We love watching Christmas movies! We have accumulated quite a collection of our favorites that we watch year after year. The following are what we consider to be the best Christmas movies! And yes, we typically watch this whole stack of movies during the month of December year after year!
Here are our family favorites.
These are appropriate for school-aged children all the way through adulthood!
This movie is quintessential Christmas and everything good about mankind. :) I watch it year after year but still tear up every single time the whole town comes to George and Mary’s house on Christmas Eve!
This is such a beautiful, realistic reenactment of the story of Christ’s birth. We let our boys watch it last year and will again this year (the part where Baby John is circumcised made for an interesting discussion, let me tell you). :) I was amazed at how the story truly comes to life–thinking about Mary and Joseph especially and all the thoughts and feelings that they dealt with leading up to the birth of Jesus.
I have pretty much every song in this movie memorized. I love it. I have great memories of watching it with my mom growing up. I am not crazy about modern-day musicals, but I LOVE this original. I love Bing Crosby and I am mesmerized with Vera-Ellen’s tiny waist. ;)
This is probably the most quoted movie from my husband and I. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
“I love singing. Singing is my favorite.”
“Congratulations! You did it! World’s Best Cup of Coffee!
“Santa!!!! I know him!”
I could go on. But I won’t. Needless to say, if you haven’t seen this movie, you need to. I think we will finally let our boys watch it this year (the humor will be lost on really young children and there are a few inappropriate words/themes).
We don’t currently own this movie (yet), but it is a classic I loved watching as a little girl!
I originally was going to put this movie in the “kid list” but I really think this is a great movie for families to watch together! My husband and I both learned so much history about Christmas that we had no idea about before! It packs in a ton of information while simultaneously being fun and engaging!
Runner’s Up: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Santa Claus and Home Alone. Neither of our kiddos are quite old enough to enjoy these classics, so we don’t currently own them. And before you say something about The Christmas Story, I have actually never seen that movie before. :)
Christmas Movies for Kids (Toddlers and Preschoolers)
We absolutely LOVE this video (it is perfect for preschoolers but even my school-aged son enjoys it). It is unfortunately out of circulation, so you will be lucky to get your hands on a copy. It is such a sweet (and very accurate) retelling of the birth of Christ in animated form. And it is narrated by Andy Griffith, which I think is just precious. :)
This is one of my favorite Veggie Tale movies of all time. Whether or not you “do” Santa at your house, this is a wonderful video on the true story of St. Nicholas (without really getting into whether Santa is “real”). It is perfect for preschoolers all the way through school-aged children. Actually, it is one the whole family would probably enjoy watching together. :)
BOZ is a big green bear who lives next door to the Baxter family. He joins the family for their favorite traditions and everyone learns about giving in the process. This sweet movie is so faith and family-oriented!
How can I forget the beloved Christmas classics of my childhood? I grew up watching Frosty, Rudolph, and the silly elf who wanted to be a dentist. :) My mom has all of these movies and our boys love watching them at her house.
Edited to Add: How could I forget The Polar Express?!?! We really enjoy watching this movie year after year (the boys, especially). However, I did refuse to watch it for the first 2-3 years after it came out as I was convinced that it wouldn’t hold a candle to the book (and it doesn’t) and they would somehow butcher it (they don’t). I am not crazy about the hobo bit, but other than that it is a pretty good movie. :)
What about you? What is YOUR favorite Christmas movie?