11 Best Christmas Movies for Kids to Bring out the Holiday Spirit

The Polar Express

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7. The Polar Express (2004)

A truly spectacular Christmas film for the visuals alone, The Polar Express will likely stand the test of time, just like its storybook counterpart. Aside from its beautiful CGI animation, the film is worthwhile for the train itself and the exciting adventures Billy and the other children have while on their way to the North Pole.

Another great choice for the lesson it teaches, encouraging kids to believe in Christmas just a little longer for the special rewards it brings.

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

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

While the cartoon version has its merits, Ron Howard’s 2000 live-action version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas wins for its hilarity and heart. Jim Carrey is in his element playing the grimy, nasty, mean old Grinch.

His wacky blend of improvised dialogue and physicality bring the Grinch to life in a way that makes it seem like Carrey was born to play the role. A must for the introduction to Carrey’s acting, the festive spirit, and all the fabulous Christmas songs.

The Santa Clause (1994)

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9. The Santa Clause (1994)

After the real Santa Claus falls off his roof on Christmas Eve, Scott Calvin, a divorced toy company executive played by Tim Allen, takes over and learns he’s the new Santa Claus. While only his son Charlie believes him at first, gradually his co-workers and family members come to realize his weight gain and white beard aren’t just the result of overeating and premature aging.

Full of festive family fun and quirky quips that’ll warm your heart and get the kids excited for Santa Claus’ arrival.