Top 10 Christmas Movies for Kids

Enjoy a Family Holiday with Classic Christmas Movies

Christmastime is a time of wonder, of family and togetherness, of sharing and giving selflessly and to some the birth of Jesus Christ. Over the years, a number of classic kids' movies have featured the story of Christmas or plots that revolve around that most wonderful time of the year. 

The following list contains 10 of the greatest Christmas movies ever made, sure to entertain and delight the whole family and get everyone into that true Christmas spirit. Seasons greetings and enjoy the shows!

There will never be another adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" that will compare to this one. In this delightful version of the story, Scrooge McDuck learns about the meaning of Christmas from the three Christmas Spirits and makes Bob Cratchit (Mickey) his partner.

The film is the perfect length for families, without leaving out any of the important elements of the story. Recommended for all ages, it puts classic Mickey Mouse characters in the roles of all the classic Christmas story. 

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, "The Polar Express" has gained nationwide popularity. In fact, many elementary schools host an annual "slumber party day" and screen the film for their students. 

This heartwarming tale is definitely highly recommended, and although not many words are spoken, the beautiful imagery and gripping plot carry the film. 

In this fun 1947 classic, Kris Kringle (unbeknownst to cynical, market-minded adults, the real Santa Claus) is hired to play himself at the world's largest Macy's Department Store in New York City. Here he finds himself in a situation where he must convince an unbelieving little girl — and a handful of colorful characters — that he is the real Santa. 

Still a hit 60 years later, "Miracle on 34th Street" delights audiences of all ages, restoring that magic and wonder of believing in Santa Claus, even if just for the duration. Invite your children along to experience the gift that keeps on giving.

Another classic on the list, the 1964 claymation "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is narrated by Burl Ives and airs every year on network television. The show uses innovative puppetry and stop-motion animation to tell the story of an outcast reindeer, an aspiring dentist elf and an island of misfit toys who help Santa save Christmas.

Appropriate and beloved by audiences of all ages, the DVD version of this film also contains two additional Christmas classics: "Frosty the Snowman" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

An animated cartoon about Frosty the snowman, who springs to life when the children place a magic hat upon his head. We all know the song, "Frosty the Snowman," and the upbeat wintery feeling it brings. This wonderful favorite is available on the same DVD as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The original song was written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and first released in 1950 by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys following the success of his single "Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer" the year before. Still a classic aired every year, this film is a must-have for your family Christmas collection.

The familiar prose of the great Dr. Seuss come to life in this Christmas cartoon classic. Beloved by all and adapted by Jim Carrey in a 2000 live-action adaptation, this classic cartoon features the story of how one hermetic old man, the Grinch, grew his heart three sizes in a day!

The Grinch had a terrible, awful plan to steal all of the presents from the Whos down in Whoville, but he is surprised to learn that Christmas is more than he though it was before. Sure to bring a smile and get the Whos' song stuck in your head, this movie is another must-see on the list. 

Speaking of this instant class Seussian tale, the 2000 film adaptation directed by Ron Howard casts comedian Jim Carrey in the title role. Colorful and fun, this rendition is sure to be a classic, and the best thing about it is the Whos' hairdos.

True to the content of the original version, this film adaptation extends the plot a bit longer and provides a backstory to Cindy Lou Who and the people of Whoville. This film is a treat for the whole family, though features a bit of crude humor.

Do you ever go to the airport, board the plane, then feel like you've forgotten something? Well, in this 1990 classic film, eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left home alone by his family while they fly off to France for Christmas vacation.

Kevin, however, is ecstatic and loves his freedom, delightedly gorging himself on sweets and staying up late. That is until he is forced to defend his home from a team of burglars. But Kevin learns that self-defense can be fun, too, as he goes about trying to defeat the bumbling thieves.

This is definitely a movie recommended for 8 years and over because there are a couple of instances of bad language and several scenes involving slapstick violence. It might not be suited for all young kids, in any case.

One of the most endearing of all "Peanuts'" specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, scraggliest Christmas tree ever. At first, the gang makes fun of Charlie for choosing such an ugly tree for the holiday but a timely assist from Linus makes the true message of the season come shining through.

In the end, everyone realizes that a little affection can make all the difference in the world... even to a tree. This story is available on DVD individually or as part of a box set with all of the "Peanuts'" holiday specials.

Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the 1940s, has his little heart set on getting a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but all he hears from adults everywhere is "You'll shoot your eye out!"

The story portrays hilarious examples of the era's version of an all-American Christmas. Remember to preview first if you are going to watch with kids because although there are some scenes in this movie that we found hilarious as children, they would be considered very irreverent by today's standards. There is a lot of strong language, kids getting into fights and other such controversial depictions inherent to the time.

The "Ultimate Collector's Edition" pictured includes the 2-disc special edition DVD, plus a cookbook, apron, and cookie cutters packaged in a collectible retro holiday cookie tin. We recommend not watching it with any child under 10, but you can be the judge of that.

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