Best Holiday Movies for Kids

When you're ready for some quality family time amid the chaos of the season, there's nothing better than curling up with one of our holiday favorites. From all-time classic holiday movies for kids such as The Muppet Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street to sweet holiday-themed romances for older tweens and teens like While You Were Sleeping and Love Actually, you're sure to find a festive flick that's just right for your family. For even more holiday-themed ideas, check out these books and apps.

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! Poster Image
MOVIE

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

age 3+

Series-inspired special teaches kids about animals, caring.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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MOVIE

A Charlie Brown Christmas

age 3+

The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1965)
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MOVIE

Frosty the Snowman

age 3+

Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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MOVIE

Jingle All the Way

age 3+

Heartwarming holiday tale has strong marketing tie-ins.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star Poster Image
MOVIE

Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star

age 3+

Sweet sequel's friendly messages outshine product tie-ins.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Poster Image
MOVIE

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

age 3+

Heartwarming for all ages, some old-school content.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1964)
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MOVIE

The Snowman

age 3+

Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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MOVIE

The Snowman and the Snowdog

age 3+

Sweet holiday sequel about a boy who misses his dog.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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MOVIE

Thomas and Friends: The Christmas Engines

age 3+

Gentle winter train tales celebrate the holidays.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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MOVIE

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

age 3+

Sweet seasonal adventures make this a holiday treat.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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MOVIE

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

age 3+

Beloved characters celebrate holidays, differences.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
All I Want for Christmas Is You Poster Image
MOVIE

All I Want for Christmas Is You

age 4+

Merry, mischievous holiday tale is fun for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Poster: Charlie Brown holds a bowl of dog food while Snoopy and Woodstock sit at a table that has pie and turkey on it
MOVIE

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

age 3+

Classic Turkey Day special for all ages; some insult words.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1973)
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MOVIE

The Christmas Toy

age 4+

A charming, if familiar, toy story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Poster Image
MOVIE

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

age 4+

Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1966)
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MOVIE

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

age 4+

Book pals spread holiday cheer with friendly, funny tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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MOVIE

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

age 4+

Kermit and friends deliver a cheery holiday tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas Poster Image
MOVIE

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

age 4+

Kindness saves unfriendly street in fun holiday story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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MOVIE

The Snowy Day

age 4+

Love and community central to holiday book adaptation.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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MOVIE

Stick Man

age 4+

Book-based animated short celebrates love of family.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)