The Best Christmas Films for the Family

Few festive moments can compare to snuggling up on the sofa with the kids, munching on popcorn, and immersing yourselves in many feel-good Christmas films for the family. 

With so many seasonal movies to choose from, you might be unsure about the best options for the whole clan. 

If you’re ready to pull out the blankets and relax with your nearest and dearest, check out our rundown of the best family Christmas films. 

Arthur Christmas (2011) 

Arthur Christmas will take you on a colourful journey to the North Pole. The Christmas animation follows the story of Arthur Christmas, Santa’s son, who makes it his mission to deliver a gift that the elves have left behind. As he will not want one child to miss out on a present, the hapless hero embarks on a journey to make a young child smile on Christmas Day morning. 

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) 

The Christmas Chronicles is a must-watch movie the whole clan will love. The Netflix original is one of the best Christmas films for the family, as it tells the story of two children who accidentally crash Santa’s sleigh and embark on an epic adventure to save Christmas. Plus, if you love the movie, you can watch the sequel that will arrive on Netflix on 25th November. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) 

The whole family will laugh aloud when watching Dr Seuss’ The Grinch, which is based on the 1957 book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, it possesses all the quality and fun you can expect of the studio’s biggest flicks, such as Minions (2015). 

The Polar Express (2008) 

The Polar Express will transport the whole family on a magical adventure this Christmas. It tells the story of a young boy who boards a mysterious train, The Polar Express, on Christmas Eve. When the train arrives at the North Pole, Father Christmas offers him any gift in the world.  

Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is a tale of bravery and bravery, and offers stunning motion-capture animation, as you might recognize the train conductor as Tom Hanks. 

Elf (2008) 

Elf is bound to prove popular with both kids and adults, as Will Ferrell delights as Buddy the Elf who has travelled from the North Pole to New York City in search of his biological father. After realizing he’s rather different from the other elves, Buddy decides to spend the festive period with his human family. However, NYC isn’t quite what Buddy the Elf was expecting, and people have never met anyone quite like him. It’s a must-watch with kids of all ages. 

Jingle All the Way (1996) 

One family Christmas movie you might not have watched is Jingle All the Way. Arnold Schwarzenegger is world’s away from his role as Terminator, as he plays a workaholic dad who has forgotten to buy his son the hottest toy of the year. In a bid to not let his little boy down once again, he must go in search of the popular toy on Christmas Eve. Expect many laughs and a surprising amount of action. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 

While the kids might initially complain that It’s a Wonderful Life is a black and white film, it won’t be long until they immerse themselves in the family Christmas movie. The iconic Frank Capra film was released after World War II as a way of uplifting audiences, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving every year.  

It tells the tale of George Bailey (James Stewart) who is forced to remain in Bedford Falls to run his father’s company instead of travelling the world. However, his many sacrifices soon come at a cost when his uncle makes a big financial mistake at the business. When all hope seems lost, an unlikely friend arrives to prove to George how much joy he has brought to others and how his presence has altered the course of his loved ones’ lives. You can guarantee you’ll each shed a tear by the end of the festive flick. 

Jack Frost (1998) 

Speaking of tears, you’ll need a box of hankies by your side when watching Jack Frost with your children. It follows the story of Charlie, a young boy who has lost his famous father. While many kids are enjoying the season, Charlie cannot find any joy in Christmas until he learns the family snowman is his dad.  

The Santa Clause (1994) 

Spark your kids’ imagination with The Santa Clause. When Scott Calvin, a single dad, is tucking up his young son in bed, they both hear a large thud on the roof. To their surprise, Santa Clause is on the roof but is injured and he has no choice but to literally take the place of good ol’ St Nick to deliver presents to children and journey to the North Pole. If your kids love it, you can follow it up with The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3 (2006). 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 

If you’re looking for some fun Christmas films for the family, you cannot go wrong with Jim Henson’s The Muppet Christmas Carol. It’s a feel-good twist on Charles Dicken’s novella, A Christmas Carol (1843), as the fun-filled musical retells the iconic tale. It features Michael Caine as Scrooge who is surrounded by famous muppets characters, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) 

Your kids are sure to love Miracle on 34th Street, as it offers plenty of fun parades, spine-tingling music and a festive vibe that will have you reaching for the hot chocolate. The heart-warming story is about a lawyer and a little girl who take the steps to prove Santa Claus is real, even if she has trouble believing it herself. It’s bound to strengthen your children’s belief in Father Christmas. 

Home Alone (1990) 

The whole clan will laugh aloud when watching Home Alone, which tells the story of 8-year-old Kevin (Macauley Culkin) who is forced to spend Christmas by himself when his parents mistakenly leave him at home. While his mother frantically attempts to make her way home from a family trip, Kevin must take the steps to stop a pair of foolish robbers who are planning to invade his home. You can rest assured your kids will be begging to re-watch it many times over Christmas. 

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