There are fewer things cozier than curling up to watch the best Christmas movies ever or Christmas movies on Netflix on a winter. There’s just something about the vacation movies that makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. And when it’s a family movie you can enjoy with everyone you love, from toddlers to adults, even better. So curl up with your family on the sofa and watch your children’s faces light up as they soak up the best Christmas movies for kids. The only problem you might run into when choosing a Christmas movie is picking just one. And in that case, we highly recommend a movie marathon, of course. To help you decide what to stream, we’ve compiled a list of the best kid-friendly Christmas movies.
1. Klaus (2019)
This oddball origin story of Santa Klaus is the first animated feature from Netflix, and features Klaus (Oscar-winner J. K. Simmons), a large, bearded man with a knack for toymaking but who doesn’t have much interest in children, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman), the worst postal carrier ever and Alva (Rashida Jones), a cynical teacher. They live in Smeerensburg, the unhappiest place on Earth.
- Directed by: Sergio Pablos
- Screenplay: Sergio Pablos, Jim Mahoney, Zach Lewis
2. Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara. Eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for France. At first, he is happy to be in charge, but when thieves try to break into his home, he tries to put up a fight.
- Director: Chris Columbus
- Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O”Hara
3. Elf (2003)
Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy movie directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart, and Ed Asner. The film centers on Buddy, a human who was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. He learns of this and travels to New York City to meet his biological father while spreading Christmas cheer to a world of cynics in the process. Buddy, a human, is raised amongst elves at the North Pole. When he discovers that he is not an elf, he travels to New York to search for his biological father.
- Director: Jon Favreau
- Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Edward Asner, Bob Newhart
4. A Christmas Story (1983)
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy movie directed by Bob Clark and based on the semi-fictional anecdotes of Jean Shepherd in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters. Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
- Director: Bob Clark
- Screenplay: Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, Leigh Brown
Frozen is an American 3D computer animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and published by Walt Disney Pictures. It tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged Ice Man, her loyal reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped their kingdom in an eternal winter. Anna sets out on a journey with an iceman, Kristoff, and his reindeer, Sven, in order to find her sister, Elsa, who has the power to convert any object or person into ice.
- Director: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
- Starring: Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel
6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970)
Santa Claus is Comin ‘to Town is a 1970 stop motion Christmas special produced by Rankin / Bass Productions in New York, New York. The film tells the story of how Santa Claus and several Claus-related Christmas traditions came to be. The Mailman decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there’s an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter’s heart (as well as the comely schoolteacher’s) and deliver his toys.
- Director: Arthur Rankin, Jules Bass
- Starring: Fred Astaire, mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)
Mickey Mouse just wrapped up another successful night out at the House of Mouse on Christmas Eve and wishes his guests a safe journey home. However, Goofy points out that a huge snowstorm trapped them in the House. Mickey decides to throw a free Christmas party for the guests. Donald Duck, on the other hand, is terribly stingy for a reason (not like his uncle Scrooge) that is never given and would rather not participate in the festivities. However, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy make her enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on stage next to a fireplace and a comfy armchair. Minnie then finds some Christmas cartoons that they haven’t shown today and they decide to play them.
- Director: Roberts Gannaway, Rick Calabash, Tony Craig
- Starring: Carlos Alazraqui, Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo