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The Best PG Christmas Movies 

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Here are the best PG Christmas movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG Christmas movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG Christmas movie movie of all time is. This list of popular PG Christmas movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG Christmas movie movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG Christmas movie films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG Christmas movie film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

Elf and The Nightmare Before Christmas are included on this list.

If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG Christmas movies?" and "What are the most famous PG Christmas movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new Christmas movies that are rated PG. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great Christmas movies rated PG, so get out there and start watching.

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Among those that have directed a Christmas movie PG movie are Chazz Palminteri and Jon Favreau.

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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 ...more

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris 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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The Santa Clause is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Tim Allen, Frank Welker, Peter Boyle

Released: 1994

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.

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National Lampoon's Chris... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chevy Chase, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

National 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 ...more

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Home Alone 2: Lost in Ne... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Donald Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Tim Curry

Released: 1992

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home 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 ...more

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It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

Released: 1946

Directed by: Frank Capra

It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more

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Miracle on 34th Street ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1947

Directed by: George Seaton

Miracle 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 ...more

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The Grinch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
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Released: 2018

Directed by: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney

The Grinch is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy film directed by Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney, based on the Dr. Seuss story. The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) hatches a ...more

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Scrooged is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
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Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Donner

Scrooged is a 1988 American Christmas comedy film, a modernization of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The film was produced and directed by Richard Donner, and the cinematography was by ...more

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
George C. Scott, Susannah York, David Warner

Released: 1984

Directed by: Clive Donner

A Christmas Carol is a 1984 television film adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous 1843 holiday novella of the same name. The film is directed by Clive Donner who had been an editor of the 1951 ...more
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The Muppet Christmas Car... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold

Released: 1992

Directed by: Brian 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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Klaus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons, Joan Cusack

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sergio 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 ...more

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The Snowman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Dianne Jackson

The Snowman is a children's picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978 by Hamish Hamilton in the U.K., and published by Random House in the U.S. that ...more

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The Snowman and the Snow... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Hilary Audus

The Snowman and The Snowdog is a 2012 animated short film. It is the sequel to The Snowman, and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original short film. The Snowman and The Snowdog ...more
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A Christmas Prince: The ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Rose McIver, Sarah Douglas, Ben Lamb

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Schultz

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Ernest Saves Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Patty Maloney

Released: 1988

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

Ernest Saves Christmas is a 1988 Christmas comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the third film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell, and chronicles ...more
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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert 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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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Andrew R Keiffer added Jim Carrey, Anthony Hopkins, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ron Howard

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The Knight Before Christ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Released: 2019

Directed by: Monika Mitchell

The Knight Before Christmas is a 2019 American Christmas comedy film directed by Monika Mitchell. A medieval English knight, Sir Cole Christopher Frederick Lyons (Josh Whitehouse), is magically ...more
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Jingle All the Way is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Show, Phil Hartman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian Levant

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The Nativity Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Oscar Isaac, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Alexander Siddig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

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Christmas with the Krank... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best PG Christmas Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Allen

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Roth

Christmas with the Kranks is a 2004 American Christmas comedy film based on the 2001 novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. It was directed by Joe Roth with a screenplay by Chris Columbus, ...more