Best Family Christmas Movies

by Chris on December 11, 2011

If you remember, Part 1 of this post was for adults. When reading your comments, it was very difficult not to agree with you on some of your picks. However, I knew I had to reserve the “reveal” of those favorites in this post. Shall we begin? Yes, we shall.

#9. (First of all, who starts with 9?) Rudolph. If you are anywhere near my age (you know, like 23), this was thee show to watch when we were kids. 


#8. Jack Frost. My son always likes to watch this each year. It seems like it might be corny, but it’s a good story. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. Cute!


#7. Polar Express. You just can’t go wrong with this one. Visually, it’s a beautiful movie, and the storyline is pretty incredible. Go see it at the theater if you can. It’s worth it.


#6. Miracle on 34th Street. While the new one is perfectly fine, it’s the original that steals my heart. The behind-the-scenes look at the Thanksgiving Parade combined with the magic of Christmas was a pretty perfect balance. To this day, Edmund Gwenn is my favorite Santa Claus.{source}

#5. Home Alone. I’ve lost track how many times I’ve watched this. It’s that good. Macaulay Culkin was adorably hilarious in it, and that house—still in love with it. Even with all that wallpaper. :)


#4. A Christmas Story. One of the reasons I love this so much? It made my dad crack. up. Don’t get me wrong—it’s hilarious! But watching my dad laugh so hard was priceless.


#3. Jingle All the Way. Surprised? My whole family loves this movie! My husband has a bit of an “Arnold crush”, so we watch anything with him in it. This one is just too good. It’s really funny!

#2. Elf. Man, this was a very hard decision. It could have been #1—easily. There’s so much to say about this movie. I’ll stop at Will Ferrell. He makes any movie funny.






And my #1 family movie of all time??

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

It really was a no-brainer. The humor does not. get. old, and the whole National Lampoon’s series is hilarious. What Clark Griswold goes through is what so many of us go through (on a more normal level, mind you) that we can’t help but appreciate it.


So there you have it! A fantastic list of movies for adults and for kids—if I do say so myself. Enjoy!



amy December 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I love your choices. Those are some of my favs, also. I have to add It’s A Wonderful Life, which we have been watching tonight. I do love the old classics like Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Frosty. Doesn’t get much better. :)

Chris December 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

I really thought more people would call me out on It’s a Wonderful LIfe, Amy. Can you believe I don’t really care for it? Don’t tell anyone, ok? :)

Leone December 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Our faves are (not in any particular order): Elf, Rudolph, Miracle on 34th Street (can’t believe they did a remake), Frosty the Snowman and The Snowman. If you haven’t seen The Snowman it is so lovely and charming and it’s surprisingly my husband’s favorite of the bunch.

April December 12, 2011 at 12:01 am

I agree 1 and 2 are hard to choose between!

Lisa December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

I love some of your choices, but if you have never seen it, you have to rent Santa Claus: The Movie. It is very 80’s, but it is by far my favorite Christmas movie ever…it has been a tradition since I was little. One of the best Santa’s, and the home of the elves (or Vendequm) as they are called in the movie, can’t be beat!

Pam December 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

I agree with your list (both actually) wholeheartedly!! I’ve been lurking forever and just wanted to say I love your blog! Thanks for all of the beautiful inspiration you share. Have a great holiday!

Chris December 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Hi Pam! Thank you for coming out of “lurkdom” to say hello! I’m glad you did! Nice to meet you!

Andy December 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

We never get enough ELF!

Rich Girl December 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Great list! My absolute favorite movies are Miracle on 34th Street and Love Actually. I can watch them every Christmas.

Naomi Rose December 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

I ♥ ♥ ♥ Naional Lampoon too – I always try and watch it Xmas Eve. An dI have to agree – the jokes are always just as funny every year :D

Mistress Arawynn December 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

All great movies. I definitely agree with most of them. It just isn’t Christmas without the Griswold’s. My son and I watched that and Elf the other night in fact. :)

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