Christmas is a time for peace and tranquility, a time for families to come together by the tranquil light of the fire and to reflect on the year gone by over a glass of eggnog.
Unless you've got kids. If you've got kids, Christmas is a delirious marathon, a process that you survive as much as enjoy. Between toy shopping, Christmas parties and winter break, there are times that a parent wants nothing more than to sit their kid in front of a movie for an hour or two, just so they can get a moment to themselves.
Lucky for you, we've got this list of the best Christmas films for children. This list is made up of good, appropriate Christmas movies for young kids because you really don't want to be the parent who accidentally let their kid watch Bad Santa this year. So if you've ever asked yourself "what Christmas films can little kids watch," look to the list below for the answer then vote for your favorites and don't forget to add any movies that we're missing here! Then put on a movie and get an hour to yourself in the midst of Christmas craziness.
Just kidding, don't you have wrapping to do?
Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry CookArthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating,... more
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisThe Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and... more
Directed by: Brian HensonThe Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical... more
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben WashamThis special is a 1966 American animated television film special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away... more
Directed by: Gary TrousdaleShrek the Halls is a television special that premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, November 28, 2007. The thirty minute Christmas special was directed by Gary Trousdale and... more
Directed by: John PasquinThe Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is the first installment in The Santa Clause trilogy and it stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary... more
Directed by: Ron HowardThis film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss... more
Directed by: Larry Roemer, Kizo NagashimaRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and currently distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired Sunday,... more
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules BassFrosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was produced for... more
Directed by: Jon FavreauElf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was released in... more
Directed by: Burny MattinsonMickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released by Buena Vista Distribution. It was directed and produced by Burny Mattinson. The... more
Directed by: Sergio PablosKlaus is a 2019 Spanish animated film directed by Sergio Pablos. The town of Smeerensburg gets a new postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) who befriends a toymaker Klaus (J.K. Simmons) and together... more
Directed by: Michael LembeckThe Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael Lembeck. It is the second installment in The Santa Clause trilogy following The Santa Clause. It was filmed in... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusHome Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is... more
Directed by: Bill MelendezA Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television film based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its... more
Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick CalabashMickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse is the first direct-to-video movies spin-off from Disney Junior and Disney Channel animated television series Disney's House of Mouse.... more
Directed by: Clay KaytisThe Christmas Chronicles is a 2018 American Christmas family film directed by Clay Kaytis. The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt... more
Directed by: George SeatonMiracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The... more
Directed by: Greg SullivanThe Legend of Frosty the Snowman is a 2004 direct-to-video animated film produced by Classic Media, now known as DreamWorks Classics, due to the 2012 DreamWorks Animation acquisition and Studio B... more
Directed by: Jeremiah S. ChechikNational Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon's Vacation film series, and was written by John... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusThe Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (aka The Christmas Chronicles 2) is a 2020 American Christmas comedy film directed by Chris Columbus, and a sequel to the 2018 film The Christmas Chronicles. A... more
Directed by: Bill MelendezFrosty Returns is an animated Christmas television special starring Jonathan Winters as the narrator and John Goodman as the voice of Frosty the Snowman. The special was directed by Bill Melendez and... more
A Dennis the Menace ChristmasRobert Wagner, Louise Fletcher
Directed by: Ron OliverA Dennis the Menace Christmas is a 2007 direct-to-video movie starring Maxwell Perry Cotton and Robert Wagner, based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. It is a sequel to Dennis the Menace and Dennis... more
Directed by: Marc LawrenceNoelle is a 2019 American fantasy adventure Christmas comedy film directed and written by Marc Lawrence. Santa Claus's daughter, Noelle (Anna Kendrick) finds out that she must take over the family... more
Directed by: Chris ColumbusHome Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It is the second film in the Home Alone series and... more