We asked the School Mum Community what their favourite Christmas movie was to watch with the kids and this is what they came up with:
Top 10 Christmas Movies:
Rated G. Run time: 97mins
Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father….
- Arthur Christmas
Rated PG (for some mild rude humor). Run Time: 97mins
Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day…
- Santa Claus The Movie (1985)
Rated PG. Run Time: 108mins
In ancient times, a man named Claus, who delivers toys in his small village, fulfills his destiny to become Santa Claus after meeting an expert toy-making elf, Patch in the North Pole. In the present day, Santa Claus has become overwhelmed by his workload, and the disgruntled Patch flees the workshop to New York City…
- The Grinch
Rated PG. Run Time: 105mins
This is an adaptation of the children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, where the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos….
- Home Alone 1
Rated PG. Run Time: 103mins
When bratty 8-year-old Kevin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true….
- The Polar Express
Rated G. Run Time: 100mins
This movie is based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe…
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Rated PG. Run Time: 97mins
As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry very quickly….
- Miracle on 34th Street
Rated PG. Run Time: 114mins
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. However, Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus….
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rated G. Run Time: 86mins
The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale with much loved characters such as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear etc. They show “Scrooge” the error of his self-serving ways, but is the miserable old man past any hope of redemption and happiness?..
- A Mom for Christmas
Rated G. Run Time: 96mins
A young girl who wants a Mum for Christmas gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life….
So pop the popcorn and settle in for one of the above great Christmas movies with your kiddos.
ps. the overwhelming winner to watch each Christmas (after the kids have gone to bed – as it is Rated M) is the classic, Love Actually.