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44 of the Best Christmas Movies for Kids

Here comes Santa Claus (and friends) with these awesome kids' Christmas movies that are just right for all different ages.

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’Tis the season for the best kids’ Christmas movies

Jack Frost’s nipping at your nose and kids are amping up for Christmas. Plan one or several holiday-themed family movie nights to get everyone in the spirit. Snuggle up on the couch with the kiddos, serve some sweet hot cocoa (extra marshmallows, please!) and screen a Christmas classic made just for the little ones. Choose one of these family Christmas movies for a cozy night in, or just have a marathon with all of them—we won’t judge! For even more movies, check out our list of the best Christmas movies of all time or funny Christmas movies to keep everyone laughing. If you’re looking for kid-centric entertainment, try our selections of kids’ Christmas movies on both Netflix and Disney Plus, as well as the best Christmas cartoons. You’re sure to have tiny tots with their eyes all aglow! Merry movie Christmas!

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scene from A Charlie Brown Christmasvia amazon.com

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A true joy for all ages, this is one of the most enduring kids’ Christmas movies, and it features a wonderful soundtrack, a heartwarming story, and the Peanuts gang. Keep it classic with these Christmas movie quotes that will take you back.

Best for: Kids age 3 and up. There could hardly be a more appropriate choice for any kid, but toddlers might nod off.

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The Muppet Christmas Carolvia amazon.com

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The classic Dickens Christmas story gets a joyous Muppet-powered update that makes it one the best-of kids’ Christmas movies. It’s easy to stream along with these favorite Christmas movies on Amazon Prime.

Best for: Kids age 5 and up.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimat Editionvia amazon.com

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Nearly 60 years old, this is still one of the top kids’ Christmas movies because of its unique animation and musical score. Don’t be surprised if your kids are singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” until New Year’s. Give your kids extra holiday dreaming and streaming with the best Christmas movies on Hulu.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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Tom Hanks as the Conductor in The Polar Expressvia amazon.com

The Polar Express

Based on the children’s Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express easily makes our list of best kids’ Christmas movies with its magical journey to the North Pole.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in Elfvia amazon.com

Elf

Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf in this hysterical kids’ Christmas movie about a human raised at the North Pole by elves. Make it a fun family evening with the best Christmas games everyone enjoys.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movievia disneyplus.com

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Christmas aesthetics merge with shadow in this delightful, ever-watchable, animated yarn about a Pumpkin King determined to take over for Santa in what is also one of the best Halloween movies for kids.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Miracle On 34th Street Movievia amazon.com

Miracle on 34th Street

This award-winning, heartwarming ’40s original is where true Christmas spirit lives when a child questions if Santa is real and ends up inspiring the adults around her. Here are some ideas to teach your kids the history behind your favorite Christmas traditions.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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Home Alone movie stillvia amazon.com

Home Alone

The slapstick Christmas blockbuster is a ton of fun as a youngster forgotten by his family fends off holiday burglars. If you’re looking to celebrate the full holiday season, here are the best Thanksgiving movies to start with.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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White ChristmasParamount Pictures/Getty Images

White Christmas

Wow kiddos with this technicolor Hollywood spectacle featuring over-the-top costumes, dance numbers, and classic Christmas songs. “White Christmas” tops the list of the best Christmas songs ever—is your favorite on the list?

Best for: Kids age 10 and up.

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A Christmas Story Movievia amazon.com

A Christmas Story

Put on your pink rabbit onesie and snuggle up with the kids for one of the best family Christmas movies to watch again and again.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Rise of the Guardiansvia amazon.com

Rise of the Guardians

A rare treat, this Christmas movie is best for kids who’d rather imagine Santa battling dark forces alongside the Easter Bunny than nibbling cookies and milk. Check out these stocking stuffers for toddlers your little ones will absolutely love. 

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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Olive the Other Reindeer screengrab from YouTubevia Dino Disco/youtube.com

Olive, the Other Reindeer

This animated Christmas special features a determined pup as fresh as the season’s mistletoe. These bits of Christmas trivia will make for a great family game night!

Best for: Kids age 5 and up.

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Dream Works Holiday Classicsvia amazon.com

Merry Madagascar

Kids who loved Madagascar simply can’t resist this short TV Christmas special, which stars their favorite characters in a festive new adventure.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Christmas With The Jokervia amazon.com

Christmas with the Joker

Here’s an animated Christmas short for the tiny superhero in your life, starring Batman himself. Episode 2 of Batman: The Animated Series focuses on Christmas.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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Charlie and Lola point to an advent calendar on the wall in Charlie and Lola: How Many More Minutes Until Christmas?via Charlie and Lola/youtube.com

Charlie and Lola: How Many More Minutes Until Christmas?

The enchanting British duo offers a wonderful tale about advent and Christmas, and the innovative art style will rope adults in, too.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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Little Womenvia amazon.com

Little Women

This endearing period piece, based on the young adult novel by Louisa May Alcott, features inspiring acts of generosity at Christmas that will resonate with youngsters.

Best for: Kids age 10 and up.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Wayvia amazon.com

Jingle All the Way

There’s an undeniable appeal to seeing the Terminator hoisted into the manic shopping season. Anyone who’s ever scrambled through the aisles at Walmart after Thanksgiving should be able to relate.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Alone For Christmasvia amazon.com

Alone for Christmas

This cute adventure plays off the Home Alone premise, but this time it’s a pooch left alone to battle present-stealing burglars.

Best for: Kids age 5 and up.

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Christmas Tree Miracle Movievia amazon.com

A Christmas Tree Miracle

In one of our favorite family Christmas movies, parents of three school-age kids face challenges and might lose it all—until a Christmas tree farm brings them back together in this heartwarming story of hope.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Christmas Oranges Movievia amazon.com

Christmas Oranges

Set in the early 1900s, this heartfelt story follows a young girl who loses everyone she knows and finds herself in a harsh orphanage run by a grumpy man who despises Christmas. Here are some old-timey photos to show you what Christmas looked like 100 years ago.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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A Magic Christmas Movievia amazon.com

A Magic Christmas

A family embarks on a holiday vacation to a wilderness cabin. The dad’s childhood friend shows up and they find a treasure map to a magical Christmas tree from years before.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas Movievia amazon.com

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Your favorite adorable monkey, the beloved book character, is here with the Man in the Yellow Hat for Christmas adventures.

Best for: Kids age 3 and up.

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Mrs Miracle Movievia amazon.com

Mrs. Miracle

Two youngsters keep scaring away nannies, but then Mrs. Miracle arrives right at Christmas and offers unexpected help to their widowed dad. If you love Hallmark Christmas movies, this is one of the most beloved of them all.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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The Princess Switch Movievia netflix.com

The Princess Switch

Vanessa Hudgens plays two women who look exactly alike—one’s a princess and the other’s a regular person. Naturally, they switch places over the holidays. Keep your holiday swoon moments going with these best romantic Christmas movies.

Best for: Kids age 7 and up.

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Holiday Rush Movievia netflix.com

Holiday Rush

When a widower loses his job over the holidays, he has to convince his kids that a move back into his childhood home is the best thing. It’s a heartfelt Christmas comedy filled with lessons about what really matters. This one’s ready to stream along with our other favorite Christmas movies on Netflix.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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48 Christmas Wishes Movievia netflix.com

48 Christmas Wishes

Elves try to pass as real human kids in order to save Christmas in this adorable feel-good comedy. If your kids are precocious smartypants, challenge them with these Christmas riddles that are fun to figure out.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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A Cinderella Story Christmas Wish Movievia netflix.com

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish

Teens at work at a Christmas theme park find themselves falling for each other in this heartwarming rom-com that’s perfect for every Christmas mood. If you love feel-good, heartfelt stories, here are the best Christmas movies on Lifetime.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Mickeys Once Upon A Christmas Wishvia disneyplus.com

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

This classic animated special brings together Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the gang to celebrate the magic of the season.

Best for: Kids age 3 and up.

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Mickeys Twice Upon A Christmas Movievia disneyplus.com

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

This sequel to the early classic cartoon reunites the Disney pals for more Christmas fun. We also recommend the 1952 short cartoon Pluto’s Christmas Tree for extra holiday delight.

Best for: Kids age 3 and up.

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Ice Age A Mammoth Christmas Movievia amazon.com

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

Fans of the Ice Age crew love this sweet and funny Christmas special that finds Sid and his buddies traveling to the North Pole to see Santa.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Beauty And The Beast The Enchanted Christmas Movievia disneyplus.com

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Christmas is a tale as old as time in this touching return to the classic Belle and the Beast story, with the voice talent from the original film.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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The Santa Clause Movievia disneyplus.com

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen plays Santa in this classic comedy (with two sequels) about a dad who finds himself transforming into the jolly old man. If your kiddos like this one, both follow-ups are on Disney Plus.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Frostys Winter Wonderland 1976 Movievia amazon.com

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland

Indulge in nostalgia when you watch this sweet Christmas special from 1976 where Frosty gets a mate, but Jack Frost gets in the way. If you’re hosting this year, here are some awesome Christmas party themes you haven’t thought of yet.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Prancer Movievia amazon.com

Prancer

Sam Elliott plays a single dad whose daughter believes she’s found one of Santa’s reindeer in this sweetly classic dramedy that’s effortlessly sentimental. Awwww. Here are some Christmas quotes that will touch your heart.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Rudolph And Frostys Christmas In July Movievia amazon.com

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July

This is an homage to the classic stop-motion animation TV Christmas specials from the 1960s and 1970s. The retro watchable style is back in this 2016 production that pits the evil Winterbolt against a magic Queen who enlists Rudolph and pals for help.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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Santa Buddies Movievia hulu.com

Santa Buddies

Kids love the Buddies movie series with talking golden retrievers. The adorable puppies are dressed up in cheer and ready to save Christmas in this romp that mesmerizes little ones. Get some more Christmas cuteness with these adorable pics of animals dressed up for the holidays.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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The Nutcracker And The Four Realmsvia disneyplus.com

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

This gorgeous fairy tale with spectacular effects features Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, and an all-star cast in a live-action retelling of the classic Christmas ballet.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Winnie The Pooh A Very Merry Pooh Year Movievia disneyplus.com

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

The Hundred Acre Wood gang have a Christmas adventure in this sweet musical.

Best for: Kids age 4 and up.

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Arthur Christmas Movievia amazon.com

Arthur Christmas

Stunning CGI animation delights in this comedy-adventure about the technological elf system that makes Christmas happen—but then a glitch makes them miss one kid.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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The Christmas Chronicles Movievia netflix.com

The Christmas Chronicles

Kurt Russell steals the show as the ultimate Santa Claus for cool kids in this dashing comedy that steals everyone’s heart.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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The Christmas Chronicles 2 Movievia netflix.com

The Christmas Chronicles 2

Return to the magic with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, this time up against naughty elves who have it out for Christmas. Impress your kids with these holiday-themed jokes.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Jingle Hangle A Christmas Journey Movievia netflix.com

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Settle in for this magical, beautiful tale about the granddaughter of a toymaker whose best invention is under threat. Stunning dance numbers and glorious costumes fill the screen with wonder.

Best for: Kids age 8 and up.

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Klaus Movievia netflix.com

Klaus

Strikingly gorgeous animation captures a sweet story about a toymaker living on his own who wins the hearts of local children with the help of a postman. The two join forces to cheer up an unhappy town.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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Noelle Movievia disneyplus.com

Noelle

It’s time for the grown-up Kringle kids to take over Christmas, but neither one is up for the job in this sweet-natured comedy starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. Need a little homemade Christmas joy? Here’s some easy DIY decor that anyone can handle.

Best for: Kids age 6 and up.

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