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Family Movie Night! 18 Christmas Movies to Watch With the Kids

Dec 25 2013 - 3:52am

Though you're busy baking cookies and trimming the tree, you may find yourself with a little downtime this season. Why not use it to curl up on the couch with the kids and watch some festive films? From timeless classic to new animated features, check out this selection of Christmas movies the entire family is sure to enjoy!

Arthur Christmas

We always hear stories about Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but what about their son? Arthur Christmas [1] ($8, originally $20) focuses on the heir to Santa's sleigh and how he helps his dad on the most stressful day of the year.

The Polar Express

Tag along on an epic journey to the North Pole! Based on the beloved book, The Polar Express [2] ($9, originally $15) follows a young boy on an adventure of a lifetime to the North Pole as he learns that anything is possible if you just believe.

Home Alone

A timeless favorite! It's been over 20 years since the release of Home Alone [3] ($10, originally $20) — and we're sure that your kids will love it just as much as you did! Watch as 8-year-old Kevin McCallister rigs his house with booby traps to catch two not-so-smart burglars who want to rob his house on Christmas while he's home alone.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Get your tots ready for Muppets Most Wanted with The Muppet Christmas Carol [4] ($13, originally $20). Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens's classic tale.

The Original Christmas Classics

Christmas classics for everyone! Sit back and enjoy a few old-fashioned animated holiday stories in The Original Christmas Classics [5] ($13, originally $30). It's comes with seven holiday favorites, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Little Drummer Boy.

Merry Christmas Olivia

Leave it to Olivia to spread Christmas cheer in the Summer. In Merry Christmas Olivia [6] ($8, originally $13), everyone's favorite pig throws a Christmas party in July and is met with a few obstacles.

Miracle on 34th Street

Based on the 1947 holiday classic, the updated Miracle on 34th Street [7] ($10) is sure to delight! Six-year-old Susan has doubts about Santa Claus, but after meeting a special department-store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all — something to believe in.

Elf

Kids and parents will love Will Ferrell [8]'s holiday film. Elf [9] ($10, originally $20) chronicles Buddy's journey to finding — and bonding with— his real father after learning he's not actually an elf.

Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse

Starring Mickey Mouse and 35 of the Disney's most beloved characters, Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse [10] ($10) is a one-of-a-kind adventure that joyously captures the spirit of Christmas and is sure to delight the entire family.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Mama may have grown up watching the animated version of the Seuss classic — and now she can enjoy the love action story of the Grinch with a heart "two sizes too small" and how he learns the true meaning of Christmas in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [11] ($13, originally $20).

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

What do you get the monkey who has everything? In Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas [12] ($5, originally $15), the Man in the Yellow Hat spends Christmas Eve searching for George's perfect gift.

PBS Super Why: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and More

Join the Super Readers for some holiday fun as they explore the excitement of Christmas and other tales in PBS Super Why: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Other Fairytale Adventures [13] ($10).

Fred Claus

Fred Claus [14] ($6, originally $15) introduces kids to Santa's not-so-nice brother, Fred. After an audit company threatens to shut down the North Pole, the bickering brothers must put aside their differences to save Christmas.

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen makes kids and adults laugh in The Santa Clause [15] ($9, originally $15). When Santa falls off Scott Calvin's roof, it's up to this dad to deliver all the presents before Christmas morning.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A television holiday classic! A Charlie Brown Christmas [16] ($9, originally $20) features the Peanuts gang in the story of Charlie Brown and his efforts to mount a school Christmas pageant.

The Dog Who Saved Christmas

Home Alone gets an animal twist with The Dog Who Saved Christmas [17] ($5, originally $15). Mario Lopez voices this tale of a dog who saves his family's home from not-so-jolly robbers.

A Christmas Story

Who didn't love to watch A Christmas Story [18] ($9, originally $15) growing up? Now your kiddos can also enjoy the delightfully funny story of Ralphie Parker, a 9-year-old who pulls out all the stops to obtain the ultimate Christmas present — a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

It's a Wonderful Life

You're never too young or old to enjoy It's a Wonderful Life [19] ($10, originally $20). When George Bailey falls on hard times, an angel shows him there's more to life than the material things.


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