Here is my top 10 list of best Christmas movies for kids and adults to share. Luckily almost all of the best Christmas movies are appropriate for all age groups since they tend to be very family oriented.
When I grew up all the cartoon movies were fresh but soon became annual rituals. My mom even planned them on the calendar since back then the network only showed the movie once each year. Imagine just one chance only to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman!
Here is the personal list of best Christmas movies of all time in no particular order:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Jimmy Stewart makes this movie into a family classic. For a pure heartwarming movie that captures the spirit of Christmas, this is a must watch movie for kids and adults.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus! I loved this movie as a kid but it was a confusing message. Be ready to explain some things about Santa to your kids.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
I remember as a kid thinking how cool this movie was to watch. The Grinch was a bad guy so I felt positively naughty getting to stay up to watch. And that Cindy Lou Who who was not more than two? Too cute!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Charlie Brown movies always frustrated me because all the other kids picked on him. Never got respect from Lucy or his own dog. This is one of the last network television movies to include biblical references and actually mean it.
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Skip all the subsequent remakes as there is nothing like this movie in original form. For scary ghosts the black and white screen rocks. Consider the age of your children when watching this movie. It scared the daylights out of me as a kid.
Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
Just watched this one in the theater with the kids. It’s a 3D movie and great fun. Not the best Christmas movie of all time, and not even the best version of this movie. But the 3D part makes this a much watch movie this year.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
This was my favorite Christmas movie (cartoon style) growing up. Rudolph’s adventure away from his mom and dad is a good teaching lesson for kids who wander away from home.
White Christmas (1954)
Who doesn’t love Bing Crosby? White Christmas is clearly the best Christmas song of all time, so for that reason alone this movie is a must watch each year.
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
I can still hear the song reverberating through my head. If you watch it with the kids this year prepare for lots of subsequent humming. And tears too. When Frosty melts it melts my heart.
The Polar Express (2004)
If you have not seen the wonderful animation in The Polar Express than you are missing quite a treat. And the movie is suspenseful too. One of those rare cases when the movie is better than the book, and the book is a classic too. Terrific on the big screen in surround sound. Parts might scare very small children.
So what is missing from our list of best Christmas movies of all time? Please add your own ideas below.