
- Frosty the Snowman – 1969 – Rated G – Ever wished your snowman would come alive?
- The Little Drummer Boy – 1968 – An orphan drummer boy tells the story of Jesus’ birth.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966 – A grumpy green hermit comes up with a plan to steal CHRISTMAS from the Whos of Whoville. We love watching this while we make Christmas Grinch Cookies (Quick and Easy).
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965 – Rated G – The saddest Christmas tree ever. Christmas lights may be twinkling, carolers singing, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues and his pal Lucy is there to help him out.
- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – 1964 – Rated G – A young reindeer is picked on and banished from the reindeer games because of his bright red nose. But he gets to prove all his naysayers wrong by leading Santa’s sleigh on a foggy night.
- Miracle on 34th Street – 1947 & 1994 – Rated PG – A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing.
Favourite Characters Christmas Choices: The characters we love in their Christmas Specials.
- A Garfield Christmas – 1983 – Everyone’s favourite lasagna-loving , Garfield, is ready to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Garfield, Jon, and Odie go to Jon’s grandmother’s house for Christmas.
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – 1999 – Rated G – A Christmas themed, three-part series Disney classic.
- Eloise at Christmastime – 2003 – The Plaza’s most famous six-year-old girl returns for Christmas in this heartwarming family film.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie – 1998 – It’s up to Santa’s most famous reindeer (believing in himself) to save the day when an evil queen conjures up a storm on Christmas.
- Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas – 2009 – Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat struggle to find gifts for one another in this cute movie.
- A Flintstone’s Christmas Carol – 1994 – When Santa has an accident at Fred’s house on Christmas Eve, Fred and Barney have to continue his run for him.
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about Christmas – 2012 – The Cat in the Hat and his friends help a young reindeer reunite with his family after he is found alone.
- Santa Buddies – 2009 – The adorable puppies are back!!! Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud help out Puppy Paws, the mischievous son of Santa Paws, to help remember the true meaning of Christmas.
- Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas – 2004 – Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and friends celebrate the spirit of the season while Scrooge McDuck humbugs the whole affair.
- Merry Christmas Thomas from Thomas and Friends – 2011 – Thomas looks for the best tree on Sodor, and the Logging Locos sing the Snow Song in hopes of creating a winter wonderland with a good snowfall. Climb aboard for good adventures and Christmas cheer as your favourite trains get ready for a holiday celebration.
- Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas – 2014 – Rated PG – A lively musical, stop-motion version of the well-known movie (Elf …….on our list twice!!), Buddy the elf, a human raised in the north pole, goes to New York to find his family.
- Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special – 2011 – Rated G – Celebrate the Holiday in the Ice Age! Sid, Eddie and Crash get in trouble with Santa and have to get their names off of the naughty list.
Netflix Christmas Choices: We love Netflix in our home, and I enjoy popping in a movie (aka pressing play on our Smart TV).
- A Christmas Prince (2017)
- Arthur Christmas (2011)
- Elf (2003)
- Dr. Seuss’: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- Christmas is Here Again (2007)
- Pete’s Christmas (2013)
- Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)
- The Legend of Frosty the Snowman(2005)
- Shrek The Halls (2007)
- Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
- Bob’s Broken Sleigh (2015)
- Happy Holidays from Madagascar(2009)
- Dreamworks Holiday Classics (2007-2011)
- Tom & Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers (2014)
- Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)
- Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight (2015)
- VeggieTales: It’s a Meaningful Life (2010)
- The Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas (2005)
- Snowtime! (2015)
Live Action Movies – Kids love watching these movies at Christmas too!
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas – 1998 – Rated PG – A typical college student faces an crazy journey when he is left in the desert, far away from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas. A good comedy.
- Home Alone 2 – 1992 – One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he again inadvertently finds himself alone in New York City, and the same burglars are there planning to steal from a toy store.
- The Santa Clause 2 – 2002 – Scott Calvin has been a great Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might all come to an end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Claus soon!
- The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause – 2006 – Santa now has two imminent problems: how to keep his new blended family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost (the awesome Martin Short) from taking over the North Pole and ruining Christmas.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992 – The Muppets put their own musical twist on this classic story, as dedicated employee Bob begs his boss for Christmas Day off. Did you know that Gonzo plays Charles Dickens?
- Jingle all the Way – 1996 – Rated PG – Arnold Schwarzenegger faces his most harrowing enemy yet: the holiday shopping crowd.
- Jack Frost -1998 – Rated PG – A heartwarming story that will tug on the heartstrings. Following the death of his father, a young boy is befriended by a snowman, who is in fact his father reincarnated.
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