Christmas time is about getting together with family and enjoying each others company and there is no better way than to spend time together over family Christmas movies. We have come up with a great list of some of the best family Christmas movies to enjoy over the holidays.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If you are looking for a funny Christmas movie that even the teenagers will enjoy, this is the one. The one thing that National Lampoon movies does is make people laugh and this is no exception. It’s going to be the “perfect” Christmas, but things don’t quite go as planned.
At first glance, Elf looks like it is going to be very, very odd. A grown man who is very childlike in behavior? Don’t let your first impression fool you. This is a movie that will have you laughing and smiling before it’s complete. If you can’t get in the Christmas spirit, put this in the DVD player and it’s a guarantee that your entire family will be ready to start celebrating the season.
Miracle on 34th Street
An oldie but a goodie, it was written back in 1947, but it has stood the test of time. A department store Santa insists that he really is Santa. While he is working, he kicks off a marketing scenario where Macy’s and Gimbels are referring clients to each other if they know that the other store has a better product. In the meantime, he is called mentally unstable and is even committed to Bellevue. It’s left up the judge to decide, is he really Santa Claus, or is Kringle just a person with delusions? A young lawyer proves his mettle by agreeing to defend Kringle. This is dramatic movie made in the old Hollywood style. It is sure to become a family favorite.
What happens when your family of eight is overworked and rushing to make it out of town for Christmas? You leave without the eight year old who. Instead of being frightened, he is overjoyed to find that he has the house to himself. While he is celebrating, a duo of burglars try to break in. Because he is used to defending himself against his bully siblings, he is well prepared to use mayhem to save his house. He sets a serious of booby-traps that only an eight year old could dream up and saves the day.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Finding the true meaning of Christmas is the goal the Charlie Brown has set for himself. He knows that it can’t be the pristine looking trees found in the Christmas tree lot. It can’t just be presents. This story has a Christmas pageant depicting the story of the birth of Jesus, it is in this and in a tiny branch like tree that everyone learns what Christmas is about.
The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set
Four great animated movies that the entire family will love. The set includes “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Frosty Returns”. These are all charmingly timeless. Introduce your children to beloved classic movies. You will have as much fun watching as they will.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
What do you get when you take a classic tale like Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Tale” and you add muppets? You get an extra special movie sure to delight all except perhaps the teenagers. (Who won’t admit to liking it, but won’t walk away from the TV either.) There is something magical about the muppets and they all play their parts to perfection.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carey steals the show in this. He has the perfect comedic personality for playing the Grinch. This is a tale of one person who does not like everyone else’s Christmas joy so he decides to destroy the cheer. He steals everything, down to the very last tree and waits in anticipated delight for the crying to start. The Whos in Whoville teach him a lesson about Christmas.
Dr. Seuss – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas in Whoville is a big affair. There is singing, and presents, noise and feasts. The Grinch cannot tolerate any of this. This animated classic shows that Christmas doesn’t need presents, decorations or feasts to celebrate. Watch the meanest person in Whoville learn about kindness and being happy for the sake of being happy.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin in this movie that has become almost a cult classic. Scott is divorced and is having issues trying to raise his son. When Santa falls off the roof and is killed, Scott dons the suit. Due to the “Santa Clause” Scott becomes Santa. This is a very funny movie with bad elves, Jack Frost and Scott finding out that he needs to get married in a hurry to keep the job.
Jingle All the Way
Parents can relate to this movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a dad who promises his son that he will buy him the hottest toy of the season. What follows is a rather disastrous Christmas Eve as everything that can go awry does, in comedic measure.
Christmas with the Kranks
This is a Christmas comedy starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis and Julie Gonzalo. After their daughter leaves home, they decide they are not going to hold a huge Christmas. They are going to spend Christmas on a cruise. Their neighbors revolt and hold protests. As they are packing to leave on Christmas Eve, their daughter calls, she’ll be coming home after all and is bringing her fiancé. Her mom reassures her that “of course they are celebrating in the normal way!” What follows is a hysterically chaotic scramble to get the house ready.
The Polar Express
A wonderful tale that started as a book before being animated. This is the tale of a boy who boards a train headed for the North Pole. The children on board are going to watch Santa start the journey in his sleigh. There is adventure along the way to the North Pole. This is a great story that gently opens the possibility that Santa isn’t “real”. Parents can use this movie as a way to begin to gently break the news or choose to skip over that part. This movie has a slightly darker tone than many Christmas movies, there is an undercurrent that “bad things could happen”.
An injured reindeer is found by a young girl who decides to try to save him. She is convinced this must be one of Santa’s reindeer, Prancer. She is desperate to get him healthy before Christmas. Her optimistic spirit helps to lift the spirits of her family, including her dad’s who has become disheartened. She helps to bring back the Christmas cheer and the hope that has been missing.
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty is brought to life by a magical mistake. He needs to battle his way to the North Pole, fighting off a magician who is determined to stop him. This is an animated story that is appropriate for even younger children.
A star studded cast, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen come together to make a wonderful musical. This classic was produced in 1954 in “technicolor”. Put this on the television and string popcorn with the kids while sipping hot chocolate. It’s the perfect sing along show!
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
Who doesn’t love Rudolph? This animated movie is charmingly rendered. Rudolph is bullied for his nose, even his own father is disgusted by the glow. Rudolph is sad and he makes friend with other misfits at the North Pole. They adventure to an island where unwanted and unloved toys have been sent to live. Rudolph and his friends prove to everyone that even “different” people have great qualities.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Small towns have something magical about them and this one is no different. But, the magic is broken when the character played by actor James Stewart is fired. He is suicidal and downtrodden, thinking he doesn’t matter when he meets his guardian angel. A walk down a path showing him what would happen if he had “never been born” convinces him that all is right with the world, job or not.
A Christmas Carol
A classic tale that never grows old, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is the perfect way to remind family of the meaning of Christmas. Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. He is reminded that being a stingy miser makes no one happy, least of all himself!
Disney’s Christmas Carol – Jim Carey
Disney recreates A Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. The story is told in classic, magical Disney style that makes this retelling of a “tale as old as time” of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future come alive. It’s never too late to be nice.
What happens when you are married and you both have divorced parents? It’s hard enough trying to divide Christmas between your family and his, but now double that! What results is a dysfunctional comedy that will have you not only laughing, but realizing that maybe your holiday plans are not so bad!
How did one child get missed on Christmas Eve? While it seems impossible with the extra organized battalion of elves, it happens. Santa’s son Arthur is determined to save the day. He sets off with his GrandSanta, some elves, a partly broken sleigh and untrained reindeer. What could possibly go wrong?
Two families agree to house swap over the holidays. The problem is one family loves to celebrate Christmas and the other family is not in the spirit this year. Add in friends and family who didn’t get the message about the swap and show up, expecting to find their loved ones, but find strangers instead. Dysfunctionality at its finest adds up to a movie that will have you giggling and groaning.
A Very Merry Mix-Up
Alice Chapman is already nervous about meeting her future in-laws, but when mayhem takes over and she loses her luggage and damages her phone, it turns into a comedy of errors. This is one of those movies that will have you smiling the whole way through.
The Christmas Ornament
When a widow decides to skip Christmas because she can’t handle the memories, she says the only thing she is going to do is bake cookies. When she meets a tree seller who intrigues her, she has to balance her memories of her deceased spouse, while trying to come to terms with falling in love with someone new.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
A three part Christmas anthology. “Donald Duck-Stuck on Christmas” where the relive Christmas over and over. “A Very Goofy Christmas” where Goofy is forced to deal with his son’s sceptisim about Santa Claus. Finally, “Mickey and Minnie’s Gift of the Magi” where they recreate the irony of Christmas gifting.