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.

Browse Best Holiday Movies for Kids

A Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Poster Image
The Peanuts gang in a classic Christmas special.
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(Release Year: 1965)
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Frosty the Snowman Movie Poster Image
Classic Christmas TV special is sing-along fun.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star Movie Poster Image
Sweet sequel's friendly messages outshine product tie-ins.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie Poster Image
Old-school, heartwarming classic for all ages.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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The Snowman Movie Poster Image
Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.
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(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.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Thomas and Friends: The Christmas Engines Movie Poster Image
Gentle winter train tales celebrate the holidays.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving Movie Poster Image
Sweet seasonal adventures make this a holiday treat.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year Movie Poster Image
Beloved characters celebrate holidays, differences.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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All I Want for Christmas Is You Movie Poster Image
Merry, mischievous holiday tale is fun for families.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Movie Poster Image
Classic Turkey Day special for young and old.
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(Release Year: 1973)
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming TV special is true to Seuss' classic book.
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(Release Year: 1966)
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If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie Movie Poster Image
Book pals spread holiday cheer with friendly, funny tale.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Movie Poster Image
Kermit and friends deliver a cheery holiday tale.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas Movie Poster Image
Kindness saves unfriendly street in fun holiday story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Snowy Day Movie Poster Image
Gratitude, diversity central to sweet book adaptation.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Arthur Christmas Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, funny holiday movie about the Christmas spirit.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Movie Poster Image
Animated version of much-loved tale invites younger viewers.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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hoops&yoyo Ruin Christmas Movie Poster Image
Hallmark stars bring the funny to sweet holiday special.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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How the Toys Saved Christmas Movie Poster Image
Delightful animated Christmas story, but some bullying.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Poster Image
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Prep & Landing Movie Poster Image
Clever holiday story is merry fun for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! Movie Poster Image
Sweet, noncommercial holiday story best for young kids.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Alien Xmas Movie Poster Image
Adorable family tale of Christmas spirit has mild scares.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Angela's Christmas Movie Poster Image
Enchanting, affecting holiday tale has mild suspense.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Angela's Christmas Wish Movie Poster Image
Some emotional intensity in uplifting Ireland-set sequel.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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A Christmas Carol (1938) Movie Poster Image
Classic Dickens' tale has mild scares but positive messages.
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(Release Year: 1938)
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The Dog Who Saved Christmas Movie Poster Image
Warm fuzzies abound in feel-good holiday tale.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Movie Poster Image
Classic story retold in funny, touching Muppet romp.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Klaus Movie Poster Image
Santa origin story is a sweet reminder of generosity.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Magic Snowflake Movie Poster Image
Charming, creative holiday fun for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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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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Scrooge Movie Poster Image
This musical Scrooge is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1970)
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Trolls Holiday Movie Poster Image
Holiday-themed show will give Trolls fans the warm fuzzies.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love Movie Poster Image
Lots of plot packed into tale of faith and holiday miracles.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury Movie Poster Image
Touching holiday follow-up will please original's fans.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays Movie Poster Image
Sweet, silly holiday special will make young kids giggle.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Elf Movie Poster Image
Elf
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! Movie Poster Image
Funny, feel-good tale makes the holiday merry for families.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Samantha: An American Girl Holiday Movie Poster Image
Charming, turn-of-the-century American Girl tale.
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(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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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster Image
Live-action take on classic has some crude, scary moments.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Movie Poster Image
Christmas musical has imagination, positivity, diversity.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Poster Image
Heartfelt take on idea for Charles Dickens holiday classic.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Black Nativity Movie Poster Image
Christmas musical is feel-good story of faith, forgiveness.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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A Christmas Carol (1984) Movie Poster Image
Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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A Christmas Carol (2020) Movie Poster Image
Creative retelling of Dickens' story is intense but festive.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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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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It's a Wonderful Life Movie Poster Image
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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Christmas with Holly Movie Poster Image
Heartwarming story of overcoming grief is great family fare.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square Movie Poster Image
Holiday musical includes mature themes, promotes faith.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Home Alone Movie Poster Image
Slapstick comedy is funny but full of iffy stuff.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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The Preacher's Wife Movie Poster Image
Denzel's Christmas angel meets Whitney's voice.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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The Mistle-Tones Movie Poster Image
Festive music accents sweet story that has bullying themes.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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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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Lost Christmas Movie Poster Image
Mystical, heartwarming holiday tale with mature themes.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Almost Christmas Movie Poster Image
Talented cast elevates dysfunctional-family holiday comedy.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Happiest Season Movie Poster Image
Sweet holiday romcom about coming out; drinking, language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Holiday Movie Poster Image
Women swap homes in festive romcom; language, sex.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Last Holiday Movie Poster Image
Formulaic but sometimes winning comedy.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Nothing Like the Holidays Movie Poster Image
Familiar but funny holiday story with a Latino flavor.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Home for the Holidays Movie Poster Image
Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Pieces of April Movie Poster Image
Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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The Best Man Holiday Movie Poster Image
Entertaining sequel deals with mature topics.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Carol Movie Poster Image
Moving, beautifully acted '50s-set drama about secret love.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Love Actually Movie Poster Image
Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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