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Top Family Christmas Movies

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Top Family Christmas Movies
Top Family Christmas Movies

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is approaching us soon and that means the television will be filled with a ton of holiday movies! When my kids were smaller, I remember struggling with trying to decide which movies would be suitable for them to watch and which movies they would like. Of course, two girls equals two different personalities. But I have compiled a list of some of the best Christmas movies out there to suit all families!

A Christmas StoryTop Family Christmas Movies
A Christmas StoryTop Family Christmas Movies

A Christmas Story

Rated: PG

You're going to shoot your eye out! It's just not Christmas Day without this film playing 24-7 on a loop. My brother, however, would not agree. This classic film from 1983 you will have no problem finding on the television. As a child I loved this movie. It stars two children eager for Christmas and a Red Ryder BB Gun that can relate to our own children and enough comedy to keep the adults entertained. Remember the leg lamp anyone? Or the pink bunny pajamas? Sit down with the whole family and a bowl of popcorn on this one and enjoy this classic Christmas movie sure to please all ages.

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.

— Home Alone
Home Alone Top Family Christmas Movies
Home Alone Top Family Christmas Movies

Home Alone

Rated: PG

Here is another classic Christmas movie that I thought would relate more to my eldest child but indeed is well-loved by my youngest. She loves this film so much that we have it on DVR, DVD, and she watches it all year round while calling us all filthy animals! *Eye Roll* Premiering in 1990, it stars Macaulay Culkin as the main child, Kevin McCallister, and his large and crazy family. The McCallisters are going away on vacation for the holidays to visit family in Paris, France. But, when Kevin gets into what seems like an all too common fight with his older brother Buzz, Kevin gets sent up to the scary 3rd floor bedroom/attic to sleep and think about his actions. The next morning the family finds themselves rushing to get to the airport on time, that they forgot to wake up the youngest family member, Kevin! What follows is non-stop comedy of a family stuck in Paris trying to get back to a child home alone, a child way more happier then he should be to be free of his crazy family, and two burglars, Harry and Marv, desperate to get their thieving hands on the McCallister home. Sit down and buckle up for a comedic ride the whole family will enjoy!

Did You Know?

Home Aone was so popular, it's listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest grossing live-action comedy of all time! The film also spent 12 straight weeks as No. 1 at the box office.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Top Family Christmas Movies
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Top Family Christmas Movies

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Rated: PG

They're back! There are not many movies out there that can follow up with a sequel that is just as good as the first one. Home Alone is the rare exception. Being another family favorite, this film has the same cast as the first with the same enjoyable laughs. This time, the McCallisters are trying to enjoy a nice family holiday vacation in Miami, Florida. Only they don't forget Kevin, he gets lost in the airport and winds up on the wrong plane! A small child lost in the biggest city there is, New York City that is. Smart enough to land an exquisite room at the prestigious Plaza Hotel and armed with his fathers carry on bag with plenty credit cards, what could possibly go wrong? Of all the coincidences there is, who might Kevin see on the streets of the Big Apple? Harry and Marv, the burglars he got locked up freshly escaped from prison! We are in it again for some great laughs and booby traps in this equally hilarious film!

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Strange, isn't it? Each mans life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole doesn't he?

— It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life Top Family Christmas Movies
It's a Wonderful Life Top Family Christmas Movies

It's a Wonderful Life

Rating: PG

Christmas is absolutely not Christmas until you have watched this critically acclaimed film. Try researching the top Christmas movies and I will guarantee most will have this movie as it's top choice. Why? It's a Wonderful Life (1946) is considered one of the most loved films in American Cinema and reasonably so. It's amazing! This film is tradition, an absolute Christmas staple in our home and I suspect in many other homes as well.

The movie stars James Stewart as George Bailey. George is a man who has given up on his dreams and spends his life helping other people. However, he becomes severely depressed and decides to end his life by jumping off of a bridge. Then enters his guardian angel Clarence who ultimately saves George's life by taking him into a series of flashbacks showing him what life would be like in his hometown of Bedford Falls, New York had George never existed. Get the tissues ready for this tearjerker ending. Will George realize that he indeed has a wonderful life?

It's a Wonderful Life Trailer (1946)

Seeing isn't believing, believing is seeing!

— Charlie- The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause Top Family Christmas Movies
The Santa Clause Top Family Christmas Movies

The Santa Clause

Rated: PG

There's no way I could not add this Christmas movie that has always me laugh until my stomach hurt. It was my favorite as a kid! I remember begging my parents constantly for the VHS tape and when I finally got it, I watched it over and over while pretending I was an elf working at the North Pole making toys. Oh, to be a kid again! Now, it has become a family favorite in my home. I have always been a big fan of Tim Allen but the thing about this movie that differentiates it from others, is the child doesn't steal the show, Tim Allen does with his hilarious antics!

Tim Allen stars as divorced father Scott Calvin. Coincidentally, the same initials as Santa Claus. *Wink* His son, Charlie, reluctantly comes to stay with his father on Christmas Eve. Charlie then wakes up in the middle of the night to some very strange noises on the roof. Scott runs outside in his underwear to see what's going on and startles Santa leading to him falling off the roof and then disappearing leaving only his suit behind for Scott to put on and finish up Santa's trip. Scott, not believing in the whole Santa Claus thing, annoyingly puts on the suit to alleviate Charlie's begging. But after they finish delivering toys, the reindeer take them back to the North Pole where Scott comes to realize that in putting on the suit, he has now accepted the CLAUSE. To be Santa Claus of course!

What follows is a comedic ride but also a heart- warming one. Sit down with the whole family and enjoy this box-office hit!

Miracle on 34th Street Top Family Christmas Movies
Miracle on 34th Street Top Family Christmas Movies

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Here's to yet another Academy Award Winner and a classic, traditional family favorite. Not best suited for the youngins though, unless you have let the "there is no Santa Claus" out of the bag already. It's a classic that seems to always appeal to kids from generation to generation. The film was also considered the best film in 1947!

Edward Gwenn stars in this magical film as a man named Kris Kringle who sets out to find the man who is supposed to star as Santa in the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But when Kris finds him, he is completely drunk! Doris, played by Maureen O'Hara, is the director of the parade and asks Kris to take his place. Come parade time, Kris Kringle does such a fantastic job that he is hired on as Santa! He eventually comes to love his role as Santa before believing that he actually is Santa! Follow along in this film through a memorable look into an older, more classic New York City at a popular department store and a man many want evaluated for his mental health. Is Kris Kringle indeed Santa Claus?

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The Polar Express Top Family Christmas MoviesThe Polar Express Top Family Christmas Movies
The Polar Express Top Family Christmas Movies
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The Polar Express Top Family Christmas Movies
The Polar Express Top Family Christmas Movies

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see...

— The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Rated: G

I remember the first time I watched this film, I was completely blown away by the breathtaking animation. That's because they used real human characters and made a live action performance capture into animation. As a matter of fact, The Polar Express is yet another Christmas film to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, this time as the first all-digital capture film. And also, Tom Hanks plays 6 fantastic roles in this movie. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks?!

The story takes place in the 1950s on Christmas Eve. A young boy is at that age where he is questioning his belief in Santa Claus. But as he is asleep in his bed that night, he is awaken by the sound of The Polar Express train stopping right outside his house! Fascinated by the train, the conductor, Tom Hanks of course, informs him that they are headed to the North Pole and helps the boy on. On the train, he encounters other young children there to take the journey as well. This is a magical, yet deeper story about truly believing. Even tough critic Robert Ebert had given it his highest score and noting the films "haunting, magical quality." This is a film I see far into the future becoming a Christmas classic!

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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas MoviesDr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas MoviesDr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps means a little bit more...

— Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr. Suess' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Rated: PG

I would give just about anything to live in Whoville, especially when you can go shopping at 90% off! This one is for my oldest daughter. Her and I have to sit down every year with a big bowl of popcorn and a cozy, warm mug of hot chocolate and get this movie under our belt. It's her favorite! This is Dr. Seuss' first film to be adapted into a full length feature film. Also, it is the second highest grossing Christmas film of all time behind who? Home Alone nonetheless!

The movie stars Jim Carey as the Grinch and he plays the role perfectly! The Grinch is definitely a role made for the ever so hilarious comedian. Everyone in the town of Whoville absolutely loves Christmas and pulls out all the stops at making it a cheerful and glorious celebration. The Grinch, however, hates Christmas due to some horrendous bullying as a child. After a rather embarrassing event at school one day, the Grinch swears off Christmas and the town of Whoville before escaping to a cave on top of a mountain never to be seen or heard of since. Over the years, that lead to him not being particularly liked for his outlandish pranks, or an urban legend made up by the younger generation that terrifies them.

Cindy Lou, played by Taylor Momsen, is a bit different however. What a curious, brave soul. After spotting the Grinch and not convinced he is the sadistic creature everyone says he is, nominates him for the Cheermeister Award at the annual Christmas Whobilation Celebration. The older kids and the adults will love this one for the humor. So sit down and get ready to laugh. I do every time!




Buddy The Elf Top Family Christmas Movies
Buddy The Elf Top Family Christmas Movies

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing aloud for all to hear.

— Buddy The Elf- Elf

Elf

Rated: PG

Buddy the Elf. Need I say more? "Santa! I know him!" This 2000 Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel seems to be another funny, family favorite. This film may not be suitable for younger children, however.

Buddy, played by the awesome Will Ferrell, stars as an over sized Elf, whom his fellow elves have convinced him his largeness is due to him being "special". Special he is alright, but one day he overhears another elf revealing his true identity. Buddy the elf isn't indeed an elf at all, but actually a human! The story goes that Buddy was given up for adoption when he was born, and one night when Santa was visiting his orphanage, Buddy, fascinated by Santa's sleigh, slipped into his bag of toys where he was then taken back to the North Pole. The fellow elves took him under their wing and put Buddy to work in the workshop!

After Buddy realizes his true identity though, he sets off to the Big Apple in search of his biological father. With a whole new world out there, watch Buddy bring Christmas cheer to a city full of skeptics. And watch a man encounter his father for the first time only to realize he is on Santa's naughty list! Get the tissues ready for the tears. Not tears of sadness though, you will laugh so hard you cry!

Get Ready to Laugh!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies
A Charlie Brown Christmas Top Family Christmas Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Rating: NR

It just simply cannot be Christmas in our house until we have our musical Charlie Brown Christmas tree over top of our fireplace. That single, weepy tree with one single red bulb placed upon a flimsy branch, makes us all smile during the holidays. There's no other film out there that can really show you a more better message than A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This television special is aired every single year traditionally since it first premiered in 1965. The special is based off of the late Charles M. Shulz's famous comic strip Charlie Brown. Charlie is depressed this Christmas and truly feels alone while it seems like everyone else is celebrating Christmas but in a very materialistic and commercial sort of way. Charlie confides in his friend Linus about his depression before somberly heading over to Lucy's famous psychiatric booth. Lucy tells him that he should direct a Christmas play in hopes of bringing his spirit up. Charlie goes forth with the idea, but when things head in a very frustrating and embarrassing way for Charlie, he walks away from the play. Will his friends finally discover the true meaning of Christmas and help brighten Charlie's Christmas? This is a great one for the kids, folks!

The Muppet Christmas Carol Top Family Christmas Movies
The Muppet Christmas Carol Top Family Christmas Movies

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Rated: NR

There are a few films out there with adaptions to the classic Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, and I love just about every one of them. However in my experience, the kids seem to gravitate towards this one and that is perfectly fine with me because I love A Christmas Carol and I love The Muppets! The Muppet Christmas Carol does follow Charles Dickens story very closely. This film was also the first muppet film since Muppets creator Jim Henson died and also fellow puppeteer Richard Hunt. This film is dedicated to their memory.

Gonzo stars as Charles Dickens himself in this movie and narrates as him throughout the film while Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. We have all heard the saying "Don't be a Scrooge!" and this story is where it comes from. Scrooge is a grouchy old man who cares about nothing else but himself and money. Even the poor get no sympathy from him as he believes the world would be better off without their existence all together. He especially hates Christmas. But when Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas yet-to-come, Scrooge comes to see life and the spirit of Christmas in a whole new way. Spend some time with the family on this classic sprinkled with the comedic relief of The Muppets!


Happy Holidays!

Do you have a favorite family Christmas movie that is not on the list that you feel should be? Please let me know in the comments below! And I wish you a very Happy Holiday from my home to yours.

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    • bwhite062007 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brianna W 

      3 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you billybuc! That was part of my intention

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love them all except for A Christmas Story. For whatever reason, I have never liked that movie, and I know I am in a very small minority. What I like most about this article is the fact that you wrote it early for the holiday season. That gives it a chance to circulate on the internet so that by December it will do well with the search engines. Nice job, Brianna!

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      Brianna W 

      3 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you so much Carolann! I'm glad you enjoyed.

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      Carol Ann Sherwood 

      3 years ago from Jackson, Mi.

      My goodness, I can see you worked long and hard on this article and what a nice article. Thank you for your hard work and I may refer to this article come Christmas. Have a blessed day.

      Carolann

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