Our top 5 family Christmas movies

top five family christmas movies

I absolutely love Christmas movies; when it’s cold outside it’s so cosy to be indoors snuggled under a blanket with a hot chocolate watching a festive film. Along with Christmas songs, movies really help to get me in the Christmas spirit and this year is the first that we’ve introduced Rosalie to our favourites.

top five family christmas movies

So I thought I would share with you our top five Christmas movies, and maybe you will enjoy some of them with your family this holiday season too.


I probably don’t need to say too much about Elf – Will Ferrell is amazing as Buddy, the human raised by elves, who goes to New York City in search of his father. It’s just a wonderful, hilarious, heartwarming tale, with some amazingly quotable lines…

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

And I love the term ‘cotton-headed ninny-muggins’, we use that a lot when we mess up.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a dose of Dickens and The Muppet Christmas Carol is the perfect family friendly re-telling of the classic story.

Miracle on 34th Street

I loved Miracle on 34th Street (the Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson version) from the first time I saw it, when I must have been around 11. Every year I watch it and think how fun it would be to be in America for the festive season. Although much of the story line would go over a toddlers head, I think the visual interest would be enough to keep them captivated.

The Santa Clause

Tim Allen is brilliant as Scott Calvin (initials S.C.) a man who through some unfortunate circumstance is forced to take on the role of Santa Claus due to a legal clause. The Santa Clause is delightfully funny, and the workshop and Elves will truly capture the imagination of little ones.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Dr Seuss books are popular in our house due to their wacky stories and wonderful rhymes, and the movie doesn’t disappoint – it stays true to the book and Jim Carrey is hilarious as The Grinch. Whoville is bolder and crazier than you could have imagined from reading the book, and the whole film is a fun watch for all the family.

What would be in your top five Christmas movies? Do you watch the same ones each year? Let me know in the comments!


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