The All Time Best Christmas Movies For Kids

Home Alone (1990)

  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Plot: When eight-year old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left at home when his parents leave for their Christmas vacation in Paris, he must fend for himself and protect his house from a pair of burglars.

Frozen (2013)

  • Director: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • Plot: When the young Queen Elsa accidentally reveals her uncontrollable talent for turning everything around her into ice, she banishes herself from her home and in doing so inadvertently condemns her village to an infinite winter. It’s then left up to her younger sister Anna to bring Elsa back and change the fortune of their kingdom.
  •  Frozen is hugely popular with children and adults alike, making it the perfect Christmas movie.

The Polar Express (2004)

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Plot: A young boy embarks on a mystical train called the Polar Express which is heading to the North Pole, and on his journey he learns all about friendship and the true meaning of Christmas.
  • The Polar Express is a truly beautiful movie which will leave a lasting impression on children of all ages.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Plot: On the fringes of a town called Whoville, the Grinch is slowly plotting how he will ruin Christmas for all the Who citizens. However we soon learn his back story and begin to have sympathy for him, as does a little girl called Cindy Lou who tries to help the Grinch reinstate his life amongst the Whos.
  •  Christmas then just presents and fancy lights. Cindy Lou is also an excellent role model, her generosity, big heart and her willingness to stand up for what she believes in ends up changing the Grinch’s life for the better.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Plot: Jack Skellington, who is the king of Halloween Town and frequently referred to as the Pumpkin King, comes across Christmas Town for the first time and is completely baffled but intrigued by it. He begins to obsessively study Christmas and ultimately plans a scheme where Halloween Town will hijack Christmas that year and see him usurp the role of ‘Sandy Claws.’
  •  Christmas movie that is a little different from the mainstream. While the figurines may scare a few young children, it soon becomes clear that appearances aren’t everything and that behind some of the more scary looking characters lies a heart of gold.

Sister Act (1992)

  • Director: Emile Ardolino
  • Plot: Having to go into the witness protection program to hide from her mobster ex, Deloris Wilson (Whoopi Goldberg) gets placed in a nunnery for her own protection. Naturally, she has quite a few teething problems as both her and the nuns get accustomed to each other, but when she takes over the convent choir, she, and the nuns, find a new lease of life.
  • It’s fun for all the family and few things are funnier than watching nuns on the run.

Muppet Christmas Carol(1992)

  • Director: Brian Henson
  • Plot: Based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ this was the fourth Muppet live-action musical feature. Following Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) on Christmas Eve as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, Scrooge soon realizes he needs to stop being such a selfish, grumpy old man if he wants to leave a lasting legacy behind him when he dies.
  • Children of all ages can take something away from this joyful, fuzzy film.

The Santa Clause (1994)

  • Director: John Pasquin
  • Plot: When a divorcee advertising exec accidentally kills Santa by startling him off a roof, he is forced to take his place. After putting on the suit Santa left behind, he is given exactly eleven months to get all of his affairs in order before taking on the full time position.
  •  Santa dying at the beginning of the movie, this is quickly forgotten as we focus on the process of Scott (Tim Allen) becoming the new Santa — which proves to be hilarious!