I included the times for each movie in case you want to put something on for the kiddos but you only have a limited amount of time. Leave a comment if you’ve seen any of these and let us all know what you thought!
Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Suite – 1 hour, 1 minute
Enjoy your favorite dancing mouse in a retelling of the classic Nutcracker story.
Getting to the Nutcracker – 1 hour, 40 minutes
If you’re looking for a different genre, this one is a documentary, which covers young dancers’ progression from auditioning for to performing in the famous Nutcracker ballet. It’s got an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Home for the Holidays – 1 hour, 43 minutes
From Amazon: Claudia Larson is heading home for yet another chaotic and exasperating family Thanksgiving. But a new visitor offers some interesting possibilities. If they can duck the flying turkeys, this romance may just have a chance.
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown – 1 hour, 5 minutes
Furry fun and friendship are unleashed in this yuletide Peanuts perennial. Also included is another holiday tale – Happy New Year, Charlie Brown.
The Snowy Day (TV-Y) – 38 minutes
Based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. Peter goes on a magical, snowy walk to his Nana’s house to bring home their Christmas Eve dinner.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (NR) – 1 hour, 17 minutes
In this stop-motion film (love those!), Santa decides to take a vacation. Hmmm…wonder how that will work out?
Christmas Angel (PG) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Ashley feels alone this Christmas as she looks for work to support herself and her dog, Dash. Lucky for her, her neighbor Nick has just the solution. He offers her a job as his assistant doing the most rewarding work of all — helping others.” (Guessing the twist here…Nick is actually an angel? I haven’t seen it but I have an inkling.)
Doctor Who – Christmas Specials (TV-PG) – roughly 1 hour each
These are three specials in which the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) continues his thrilling adventures through time and space, beginning with 2010’s “A Christmas Carol.” Other episodes include “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe” (2011) and “The Snowmen” (2012).
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (NR) – 24 minutes
Just a heads up: This is not the original “Frosty” that you remember seeing as a kid. Still, it gets good reviews so it’s worth checking out. Description from Amazon: “Frosty has lots of young friends, but he’s still lonely. The children build him a wife named Crystal, but jealous, cold-hearted Jack Frost plots to keep Frosty and Crystal apart.”
A Christmas Tree Miracle (TV-G) – 1 hour, 42 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A dysfunctional family is reminded of the true meaning of Christmas as they learn that miracles do come true…if you believe! A warm-hearted holiday tale for the whole family.”
Minecraft Mini Christmas Movies – approx. 10 minutes per episode
Even Minecraft fans can get into the holiday spirit with these animated mini Christmas movies.
Fireplace for Your Home (NR) – 1 hour
Here it is! That fireplace to put on your TV with Christmas music!
Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol – 52 minutes
Everyon’es childhood favorite – the nearsighted Mr. Magoo – doesn’t have a ghost of a chance as Ebenezer Scrooge, unless he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the three spirits who haunt him one Christmas Eve. I don’t think it really matters what Mr. Magoo is doing, you know it’s going to be funny!
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (NR) – 1 hour, 35 minutes
This movie looks older, but I couldn’t figure out when it came out. Here’s Amazon’s description: “Janet feels she is losing so much…her beloved mother, the family business, maybe even her husband. Janet dreams of Christmas in idyllic Vermont where her parents and spinster aunt may wait in holiday warmth. When more seems lost, with her children in jeopardy, Janet searches for that ‘secret place’ where we find what really matters.”
Christmas with the Kranks (PG) – 1 hour, 39 minutes
This one’s a good pick if you’re in the mood for a silly movie with some classically funny actors. Synopsis – Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors, who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.
By God’s Grace (NR) – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Description from Amazon: “In the tradition of a classic ‘A Christmas Carol,’ this film offers many lessons on the importance of giving and the cause and effect our choices have on others.”
Falling for Christmas – 1 hours, 25 minutes
Description from Amazon: When champion figure skater Claire becomes injured she is sent to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains where she meets and falls for a local ice fisherman who shows her there is more to life than competition. The reviews say this is very wholesome, family-friendly, and unexpectedly funny!
Lost Christmas (NR) – 1 hour, 36 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Lost Christmas is an Urban Fairy Tale set in Manchester about how a series of tragic events that blight a young boy’s life are reversed one Christmas Eve giving him and those around him the happy ending that they were destined to have.”
Journey to the Christmas Star (PG) – 1 hour, 16 minutes
Synopsis – A courageous girl sets out on a hazardous journey to find the Christmas Star in order to free the kingdom from a curse and bring back a long lost princess, but some mighty foes try to stop her. One of the comments on Amazon called this “ren-fair meet Christmas,” which sounds perfect for families with older kiddos.
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