From the modern classic to nostalgic rewatches, these Christmas films for kids capture the magic of season, with more than a few laughs for the grown-ups too
The magic of the holiday season comes alive on the screen with Christmas films specially crafted for kids.
These heartwarming tales, filled with festive cheer and enchanting adventures, create lasting memories for the whole family. From mischievous elves to talking snowmen, each film on this list is a delightful gift that captures the essence of Christmas joy.
Get ready for a sleigh ride through the world of animated wonders and live-action delights, as we present the top ten Christmas films guaranteed to fill your little ones with holiday spirit.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a modern holiday extravaganza that combines the magic of Christmas with a dazzling display of music and imagination.
This musical fantasy follows the story of Jeronicus Jangle, a once-great toy maker who rediscovers the joy of invention and the magic of belief with the help of his granddaughter, Journey.
With show-stopping musical numbers, a whimsical steampunk aesthetic and a heartwarming narrative about family and rediscovering one's creativity, Jingle Jangle offers a joyful and visually stunning experience, making it a delightful and inclusive holiday film for audiences of all ages.
In the spirited comedy Elf, Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human who was raised by elves at the North Pole. When Buddy discovers his true identity, he sets out on a comical journey to New York City to reconnect with his father.
Filled with hilarious fish-out-of-water moments and Buddy's infectious Christmas spirit, this film is a laughter-inducing treat for the whole family.
Elf combines humour and heart, delivering a festive tale that reminds us of the importance of family, kindness and the joy that comes from embracing our inner "elf".
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Dr Seuss's classic tale gets a whimsical live-action adaptation in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Jim Carrey brings the iconic character of the Grinch to life in this fantastical story of redemption and the true meaning of Christmas.
Set in the charming town of Whoville, the Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unsuspecting Whos. However, his encounter with Cindy Lou Who and the joyous Whoville residents sparks a change of heart.
Combining imaginative set designs and Carrey's comedic brilliance, this film is a festive feast for the eyes and a heartwarming lesson in holiday cheer.
Home Alone (1990)
No list of Christmas films for kids is complete without the timeless classic Home Alone. When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind as his family goes on vacation, he must defend his home from burglars using a series of ingenious traps.
With slapstick humour, clever pranks, and heartwarming moments, Home Alone is a holiday favourite that has stood the test of time.
Macaulay Culkin's charming performance and the film's mix of comedy and adventure make it a must-watch for the entire family, providing endless entertainment and Christmas spirit.
The animated sensation Frozen takes audiences on a magical journey into the kingdom of Arendelle. Elsa, the Snow Queen with ice powers, accidentally traps her kingdom in eternal winter.
Her fearless sister Anna, along with an ice seller named Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the lovable snowman Olaf, embark on an epic adventure to save Arendelle.
Loved for its iconic songs, stunning animation, and themes of love and self-discovery, Frozen has become a modern classic that resonates with kids and adults alike.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
In the animated gem Arthur Christmas, the modern Santa Claus operation is revealed to be a high-tech, family affair.
When a present is accidentally left behind, Arthur, Santa's clumsy but good-hearted son, embarks on a mission to ensure the gift is delivered before Christmas morning.
This heartwarming and humorous film explores the importance of every child's Christmas dream and the power of family teamwork.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Charles Dickens' timeless tale gets a whimsical Muppet twist in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Join Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Mrs Cratchit, and Michael Caine as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in this musical adaptation of the classic story.
Filled with Muppet humour, catchy music, and heartfelt moments, this film offers a unique and entertaining way to introduce kids to the spirit of Christmas and the importance of compassion.
The Muppets add their signature charm to this beloved holiday tale, making it a joyful experience for viewers of all ages.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton's dark and gothic aesthetic comes to life in The Nightmare Before Christmas. This stop-motion animated musical follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon Christmas Town and becomes enchanted by the holiday spirit.
Jack decides to bring Christmas to his spooky world, leading to a series of humorous and heartwarming misadventures.
With its unique blend of Halloween and Christmas themes, unforgettable characters, and a mesmerising musical score, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film that captivates all ages.
Paddington introduces the lovable bear from Peru to the streets of London during the Christmas season. Paddington, with his penchant for unintentional mishaps, is taken in by the Brown family, and his infectious charm soon transforms their lives.
The film combines humour, heart, and a message of acceptance, making it a delightful choice for holiday viewing.
With endearing characters, charming storytelling, and a bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches, Paddington is a feel-good film that captures the magic of Christmas and the importance of kindness.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Tim Allen stars in the heartwarming family comedy The Santa Clause. When Scott Calvin accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically compelled to take on the role of the jolly old man himself.
As Scott navigates the challenges of becoming Santa, he discovers the true spirit of Christmas and the importance of family.
Filled with humour, warmth, and a touch of Christmas magic, The Santa Clause has become a beloved holiday classic that reminds us of the joy that comes from believing in the magic of the season.
Banner credit: The Muppets Studio and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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