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The Best Christmas Movies for Kids

Updated December 14, 2020 7.9k votes 242 voters 1.1k views84 items

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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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  • 1
    Eva Longoria, Hugh Laurie
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    38

    Released2011

    Directed bySarah Smith, Barry Cook

    Arthur 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
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    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
    117
    6

    Released2007

    Directed byGary Trousdale

    Shrek 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
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  • 3
    101
    0

    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This 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
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  • 4
    Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler
    210
    59

    Released2004

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    The 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
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  • 5
    Michael Caine, Frank Oz
    137
    27

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian Henson

    The 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
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    210
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This 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
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  • 7

    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph 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
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  • 8
    Tim Allen, Frank Welker
    126
    34

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

    The 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
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    June Foray, Paul Frees
    110
    42

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty 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
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  • 10
    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
    114
    51

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Elf 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
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  • 11
    Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman
    94
    41

    Released1983

    Directed byBurny Mattinson

    Mickey'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
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  • 12
    Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons
    63
    42

    Released2019

    Directed bySergio Pablos

    Klaus 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
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  • 13
    Elizabeth Mitchell, Aisha Tyler
    100
    82

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Lembeck

    The 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
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  • 14

    Released2001

    Directed byRoberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash

    Mickey'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
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  • 15
    Kurt Russell, Judah Lewis
    10
    1

    Released2018

    Directed byClay Kaytis

    The 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
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  • 16
    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith
    19
    13

    Released1997

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is the third film in the Home Alone series and the first not to feature actor Macaulay Culkin, director...  more
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  • 17
    Robert Wagner, Louise Fletcher
    9
    4

    Released2007

    Directed byRon Oliver

    A 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
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  • 18
    Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn
    7
    3

    Released2020

    Directed byChris Columbus

    The 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
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  • 19
    Burt Reynolds, Larry Miller
    10
    7

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg Sullivan

    The 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
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  • 20
    Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader
    7
    4

    Released2019

    Directed byMarc Lawrence

    Noelle 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
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  • 21
    Christopher Lloyd, Tim Conway
    10
    9

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Vince

    Santa Buddies is a 2009 direct to video film. It is the fourth installment of the Air Buddies spin-off series as well as the ninth film in the Air Bud franchise. It was released on November 2, 2009....  more
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  • 22
    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss
    10
    9

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Melendez

    Frosty 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
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  • 23
    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci
    125
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    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home 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
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  • 24
    Milton Berle, Frank Welker
    9
    9

    Released1999

    Directed byJean-François Laguionie, Alex Mann

    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt Disney Home Video and won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 5th Kecskemét Animation Film...  more
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  • 25
    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille
    9
    9

    Released2004

    Directed byMatthew O'Callaghan, Carole Holliday, Theresa Cullen

    Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a 2004 computer-animated direct-to-video fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Disney Toon Studios and the sequel to 1999's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas. The...  more
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