Best Winter Break Movies for Kids

When it's cold and dark outside and the kids need something to do, try one of our favorite winter break movies. From holiday favorites like Home Alone to movies like March of the Penguins set in climates that would make a snowman shiver, this list has it all. These top-rated movies are the perfect end to any snow day. So pour some hot cocoa, grab a blanket, and get cozy with these excellent picks. And for more great films to make the holidays fly by, check out our list of the 50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12.

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Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne

age 3+

Peanuts New Year's movie is cute but not iconic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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The Snowman

age 3+

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

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Frozen

age 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Snow Buddies

age 5+

Popular puppies mush their way home.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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Arctic Tale

age 6+

Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Balto

age 6+

Brave dog saves kids in fun but tense fact-based film.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Frozen 2

age 6+

Slightly darker sequel charms with catchy songs, messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Ghost of the Mountains

age 6+

Absorbing docu about snow leopards has mild peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Ice Age

age 6+

Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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March of the Penguins

age 6+

Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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The Polar Express

age 6+

Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Smallfoot

age 6+

Fun, feel-good animated musical offers positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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To the Arctic

age 6+

Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Cloud 9

age 7+

Positive role models, engaging story mark Disney winner.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Elf

age 7+

Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

age 7+

First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2001)
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Ice Princess

age 7+

Sweet, inspiring story tween girls will love.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

age 7+

Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Rise of the Guardians

age 7+

Holiday icons defend childhood in gorgeous adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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Abominable

age 8+

Funny, heartwarming adventure has some peril, scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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