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, pull on a sweater, 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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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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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Happy Feet Movie Poster Image
Ultra-cute kid flick has a few scary, emotional moments.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Ghost of the Mountains Movie Poster Image
Absorbing docu about snow leopards has mild peril.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Ice Age Movie Poster Image
Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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March of the Penguins Movie Poster Image
Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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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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To the Arctic Movie Poster Image
Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Cloud 9 Movie Poster Image
Positive role models, engaging story mark Disney winner.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Ice Princess Movie Poster Image
Sweet, inspiring story tween girls will love.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Rise of the Guardians Movie Poster Image
Holiday icons defend childhood in gorgeous adventure.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Miracle Movie Poster Image
Moving story of the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Snowtime! Movie Poster Image
Sweet tale about kids' snow battle has very sad moments.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Long Way North Movie Poster Image
Thrilling tale about a girl's search for her grandfather.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Antarctica: A Year on Ice Movie Poster Image
Incredible docu captures human details of remote existence.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Movie Poster Image
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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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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Red Army Movie Poster Image
Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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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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Groundhog Day Movie Poster Image
'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Little Women Movie Poster Image
Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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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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Chasing Ice Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Poster Image
Surprising, mystical film about lonely woman on a mission.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Crash Reel Movie Poster Image
Pro snowboarder's rise and fall is sobering and inspiring.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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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Bridget Jones's Diary Movie Poster Image
Single gal's romantic mishaps are fun for older teens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Poster Image
Witty, whimsical farce with some cartoonish violence.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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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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