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Cute Christmas Animals

Updated on November 6, 2013

A Random Look at Some Cute Christmas Animals

During the holidays, many people love to dress their pets in Santa hats or other holiday attire and watch movies featuring cute Christmas animals. Disney's Santa Buddies is a great example of both (cute dogs in Santa hats!). So I decided to look for other cute Christmas critters.

Here's a very unscientific and completely biased list of some animals that make my list of the cute and not-so-cute. Take a look and see if you think I made the right choices.

(Image of Christmas dog provided by Zazzle.)

The Grinch's Dog Max - My vote for the cutest Christmas animal ever

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is my favorite family holiday movie, and I think Max easily wins the contest for "cutest Christmas animal ever." For anyone who doesn't remember, Max is the Grinch's faithful companion who pulls the Grinch's sleigh up to the top of Mt. Crumpet. The goofy grin Max has on his face when the Grinch turns around and discovers his dog has stopped pulling the sled and is now riding ON the sled is adorable. It's my favorite scene in the whole movie and the reason I rank Max at the top of my cute Christmas animal list. (Plus, he gets bonus points for putting up with the mean ol' Grinch without biting him!)

Santa Grinch & Reindeer Max Mini-Figure Exclusive Set by McFarlane Toys
Santa Grinch & Reindeer Max Mini-Figure Exclusive Set by McFarlane Toys

From Amazon: Based on the Classic 1966 animated Christmas Special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". "All I need is a Reindeer," featuring the Grinch and his hapless dog, Max, re-creates one of the holiday classic's most memorable moments. Set on his plan to steal Christmas from Whoville, the Grinch dresses as Santa and converts Max into his reindeer. The figurine set is a highly detailed miniature figurine set on a specially designed logo base. The set is about 3 inches tall and 4 inches wide.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The best-known cute Christmas animal?

No list of cute Christmas animals would be complete without Rudolph on it. I actually think the cutest character in this movie is the abominable snow monster, but I'm not sure if he's an animal or a.... monster???

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [Blu-ray]
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [Blu-ray]

This classic 1964 television special featuring Rudolph and his misfit buddies set the standard for stop-motion animation for an entire generation before Tim Burton darkly reinvented it in the early 1990s. Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman, telling and singing the story of a rejected reindeer who overcomes prejudice and saves Christmas one particularly blustery year. Along the way, he meets an abundance of unforgettable characters: his dentally obsessed elf pal Hermey; the affable miner Yukon Cornelius and his motley crew of puppies; the scary/adorable Abominable Snow Monster; a legion of abandoned, but still chatty, toys; and a rather grouchy Santa. In addition to the title song that inspired it, this 53-minute tape is crammed with catchy tunes such as "Silver and Gold" and "Holly Jolly Christmas." Those who grew up looking forward to watching Rudolph every Christmas season will undoubtedly be able to recite the quotable quotes ("I'm cuuuute. She said I'm cuuuute." "Herbie doesn't like to make toys.") as well as any Casablanca cult audience.


Ty Beanie Babies Reindeer - Cute Christmas animals you can collect

Rudolph isn't the only cute reindeer. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but how about Roxie and Rudy or any of the other Beanie Babies reindeer? Get introduced to these cute Christmas animals now.

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Cute Christmas Animals in Books: Bear Stays Up for Christmas - From the Author of "Bear Snores On"

My kids love this series of books about a bear and his wild friends. Author Karma Wilson and artist Jane Chapman have created enchanting characters who are just as much fun in this book as they were in the original "Bear Snores On." The bear is pretty cute, but my favorite character in the series is the rabbit.

Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)
Bear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books)

From Amazon: It's the day before Christmas, and Bear's friends have gathered in his lair to wake him up to celebrate the holiday. They get a tree, pop corn and bake fruitcake, and hang stockings and hum songs. The others doze off, but Bear keeps busy wrapping presents, baking cookies, and decorating, unaware that a certain plump, red-suited gentleman is watching from outside the cave. The rhyming text sings, shouts, whispers, and crows, and the appealing acrylic illustrations are dear. This is an exuberant tale of friendship and perseverance, and holiday storytimes will be the brighter for it.


God Gave Us Christmas - More Cute Critters in Books

God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us Series)
God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us Series)

From Amazon: As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder, "Who invented Christmas?"

Mama's answer only leads to more questions,such as "Is God more important than Santa?"So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama's gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that Jesus is the best present of all.

This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.


The Mouse Before Christmas - A book for 4-8 year old children

The Mouse Before Christmas
The Mouse Before Christmas

From Amazon: It's the night before Christmas and a mouse is whirling all through the house-piling up a plate of cookies and finding the perfect spot to wait for Santa. When Santa arrives, Mouse sneaks a peek inside his sack, and before he knows it, he's on the ride of his life in Santa's sleigh! Michael Garland's luminous paintings and charming, rhyming text will thrill readers young and old.

"Illustrated with striking photorealistic paintings, this lighthearted retelling of The Night Before Christmas . . . bring[s] the common fantasy of riding with Santa to life [with] an on-target dreamy edge. An enjoyable holiday ride."


Is Olive the Other Reindeer a Cute Christmas Animal? - I don't really think so

I love this movie and think Drew Barrymore does a great job as the voice of Olive, but.... I really am not a fan of the animation. I get a little more accustomed to the characters each time I watch it (because the kids love it), but I'm including Olive on this list only because the movie itself is based on a cute idea and is well done.

Olive the Other Reindeer
Olive the Other Reindeer

From Amazon: In this delightfully funny animated adventure, "Olive, the Other Reindeer" is erally a kind-hearted dog who sets out to save Christmas when she hears that Blitzen is injured and Santa can't find a replacement! With the help of a smooth-talking penguin named Martini, Olive heads for the North Pole to join the flying reindeer team - but along the way, they must defeat an evil mailman who wants to end Christmas so he can carry less mail! With an all-star voice cast featuring Drew Barrymore, Ed Asner, Dan Castellaneta and Peter MacNicol, "Olive, the Other Reindeer" is sure to become a holiday tradition for young and old!


Cute Christmas Animal Puzzle - A great gift for dog lovers or puzzle lovers

Christmas Welcome Jigsaw Puzzle
Christmas Welcome Jigsaw Puzzle

All of your best friends are waiting for you to come back for Christmas dinner. Most would even be happy to join you at the table or even sit on your lap. The 550 piece puzzle measures 18 by 24 inches when finished. Made in the USA by White Mountain Puzzles.


Cute Christmas Animal DVDs

Santa Buddies: The Legend Of Santa Paws
Santa Buddies: The Legend Of Santa Paws

Puppy Paws and his friends must save Christmas in this popular Disney movie.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas
The 12 Dogs of Christmas

A young girl gets in the middle of a fight with a mayor and the town dogcatcher.

Benji's Very Own Christmas Story
Benji's Very Own Christmas Story

Benji's Very Own Christmas Story is an oldie, but a goodie.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George is even cuter in a Christmas hat.


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      6 years ago from Boston

      My family loves the Bear series books too. We don't have the Christmas one you listed, so we'll have to get that one.

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      7 years ago

      this lens will sure come in handy the fall of 2012 but also enjoyed checking it out now.


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