As soon as it’s time for Christmas music and lights, it means it’s time for one other thing: Christmas movies. And while the weather gets darker and colder, it can mean a lot more nights for the kids spent indoors. If they’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, then here is a list of Top Christmas Movies for kids!
When it comes to choosing for your kids, most of the holiday titles we are already familiar with. But there are some our kids may put in our hand at the rental counter and we have just a moment to make a decision. It’s best to know beforehand what movies your child might put into your hand and to know if they’re age appropriate. Below are more than twenty holiday movie titles split into age categories. Take a look before the next library run!
Top Christmas Movies for Kids ages 5 & Below:
For younger kids, these are shorter, milder Christmas movies that have great characters and lessons.
A great film adaptation of the book, this is a touching and beautiful movie.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
There isn’t much to say about this film. Chances are you’ve seen it already, and are ready to pass down this classic to your kids!
A Muppet Family Christmas
A fun family film with nothing offensive and everything to enjoy.
Frosty the Snowman
What’s not to love about Frosty? Some parents claim their kids watch this on repeat, so be warned before introducing it to your children, for your own sanity!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This movie contains a great message about being yourself, and the “scary” monster is a harmless antagonist.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Our favorite monkey brings some Christmas jinks to the holiday season.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
You can’t go wrong with Disney’s Mickey movies. Besides Scrooge the duck’s scary ghost, this mouse movie keeps everything lighthearted
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Three stories to display the true spirit of Christmas, in typical Mouse spirit.
These films are very mild and short, and great for kids below five.
Top Christmas Movies for Kids Ages 5-8:
Parent-reviewed as a fun, family-friendly movie.
Dr. Suess – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)
Always a classic, this film can be a little creepy, and may upset younger children, but it should be just fine for ages five and up.
Kung Fu Panda – Holiday Special
If your kids saw the original Kung Fu Panda movie, then they may love this holiday release! With the same fun characters, this movie has a Kung Fu Christmas spin.
This is a favorite holiday sequel to the film, Madagascar, and has some wonderful messages about goodwill and generosity.
Babes in Toyland
While the demons unleashed to ruin Christmas may come off as scary, it should be perfectly fine for ages five and above.
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas
A classic Disney film with all the favorite characters adds a little Christmas cheer.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Best for those who are already familiar with the characters, this is a really fun and wacky film with the typical slapstick humor and violence.
If your kids are fans of the “Buddies” movies, then try out this Christmas-themed one!
Prep & Landing
This is a great film for the family, with kid-friendly tones and messages and with some clean humor to keep even the adults chuckling!
These films have a bit more engaging plot line while remaining clean and family-friendly.
Top Christmas Movies for Kids 7+
Ages seven and up may enjoy these titles that are longer in time length with more complex plots and characters:
This is wonderful film adaptation of the book, with beautiful animation and an exciting atmosphere. Some parts can be a little scary, but mostly for quite young children.
Miracle on 34th Street
This is the newer version of the heart-warming Christmas classic, great for family night. Some agree that the older version is better, but both are good.
Rise of the Guardians
This is a very exciting and unique portrayal of the holiday legends and fun for adults too!
Shrek the Halls
Most families have seen the Shrek films. Expect similar potty behavior in this film as in the series, but with more kid-friendly humor and less innuendos.
The Santa Clause
If you haven’t seen this by now, then it’s time you do. So grab your kids and relax with this holiday film classic starring Tim Allen.
As parents have different standards for their children’s viewing privileges, this list errs on the side of mild. For further movie research, commonsensemedia.org has excellent and detailed information on movies.
Looking for the perfect Christmas movie night snack? Try this Christmas Chex Mix Recipe!
Did I leave off any of your favorite Christmas movies for kids? Tell us some of your kids’ favorite Christmas movies so we can add them to the list!