10 Fantastic Family Movies to Watch at Christmas

One of my favorite things about this time of year is watching Christmas movies. There are a ton of great movies and specials out there, so I’d like to share ten of my all-time favorites that the whole family can enjoy. We all love watching movies together, it’s so fun! We recently got Multi-Room Audio Video Systems and it’s changed our movie-watching experience forever!

How-the-Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Christmas-MovieHow the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Elf-Movie Elf (2003)

year-without-a-santa-clausThe Year Without a Santa Claus(1974)

A-Christmas-StoryA Christmas Story (1983)

Frosty-MovieFrosty the Snowman (1969)

santaSanta Claus is Coming to Town (1970)

the_muppet_christmas_carolThe Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Arthur Christmas (2011)

muppet-family-christmasA Muppet Family Christmas (1987)

What are your favorite holiday movies?

Let me know in the comments!


  1. Solid list. My all-time favorite Xmas movie has to be Muppet Christmas Carol, check out my review http://amandalovesmovies.com/2012/12/14/the-muppet-christmas-carol/

  2. Love all these! Just like to add that I was recently in the hospital for a few days, and what a comfort Elf and my all time fave, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation were! Awesome blog!

    • Thanks, Michele! Elf is always a great cure for any ailment or bad mood! Christmas Vacation is a great one too. Hope you’re feeling better! 🙂

  3. The Year Without A Santa Claus is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every single time it’s on TV!

  4. My favories are “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” since it is such delightful post WWII propaganda with a hippie upstart Kris Kringle (and Santa’s a ginger!), and “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (stop-motion, although animated is good too), because it is SO pagan. Seriously, does no one else notice? Santa’s being raised by a horned god and forest elves. I really need to read the L. Frank Baum book it’s based on.

  5. I love The Year Without a Santa Claus – it’s my favorite. I just LOVE that song (“He’s Mr. Heat Miser, he’s Mr. Sun … “) I sing that song year-round! Great list. The only one we haven’t seen yet is Arthur’s Christmas.

  6. Is the Muppet’s version of Christmas Carol scary? I haven’t seen it but I’m debating sharing it with my kids or not.

  7. I love the Muppet’s Christmas Carol! I love A Christmas Carol(the book) and the Muppets’s version is the only one I really enjoy watching.

  8. Good list! I love the classic Christmas movies.

    Glad to see the old version of Scrooge made your list instead of the new one. I recently saw the Jim Carey one at school with my students and felt tortured.

    Only movie I’m not familiar with is Arthur’s Christmas. What’s it about?

    • The story centers on Santa’s unappreciated youngest son, Arthur, who discovers that one child’s gift was not delivered. Arthur can’t stand the idea of a child thinking that Santa forgot her, so he decides to travel across the world on his own to deliver it. It’s a really sweet story with a lot of humor. I decided to include it on the list because we watched it at Thanksgiving and everyone really liked it, though I’m a bit partial to the “classics” as well.

  9. Christmas Story is the best Christmas movie eveeerrr! We seriously watch this EVERY year. Usually twice 😉 Thanks for the list of movies to try out.

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