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Best Kids Christmas Movies to Watch this Christmas
Of course Christmastime Down Under means great weather, but it also means longer days, which can be filled with all sorts of activities. Watching our favourite Christmas movies is just one of those activities, and if you want to do that with the whole family, we have made a list of our favourite Christmas movies that are suitable for children.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Directed by: Brian Levant
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger became The Governator, he was our favourite action hero. From Conan the Barbarian to the Terminator, we loved watching Arnie flex his muscles on screen. But he also made his mark in family films, one of which was Jingle All The Way, where he plays a father hell-bent on getting his son Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.
The Polar Express (2004)
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
This film came out at a strange time for 3D animation – a time where filmmakers couldn’t decide whether they wanted 3D animation to be clearly animated, or whether they wanted it to be so realistic that they all looked like real people. In The Polar Express they opted for the latter, resulting in some very strange looking characters. However, it’s a heart-warming story about a boy that boards a magical train to the North Pole
Directed by: Joe Dante
Every eighties child knows and loves this film, and it’s a great legacy for future generations that is still being enjoyed to this day. A boy gets a pet that should not be fed after midnight or gotten wet. He breaks these rules and pandemonium and hilarity ensue. Young parents will be able to bond with their offspring over this one.
White Christmas (1954)
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
If you haven’t introduced your kids to Danny Kaye yet, the time has come to do so. He has many seminal roles, from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to Manic Depressive Pictures Presents, but if you’re going for Christmas joy, look no further. This film tells the story of a successful sing-and-dance act who travel to Vermont to save a failing inn with their act.
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Directed by: Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
These days it’s all 3D, 3D, 3D. This film is from the simpler time of 2D animation, which is both quaint and joyful. Frosty the Snowman comes to life and makes friends with a little girl. Together they have to protect Frosty’s magical hat from an evil magician.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Directed by: Brian Henson
When it comes to children’s entertainment, the Muppets are an institution. From Kermit to Miss Piggy, the kids love them all. Throw in a bit of Dickens, and you have a winning formula. This is a child-friendly take on the old classic with the age-old moral about being kind over the Christmas season. And of course, in true Muppets style, there are a few jokes thrown in for the grown-ups.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Many of us struggle with finding the true meaning of Christmas. Is it food, presents, family or Jesus? And if we’re confused, imagine how kids must feel. One child to find himself in such a conundrum is Charlie Brown, so he goes on a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas. Funny and heart-warming, this is the kind of Christmas story we love.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Directed by: Sarah Smith and Barry Cook
Children by nature have inquiring minds, and we are sure that if you are a parent, you have been asked the dreaded question, “How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” Arthur Christmas attempts to answer that question, so you don’t have to. We’d try and explain it, but it’s all very technical…
Charlie and Lola: How Many More Minutes Until Christmas? (2007)
Directed by: Kitty Taylor
Every parent in the Western world knows the adorable siblings that are Charlie and Lola; the younger sister who is forever asking “why, when, how, what, where?” and the ever-patient older brother who has the answers to all her questions. Not a movie, technically, but still some festive fun for your kids to enjoy while you’re frantically stuffing the turkey.
Home Alone (1990)
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Okay, we are cheating a bit here because we did include Home Alone on our list of top 10 favourite Christmas movies, but it’s just too good not to include on this list too. Eight-year-old Kevin accidentally gets left at home when his family goes on a Christmas vacation, and he has to man up and protect the house from some foolish thieves.
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