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There’s so many wonderful things about the holidays, and great movies to enjoy as a family are among the top. We love sharing some great times together, snuggled with blankets and mugs of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course), watching some old favorites along with any new films. Whether you do a whole day movie-a-thon, or spread it out during the entire Christmas season, we’re sharing our favorites in this Family Holiday Movie List!
There’s not really a specific order to this list – pick your favorites or tackle them all in whatever order your family prefers. That being said, our family does have a traditional ‘first holiday movie’ we start with. Since it’s kind of a mix of the holidays, we like to ‘kick off’ with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Not only is it a great Disney film (love seeing Jack & Sally during the Halloween party at the Disney parks!), but it’s a fun way to say goodbye to Halloween and welcome in Thanksgiving and Christmas time.
Animated Holiday Movies
Arthur Christmas – PG – 1hr 37m
Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – NR – 26m
Frosty the Snowman – TVG – 25m
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – TVG – 47m
Polar Express – G – 1hr 40m
A Charlie Brown Christmas – TVG – 25m
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special – TVPG – 26m
Prep & Landing – TVG – 22m
The Search for Santa Paws – G – 1hr 36m
Kung Fu Panda: Holiday – TVPG – 21m
The Grinch (in theaters November 9th 2018) – PG – 1hr 45m
Mickey Mouse Holiday Movies
- Mickey’s Christmas Carol – G – 26m
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – NR – 1hr 6m
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas – G – 1hr 8m
- Mickey’s Magical Christmas – TVG – 1hr 6m
Live Action Holiday Movies
Pete’s Christmas – PG – 1hr 26m
Nutcracker and the Four Realms (in theaters) – PG – 1hr 39m
Santa Buddies – G – 1hr 28m
Christmas with the Kranks – PG – 1hr 39m
Ernest Saves Christmas – PG – 1hr 35m
Jingle All The Way – PG – 1hr 29m
Jack Frost – PG – 1hr 41m
I’ll Be Home for Christmas – PG – 1hr 26m
Miracle on 34th Street – PG – 1hr 54m
Prancer – G – 1hr 43m
It’s a Wonderful Life – PG – 2hr 10m
The Santa Clause 1 – PG – 1hr 37m
The Santa Clause 2 – G – 1hr 44m
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause – G – 1hr 37m
ELF – PG – 1hr 37m
The Muppets Christmas Carol – G – 1hr 25m
Home Alone 1 – PG – 1hr 43m
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – PG – 2hr
Home Alone 3 – PG – 1hr 42m
A Christmas Story – PG – 1hr 34m
How the Grinch Stole Christmas ft. Jim Carrey – PG – 1hr 44m
This is certainly not a list of ALL the holiday movies available, but these are our favorites and ones we think would be a hit with the whole family (although I admit hubby and I will pass on Santa Buddies or Search for Santa Paws)!
What’s your favorite family holiday movie?
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