What are the best Christmas movies for kids?

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Well, October is here. I know that I should be waiting until at least Halloween to start considering holiday music and movies, but I find myself in the mood to be festive.

Now that Evan is 3, I have the urge to start building a collection of holiday movies that we can watch in anticipation of the big day. Since we can purchase movies and shows through Amazon Instant on our TV, I’m ready to get started.

The problem is, I’m not really in the loop on which Christmas movies are great for kids, so I need YOUR help!

Of course, I want the classics that I watched from my childhood like Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas — but what else is out there?

I would love to hear which Christmas movies your kids adore, whether they are classics or newer films.

So, which Christmas movies are a hit with your family? Are YOU ready for Christmas, too?

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Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Natalie — October 9, 2012 @ 10:04 am (#)

    I love A Muppet Christmas Carol. All time favorite!!

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    • Laci C — October 9th, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      how could i forget a muppet christmas carol!!!!! i’m so going to buy that if amazon has it.

  2. Ginger — October 9, 2012 @ 10:09 am (#)

    My favorite as a child was the original (1930something) of Miracle on 34th Street. He’s probably a bit young for it yet, though.

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is worth it for the soundtrack alone.

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  3. Raeanne Kauffman Knull — October 9, 2012 @ 10:17 am (#)

    We love all the Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen! They are super fun to watch over and over. Of course the Home Alone movies!!! We do love ELF as well. I was just saying this weekend how I am ready to start watching them!!!

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  4. Teri Salvino — October 9, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#)

    I am in love with Raymond Briggs’ THE SNOWMAN!!! Beautiful story…no words….just music…..my favorite of all time…..I watched when I was young…..my kids loved it now my grandchildren watch it!!!!

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    • Kristin — October 10th, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      This was precisely what I was going to recommend. It’s not the most popular or well-known, but it is so sweet, so heart-warming. I have incredibly fond memories of watching this with my son. :)

  5. Beth — October 9, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#)

    Rudolph, The Polar Express, the Grinch and Charlie Brown Christmas.

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  6. Gina — October 9, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#)

    My big guy likes the original Rudolph, Charlie Brown Christmas, A Very Muppet Christmas and Hoops & Yoyo Save Christmas

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  7. Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom — October 9, 2012 @ 10:24 am (#)

    Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a favorite.

    My daughter loves Dora so many of the Dora Christmas movies like Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure.

    All of the movies already mentioned are great. We also like the Polar Express.

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  8. Stacie — October 9, 2012 @ 10:28 am (#)
  9. Laurie B — October 9, 2012 @ 10:37 am (#)

    My kids like the home alone series and a christmas story but those are for kids a little bit older.. maybe 6 and up.
    Of course the disney’s christmas carol would be great for your little one.
    I am not trying to advertise as this IN NO WAY will benefit me…. I simply want to share an AWESOME list of all the christmas movies that are out there. http://areyoufinished.blogspot.ca/2010/11/streaming-christmas-movies-on-netflix.html

    Ugh!!! less that 3 months till Christmas :(

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  10. Michelle Brunke — October 9, 2012 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Babes in Toyland, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas (yes, my kids love all the singing and dancing), Jingle All the Way (my boys loved this movie when they were little), Unaccompanied Minors, any and all classic cartoons (Frosty, Rudolph etc), The Santa Clause, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas (but yours may be a little young yet), most versions of a Christmas Carol, and many more. We own a lot and our kids watch them all.

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  11. Caitlin — October 9, 2012 @ 10:54 am (#)

    A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a big favorite of my kids since they were about Evan’s age. We also love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Elf on the Shelf!

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  12. Andrea — October 9, 2012 @ 11:18 am (#)

    The Polar Express has quickly become a holiday tradition in our house.

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  13. Laci C — October 9, 2012 @ 11:28 am (#)

    There are several that I love. The Santa Clause trilogy with Tim Allen is one of my favorite more contemporary holiday movies. The Polar Express is supposed to be really good as well as having a good message like The Santa Clause ones I referred to. My sister in law is a elementary school teacher and shows it every year. There are the Home Alone movies which are along the same lines.

    For more adult oriented, White Christmas, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Miracle On 34th Street are the ones I really like.

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  14. Mary Beth Elderton — October 9, 2012 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Don’t forget Charlie Brown–I like lower key movies that aren’t so frenetic for little kids. Maybe jazz things up a little with the California Raisins :)

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  15. Denver Tate — October 9, 2012 @ 11:30 am (#)

    I always loved The Santa Claus with Dudley Moore. It’s a really cute movie. Age 3 might be a little young to understand but still a wonderful movie!!

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