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Kids Christmas films to watch this December

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Family Christmas films

We don't know about you, but we will always associate Christmas with those heartwarming festive films you curl up with your family to watch every December, it's just one of those Christmas traditions. Picture the scene - the whole family snuggling up under a cosy blanket, sharing a tub of chocolates or sipping hot chocolates, the Christmas tree twinkling in the background...sounds perfect right?

The question is, what film are you watching this holiday season? With so many to choose from, it can be tough making a decision so we've pulled together our favourite of the lot, to make picking one for your family a lot easier. 

Christmas movies for kids

The Polar Express

A true Christmas classic. In this beautiful live-action Christmas story, on Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Watch here. 

Saving santa

Saving Santa

Bernard, a clumsy elf working in Santa's reindeer stables, learns that his employer uses time travel to go all around the world in a single night. When mercenaries invade the North Pole looking to steal its magical secrets, Bernard goes back in time to stop them ever finding the place. Watch here. 

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (short film)

The Ice Age gang are back for this short Christmas special. This time, Sid, Eddie and Crash get in trouble with Santa and have to find a way to get their names off the naughty list! Watch here. 

Disney's Frozen


We're such fans of this all-singing, all-dancing Disney special. If you don't know the story, it's all about Queen Elsa, who accidentally uses her powers to turn things into ice and curses her home into infinite winter. Her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to rid the kingdom of snow and restore the sunshine! Watch here.

Home Alone

A film that needs no introduction, while your toddler may not fully be able to understand what is happening in this popular Christmas film for kids, he'll enjoy watching eight-year-old Kevin fight back when thieves try to break into his home after being left behind when his family leaves for France. 

The Santa Clause

A feel-good 1994 film starring Tim Allen, about a man who inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, and finds himself magically recruited to take his place in order to save Christmas. Watch here.

The Snowman

This beautiful silent film is a must-watch this Christmas, perfect for the littlest of tots. A little boy strikes up a friendship with a snowman and the two fly together over the village and the snow and go on adventures together. But will the snowman last without the freezing weather to keep him whole? The soundtrack is mesmerising, it'll have your little ones singing 'I'm Walking in the Air' throughout the festive period. Watch here. 

The snowman

The Snowman and the Snowdog

A variation on The Snowman, this movie has a Snowdog too, what's not to love? A young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house where the original snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the Snowman, the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snowdog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar, making it the happiest Christmas ever for him. Watch here.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Perhaps a film for older tots, who will understand the story of the Christmas Carol - told by muppets of course! The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale on Christmas Eve. Watch here.


One of our favourites, this film starring funnyman Will Ferrell tells the story of how the larger than life Buddy the elf heads to New York, looking to find his true place in the world with hilarious results all round. Watch here.



This Christmas musical comedy film is about uptight but heartbroken primary school teacher Paul's little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class' nativity play. It grows like wildfire throughout the school and beyond, much to Paul's horror. There are also two sequels if you fancy a film day. Watch here. 

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

We all know the story of The Grinch but if you're looking for something a little more child friendly than Jim Carrey's version, what about this animated version? Watch here.

Arthur Christmas

Say hello to Santa's clumsy son Arthur who sets out on a mission with Grandsanta (played wonderfully by Bill Nighy) to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours. Whatever your age, this an all-round winner. Watch here.

Arthur Christmas

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Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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