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 A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street to sweet holiday-themed romance 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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A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Poster Image
The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1965)
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Frosty the Snowman Movie Poster Image
Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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A Muppet Family Christmas Movie Poster Image
A short-and-sweet, tuneful holiday reunion.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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The Snowman Movie Poster Image
Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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The Snowman and the Snowdog Movie Poster Image
Sweet holiday sequel about a boy who misses his dog.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie Poster Image
Old-school, heartwarming classic for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1964)
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All I Want for Christmas Is You Movie Poster Image
Merry, mischievous holiday tale is fun for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Movie Poster Image
Beloved characters celebrate holidays, differences.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2002)
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1966)
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The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story Movie Poster Image
Popular book inspires delightful holiday movie for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Arthur Christmas Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, funny holiday movie about the Christmas spirit.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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How the Toys Saved Christmas Movie Poster Image
Delightful animated Christmas story, but some bullying.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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Kung Fu Panda Holiday Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming seasonal tale celebrates family bonds.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2012)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1992)
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Prep & Landing Movie Poster Image
Clever holiday story is merry fun for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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The Santa Clause Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming holiday tale has some potty humor.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! Movie Poster Image
Sweet, noncommercial holiday story best for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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A Christmas Carol (1938) Movie Poster Image
A gentle, less scary version of the classic.
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(Release Year: 1938)
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Miracle on 34th Street Movie Poster Image
Classic holiday movie for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1947)
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The Polar Express Movie Poster Image
Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Movie Poster Image
Charming, turn-of-the-century American Girl tale.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2006)
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A Christmas Story Movie Poster Image
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Black Nativity Movie Poster Image
Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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It's a Wonderful Life Movie Poster Image
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1946)
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Home Alone Movie Poster Image
Slapstick comedy is funny but full of iffy stuff.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1990)
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While You Were Sleeping Movie Poster Image
Appealing family comedy with old-fashioned feel.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Home for the Holidays Movie Poster Image
Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1995)
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Pieces of April Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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The Best Man Holiday Movie Poster Image
Entertaining sequel deals with mature topics.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Love Actually Movie Poster Image
Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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