Here at Movies4Kids we try to make Christmas a little more fun for everyone, and what better way to do that than to recommend a few Christmas movies that the whole family can enjoy (which means we can’t include an adult Die Hard, no matter how brilliant the Christmas movie).
This year, 20 films available on international and UK streaming services such as Disney+, Amazon Prime, Netflix and NowTV were shown in the UK. While this means that some classics could not be included (sob – Eleven) because they were not available on streaming sites at the time of writing, the fact remains that there is a great list of snowy, warm and cozy Christmas gifts to get you in the holiday spirit….
And don’t forget to click on the movie title to see the full review from Movies4Kids…. .
Arthur Christmas (Netflix)
One of many great films from Aardman Animation is about how Santa’s son Arthur (voice of James McAvoy) almost ruined Christmas by trying to bring a missing gift to a little girl on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Carol (Disney+)
An animated version of the classic Dickens story, featuring a somewhat scary Scrooge (voice of Jim Carrey), if recommended for older children and adults.
Christmas Chronicles and Christmas Chronicles 2 (Netflix).
Kurt Russell is Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles and its excellent sequel, with Goldie Hawn as Mrs. S., is a great example of how to do it. Claus and Julian Dennison as bickering elves.
Young fairy Eleanor (Gillian Bell) travels to the real world to help TV reporter Mackenzie (Isla Fisher), whose cry for help went unanswered as a child.
The Grinch. (Netflix)
An animated adaptation of the classic children’s story by Dr. Seuss. Benedict Cumberbatch is the voice of a green furry creature who hates Christmas, as do the merry citizens of Whoville.
Home Alone (Disney+)
Macaulay Culkin must protect his home from clumsy burglars Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci when his family accidentally goes on vacation and leaves him behind.
It’s a beautiful life (NU TV).
This 1946 B&W film is a classic for a reason: it features one of film legend James Stewart’s best films, and despite being a big old crybaby, it finally gives you back your faith in humanity. Stewart, of course, plays the role of George Bailey, who contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve, but also reveals how his life has affected other Angel Clarence aspirants.
Jingle All The Way (NOW on TV)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a father desperate to buy a Turbo Man toy for his son in this seasonal comedy, long before we could all order presents online.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix)
A wonderful musical adventure about a frustrated toy maker and a granddaughter who finds magic in his creations. A 2020 movie that has already earned the title of a Christmas classic.
A beautifully animated Christmas comedy in which the worst students at the university are exiled to a frozen island near the Arctic Circle. There he discovers Klaus, a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a house full of handmade toys.
Miracle on 34th Street (TELEVISION NOW)
The 1947 version with Natalie Wood is hard to find, but the 1994 remake with Richard Attenborough as department store Santa Claus and Mara Wilson as the little girl who thinks he’s real is always a treat.
The Christmas song of the dolls (Disney+)
The Muppets take the story of Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge and turn it into one of the best Christmas movies of all time. Michael Caine is perfect as the infamous grouch, while Kermit as Bob Cratchit, Gonzo as the narrator and Miss Piggy as Bob’s wife steal the show.
National Christmas Vacation at Lampoon (Amazon Prime).
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are the parents of Griswold, whose Christmas plans – like the holidays and the European holidays – are disastrously wrong. Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory are also featured.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+)
Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated film is not for little kids, but older kids will love the story of what happens when Halloweentown King Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town.
Anna Kendrick is Noelle Kringle, who must take over the family business when her father – Santa Claus himself – retires in this comedy starring Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader, Julie Hagerty and Billy Eichner.
The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms (Disney+)
A retread of the fantasy classic The Nutcracker and the Mouse King with a star-studded cast (Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Richard E. Grant).
The Polar Express. (NOW TELEVISION)
Once you get past the bizarre animation where every adult character looks like a slightly creepy version of Tom Hanks (who also contributes a few voices), there’s a lot to like in this animated story from Robert Zemeckis.
Santa Claus (Disney+)
A wacky but entertaining comedy starring Tim Allen as a man who accidentally hurts Santa and is magically recruited to take a happy place on Christmas Eve.
Save Santa! (Amazon Prime)
Noel Clarke, Joan Collins, Tim Curry and Martin Freeman lend their voices to this animated story about a simple elf who is the only one who can stop the invasion of the North Pole.
Scrooged (Amazon Prime, NOW TV)
One for older kids and adults, because this Scrooge is particularly annoying, played by Bill Murray. In this update from the 20th. In the 21st century, he is the director of television Frank Cross, who may or may not make a mistake as Christmas approaches.
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