Get into a festive mood with one of these Yuletide movie treats!
We’re all about Christmas right now at HoneyKids HQ. Once we’ve popped into all the Christmas markets, sat on Santa’s knee and stocked up on goodies for the Christmas feast, it’ll be time to snuggle on the couch with the kids for a Christmas movie marathon. Here’s what will be on our screens this festive season…
1. Rise of the Guardians
If you have kids who wobble in their Santa beliefs, put on Rise of the Guardians (above) and it’ll sort that right out for another year or two. Heck, it even had us believing (not only in Santa, but in the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Jack Frost and The SandMan too)! It’s so good, we’ve been patiently waiting for a sequel. Oh, and you can find it easily on Netflix.
2. The Muppets Christmas Carol
What’s Christmas without the Muppets? There’s nothing better than watching a classic Christmas tale come to life by puppets and rockin’ tunes. A million times better than the original, we think!
3. Dr Seuss’ The Grinch
Introduce your kids to The Grinch – the cantankerous, furry and green creature who despises Christmas. But Dr Seuss reminds us that even an ice-cold heart can be melted at Christmas (all you need is love). Psst, though we love the live-action classic with the hilarious Jim Carrey (and Cindy Lou’s awesome hairdo), we think the kids will prefer the animated version instead!
4. Home Alone
Our cheeky kids insist on an annual viewing of Home Alone – Macaulay Culkin was our kid hero back in the day, so we’re more than happy to re-watch him slap his cheeks in that pose, copied by millions of kids in the ’90s. Let’s just hope our kiddos aren’t as rambunctious as Kevin!
6. The Polar Express
The Polar Express with Tom Hanks is so beautifully shot (with 3D life-like animation) that you’ll be checking your own window for the magic train on Xmas Eve for sure. And, we’re definitely inspired to take a train trip with the little ones next Christmas, too!
As huge Disney fans, you can bet we’re definitely including Frozen and Frozen 2 in our line-up! Sure, the films might have nothing to do with Christmas, but both films are great movies packed with heartwarming messages and adorable characters. We just can’t Let It Go.
8. A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge certainly knows how to put the bah into humbug, and Jim Carrey’s 2009 version is our favourite of all. We all know the story, but watching A Christmas Carol in a 3D computer animated style really is quite fun. But: a little scary for very small people.
9. The Santa Clause
Cosy up on the couch with this classic Christmas film featuring the lovable Tim Allen as he steps into the role of Santa Claus. The kids might just start thinking Dad’s turning into Santa, too! (Psst, if you can’t get enough of the movie, watch its sequel for more hilarity.)
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Of course, we can’t leave out Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town! This alternative, dark stop-motion animated musical film might be slightly less holly and jolly, but is definitely one of our favourite Christmas films to watch with older kids. Psst, it’s good to save this in the bank for Halloween next year, too!