The Best Family Christmas Movies and Where to Stream Them!

Considering how long this year has seemed, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I like to squeeze every bit of holiday cheer out of the season, which usually means watching as many Christmas movies as possible! 

I pulled together a list of some of my holiday favorites – the list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a great sampling of family movies that you can enjoy with your little ones. Read on to see my picks and where to watch them!

  • The Nutcracker – There are quite a few versions of this available, but my go-to is George Balanchine’s 1993 version, with Macaulay Culkin playing Drosselmeyer’s nephew. It’s available on Amazon Prime Video this year.
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – I’m partial to the 1966 version of this one. Depending on your location, you may be able to pull it up on Amazon… I’m not one of the lucky ones! You can also rent or buy it on YouTube, or watch it on cable on TNT or TBS on demand.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – As if 2020 wasn’t hard enough, the Peanuts gang are absent from the typical streaming platforms this year. You can watch A Charlie Brown Christmas on cable for one night only – Sunday, December 13th on PBS and PBS Kids. If you miss it, you can stream it free on Apple TV between December 11th and 13th. After that, it may still be available on Apple TV if you purchase a subscription.
  • Polar Express – This one may cost ya – you can rent or buy it on YouTube, watch it on AMC+, or Fubo TV.
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol – it’s no surprise that that you can find Mickey and his pals living on Disney+ this year! You can also rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Frosty the Snowman – You can catch this classic as part of FreeForm’s Countdown to Christmas, but if you miss it there, it’s also available for purchase on Vudu or FandangoNOW.
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – this family crowdpleaser is available to stream on Disney+, to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, and more.
  • Klause – This is a new addition to the lineup, as this Netflix original was only released in 2019… but as it has a whopping 94/97% on Rotten Tomatoes AND it’s Common Sense Media’s “Common Sense Selection,” so it’s bound to be good! I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet, but I’m eager to get to it.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Everyone’s favorite underdog is hard to find this year, but $9.99 will score you a digital copy of it on Vudu.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: the jury is still out – is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween one? Whichever camp you’re in, you can find it in lots of different places this season – including on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Disney+.

If you have any concerns about the content in any of these films and aren’t sure if they are appropriate for your children, you can look them up on Common Sense Media for more information.

Grab some popcorn and hot chocolate and enjoy your holiday movie watching!

Did I leave out any of your favorite family films? Let me know in the comments!

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