For many families, watching holiday movies together is an annual tradition, right up there with decorating the tree, baking Christmas cookies, and hanging stockings.
Of course, holiday traditions are unique to every family. Some families read special books, like The Night Before Christmas, every year. Others embrace newer traditions like The Elf on the Shelf, or choose to celebrate with religious traditions.
For my family, one of our favorite traditions is watching holiday movies together. From classics to newer favorites, it’s always fun to settle in for a cozy night with a favorite movie, a mug of hot cocoa, and the people you love most.
Just as every family has their own traditions, everyone has their favorite holiday movies. For the purposes of this post, I mostly limited my picks to full-length movies, which sadly meant leaving out some favorite TV specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Of course, at less than 30 minutes, both of these much-loved classics are well-worth your time!
Now, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Holiday Movies for Kids:
It’s a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic is widely considered to be one of the best films ever made, which certainly earns it a place among the best holiday movies! I love the original, but if your kids object to black and white movies, there is a color version available. Very young kids might not be able to appreciate this bittersweet and inspiring film, but it’s certainly appropriate for teens and kids over age 10 or so. Not rated