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15 Beloved Holiday Movies to Watch as a Family

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to stop and enjoy the magic of the season.

I say enough of all that!

Allow me to cordially invite you to grab a mug of hot chocolate, gather up the family and get ready to celebrate the magic of the season with these 15 beloved holiday movies you’ll want to make part of your annual holiday tradition!

 

 

 

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  • A Christmas Story 1 of 15
    A Christmas Story

    What it's about: All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, unfortunately everyone's convinced he'll shoot his eye out.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This quirky quotable holiday classic is laugh-out-loud fun for the whole family. You're sure to fall in love with underdog Ralphie and his ultimate Christmas wish.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $7.99

  • It’s a Wonderful Life 2 of 15
    It's a Wonderful Life

    What it's about: When a business mistake forces George Bailey to think that his family would be better off without him, an angel gives him the opportunity to see what life would be like if he never existed. It's then that George realizes it's a wonderful life.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This classic holiday film serves as an important reminder to be thankful for the blessings of love and family. There really is no greater gift.

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $13.00

  • The Polar Express 3 of 15
    The Polar Express

    What it's about: A doubtful boy takes an amazing ride on The Polar Express headed for the North Pole and discovers how to believe again.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This all-digital epic adventure is a visual masterpiece filled with an inspirational music and a heartwarming message.

    Rating: G

    Get it from Amazon, $8.25

  • Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special 4 of 15
    Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

    What it's about: Uh oh, Pee-wee's Christmas wish list is so long that there won't be enough Christmas presents for the other children of the world if Pee-wee gets everything he's asking for! With a little help from Santa, Pee-wee discovers the real meaning of Christmas.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Pee-wee, along with his Playhouse pals and celebrity guests, will have your family singing, dancing, and laughing their way into the holiday spirit!

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $8.46

  • Home Alone 5 of 15
    Home Alone

    What it's about: Poor 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, his parents mistakenly left him home alone when they rushed out the door to catch a plane to Paris over Christmas. When two bumbling burglars threaten to rob the McCallister home, this clever youngster springs into action to protect his home turf.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Filled with notable one-liners, abundant laughs and loads of heart, this holiday favorite reminds us that family is the greatest gift of all.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $12.42

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol 6 of 15
    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    What it's about: Follow miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he's visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in true Muppet fashion. Only then does he see the error of his contemptuous ways and discover the true meaning of life.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This kid-friendly retelling of the classic Dickens story inspires us to look within ourselves.

    Rating: G

    Get it from Amazon, $9.99

  • The Santa Clause 7 of 15
    The Santa Clause

    What it's about: Divorced father Scott Calvin is having a tough time relating to his 6-year-old son. When Santa unexpectedly kicks the bucket on Christmas Eve, Scott takes Santa's place. There's just one little catch (or clause)…

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: The masterful blend of comedy, fantasy, and true-to-life family issues make this seasonal fable magical fun for the whole family.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $8.99

  • Miracle on 34th Street 8 of 15
    Miracle on 34th Street

    What it's about: When a kind elderly man claims to be Santa Claus, he's institutionalized. Inspired by her daughter, a young lawyer defends him in court to prove he is the real Santa Claus.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This classic Christmas movie will leave the entire family believing in magic.

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $7.49

  • Elf 9 of 15
    Elf

    What it's about: Raised as an elf in the Nole Pole, Buddy who always knew he was a little different learns he's actually a human. When Buddy travels to New York to meet his real father, he realizes he's not in the North Pole anymore!

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: In addition to Buddy's hilarious elf-like antics, your family will fall in love with Buddy's unwavering commitment to spread Christmas cheer.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $10.06

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas 10 of 15
    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    What it's about: Poor Charlie Brown is depressed about all the commercialism the holidays bring. When Linus reminds everyone of the true meaning of Christmas, holiday spirit triumphs!

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This classic Peanuts Christmas tale reminds us that Christmas is about so much more than presents and fancy Christmas trees.

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $9.99

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas 11 of 15
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    What it's about: A grumpy Grinch threatens to steal Christmas away from the happy Whos of Whoville, until a young Who steals his heart.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: This animated holiday classic brings Dr. Seuss's beloved Grinch character to life in a way that will have your whole family's heart growing three sizes!

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $10.99

  • The Original Christmas Classics 12 of 15
    The Original Christmas Classics

    What it's about: This deluxe edition features four TV holiday classics you know and love: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman to name a few.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Sharing the classic holiday stop-motion animation specials with your kids is a holiday tradition!

    Rating: NR

    Get it from Amazon, $18.33

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 13 of 15
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    What it's about: The Griswold family was all set to have a perfect Christmas vacation, until their backwoods relatives show up and ruin everything.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Crude humor and slapstick shenanigans make this a gut-busting holiday classic to enjoy with older kids.

    Rating: PG-13

    Get it from Amazon, $9.49

  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol 14 of 15
    Disney's A Christmas Carol

    What it's about: Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is about to get the surprise of his life when confronted with the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Disney's magical retelling Dickens' beloved holiday tale of personal redemption will captivate and inspire your family with its stunning visual effects.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $8.95

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 15 of 15
    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    What it's about: When the bored pumpkin king of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington discovers Christmas Town, he enlists the help of his ghostly friends to put on Christmas instead.

    Why it's a holiday family favorite: Tim Burton's wildly wonderful visuals and inspired musical numbers will have your family falling in love with Jack, the pumpkin king who can't quite get Christmas right.

    Rating: PG

    Get it from Amazon, $17.99

What are your family’s favorite holiday movies?

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