Best Christmas movies for kids – and a couple for parents too

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… (We picked a couple of flicks for the grown-ups too, of course.)

1. If you have kids who are starting to wobble in their Santa beliefs, Rise of the Guardians (pictured above) will 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 Sand Man too).

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2. The Muppets Christmas Carol (pictured top) is testament to the fact that a classic tale (by Charles Dickens) is always made a million times better by puppets and rocking tunes.

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3. For a dose of classic sugar plum fairy whimsy, check out George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker featuring the New York City Ballet and narrated by the ever-fabulous Kevin Kline.

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4. 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.

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5. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Suess reminds us that even an ice-cold heart can be melted at Christmas (all you need is love). Oh, and that Cindy Lou has a truly awesome hair-do.

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6. 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.

7. Yes, we know ‘that song’ is painfully irritating after the one-millionth outing, but Frozen is still up there for kids when it comes to a great Xmas movie packed with heartwarming messages and pretty cool characters. We just can’t Let It Go: Olaf practically IS Christmas.

8. 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 A Christmas Carol 3D computer animated style really is quite the joy to watch. A little scary for very small people.

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And now one for the mums… Love Actually. Think chick flick with Christmas feels and foppish English eye-candy (hello, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth).

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And one for the dads: it’s gotta be Die Hard. Nothing quite says Christmas like John McClane gunning down terrorists on Christmas Eve. Yipee Ki Yay!

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