Christmas movies are always a memorable treat for children of all ages. The films build anticipation for kids who dream of that special day where they’re opening the gifts under the Christmas tree. At the same time, these films bring special messages, including lessons about how it’s better to give than receive, the importance of family and others. These films can even be light-hearted and humorous.
Home Alone 1 & 2 – Both films are a good choice to watch with your children since they are both Christmas-themed. Basically, they both involve a plot where Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind by his family. Elements of Christmas are all around from the holiday songs to the Christmas trees. The formula of “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” revolves around his encounters with the Wet Bandits and other strangers. It’s a warm-hearted family-friendly film that you’d want to watch again and again.
“The Grinch” – This 2000 film is a live adaptation of a Dr. Seuss book telling the tales of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” The Grinch, played by Jim Carrey, dislikes Christmas and the citizens of Whoville due to his selfishness. His antics include stealing several gifts from the whos and lodging them into a cave. During his plan, he has a change of heart. If you love the Dr. Seuss version of the tale, you’ll enjoy the film.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” – Tim Burton’s vision of Christmas with a Halloween twist. Jack Skellington, who grows tired of the repetitive motion of Halloween Town and eventually discovers a portal to Christmas Town, which led to his obsession with taking over Christmas. Two holidays clash and personalities mix in a frenzy, which makes “The Nightmare Before Christmas” a must-watch for Christmas Eve.
“The Santa Clause” – This kid-friendly movie could not be more festive. Tim Allen plays a father from Chicago who runs a toy company. He would later discover reindeer and a sleigh on top of his roof. Scott (Allen) and his son agree to ride the sleigh to the North Pole where the rest would only be the beginning of Scott’s destiny to become the new “Santa Clause”.
“Elf” – Will Ferrell stars as an elf who learns that he is human. Buddy Hobbs (Ferrell) was told by Papa Elf that his real family is in New York City. Hobbs embarks on a journey to search for his father. When Hobbs finally meets his father, his life after the North Pole leads to new friends and family. “Elf” creates its own unique brand of the Christmas spirit.