‘Tis the season for joy and giving’ Christmas is a time for relaxing and enjoying some good Christmas shows and movies. Find some good Christmas movies for Kids will keep your kids sane, and remain jolly. But the top Christmas Movies for Kids is a hard list to come up with. Here’s my pick for the top 10.
For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart.
Ride the magical train that transports children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Follow the boy whose Christmas spirit is nearly broken. It’s Tom Hanks in numerous roles in this animated extravaganza based on the best seller book of the same name.
Home Alone 1 & 2 (1990, 1992)
Home Alone is about little Kevin who in the first movie is inadvertently left “Home Alone” while his family flies to France for Christmas. In the second movie Kevin finds himself alone in New York City while his family is in Florida for Christmas. In both movies Kevin battles stooge thieves Harry and Marv. It’s old time slapstick comedy. Both movies are equally good. Children under 9 may not enjoy it too much.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase, star of National Lampoon’s Vacation and its sequel, is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D’Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags (including the electrocution of a cat as the Christmas tree is lit) the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was still capable of attracting an audience five years after its release — it was one of the top-rated seasonal TV specials of 1994, outrating even the first network telecast of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Mickey’s Christmas Carol
The DVD Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 – Classic Holiday Storiescontains several classic animated Disney Christmas holiday shows, including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Honestly, there will never be another adaptation of A Christmas Carol that will ever compare to this one. In this delightful version of the story, Scrooge McDuck learns about the meaning of Christmas from the three Christmas Spirits and makes Bob Cratchit (Mickey) his partner. The film is the perfect length for families, without leaving out any of the important elements of the story. I can’t let a Christmas go by that our family doesn’t watch this one several times. (Recommended for all ages)
Frosty the Snowman
This is one of the best holiday films for younger viewers. Small children will be able to understand and sympathize with the storyline, and the short time frame fits smaller attention spans. Filled with fun music and colorful characters, this is a classic that your kids will love. They’ll want to watch it all year long, and with Christmas DVDs they can! The magic of Frosty is timeless – and season-less!
Thomas & Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas
Thomas searches high and low for the perfect Christmas tree, while the Logging Locos perform the “Misty Island Snow Song” in hopes of bringing about a true winter wonderland. Gordon, Mavis, and Percy go to the Steamworks for a surprise party like no other.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
One of the most endearing of all Peanuts’ specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, scraggliest Christmas tree ever. At first the gang makes fun of Charlie for choosing such an ugly tree for the holiday but a timely assist from Linus makes the true message of the season come shining through. Everyone realizes in the end that a little affection can make all the difference in the world… even to a tree.
A Christmas Story
Destined to become a holiday classic, this family comedy follows an Indiana schoolboy whose obsession with getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas leads to hilarious consequences. Co-starring Emmy-winner Darren McGavin (“Kolchak: The Night Stalker”). Based upon a true story. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED (c) 1983 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an old classic with Burl Ives as narrator, and it has made a recent come-back. The show uses innovative puppetry and stop-motion animation to tell the story of an outcast reindeer, an aspiring-dentist elf, and an island of misfit toys who help Santa save Christmas.
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