This year, it’s likely that the holidays will look a bit different from other years. You and your family may be spending more time in your own home, nestled under blankets by the fire, and enjoying both new and nostalgic family flicks on TV. In fact, one of the best Christmas gifts for anyone in your family is a little bit more time spent together relaxing. If this sounds like your perfect way to spend, well, any day, make sure you and your family check out some of these six movies must see family friendly Christmas movies this holiday season. No matter which films you choose to watch with your kiddos this year, remember that being safely together for the holiday is the most important Christmas gift you can ask for.
1. “Noelle” (2019)
Looking for something new to watch? Noelle stars Anna Kendrick as Kris Kringle’s daughter, and sister to Kris Kringle’s son Nick. Nick is set to take over for their father on Christmas Eve night, but soon becomes stressed out by the pressure of making the night of deliveries perfect. After Noelle suggests he take a break from thinking about and stressing over it, Nick does not return, leaving the responsibility of saving Christmas squarely on her shoulders.
2. “The Polar Express” (2004)
The Polar Express, based on the picture book of the same name, is every child’s dream: getting to ride The Polar Express on Christmas Eve, and visiting Santa Claus’s toy factory in the North Pole. This movie’s animation is so detailed and eye-catching, you’ll be craving hot chocolate for weeks to come (trust us).
3. “The Year Without a Santa Claus” (1974)
If you’re looking to get real old school, you’ve got to watch The Year Without a Santa Claus with your brood. This 1974 stop-motion animation follows what happens one year when Santa Claus decides to take Christmas Day off. While Mrs. Claus and two elves try to swoop in and save the day, complications arise, resulting in plenty of Christmas calamities and entertainment.
4. “The Santa Clause” (1994)
If you haven’t seen The Santa Clause, or its subsequent chapters The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, you’re missing out. Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, who inadvertently becomes the new Santa Claus after the real man in red falls off his roof.
5. “Elf” (2003)
No must-see holiday movie list is complete without mention of the instant classic 2003 movie, Elf, starring Will Ferrell as a stay elf who finds himself living in a human’s world and interacting with human everyday life. This movie is beloved for a reason: you and your family will share equal amounts of giggles and aww’s as you watch Buddy the Elf maneuver through the world.
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6. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
If you’re looking for a fun family film to bridge the gap between Halloween and Christmas, look no further than The Nightmare Before Christmas. This Tim Burton claymation masterpiece follows Jack the Pumpkin King’s journey from spooky Halloweentown to jolly Christmastown.
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