From laugh-out-loud new movies to heartwarming classics, check out our picks of the best Christmas and holiday movies the entire family can enjoy.
You and your kids will love this story about an 8-year-old boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who accidentally gets left home alone while his family flies to France for Christmas. After having the run of the house without the watchful eye of his parents, including eating junk food in bed and attempting to shave like his dad, he manages to foil some pesky burglars while learning the true spirit of Christmas. Home Alone was at the top of the box office for three months when it first came out in 1990, and it is sure to be one of your family favorites as well. If your kids love it, they may also enjoy the sequels, Home Alone 2, Home Alone 3 and Home Alone 4. (Rated PG)
The Polar Express
The Polar Express is the perfect movie to watch on Christmas Eve, as the kids are snuggled up in their pajamas sipping on hot chocolate. The heartwarming story is brought to life in this wonderful movie that is voiced by Tom Hanks, who plays multiple characters including the train conductor, as well as the hobo and Santa Claus. This Christmas classic was released in 2004 and is chockfull of wonderful songs and holiday spirit, as it follows a boy that rediscovers the spirit of Christmas as he boards a magical train heading for the North Pole. (Rated PG)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold has overrated ideals for his Christmas holiday, which turn into hilarious mishaps in this holiday classic movie, which stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Your teen can totally relate with Audrey and Rusty (played by Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki) as they watch their parents and Uncle Eddie (Randy Quaid) turn Christmas into one funny disaster after another. From the obnoxious in-laws to overboard Christmas decorations, there are plenty of reasons why this movie is a holiday classic! (Rated PG-13)
What do you get when you have Will Ferrell being raised by tiny elves at the North Pole? You have a Christmas movie that is full of LOLs! Buddy the Elf (Ferrell) heads to New York City to find his real dad, played by James Caan. Watching this oversized Elf try to fit in (both physically and socially) to the big city is hilarious; however, the heartwarming ending gives you the warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling. Elf, which also stars Bob Newhart and Zooey Deschanel, is the perfect mix of sweet and silly. (Rated PG)
Kids who love high-tech gadgets will thoroughly enjoy the movie Arthur Christmas, which reveals the question as to how Santa can deliver all those gifts in just one night. The movie follows Santa's son, Arthur Christmas, who shows off the North Pole's high-tech operation as he works to deliver presents before Christmas morning. This movie, which has the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Eva Longoria, is bound to be a family holiday favorite. (Rated PG)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, Jim Carrey is the perfect pick to play the Grinch in this remake, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which hit theaters in 2000. The green Grinch tried to take away the spirit of the holiday in Whoville (even stealing their roast beast!), before little Cindy Lou Who (voiced by Taylor Momsen) befriends the Grinch resulting in his heart growing three sizes that day! (Rated PG)
The Santa Claus
In this fun holiday flick, Tim Allen begins transforming into Santa Claus (large white beard and jolly tummy included) after he accidentally injures the real Saint Nick! Your kids already love Allen as Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear — and they are bound to love him as Santa Claus as well! If The Sana Claus is a big hit, you may also enjoy the sequels, The Santa Claus 2, in which he goes on a hunt for Mrs. Claus. (Rated G)
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights
If you and your teens love Adam Sandler's crude humor, his comedy Eight Crazy Nights would be a fun holiday movie for you. This movie follows party animal Davey Stone who, in keeping with the eight days of Hanukkah, has to spend his holidays performing community service or he risks going to jail. This animated musical features his popular song, "The Chanukah Song," and plenty of Sandler's potty humor. This movie is rated PG-13 so it is definitely not for younger kids (Common Sense Media recommends age 14 and up for the vulgar humor and some strong language); however, your older teens will probably love it. There aren't many Hanukkah movies to choose from, but younger kids should stay away from Sandler's version and instead watch Lights: The Miracle of Chanukah, which is the animated tale of the Chanukah story, brought to life with the voices of Judd Hirsch, Leonard Nimoy and Paul Michael Glaser.
A Christmas Carol
There have been many remakes of this classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, which is the story of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by three Christmas ghosts, to help him learn to change his ways and embrace the holiday spirit. Younger kids will love Mickey's Christmas Carol (Rated G), while older kids will appreciate the cool graphics in Disney's A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge. (Rated PG) or the hilarious Scrooged, starring Bill Murray (PG-13).
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dust off this classic movie for a holiday movie that tells the story of Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer that doesn't feel like he fits in with the other reindeer at the North Pole because of his light-up nose. Not only will your kids love the Christmas songs and the story, but the underlying message that it is good to stand out from the crowd resonates all year long. (Rated G)
Want more holiday flicks?
Here are a few more movies to add to your playlist:
- Deck the Halls (starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick)
- Lamb Chop's Chanukah & Passover Surprise
- Jingle All The Way (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Frosty's Winter Wonderland
- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
- It's a Wonderful Life
- Miracle on 34th Street
- A Christmas Story
- A Rugrats Chanukah
- The Christmas Story
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