The 10 Best Holiday Movies for Kids

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Here are our 10 best holiday movies for kids.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Ages: 3+
  • Why it’s a classic: Charlie Brown, the loveable if not hapless boy, is appalled by all the Christmas materialism he sees around him, and tries to discover the true meaning of Christmas with the help of his friends and a sassy dog named Snoopy.

A Christmas Story

  • Ages: 8+
  • Why it’s a classic:  The story of Ralphie, a little boy growing up in the 1940’s, whose only Christmas wish is to get a Red Ryder BB gun, despite his parents and teachers telling him “No!.” BONUS: This great movie starts airing continuously n TBS on Christmas eve, all the way through Christmas night.

Frosty the Snowman

  • Ages: 3+
  • Why it’s a classic: A magic hat lands on top of a snowman and brings him to life. A loveable figure, Frosty makes friends with the local kids, who realize they have to get him to the North Pole before he melts, and away from the angry magician who wants his hat make, even if it means the end of Frosty!


  • Ages: 7+
  • Why it’s a classic: Funnyman Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human that was raised as an elf in the North Pole. At the age of 30 he discovers his real father is not an elf but a businessman in New York City. Hilarity ensues as loveable Buddy brings the Christmas spirit to everyone around him.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 1966 version)

  • Ages: 4+
  • Why it’s a classic: The Grinch is a hermit who hates the thought of Christmas, so he goes into the nearby village of the “Whos from Whosville” and steals the town’s presents. What he soon realizes is that he can’t steal the spirit of Christmas from them, too!

Home Alone

  • Ages: 7+
  • Why it’s a classic: 8-year-old Kevin feels ignored in his large family, especially when they (gasp!) forget to take him on their holiday trip and heave him…you guessed it, Home Alone. At first he’s ecstatic, but then he realizes how much he misses his family, especially when two burglars plot to break into his home.

The Polar Express

  • Ages: 6+
  • Why it’s a classic: A beautifully animated movie, The Polar Express is the story of a young boy who is beginning to question whether Santa really exists. A locomotive train visits the boy in the middle of the night and takes him on an incredible journey to the North Pole to get his questions answered.

Shrek the Halls

  • Ages: 6+
  • Why It’s a Classic: Shrek wants to create the perfect holiday for his family, but has no idea how. When his creature friends show up, he begins to worry they’ll ruin everything, but soon realizes that the “real” meaning of Christmas isn’t what you do, but who you spend it with.

A Garfield Christmas

  • Ages: 3+
  • Why it’s a classic: The usually grump Garfield shows his “other” side during this ½ hour special. During a visit to owner John’s grandmother in the country, Garfield finds old letters penned to her from her late husband, and gives them to her for Christmas.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

  • Ages:3+
  • Why it’s a classic: Rudolph’s red nose causes him to be ridiculed by his peers, so he flees the North Pole with an elf to the Island of Misfit Toys, where he sees he’s not the only character who doesn’t fit in. When he goes back to the North Pole on a foggy Christmas Eve to ask Santa to help the toys on the island, Santa has a “bright” idea.

Start your own holiday tradition with these movie classics.

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