5 of the Best Christmas Movies for Families

Jill Holtz

December 2, 2011

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It’s December.  The weather outside is frightful. It’s time to put on a Christmas Movie!  The Mykidstime Team have chosen 5 of the Best Christmas Movies for Families for you.

#1. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

With a great performance by Michael Caine as Scrooge, not to mention the old familiar Muppets characters such as Miss Piggy and Kermit, this is a lovely retelling of the old Dickens tale.  Younger children might find the scenes where Scrooge awaits the Ghosts of Christmas past slightly scary but once the ghosts arrive they are not scary characters.  Nice songs too, we particularly like the vegetables in this song!

#2. Miracle on 34th Street (2 versions: 1947 and 1994)

If you can get a hold of the older version, we think it’s slightly better.  The tale of an older gentleman called Kris Kringle, working as a Santa in Macy’s Department Store who claims to be the actual Santa Claus.

As this rather amusing trailer says, the film really is Hilarious! Romantic! Charming! (and we think men and boys should like it too!)

#3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 and 2000)

The original animated version of this tale of a grumpy loner “The Grinch” (voiced by Boris Karloff) who decides to steal Christmas away from the Who’s of Whoseville who live in the valley below is a delight with songs and cute scenes.

#4. The Polar ExpressThe Polar Express (2004)

Although slightly strange in its choice of motion-tracking computer animation rather than more standard animation, this story of a doubting boy boarding a midnight train going to the North Pole is actually one of our favourites.

The exciting train ride, the characters in it, and the great message of joy throughout make it one to watch over and over again.

The Train Conductor is voiced by Tom Hanks.

“This film never fails to captivate the kids when we put it on”, Aoife

homealone#5. Home Alone (1990)

Macaulay Culkin stars in this family Christmas classic as an 8 year old boy Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left at home by himself when his family goes to France for Christmas.

He then has to defend his home from 2 comical burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, while learning the true story behind his “scary” next-door neighbour.

Meanwhile, his Mum spends the time trying to get back home to him, ending up taking a ride with John Candy and his tuba playing band to get back to him for Christmas.

Directed by John Hughes, director of “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”.

Have you got a favourite Christmas movie for the family?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Related : Lots more festive ideas in our Christmas Fun feature, including recipes, crafts and lots more!

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Published On: December 2nd, 2011 / Categories: Entertainment / Last Updated: February 25th, 2023 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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