Team Favourites: Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family

Cosy family days are here! And what a wonderful time of year it is. A time to take a break and relax on the sofa surrounded by your loved ones, while watching a favourite film. An excuse to spend the entire day in pyjamas. (We can’t wait!) So take a pause between the wrapping, baking, decorating, gifting, unwrapping, or feasting and enjoy a family film and a few laughs. It is one of those great traditions of the holiday season.

Peruse our list of sixteen favourite films, make some buttery popcorn, warm up the hot cocoa, and grab your fluffiest blankets! Each of these films is tried and tested, watched and loved…We hope you enjoy them as well.

Team Favourites : Sixteen of the Best Holiday Films for the Family

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (UK) or US — After all I work in animation, it is beautiful, but this is not one for younger kids and you need to love Tim Burton. — Emilie
  2.  Ernest and Celestine (UK) or US  — Again not strictly Christmas but I love this movie and it is great to watch as a group. — Emilie
  3. Paper Planes (UK)  or US  — A real feel good film! — Vanessa
  4. The Sound of Music (UK) or  US  — Always a favourite film, year round! It is simply the most uplifting, and what better than watching it indoors under cosy eiderdowns! — Everyone 
  5. Mary Poppins (UK) or US — Has to be seen once a year, and Christmas is a good time. — Esther 
  6. The Incredibles (UK) or US — Not strictly a Christmas movie but an animated movie that the whole family can hucker down and watch. — Emilie
  7. Disney Santa Paws 2 – The Santa Pups (UK) or US — A feel good cheesy sing along movie. My daughter knew every song from this movie by the time she was 4. — Kate
  8. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (UK) or US — As a child I loved watching the Christmas specials on television. The 1964 version of Rudolph is an absolute classic and even as an adult I look forward to watching it once a year! — Shannon
  9. Paddington (UK) or US — I could watch this film over and over again, let alone the children! — Vanessa
  10. Miracle On 34th Street (UK) or US — Such a lovely feel good film, I loved this as a kid and love snuggling up with my kids to watch it every year. — Kate
  11. The Snowman (UK) or US — The softest, gentlest, and most beautiful illustrations. The music alone is worth it. — Lara
  12. A Christmas Story (UK) or US — So fun and retro. I watched it every year as a kid and now share it with mine. — Shannon
  13. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (UK) or US  — The Boris Karloff version of The Grinch is another Christmas classic. As excellent today as it was when I was a child! — Shannon
  14. Home Alone (UK) or US — No matter how many times we’ve watched this movie, we always end up in hysterics. Such a good one! — Courtney 
  15. Frosty The Snowman (UK) or US — The original Frosty the Snowman and still the very best. — Shannon
  16. Elf (UK) or US — A hilarious christmas movie that adults will love as much as kids. — Kate

In case you missed our other round up of Christmas favourites, you should read our Christmas books post here! Another good excuse for a duvet day. Or read our favourite family games, for other ideas to keep things merry and fun over the holidays!

And since there are many cold and snowy days ahead, even after the festivities have fizzled out, please also share your family film suggestions in the comments section! We would love to add some more to our repertoire. Have a cosy Christmas and holiday season.


Comments (5)

December 19, 2017

Great list. We also absolutely love « A Child’s Christmas in Wales » with Denholm Elliot. The classic prose of wonderful welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, is a true classic in our home: nostalgia, humor… MAGIC!

December 19, 2017

Our maybe slightly unusual Christmas favourite is “Sleepless in Seattle”.

December 19, 2017

Thank you! Did you know it’s David Bowie…the David Bowie in The Snowman!

January 4, 2018

We didn’t know Paper Planes and absolutely loved it! Thank you!
We also enjoy Arthur Christmas.

Lizzy in Minnesota
January 16, 2018

What a good list! My mom always sends us a Christmas Eve box with cozy christmas pjs for my girls, a holiday film, and yummy treats for us to enjoy as we snuggle down on our couch. I’ll have to share this list with her! 🙂

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