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Magical Movies: Top Christmas movies for kids the whole family will enjoy

Kara Guppy

05 December 2017

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Christmas is a matter of weeks away and if there is one thing that gets me into the festive spirit, it is sitting down with the kids and watching a Christmas film.

Now the evenings are dark, why not plan a family movie night? Make some hot chocolate and snuggle in for a Christmas movie marathon.

Here are our top ten Christmas Films:

      1. Elf

        Without a shadow of a doubt, we look forward to watching Elf every year and it always gets us in the Christmas mood.

        "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup"

        The 2003 smash hit is now a modern classic as Will Ferrell's antics as a human raised as an elf, makes everyone laugh as he tries to negotiate modern day New York to find his workaholic father and ultimately save Christmas.

        Gif of Elf saying Santa from the movie

      2. Home Alone

        The thought of leaving a child behind as you set off on holiday fills me with dread, but that is just what happened to Kevin McAllister, played by the brilliant Macauley Culkin in Home Alone.

        The film is slapstick at its best when two con men plan to rob his home, and that he alone must protect the family home and of course, there is 'that' scene when he tried aftershave on his face!

        Macauley Culkin in Home Alone gif
      3. The Santa Clause

        When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

        The Santa Clause movie gif
      4. Nativity

        This film, and its subsequent sequels, are sure to get you chuckling along as you remember your own, or kids nativity plays.

        This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is being charged with the biggest challenge of his life - mounting the school's musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best-reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is - they haven't spoken in years.

        Teacher blows kiss to audience in Nativity the film

      5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

        Restless ghoul Jack Skellington tumbles into Christmas Town through a magical portal and becomes so enchanted with the holiday that he abducts Santa and decides to deliver presents himself—spooky gifts for every girl and boy, whether they want them or not.

        Gif from the Nightmare Before Christmas
      6. Polar Express

        We were latecomers to this film and only watched it as we were off to ride the Polar Express in Dartmouth, but it quickly became a firm favourite and our silver bells take pride of place on the tree every Christmas.

        On Christmas Eve, a young boy finds a train parked outside his house—The Polar Express—which is headed to the North Pole! He finds out he’s been picked to receive the first gift of Christmas, and he asks for only one thing: a silver bell from Santa’s sleigh. But what happens when he tries to take the bell home with him?

        Gif of the conductor from the Polar Express

      7. How the Grinch stole Christmas

        On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town, only to discover that Christmas cheer can never be stolen.

        A gif of the Grinch smiling
      8. Prep and Landing

        Wayne gets a new rookie partner, Lanny, after his previous partner got the promotion he wanted. Lanny has to remind Wayne of the Spirit of Christmas and the importance of being an elf in Santa's Prep and Landing elite unit.

        Elves with Christmas tree from Prep and Landing

      9. Arthur Christmas

        A delightfully British 3D animation from Aardman which endeavours to answer one of life’s great questions: how does Santa visit so many homes so quickly? The answer, it seems, is a high-tech army of elves dispatched, SAS-style, from a silent spaceship disguised as a cluster of stars. But it never used to be like this, not before Santa’s eldest son, Steve, modernized the operation.

        Nevertheless, one parcel slips through the net, so it’s left to Santa’s sensitive younger son, Arthur, and the retired, grumpy Grandsanta to deliver the package using reindeer and sleigh. All of which inspires a frenzied inter-continental dash with a few mishaps along the way.

        Arthur Christmas realises a child has been missed GIF
      10. Miracle on 34th Street

        There are two versions of this film, the original black and white 1947 version, or the more up to date 1994 version which my kids prefer, probably due to the fact that Susan is played by Mara Wilson, star of Matilda.

        Is that bearded man really Santa Claus? Macy’s hires gentle Kris Kringle to be it's department store St. Nick, but his stellar commitment to the job (as well as insistence on being the genuine article) has all the kids in awe. Unfortunately for Kris, many considered his wonderful behaviour and magical affect quite unusual—so unusual that he actually ends up being institutionalized! Will he be freed and his reputation redeemed?

        Mara Wilson reacts as she pulls on Santa's beard in Miracle on 34th Street


What are your favourite Christmas films? Let us know in a comment below, and don't forget to check out our blog for even more Christmas ideas and inspiration

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Kara Guppy

05 December 2017

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Kara is a mum of 6 children aged 3 to 23 and lives in Dorset. Kara and family live by the motto 'Collect Moments, Not Things' and are known as a thrill-seeking family. Kara is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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