A List of the BEST Family-Friendly Christmas Movies and TV on DVD or Blu-ray

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A List of the BEST Family-Friendly Christmas Movies and TV on DVD or Blu-rayAhhh… time to snuggle up with the family to some of our best family friendly Christmas movies and TV on DVD or Blu-ray! From comedies, cartoons, tear-jerkers and sappy romances to the classics and all-time children’s favorites, we’ve compiled a list of the very best family-friendly Christmas movies. You’ve undoubtedly heard of some of them but some of them are new, including a bunch of new Hallmark Christmas movies just released on DVD. Are you surprised by some of the winners and the rankings? Well, grab the popcorn, treats, and the kids… pick out a new family movie today and enjoy some great family time together this Christmas! Leave us a comment with your favorite Christmas movies.

 

#50 – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Jim Carrey does a great job in this film and so does little Cindy Lou. But I personally like the cartoon original of this classic movie more than this verison.

Summary – The classic celebration of the spirit of the holidays comes home. Acclaimed director Ron Howard, his longtime partner and producer Brian Grazer, plus Jim Carrey (as the Grinch) brings Dr. Seuss’ beloved tale to life in this adventure “that can make your heart grow three sizes – if you’re not laughing too hard!” (Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

#49 – The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This Christian movie is based off the story of Christ’s birth as recorded in the bible. It is well done and does a good job of portraying a very important event in the history of the world.

Summary – It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod’s torturous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman’s faith was put to the test. Join Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) on an incredible journey of hope and discovery. Epic in its scope, yet intimate in its portrayal of this historical family, this “wonderful film” (Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times) is “a family feature that will be cherished for years to come” (Greg Russell WMYD-TV, Detroit).

#48- Barbie in a Christmas Carol

Barbie in a Christmas Carol

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is one of the better Barbie movies. It will appeal to young girls who like Barbie and it is fun to see Barbie in a Christmas movie.

Summary – The tale stars Barbie as Eden Starling, the glamorous singing diva of a theatre in Victorian London. Along with her snooty cat, Chuzzlewit, Eden selfishly plans to make all the theatre performers stay and rehearse on Christmas Day! Not even Eden’s costume designer and childhood friends, Catherine, can talk Eden out of her self-centered tantrum. It’s up to three very unusual Christmas Spirits to take Eden on a fantastical holiday journey that will open her heart to the spirit of the season and the joy of giving.

#47 – A Christmas Carol (2004)

A Christmas Carol (2004)

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is not my favorite version of A Christmas Carol but it is still pretty good. The dreams could be a little frightening to younger children so I would be aware before showing them this movie.

Summary – Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) brings Ebenezer Scrooge to life in this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. During a Christmas Eve dream that evolves into nightmarish proportions, embittered and miserly Scrooge is visited by three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present, and Future, who show him the life he has lived and the future consequences of that life.

#46 Home By Christmas

Home By Christmas

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I haven’t seen this movie, but it sounds really good and I want to see this soon.

Summary – Julia Bedford (Linda Hamilton) is a dedicated homemaker living in a modestly affluent neighborhood with her successful husband and sixteen-year-old daughter. When Julia discovers that her husband is cheating on her, her world is rocked. In their pending divorce, with most of her husband’s assets carefully hidden, Julia is left with nothing except her car and her barely realistic child support checks. After moving into a small apartment, Julia tries to make do while working a minimum wage job. Her daughter hates their new scaled-down life and convinces her father and his new girlfriend to let her live with him. When Julia finally hits rock bottom and finds herself living in their car, she decides to begin her comeback – and ultimately discovers what’s really valuable in life.

#45 – Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is okay but I thought it was pretty boring. The acting wasn’t that great and I would probably only watch it once.

Summary – Returning home from college one Christmas, young artist Thomas Kinkade (Jared Padalecki) is dismayed to learn that attempts to promote local tourism have failed and his mother (Marcia Gay Harden) is dangerously close to losing the family cottage to foreclosure. Inspired by his mentor, Glen (Peter O’ Toole), a famous artist who lives next door, Thom accepts a job painting a mural of his small, idyllic hometown. With Glen’s help, Thom not only discovers his calling as the Painter of Light but also helps the town rediscover the true spirit of Christmas in this nostalgic, humorous and heartwarming true story destined to become a holiday classic.

#44 – Love’s Christmas Journey

Love's Christmas Journey

Grade B-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is brand new this season and is part of the Love Comes Softly. Let me know what you think of this movie it should be great just like the rest of the series.

Summary – Inspired by the best-selling “Love Comes Softly” book franchise written by Janette Oke, the first-ever uplifting, almost 3 hour, Christmas story in the series. Still mourning the loss of her family, Ellie agrees to watch her brother’s children when he has to leave town. When a fire is set, Ellie works with a handsome deputy to clear a friends name and learns that if she can trust her faith, this Christmas may bring more miracles than she hoped.

#43 – A Holiday to Remember

A Holiday to Remember

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I haven’t seen this movie and I hadn’t actually heard of it until I was making this list. So I would not be much help in opinion for this movie.

Summary – After a rocky divorce, Caroline Giblin (Connie Sellecca) could use a fresh start. With her bags packed and her reluctant daughter by her side, she sets out for her quaint hometown of Mayville just in time for Christmas. Caroline finds that not much has changed back home, including her one-time fiancé Clay Traynor (Randy Travis), who is as stubborn as ever. When Caroline and Clay discover a young boy named William squatting in the basement of her grandmother’s former house, Caroline wants to let him stay, but Clay is reluctant and secretly contacts the authorities, causing the two to return to their old, bickering way. Will Caroline and clay remain at odds. . . or will this be A Holiday to Remember?

#42 – Veggie Tales Little Drummer Boy

Veggie Tales Little Drummer Boy

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great Veggie Tales Christmas movie. It is entertaining and fun to watch.  I would recommend this movie to children and families who like the Veggie Tales.

Summary – In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus. A story of generosity, hope and love, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

#41 – Call Me Mrs. Miracle

Call Me Mrs. Miracle

 

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This Hallmark movie is cute. It is fun to watch Mrs. Miracle work her magic and bring happiness to others.

Summary – Doris Roberts reprises her role as Mrs. Merkle (Mrs. Miracle) and brings hope for the holidays. Posing as an unassuming toy department clerk, she sets out to ensure that this Christmas is memorable and meaningful for all at a struggling family-owned department store in New York City. With broken dreams to mend and promises to keep, Mrs. Miracle has her work cut out for her, but she won’t give up until she delivers a merry, meaningful Christmas for all!

#40 – Max & Ruby – A Merry Bunny Christmas

Max & Ruby - A Merry Bunny Christmas

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Max & Ruby is also another movie that is based off of a TV series which was made for younger kids. But make sure you are careful cause once you introduce your children to Max & Ruby you will not hear the end of it.

Summary – Grandma’s Present – Max keeps Grandma busy while Ruby searches the store to pick out the perfect present. Max And Ruby’s Christmas Tree – Ruby has beautiful Christmas tree decorations, but Max has a different idea of “beautiful.” Max’s Snow Plow – Ruby says it’s snow-shoveling time, but Max thinks it’s a better time to drive his toy car

#39 – Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs Nice

Prep & Landing Naughty Vs Nice

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I quite enjoyed this movie. I thought it was funny, entertaining, and the animation was well done.  My children love it and I enjoy it too so I don’t mind when they want to watch it often during the Christmas season.

Summary – The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there’s room for everyone on the ‘nice’ list. Santa’s stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid, in order to stop Christmas from descending into chaos.

#38 – Eloise At Christmastime

Eloise At Christmastime

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – If you liked the movie Eloise at the Plaza I would give Eloise At Christmastime a view. This is a good movie for children to enjoy during the Holidays.

Summary – “I absolutely love Christmas!” exclaims Eloise (Sofia Vassilieva). So, with her “mostly companion” Nanny (Julie Andrews), Eloise sets off celebrating the season in her own irrepressible style. Whether it’s helping coordinate a Christmas Eve Wedding because “Getting married on Christmas is the most romantic thing,” shopping for the entire staff of the hotel or helping a neighbor save her home, Eloise has a “to do” list as long as her Christmas list.

#37 – Max & Ruby – Max & Ruby’s Christmas

Max & Ruby - Max & Ruby's Christmas

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This kids movie is based off the TV show Max and Ruby. My children love Max and Ruby and and this movie is not an exception to that.

Summary – How do you make your way in the world-and even in your own house-when your big sister knows just the “right way” to do everything? Just ask Max, a three year old bunny with tons of determination and a little bit of mischief too. It doesn’t matter that his big sister Ruby thinks she has a lot to teach him; Max has his own ideas. Join their loving, laughing sibling rivalry in Max and Ruby!

#36 – Magic School Bus Holiday Special

Magic School Bus Holiday Special

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have never seen this Holiday Special but how can you go wrong with Magic School Bus? This is a special movie from a wonderful series that you can count on learning and having fun at the same time.

Summary – It’s the last day of school before the winter holidays and the kids take a trip to Murph’s (Dolly Parton) recycling plant. The kids learn how recycling helps the earth in Holiday Special!

#35 – Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a fun movie that was made for little kids and involves the kids while watching this film. It is fun to take a trip with Emmet.

Summary – Take a trip downriver to Frogtown Hollow and meet Emmet and Ma, a poor but tight-knit family of otters struggling to make ends meet during the holidays. When a local talent contest comes to town, Emmet and Ma Otter enter with the hopes of winning the cash prize just in time for Christmas. See all of the little critters in Frogtown Hollow sing and dance to the soulful sounds of their homespun river music in the Emmy nominated classic.

#34 – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a good movie that has a good message that we should not get caught up in the tasks of the Holiday season and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. It is a sweet and cute romance story also.

Summary – Disenchanted single mom Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a Scroogette when it comes to anything Christmas. In fact, even her six-year-old son, Brian, is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. But when her Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler) visits and brings a fellow passenger from his flight named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie), Jennifer’s dubious heart awakens to the possibility that perhaps Christmas really does hold miracles.

#33 – Home Alone

Home Alone

Grade B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I absolutely love this movie. It is my all time favorite Christmas movie and I watch it over and over throughout the entire year. It is very funny, clever, and well done. This movie will never get old. I also liked the second movie the third is pretty good but I didn’t like the 4th one.

Summary – Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has become the man of the house, overnight! Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them!

#32 – Miracle At Christmas: Ebbie’s Story

Miracle At Christmas Ebbie's Story

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie does a great job of portraying the true meaning of Christmas and has a great way of showing it. I like the story and the message of this movie.

Summary – Elizabeth “Ebbie” Scrooge (Susan Lucci) is the tyrannical owner of Dobson’s department store. She takes her career very seriously and cares little about those around her, firing employees, denying charity and breaking tradition to turn a profit. When Ebbie is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, she realizes that she knows the price of everything… but the value of nothing. As she gets a glimpse at the bridges she’s burned and the love she’s lost, Ebbie hopes for a fresh start. Will she get another chance to live a more generous life?

#31 – Christmas Lodge

Christmas Lodge

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great movie. I really enjoyed it. The girl is able to relive her memories that she loved so much and share it with others.

Summary – During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now-dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love.

#30 – A Princess for Christmas

A Princess for Christmas

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I still haven’t got to see this movie but it looks so good. It is a cute story where a family is having a hard time and the Christmas spirit brings them together!

Summary – Christmas is right around the corner, and Jules Daly (Kate McGrath) is doing her best to create a loving home as new guardian to her mischievous niece and nephew. But when she loses her job, a mysterious and unexpected invitation arrives – travel to Europe and spend a royal Christmas with the children’s distant grandfather – the Duke of Castlebury Hall (Roger Moore)! And when Jules captures the heart of the dashing Prince Ashton (Sam Heughan), both of their lives begin to change in unexpected ways!

#29 – Christmas Comes to Willow Creek

Christmas Comes to Willow Creek

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have never heard of or seen this movie until I was putting this list together but it has pretty good ratings.

Summary – Brothers Ray and Peter had been feuding for years. So, when their failing father asks them to drive a semitruck full of gifts and supplies from California to the isolated Alaskan village of Willow Creek, they agree – reluctantly. Along the way, they pick up trouble when they’re joined by Jessie, who is Ray’s estranged wife and Pete’s ex-girlfriend. Then, a blizzard strands their truck deep in the Alaskan wilderness. Miles from help, with time running out fast, they realize only a miracle can save them. But as they’re about to be reminded, Christmas… is the season for miracles.

#28 – The Christmas Card

The Christmas Card

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a really cute Hallmark Channel movie. This love story is so sweet and precious. I really enjoyed the story plot.

Summary – In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Cody Cullen (John Newton, Desperate Housewives) is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman (Alice Evans, The Chris Isaak Show) from the small, picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

#27 – Elf

Elf

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is hilarious. It is a great Christmas movie that is really funny, although, I didn’t like some of the humor in this film (it was a little bit too much for me) and is probably not the best movie for children to watch.

Summary – Once upon a Christmas Eve, an orphan baby crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and was taken to the North Pole. Raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), Buddy (Will Ferrell) comes to realize he doesn’t fit in with the other elves. Determined to find a place where he belongs, Buddy searches for his real dad – in New York City! In the Big Apple, Buddy finds out why his dad (James Caan) is on the Naughty list! But most importantly, he sees that the world is seriously lacking in Christmas spirit. Which causes Santa all kinds of problems! So with the help of a beautiful department store elf (Zooey Deschanel), Buddy tries to teach his dad and the world the true meaning of Christmas spirit and to prove to everyone that Santa (Ed Asner) really exists!

#26 – Sons Of Mistletoe

Sons Of Mistletoe

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a sweet and moving film that will make you feel good. It is enjoyable to watch and would be great for the whole family to watch together.

Summary – The Sons of Mistletoe boys orphanage is a happy place. Run by the charismatic Jimmy Adams (George Newbern, Father of the Bride), the home has become one big family. But when its largest benefactor dies and leaves the orphanage to his daughter, Helen Radke (Roma Downey, TV’s Touched by an Angel), Jimmy worries about funding, especially as the old house begins to show its wear. Just when it appears that Ms. Radke is going to pull the plug on her father’s investment, a Christmas miracle changes everything.

#25 – Borrowed Hearts

Borrowed Hearts

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Borrowed Hearts is a touching romance that is filled with magic. This older film has a story of love and family.

Summary – Sam Field (Eric McCormack, TV’s Will And Grace), a single, powerful businessman is about to close the biggest deal of his career with industrialist Javier Del Campo (Hector Elizondo, Pretty Woman), a self-proclaimed family man. To impress Javier during his holiday visit, Sam convinces single mom Kathleen (Roma Downey, TV’s Touched By An Angel) and her daughter, Zoey, to pose as his family for cash Kathleen desperately needs. With a little Christmas magic, Sam learns to open his heart to the best gifts of all: love and family.

#24 – The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – The Muppet Christmas Carol is a huge classic that is great for the whole family, young and old. I would recommend this movie to all.

Summary – Alone on Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by ghosts who transport him to his past, present and future- and it’s not a pretty sight! But along the way he comes upon poor, kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, including Tiny Tim who teaches Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas.

#23 – Thomas & Friends Holiday Express

Thomas & Friends Holiday Express

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great interactive movie for children. It is a fun movie for kids to go on an adventure with Thomas.

Summary – All aboard for snowmen, Christmas trees and festive train rides! When you ride the rails with your jolly friends, you never know what to expect. Enjoy exciting adventures filled with lucky trucks, Christmas puddings, surprise parties and much, much more. Join Henry, Emily, Percy, and Thomas for trainloads of fun in the Holiday Express!

#22 – Samantha An American Girl Holiday

Samantha An American Girl Holiday

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I haven’t seen this movie either but I really enjoy Samantha An American Girl and so I plan on seeing this movie soon.

Summary – Samantha: An American Girl Holiday brings history boldly to life as it takes girls on a journey back to New York in 1904. Samantha’s prim and proper Grandmary is raising her to be a young lady, but her life starts changing the day she meets Nellie O’Malley, the servant girl next door. Though they come from different worlds, they become fast friends, facing happiness and sorrow, adventure and danger together. But nothing can prepare them for the life-altering surprises that await them this holiday season.

#21 – Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – It’s Frosty the Snowman! This is a fun childrens movie that is always going to be a good movie to watch. It is such a classic for all to enjoy based off of the song.

Summary – Look at Frosty Go! What’s become a bigger holiday tradition than building a snowman? Watching the original Christmas classic, Frosty the Snowman! Grab your scarf, bundle up, and get ready for the incredible adventure of a magical snowman who’s got enough personality to win over the whole family. You can’t go wrong with Frosty!

#20 – The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

Grade B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is in my top 3 personal favorite Christmas movies of all time. I don’t know how many times I have seen this movie since I was a little child and to this day I have to not watch it once, but several times during the holiday season! I love the story it is so fun and Tim Allen is so funny and clever. The little kid is so cute and fun to go on an adventure with everyone to save Christmas!

Summary – Rooftop clatter leads to merry adventure after Santa falls down on the job, and Scott Calvin’s son Charlie convinces dad to try on the red suit. Eight reindeer pilot the pair to the North Pole, where they soon discover that by donning the famous suit, dad must now accept all of Santa’s duties! Over the next year, a surprised, not-so-jolly Scott grows a Santa-sized tummy and beard, causing friends, family and business associates to wonder if he’s lost his marbles. All except Charlie, who thinks his dad is perfectly suited for his new job!

#19 – Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I remember seeing this movie several times when I was a child. It is always a good movie for Christmas. There are a few scenes that scared me when I was younger, so parents should be aware of that. Overall I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it. It is Mickey Mouse!

Summary – Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more of your favorite characters join the cast in this delightfully charming adaptation of a classic holiday tale. Ebeneezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is the time for kindness and generosity. So, with the guidance of some wise ghosts (with Goofy and Jiminy Cricket), and the examples set by his clerk Bob Cratchit (Mickey) and nephew Fred (Donald), Scrooge learns how to embrace the true spirit of the season.

#18 – The Bells of St. Mary’s

The Bells of St. Mary's

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great sequel to Going My Way and Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman are both excellent in this film. This is a 40’s classic and I could watch this over and over. It is an uplifting and inspirational story.

Summary – Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is assigned to a run-down parochial school. The easy-going O’Malley is immediately at odds with no-nonsense Sister Benedict on how to educate children. Beyond their delightful battle of wits lies a bigger problem. The skinflint businessman next door wants St. Mary’s condemned and only a miracle can save it now. How a devilish situation finds a heavenly solution remains to be seen in this captivating family classic.

#17 – Going My Way

Going My Way

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – A oldie film with Barry Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby, need I say more? They do a wonderful job on this film. It is a heartwarming and fun filled movie that can be enjoyed by all.

Summary – Best Actor winner Bing Crosby shines as Father O’Malley, a young new priest new to an established but financially flailing parish. When his philosophies conflict with those of curmudgeonly Father Fitzgibbon (Best Supporting Actor winner Barry Fitzgerald), the result is a timeless story of patience, compromise and – just maybe – understanding.

#16 – The Christmas Shoes

The Christmas Shoes

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This story is very touching and very sweet. It is a tearjerker that will make you feel good. After watching this movie I couldn’t help but want to make a difference in the world. This would be a very good movie to watch with the whole family.

Summary – After 10-year-old Nathan Andrews learns that this will be his mother’s (Kimberly Williams, Father of the Bride) last Christmas, he decides to buy her a special gift. As Nathan sets out on his quest, fate puts him in the path of Robert Layton (Golden Globe Nominee Rob Lowe, “The West Wing”), an overworked attorney who has forgotten to take time for his family. It’s the boy’s love for his mother that inspires Robert to reconnect with what’s truly important in his life.

#15 – Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have not seen this film. I have heard that it is a great film and so I plan on watching it at some point.

Summary – In her Smart Housekeeping column, Elizabeth Lane provides festive recipes and homemaking hints. But Elizabeth’s got a secret: she needs a recipe to boil water. Elizabeth has no cooking skills, no Connecticut farm, no adoring hubby and no baby-makes-three as depicted in her column. She better get them. Because Elizabeth’s boss has invited himself and a recently returned war hero to her home for Christmas.

#14 – Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Arthur is such a fun character that made me feel good. His character is so caring about every single child and will do anything it takes to make sure Santa does not leave out anyone. It is a touching story. It also has incredible graphics that are very detailed and crisp.

Summary – How can Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have missed one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present!

#13 – Polar Express

Polar Express

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –  I love watching this movie with my children every year.  We read the book when I was younger but didn’t really like it.  The movie is different though.  The animation is awesome and Tom Hanks is great.  The story has just the right amount of realism and fantasy.  Make some hot cocoa and snuggle up with your little ones this Christmas season!

Summary – Get up, get on, and get ready for the ride of your life! it’s Christmas Eve, and you’re about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, slip-slide over ice fields, teeter across mile-high bridges and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters more astonishing than any you can imagine. You’re on The Polar Express!

#12 – White Christmas

White Christmas

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – White Christmas is definitely a classic. It is the first movie that I watch with my sisters and mom during the holidays. It is a cute romance film that has lots of good music and a fun story. It is a great movie.

Summary – Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there’s the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Crosby & Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.

#11 – A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – There are a lot of versions of Dickens A Christmas Carol and I think this one is my favorite. It is very well made.

Summary – Academy Award winner George C. Scott gives a powerful performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in this truly heartwarming telling of Charles Dickens’ beloved drama. At first, miserable, greedy old Scrooge can’t tolerate the revelry of Christmas, much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner’s ghost and three cautionary specters from the past, present and future force the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses, Scrooge recognizes the repercussions of heartlessness in this classic, timeless story that also stars Susannah York and David Warner.

#10 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is another movie that was made based off of the song and it is so fun to watch. It is a happy and cheerful movie that is great for children to watch over and over.

Summary – Who’s got a nose for Christmas? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Just in time for the holidays, here comes Rudolph in the most beloved special of all time! Packed with a sleigh full of memorable songs and unforgettable characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the hearts of young and old alike.

#9 – Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I love the story line in this movie. I love the actors and actresses in this movie. This old classic is very well put together and is a joy to watch!

Summary – The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard (Edmund Gwenn) is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle, and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit – except for his boss, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), who’s raising her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) to not believe in Santa. But when Kris is declared insane and put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

#8 – Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a classic movie that is fun to watch with friends. It has an interesting story and the graphics in this movie are great. It is creative and is an adventure through out.

Summary – Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

#7 – The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

The Homecoming A Christmas Story

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a movie from the TV series The Walton’s. This older series is very clean and good for young children and adults alike. It is a good one to share with everyone.

Summary – Set on a Depression Christmas Eve in 1933, this heart-tugging story centers around the Waltons. They’re a rural American family preparing to celebrate Christmas together. Though times are tough, love and sharing are abundant in this family.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owLHMx4tewk

#6 – Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I recently saw this for the first time and thought it was great.  Bing Crosby opens an inn that is only open on holidays so this movie will work for pretty much every holiday.  There is great dancing and acting and a love triangle too.

Summary – Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds).

#5 – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – A great song that is turned into a fun movie to celebrate the Christmas holiday.  All of the characters are so cute!

Summary – Where does Santa’s suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole? The answers to all these questions and the origins of our favorite holiday traditions are revealed in this delightful classic about Kris Kringle, the world’s most famous gift giver.

#4 – A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have not personally seen this movie I have heard that this is a great comedy and is quite hilarious and fun to watch with the whole family.

Summary – In 1940s Indiana, nine-year-old Ralphie dreams of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. But when his gruff dad and doting mom regularly respond with “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie mounts a full-scale, hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign.

#3 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Oh man! How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the movies I remember from my childhood that we would watch every year and it never gets old to this day. This is an enjoyable movie for all!

Summary – The fun begins when the grumpy, grouchy, Yule-hating Grinch plots to ruin the Who’s Christmas. Can he steal their holiday spirit by stealing their holiday treats? Or does Christmas…perhaps…mean a little bit more?

#2 – A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – A Charlie Brown Christmas is such a clever and cute cartoon. It is a great movie and is for sure a classic movie. This is one I would say should be seen every Christmas season not just once!

Summary – Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy’s advice and directs the Christmas play. And what’s a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again in this Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved Picture and Audio.

#1 – It’s a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – It emphasizes family and friends and has a great moral plot. It is an excellent movie that everyone should see. It is #1 for a reason!

Summary – George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence. Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all of his good deeds over the years. Will Clarence be able to convince George to return to his family and forget suicide?

Comments

  1. Lizzie McComas says

    I loved most of these movies — some I've never even heard of. Christmas in Connecticut — I was surprised this one received such a high rating. I DID see it (actually 2 days ago b/c I rented it from Netflix) and it was okay….but nothing fabulous. I'd say it's safe for children but it's not really going to capture kids as much as it would WOMEN. Definitely a holiday chick flick. Furthermore, the guy is a forest ranger who rescued a kid and whose cabin burned down — he's not a war hero.

    AND my most favoritest Christmas movie of all time is A Garfield Christmas Special (https://www.facebook.com/GarfieldChristmas?ref=hl).

  2. Lizzie McComas says

    Oh sorry lol I forgot to share my favorite 2012 movie. I haven't honestly seen a lot, but out of the ones I HAVE seen, I liked Mirror Mirror. It's definitely kid-friendly. It was very humorous and fun.

  3. says

    Great holiday movies! It honestly have never heard of some of these! Definitely something to keep in mind when its time to cozy up and watch holoday movies 🙂 Thanks for the list.

  4. Andrew Eaton says

    Great list – Elf is definitely one of my favorites.. maybe because I haven't seen that one a million times yet 🙂

  5. Rachel Pogue Worley says

    I have been looking for a great Christmas movie called "A Little Piece of Heaven" (working title: Honor Bright) is awas made in 1991 and it starred Kirk Cameron, would ya'll have this movie on DVD?
    This is a great site for family movies, Thank You!

    • says

      I just checked and that movie is in moratorium and not available from my suppliers or the studio. I did find it on Amazon that's being sold by some small sellers so that's probably your best bet. Sounds cute. I love Kirk Cameron. I especially liked him in Fireproof and love how he's Christian and proud of it!

  6. says

    It's a Wonderful Life isn't just my favorite Christmas movie, it is one of my favorites, period. The thing I miss most about Christmas with my Mom is watching this together, usually reciting favorite lines.

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