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The Best Christmas Movies for Kids

Updated December 14, 2020 4.7k votes 169 voters84 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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  • Arthur Christmas1
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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
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  • The Muppet Christmas Carol2
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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
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  • The Santa Clause3
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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
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  • Frosty the Snowman4
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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
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  • Elf5
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David...  more
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  • The Polar Express6
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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
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  • Mickey's Christmas Carol7
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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
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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas8
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    Released2000

    Directed byRon Howard

    This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and...  more
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  • Home Alone9
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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
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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!10
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is...  more
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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas11
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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
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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer12

    Released1964

    Directed byLarry Roemer, Kizo Nagashima

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion...  more
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  • Miracle on 34th Street13
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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
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  • Klaus14
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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
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  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York15
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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
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  • Shrek the Halls16
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    Shrek the Halls

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2007

    Directed byGary Trousdale

    Shrek the Halls is a television special that premiered on the American television network ABC...  more
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  • It's a Wonderful Life17
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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
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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation18
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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
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  • Jack Frost19
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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
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  • The Santa Clause 220
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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
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  • Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse21

    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...  more
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  • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman22
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    The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

    Burt Reynolds, Larry Miller

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg Sullivan

    The Legend of Frosty the Snowman is a 2004 direct-to-video animated film produced by Classic...  more
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  • Frosty Returns23
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    Frosty Returns

    John Goodman, Elisabeth Moss

    Released1992

    Directed byBill Melendez

    Frosty Returns is an animated Christmas television special starring Jonathan Winters as the...  more
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  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas24
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    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

    Milton Berle, Frank Welker

    Released1999

    Directed byJean-François Laguionie, Alex Mann

    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas is a direct-to-video animated Christmas movie made by Walt...  more
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  • Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas25
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    Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

    Jim Cummings, Tress MacNeille

    Released2004

    Directed byMatthew O'Callaghan, Carole Holliday, Theresa Cullen

    Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas is a 2004 computer-animated direct-to-video fantasy...  more
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