Top 5 Christmas Family Movies


 Top 5 Christmas Family Movies



By Vanessa Beddoe-Sandstrom

Raining outside or just sick of reapplying sunscreen? Grab the kids, some snacks and a Christmas DVD for a relaxing hour or so with your feet up. Click here for our children and adult approved favourite Christmas family movies.

 
Top 5 Christmas Family Movies
Okay, it’s summer and the TV is meant to be off, but Christmas movies are part of the whole experience. Here are Reach Me’s Top 5 family favourites, proven to entertain both kids and grown-ups alike (most of the time!). 
 
The Polar Express (2004) 
Rated G
Billy longs to believe in Santa Claus but keeps finding evidence to the contrary. This all changes when a mysterious train visits him on Christmas Eve, taking him and a group of other children to the North Pole to visit Santa. Tom Hanks produced and provided voices for this beautifully animated classic. Proven hit with kids 5 years’ and over, and the Dads found it bearable but a little schmaltzy (but hey, it’s Christmas!). Warning: songs do get stuck in head for days.
 
Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999)
Rated G
This is an absolute winner with the younger kids. Three classic Disney tales featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto, with voices by Kelsey Grammer. In our experience kids over seven quickly lost interest, but the nostalgia interest kept parents entertained (for a couple of minutes, anyway).
 
Elf (2004)
Rated G
Will Ferrell provides plenty of laughs as a na├»ve elf trying to find his father in New York City. Great fun for all ages and stands up to repeat viewing. Lots of funny bits for grown-ups that sail right over kids’ heads.
 
The Santa Clause (1994)
Rated G
Heart-warming Christmas tale that kids of most ages will be able to follow and enjoy. Stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a father who inherits Santa’s job because of a legal technicality. Good combination of humour and schmalz and much better than expected.
 
Home Alone 1 & 2
Rated G
Lots of slapstick humour as Macaulay Culkin outsmarts the baddies accompanied by a great soundtrack and lots of heartwarming moments. A bit of mindless violence played for laughs and the odd bit of rudeness, but overall these movies stand up to being watched on repeat, plus there's the added bonus of Tim Curry in the sequel.

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