The Top 8 Family Christmas & Holiday Movies
From 60s classics to new releases, these movies will get your crew into the holiday spirit.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This well-regarded TV special from 1966—the first time a Dr. Seuss book came to life on-screen—continues to delight families year after year. And at a 26-minute run time, it’s the best Christmas movie for little ones with short attention spans.
The Snowy Day
Based on the beloved children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, this 38-minute special tells the sweet and simple story of Peter traveling to the end of his block to retrieve a holiday dish. With themes of gratitude, community, and diversity, it’s a perfect way to celebrate the season’s true values.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
One of the most beloved family Christmas movies of all time, Charlie Brown emphasizes the deeper meaning of the season. The endearing characters, simple animation, and lively music come together for a charming movie that will make kids and adults alike smile.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
This musical take on Dickens’ tale, infused with Muppet madness, is funny and heartwarming, and a nice first introduction to the classic story.
This Netflix family Christmas movie from 2019 has beautiful animation and a heartwarming story of friendship, kindness, and holiday tradition. The film, which stars Jason Schwartzmnn, J.K. Simmons, and Rashida Jones, is sure to become a modern holiday classic.
Full Court Miracle
In this made-for-TV Disney movie, based on a true story, a teen tries to turn around his Jewish high school’s basketball team by persuading a former college player to be their coach. Set during Hanukkah, and ending with a menorah lighting, this holiday family movie blends Judaism and basketball in an unexpected way that just works.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
This year’s feel-good Netflix holiday family movie tells the story of an eccentric toymaker, his bright granddaughter, and a magical invention. The strong story is only topped by the show-stopping soundtrack.
The blockbuster hit, often known as one of the best family Christmas movies ever, celebrates its 30-year anniversary this winter, making it the perfect time to revisit this childhood favorite–and introduce your kids to Kevin McCallister’s antics.