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What are the best Christmas movies for kids?

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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  1. October 9, 2012 @ 10:04 am
    Natalie

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

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  2. 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. October 9, 2012 @ 10:17 am
    Raeanne Kauffman Knull

    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. 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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    • October 10, 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. :)

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  5. October 9, 2012 @ 10:19 am
    Beth

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

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  6. 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. 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. October 9, 2012 @ 10:28 am
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  9. October 9, 2012 @ 10:37 am
    Laurie B

    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. October 9, 2012 @ 10:46 am
    Michelle Brunke

    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. 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. October 9, 2012 @ 11:18 am
    Andrea

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

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  13. October 9, 2012 @ 11:28 am
    Laci C

    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. October 9, 2012 @ 11:28 am
    Mary Beth Elderton

    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. October 9, 2012 @ 11:30 am
    Denver Tate

    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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  16. October 9, 2012 @ 11:39 am
    Shannon Weaver

    My kids and I love Disney’s A Christmas Carol. It’s got the voices of Jim Carey, Bob Hoskins and lots more.

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  17. October 9, 2012 @ 11:45 am
    Tabathia B

    We watch the Polar Express every Christmas, the classic Christmas movies, we often rewatch A Christmas Story and my kids also enjoy Charlie Brown Christmas.

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  18. October 9, 2012 @ 11:51 am
    Debbie Bashford

    Our favourite is A Christmas Story (from 1983) where Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift

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  19. October 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am
    april yedinak

    My kids and I love the classics you mentioned, though now as an adult I notice that Santa was kind of a butthead in Rudolph. We also love Elf and Olive the Other Reindeer. Oh, and The Polar Express.

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  20. October 9, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    We all love the following xmas movies, young & old:

    The Santa Clause – Tim Allen version (we love all 3!),
    Prep & Landing,
    Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice,
    The Polar Express,
    Shrek the Halls,
    Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

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  21. October 9, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
    NJJ

    I agree about A Charlie Brown Christmas and the Polar Express I also like:

    Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

    To Grandmother’s House We Go w/ Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen I found it at Walmart.com closer to christmas a couple years ago for $5

    A Flintstone Christmas-There are different versions

    Magical Winter Tales it has 3 Christmas Movies on 1 DVD: Nick & Noel, Spot and Dot and The Bears Who Saved Christmas Great for the 5 & under age

    Booky & the Secret Santa when they are older its about the Great Depression in Canada during the holidays and a great movie about friendship. If I’m not mistaken the Mom & Dad from the movie played on Anne of Greengables You can find it on Amazon.com since its hard to find in stores the sequel Booky’s Crush is cute too.

    If you decide to do American Girl with Kara as she get’s older you’ll love Samantha An American Girl Holiday

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  22. October 9, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    We’re big fans of Mickey’s Christmas Carol at our house! My son also likes Elf and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. (Or is it A Charlie Brown Christmas?) I think it’s a great idea to get started on this list! You’ll be all ready for Christmas!

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  23. October 9, 2012 @ 12:59 pm
    Angie

    Annabelle’s Wish, Veggie Tales “The Toy that Saved Christmas”
    The Littlest Angel, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, The original How the Grinch Stole Christmas, just to name a few.

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  24. October 9, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Charlie Brown Christmas and Veggie Tales:)

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  25. October 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
    Katie B.

    My 2-year-old son and I love The Polar Express. We actually rented it from our library a few months ago for the first time and obviously that was not at all close to Christmas. He loved the train and the songs. I can’t wait till it’s closer to the holiday season to watch it again.

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  26. October 9, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    The Disney version of Scrooged – a Christmas carol – is really cute for kids!

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  27. October 9, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
    Trisha

    We love to sit and watch The Polar Express

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  28. October 9, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
    Trisha

    We love to sit and watch The Polar Express every night until Christmas.

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  29. October 9, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
    Sarah

    Charlie Brown Christmas, A christams carol

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  30. October 9, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    Angelo loves Disney’s Prep and Landing that they air every year, and the sequel, which I don’t recall the name. Can’t go wrong with the classics either… Charlie Brown and Frosty the Snowman are favorites in my house. I personally like Twas the Night Before Christmas which is back when I was a child, with the little mouse who almost ruined Christmas. Also the non cartoon movies, Santa Clause and Santa Buddies. Ahh there’s so many!!!

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  31. October 9, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    First off, I want to let you know that when I began blogging 3 years ago, you were the one who helped me the most. When I wanted to start doing giveaways, your advice was so helpful. Thanks!

    Now, to get to Christmas movies, I’ve been watching kids Christmas movies for ever and have a very specific list. My utmost favorite is Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (currently located on the disc – Winnie The Pooh, A Very Merry New Year). Rankin/Bass did some fun animated movies like: Jack Frost (1979), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970), The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974) and others. I like the older classics because they’re sweet and not filled with overwhelming adversities like the newer ones are. Also, my favorites include: Polar Express (might not be understood by a 3 year old), Charlie and Lola Christmas (located on disc 6), A Charlie Brown Christmas, Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974, animated with mice…such a cute story).

    You’re entering into such a delightful time with your son…Happy Holidays!

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  32. October 10, 2012 @ 8:24 am
    @ACSKay

    We watch The Polar Express several times during the season…my 8 year old daughter and me. We have hot chocolate and popcorn and curl up together. I love catching her singing the songs when the movie isn’t on…too cute. I’m always ready for Christmas!

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  33. October 11, 2012 @ 9:21 pm
    Ruth

    The Polar Express, The Christmas Story, Charle Browns Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch so many! Love this time of year and having 8 wonderful grandchildren!!!

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  34. October 22, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Absolutely can’t pass through the holiday season without A Charlie Brown Christmas – I remember watching that with my parents every year.

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  35. November 8, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a great movie for kids and they will love enjoying it.Also “A christmas story” and “Frosty the Snowman” are some awesome movies to sit back and watch with your kids and they will have a quality time.

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  36. November 13, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    I am so excited that Christmas is so near and I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my wife and kids.I will definitely sit back to watch some movies with my little ones.I think Home alone series would be a great option because they have the Christmas and Santa ingredient.Also the Polar express is a beautiful movie to watch.I think ill have to check my library for some good movies.

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  37. November 22, 2012 @ 1:18 am

    There are plenty of movies to watch at this Christmas and we have already started our preparation.Christmas is so beautiful and it is also quite amazing. I love the Home Alone series and they are quite interesting and i think all their parts have the Santa effect.The Polar Express is another awesome movie to sit back and watch with your kids.

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