40 Kid-Friendly Christmas Movies

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I hate to break it to you, but Christmas is right around the corner. I HOPE that this isn't a surprise to anyone. 

Around here, the local radio stations have started playing all Christmas music all the time (and if YOU want to avoid listening to The Carpenters, check out our handy dandy, super-dope Christmas Music Playlist). We have also had snowflake lights lining our small-town streets since November 12, and the Hallmark Channel has Christmas movies on non-stop rotation. So, I've created my own list of 40 kid-friendly Christmas movies and made-for-television cartoons and specials (which your kids will think are Christmas "movies").

You might be able to catch some of these suggested movies on TV throughout the season, BUT there are many kid-friendly Christmas movies that aren't featured on television each year. Check out Amazon for DVD versions of any of the movies listed below. 


I've listed the year and rating for each movie. And as with all of our movie lists, they are listed in alphabetical order (lest we launch into lengthy conversations about rankings). Please use your best judgment as to what movies are appropriate for your family.
  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas – 1981 – Rated G
  2. Arthur Christmas – 2011 – Rated PG
  3. A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965 – Not Rated
  4. A Christmas Story – 1983 – Rated PG
  5. Christmas with the Kranks – 2004 – Rated PG
  6. Deck the Halls – 2006 – Rated PG
  7. Elf – 2003 – Rated PG
  8. An Elf’s Story – 2011 – Rated G
  9. Fred Claus – 2007 – Rated PG
  10. Frosty the Snowman – 1969 – Not Rated
  11. Home Alone – 1990 – Rated PG
  12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966 – Not Rated
  13. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special – 2011 – Rated G
  14. It’s a Wonderful Life – 1947 – Not Rated
  15. Jingle All the Way – 1996 – Rated PG
  16. The Little Drummer Boy – 1968 – Not Rated
  17. Meet Me in St. Louis – 1944 – Not Rated
  18. Merry Madagascar – 2009 – Rated G
  19. Mickey’s Christmas Carol  - 1983 – Rated G
  20. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – 1999 – Rated G
  21. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas – 2004 – Rated G
  22. Miracle on 34th Street – 1947 – Not Rated
  23. The Muppet Christmas Carol – 1992 – Rated G
  24. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 1989 – Rated PG-13
  25. Olive the Other Reindeer – 1999 – Not Rated
  26. The Penguins of Madagascar: The All Nighter Before Xmas – 2011 – Not Rated
  27. The Polar Express – 2004 – Rated G
  28. Prancer – 1989 – Rated G
  29. Prep & Landing – 2009 – Rated G
  30. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – 2011 – Rated G
  31. Rise of the Guardians – 2012 – Rated PG
  32. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 1964 – Not Rated
  33. Santa Buddies – 2013 – Rated G
  34. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – 1970 – Not Rated
  35. The Santa Clause –1994 – Rated PG
  36. Santa Paws – 2010 – Rated G
  37. Shrek the Halls – 2007 – Rated G
  38. Twas the Night Before Christmas – 1974 – Not Rated
  39. White Christmas – 1954 – Not Rated
  40. The Year Without a Santa Claus – 1974 – Not Rated

And if you like this list and are interested in other top-notch movies for your kids to watch, head on over to check out our 50 Classic Kids Movies and 25 Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies lists. They're sure to please!

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