Want your kids to stay entertained—and silent this Christmas? We understand, and in an effort to ensure this happens, we’ve combed all the kids’ classics to bring you our picks for the 10 greatest children’s Christmas movies of all time. But by the way, now that you’ve hit our jackpot of kid-quieting movies ideas, maybe you’d like a little something a little more grownup for yourself? We’ve got you covered there, too. Check out our other awesome Christmas movie top ten lists here:
Anyway, down to business, and what you came here for in the first place. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Christmas Movies for Kids. May they help you bring heavenly peace to your household this holiday season.
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#10 – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
This classic made-for-TV Christmas movie premiered in 1964 and it’s been delighting generations of kids ever since. It tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer with a nose that lights up. He’s looking for a place where he belongs. Special guest appearances by the Abominable Snowman and the misfit toys make this movie extra-special.
#9 – The Polar Express
When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Rated G. (Recommended for ages 3+)
#8 – Frosty the Snowman
An animated cartoon about Frosty the snowman, who springs to life when the children place a magic hat upon his head. We all know the song, “Frosty the Snowman,” and the upbeat wintery feeling it brings. This wonderful favorite is available on the same DVD as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” (Ages 2+)
#7 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Whether you are talking about the most recent version starring Jim Carey or the original 1966 animated classic is the only version that does justice to Dr. Seuss. In it, the Grinch (a non-human Scrooge) tries to ruin Christmas for the Whos in Whoville by stealing their presents, trees, and holiday treats. Of course, the Grinch has a change of heart and finds love and friendship with the Whos.
#6 – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Charlie Brown becomes the director of the school holiday pageant and goes out with Linus to buy an aluminum tree for the show. Instead, they bring back a forlorn real tree. Our hapless hero finds himself dismayed by the rampant commercialization of the holidays and searches for the true meaning of Christmas.
#5 – Home Alone
Rating: PG (mild violence)
It made Macaulay Culkin the biggest child star on the planet, reigned at the box office for 12 straight weeks and grossed $533 million worldwide, but the best thing about this holiday staple is watching an 8-year-old kid toss burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern a good old-fashioned Christmas beat-down.
#4 – The Muppet Christmas Carol
Michael Caine is miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog is kindly Bob Cratchit in the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational take on the Dickens tale ever to star 99 percent Muppets.
#3 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol
The DVD Classic Cartoon Favorites, Vol. 9 – Classic Holiday Stories contains 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) Rated G.
#2 – Miracle on 34th Street
(Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott) Whether the modern version or the original, this tale of a little girl who doesn’t believe and her unlikely friendship with Santa Claus as he goes on trial to determine if he is real reminds us all about the things worth believing.
#1 – Elf (2003)
Rating: PG (mild adult themes)
Frank Ricard. Ron Burgundy. Ricky Bobby. They’re all unforgettable Will Ferrell personas, but the role he might be remembered for most in 50 years is Buddy the Elf (what’s your favorite color?) from ’03’s instant holiday classic. This non-stop laugher exemplifies all-ages entertainment.
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Anyway, get these movies and get yourself and your loved ones in front of the big screen for a fantastic holiday movie marathon of your very own. Happy Holidays!