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The Best Christmas Movies For All The Family: Disney Plus, Netflix And More

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From classic Christmas movies on Netflix, to feel-good festive flicks on the recently launched Disney Plus, there are plenty of Christmas movies to add to your family’s watch list this year!

The Christmas tree is up, Advent calendars are on the go and the Christmas shopping is underway (well, for some, anyway!). ‘Tis the season of comfy socks, hot cocoa and binge-watching seshes, and this year Disney Plus has joined the party! To help narrow down the huge list of festive flicks, we’ve picked out some of the best family-friendly Christmas movies to suit all ages.

You’ll love watching these Christmas classics with your tots or teens. We’ve listed new releases alongside Christmas favourites, with each one’s running time as well – so you know exactly how much popcorn you’ll need. You’ll also find age ratings, checked against Common Sense Media, as you can never be too safe when it comes to your child’s screen time health. Get ready to sit back, relax, and press play!

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A Boy Called Christmas (2021) – New Christmas movie to watch with the family

Get settled on the sofa for the adventure that is A Boy Called Christmas. A young boy, Nikolas, finds himself on a quest to find his father – who had set off on his own mission to find the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. With a little help from his new friends (a reindeer and talking pet mouse) he inadvertently uncovers his own destiny along the way. Expect snowy scenes, familiar faces and plenty of Christmas spirit.

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: Ages 8 and up
Run time:
106 minutes


Home Alone (complete series, from 1990 on) – Legendary family Christmas movie series

It’s time, parents, if you haven’t already to introduce your children to the legend that is Kevin McCallister. We don’t think there’s been a Christmas since 1990 where this family favourite hasn’t been watched by a Sassy Mama! And now, thanks to Disney Plus, you have the entire back catalogue at your finger tips. Follow the adventures of a young boy whose parents inadvertently leave him behind at home while the rest of the family go on their Christmas holiday to Paris. With loveable baddies, classic lines and Christmas tunes galore, there’s soon to be a whole new generation of Home Alone fans.

Available on: Disney Plus
Suitable for: 10 and up
Run time: 103 minutes


Klaus (2019) – Animated family Christmas movie

We love this animated film that tells the story of what happens when a selfish young man meets a kind-hearted woodchopper. With a storybook-like animation style, this animated Christmas comedy tells us how Santa Claus came about, through the lens of a postman – Jasper.

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: Ages 7 and up
Run time: 98 minutes

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The Christmas Chronicles: Part 1 And 2 (2019/2020) – Action-adventure movie with Santa Clause

Up for a ride in Santa’s sleigh? From befriending miniature elves to watching Santa jam it out with a rock band, you’ll be surprised by what goes on in Santa’s workshop. These Netflix originals follow the story of Kate and Teddy’s rousing Christmas adventures as they find out Santa and Mrs Clause are very real. These action-packed Christmas movies include your favourite reindeers, a trip to the North Pole, some naughty elves and more! Will they save Christmas? Watch and find out…

Available on: Netflix, The Christmas Chronicles and The Christmas Chronicles 2
Suitable for: Ages 10 and up
Run time:
115 minutes


Miracle On 34th Street (1994, and the original 1947 version) – Feel-good Christmas movie for all the family

Just as six-year-old Susan beings to have some doubts about the authenticity of the man in red, she meets a department store Santa who might help to change her mind.

Available on: Disney Plus (1947 version
Suitable for: 6 years and up
Run time: 114 minutes

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Modern take on Dr Seuss’ classic Christmas tale

You can’t forget this Christmas favourite! Based on Dr Seuss’ 1957 tale, the well-known story is brought to life through this Christmas family comedy. With Jim Carrey behind a green face mask and mastering the art of distorted facial expressions, this one might be more suitable for a slightly older age group. Be prepared for lots of evil cackles (from your screen), and lots of loud laughter (from your sofa)!

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for:
Ages 8 and up
Run time: 104 minutes

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Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice (2011) – Kids spy and adventure short Christmas movie

When some of Santa’s tech secrets are stolen by a computer-fizz-kid, two stealthy little elves step up to find the classified tech in a race against the clock.

Available on: Disney Plus
Suitable for: All ages but best for ages 5 and up
Run time: 22 minutes


The Holiday (2006) – Classic rom-com Christmas movie for older kids and parents

Can you believe this movie came out in 2006?! With that in mind, it’s safe to say The Holiday has established itself as a festive movie classic. Suitable for older tweens and teens, this feel good-fest follows the adventures of two women who decide to swap homes (from one side of the world to the other) in a bid to escape their complicated love lives. But what happens when a couple of handsome strangers fall into their lives?

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: Ages 13 and up
Run time: 135 minutes

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Angela’s Christmas Wish (2020) – A tender and funny story about the importance of family

This movie is based on characters from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt’s work and is a follow up to Angela’s Christmas that was released in 2017. The original movie told the tale of an empathetic Irish girl who wishes to bring joy and kindness to people around her. This story revolves around young Angela’s heartfelt wish to see her family reunited this Christmas. It’s a tender and funny story about the importance of family – perfect for the festive season.

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: All ages
Run time: 47 minutes


The Santa Clause (1994) – Funny family Christmas movie

When Scott Calvin and his son find Santa in a spot of trouble (he’s fallen off their roof!), Scott takes it upon himself to take the reins of Santa’s magical sleigh in order to save Christmas. He gets slightly more than he bargained for though…You can also find the sequel and prequel on Disney Plus.

Available on: Disney Plus
Suitable for: 9 years and up
Run time: 97 minutes


The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star (2021) – Christmas rom-com ideal for tweens and teens

The popular Princess and her lookalikes are back for a third time with the latest in The Princess Switch saga. The first movie saw Lady Margaret and Stacy (an ordinary baker) switch places for two days. In the sequel, Lady Margaret and Stacy meet again for Margaret’s coronation ceremony, which is crashed by Margaret’s somewhat evil cousin, Fiona (also played by Vanessa Hudgens), who plans to steal the throne. In this third instalment, a valuable object is stolen and the only way to retrieve it is to enlist the help of Fiona for help. The perfect Christmas sleepover movie-a-thon for your tweens.

Available on: Netflix (The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again are also still available)
Suitable for: Ages 7 and up
Run time:
97 minutes

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Jingle Jangle (2020) – Christmas movie musical fantasy film

Perfect for our music and theatre-loving mamas and kids, Jingle Jangle is a musical fantasy film about the journey of a girl and her grandfather (the Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker) – a once-joyful toymaker who was betrayed by his former apprentice. Featuring fantastic musical numbers and an inspiring story plot, the movie is in itself a Christmas gift to the senses and will leave with you with a smile. The movie serves as a heartfelt reminder of the joy of living which also happens to offer a few catchy tunes.

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: Ages 7 and up
Run time:
119 minutes

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Last Christmas (2019) – Romantic holiday movie for teens

Last Christmas is a romantic holiday movie starring Emilia Clarke (Queen Dani of GoT fame) and Henry Golding (heartthrob of Crazy, Rich Asians). The story is rather sweet, Emma Thompson is hilarious and the chemistry is sure to get your older teens swooning. It also has a rather nice moral of taking care of yourself and others, living up to your potential and being considerate thrown in. All in all, it makes for heartwarming Christmas viewing.

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: Ages 16 and up
Run time:
99 minutes

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Family-friendly version of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

These famous puppets tell their own story adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous Christmas tale. Michael Caine takes the lead as Ebenezer Scrooge, while Kermit the Frog plays a convincing Bob Kratchit, with Miss Piggy as his beloved wife. Over the course of the movie, three spirits open Scrooge’s eyes to his life lessons and less than kind ways, and help him become a better person.

Available on: Disney Plus
Suitable for: Ages 5 and up
Run time: 86 minutes


Alien Xmas (2020) – Sci-fi Christmas story with a twist

Alien Xmas is a movie that starts with a simple premise: an elf with a new toy. But what happens if that new toy is secretly an alien who plans on destroying the Earth’s gravity? With elements of sci-fi and fantasy, this story is a fun watch if you and the little ones are looking for an exciting ride to the North Pole. With engaging visuals, a unique storyline and a relatively short run time, this holiday film will keep the little ones attention just long enough to ice your Christmas cake!

Available on: Netflix
Suitable for: All ages!
Run time:
 42 minutes


Love Actually (2003) – Modern classic Christmas rom-com for parents and older children

Save this one for when little kids have gone to bed and revisit this Christmas classic, with its ensemble all-star cast, witty lines and catchy music. If you have older teens at home, Love Actually will show them that love comes in different shapes, sizes, colours and ages. A word of caution though – there are themes of infidelity, nudity and even mild porn, so make sure you know what you are getting into before you let your kids watch this one. You can watch Love Actually on HBO Go, though you’ll need to sign up for a subscription.

Available on: HBO Go
Suitable for: Ages 16 and up
Run time: 136 minutes

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in December 2017 by Tania Shroff, updated by Lydia Ching on in December 2020, and most recently by Alex Purcell Garcia in December 2021. 

Main image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Netflix, image 2 courtesy of Netflix, image 3 courtesy of Netflix, image 4 courtesy of Netflix, image 5 courtesy of Netflix, image 6 courtesy of Disney Plus

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