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The Best Christmas Movies for Kids

Updated November 15, 2019 2.6k votes 110 voters22 items

List RulesVote up great Christmas movies for kids to watch.

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?

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    The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Henson

    The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Arthur Christmas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Arthur Christmas

    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie

    Released2011

    Directed bySarah Smith, Barry Cook

    Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question:... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    The Santa Clause is a 1994 American fantasy family comedy film directed by John Pasquin. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Frosty the Snowman

    June Foray, Paul Frees

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins

    Released1965

    Directed byBill Melendez

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mickey's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Mickey's Christmas Carol

    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman

    Released1983

    Directed byBurny Mattinson

    Mickey's Christmas Carol is a 1983 American animated fantasy short film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1947

    Directed byGeorge Seaton

    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas film written and directed by George Seaton and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    James Stewart, Donna Reed

    Released1946

    Directed byFrank Capra

    It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a 1992 American Christmas family comedy film written and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    National Lampoon's Christmas V is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase

    Released1989

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Klaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Klaus

    Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons

    Released2019

    Directed bySergio Pablos

    Klaus is a 2019 Spanish animated film directed by Sergio Pablos. The town of Smeerensburg gets... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jack Frost is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Jack Frost

    Buddy Hackett, Don Messick

    Released1979

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Jack Frost is a 1979 animation family fantasy musical film written by Romeo Muller and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    The Polar Express

    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Santa Clause 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    The Santa Clause 2

    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lembeck

    The Santa Clause 2 is a 2002 American romantic comedy-holiday film directed by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    A Christmas Carol

    Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Disney's A Christmas Carol is a 2009 American 3D computer animated motion-capture holiday... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Jingle All the Way

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show

    Released1996

    Directed byBrian Levant

    Jingle All the Way is a 1996 American Christmas family comedy film directed by Brian Levant... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Miracle on 34th Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Miracle on 34th Street

    Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson

    Released1994

    Directed byLes Mayfield

    Miracle on 34th Street is a 1994 American Christmas fantasy film written and produced by John... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Christmas with the Kranks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Christmas Movies for Kids
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    Christmas with the Kranks

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

    Released2004

    Directed byJoe Roth

    Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film based on the 2001 novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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