One of my absolute favourite things about the Christmas period is festive films. I have personal favourites that are classics but I also love watching the super cheesy made for TV films as well. This year is the first year that Erin might actually be interested in some Christmas films so I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas films for all the family.
Miracle On 34th Street
For me, Miracle On 34th Street is such a classic now and I can’t believe it is 24 years old now. Richard Attenborough plays Kris Kringle and a Santa in a department store in New York. You may have seen a post recently about us bringing Erin up to not believe in Santa (in the traditional sense) however, that doesn’t stop me loving the magic of this film. I could watch this at any time of the year, not just for Christmas.
I don’t think I have ever met someone who doesn’t love Elf. I know Erin is a bit young for this film at the moment but it’s a great one to watch with slightly older children. Will Ferrell is just perfect as Buddy, a human who was raised by elves. When he finds out he is really a human and not an elf like he thought, he goes to New York to find his real father to get him off the ‘naughty’ list but New York is very different from The North Pole.
It seems to me that a lot of the best Christmas films, or the ones I think are the best anyway, were made quite some time ago now. I know that I’m showing my age with these films but Home Alone is one of those films that I instantly think about when I also think about Christmas. I still think the story of Kevin being left at home while his whole family go on holiday without realising is crazy but I’m sure a lot of us have fantasised about what we would have done in his position.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is one of John’s all time favourite films, regardless of it being a Christmas film. Erin watched this for the first time earlier this year and she has asked to watch it over and over again since then. It’s a great film for both Halloween and Christmas which means you can watch it for a few months in a row!
These are just a few of our favourite Christmas films but I also asked some other bloggers what theirs are:
National Lampoons Christmas vacation. Love it! Run, Jump, Scrap
Deck the Halls. Fab film! Anklebiters Adevntures
The Muppet Christmas Carol. We always have a movie night with hot choc and watch that – my parents did it with me when i was little and I love doing it now with my own! Coffee, Cake, Kids
Santa Clause the movie! It’s an amazing film that captures the true spirit of Christmas and family.Mummies Waiting
Nativity is brilliant, it has the whole family in stitches from laughing, but it’s also one of the feel good Christmas movies too! It’s our family favourite with a bit in there for everyone, no matter the age! Unique Young Mum
Arthur Christmas Boo, Roo and Tigger Too
The Polar Express is magical Rice Cakes and Raisins
The Grinch! I love a bit of Dr Seuss The Coastal Mummy
The Santa Clause is our absolute favourite movie. We watch it every Christmas The Happy Homemaker
My favourite ever is an 80s film called A Christmas Story. It’s so funny and not your usual Christmas cheese fest. The Helpful Hiker
Deck The Halls is always a family favourite in our house. The kids find it hilarious, and I don’t mind having it on multiple times over the festive period. Odd Hogg
Meet me in St. Louis!! I used to watch it with my grandma every year! It’s a traditional musical with Judy Garland! A Slummy Mummy
The Elf’s Story, we love it and it’s not too long that young children lose concentration. An elf named Chippey helps a young boy who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas. Chilling With Lucas
The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix. It’s a really fun Christmas caper. There’s a sequel coming out this year too. Pushing The Moon
What are your favourite Christmas films to watch with the family?
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7 thoughts on “My Favourite Christmas Films For The Whole Family”
That’s it I’m in the Christmas spirit now! I love all of these films! I might have watched one or 3 already this year!
Thanks for including me! This is making me want to sit down and watch a Christmas film!!
Some fab Christmas films listed here! I’ve seen most of them but have a few new ones to check out. My favourites have to the the Muppet Christmas Carol and The Nightmare Before Christmas!
These are absolute Christmas classics. I love elf! And it’s always been a tradition to watch miracle of 34th street EVERY Christmas Eve. Brian Bedford – what a guy!!
Thanks for including me in the list! There’s a fantastic selection of films to watch!
I like Miracle on 34th Street though I prefer the 1947 original, and I only saw Elf for the first time two years ago but loved it instantly. My favourite Christmas movie of all time though is the Muppets Christmas Carol – we watch it every year on Christmas Eve, without fail. And on Boxing Day we always watch ‘Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel’ (The Hazelnuts for Cinderella) which is an East German/Czech production and runs a about dozen times on all the TV channels over the Christmas days in Germany and is an annual country wide tradition to watch. We bought it on DVD so we can watch it in Scotland.
Elf is a firm favourite of ours, but lots of others we have watched from those recommended and enjoyed too!