Christmas Activities / 5 December, 2023 / Christina Walter

Our Favourite Festive Family Films To Watch This Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by cosying up with a cup of hot cocoa and indulging in the timeless tradition of watching your favourite festive family films? As the days grow shorter and the air fills with the scent of pine and cinnamon, there’s a special kind of magic that comes alive on our screens. Whether you’re a fan of heartwarming classics that have stood the test of time or eager to discover new tales that capture the essence of the season, this year’s lineup promises something for everyone.

From heartwarming family adventures to laugh-out-loud comedies and animated tales that capture the imagination, these films are the perfect companions for creating cherished moments with loved ones this Christmas.

So, grab your favourite blanket, gather around the fireplace, and let the enchantment of these family festive films transport you to a world filled with joy, love, and the true spirit of the season.

Available on Netflix



The Christmas Chronicles

Age: PG

After accidentally crashing Santa’s sleigh, a brother and sister pull an all-nighter to save Christmas with a savvy, straight-talking St. Nick.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Age: PG

The cranky, cantankerous Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for his happy neighbors in Whoville. But could a little girl’s kindness change his heart?



Best. Christmas. Ever!

Age: PG

After a twist of fate brings their families together for Christmas, Charlotte sets out to prove her old friend Jackie’s life is too good to be true.




Age: PG

A selfish postman and a reclusive toymaker form an unlikely friendship, delivering joy to a cold, dark town that desperately needs it.



The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Age: PG

Unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, a now-teenage Kate runs away and lands at the North Pole, where a naughty elf is plotting to cancel Christmas.



Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Age: PG

Decades after his trusted apprentice betrayed him, a once-joyful toymaker finds new hope when his kind and curious granddaughter comes into his life.



Angela’s Christmas

Age: U

A trip to church with her family on Christmas Eve gives young Angela an extraordinary idea. A heartwarming tale based on a story by Frank McCourt.

Available on Prime Video



Santa Claus: The Movie

Age: U

Hundreds of years ago, an ageing peasant woodcutter and his wife kindly deliver presents to the children of their village with the help of their faithful reindeer Donner and Blitzen.



Love Actually

Age: 15

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.




Age: U

This Christmas, primary school teacher Paul Maddens is being charged with the biggest challenge of his life – mounting the school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh local school for the honor of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show.



Candy Cane Lane

Age: 12

Eddie Murphy stars in this holiday comedy adventure about a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest and inadvertently makes a deal with a mischievous elf that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life.

Jack Frost

Age: 12

A heartwarming story for the whole family! Following the death of his father, a young boy is befriended by a magical snowman who turns out to be his reincarnated father.


Age: PG

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth.

The Holiday

Age: 12

Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday.

Available on Disney Plus



Home Alone

Age: PG

When Kevin McCallister is left behind while his family dashes off on a Christmas trip, he is left to defend his family’s home from two bumbling burglars until the relatives return.



The Santa Clause

Age: U

On Christmas Eve, divorces dad Scott Calvin and his son discover Santa Claus has fallen off their roof. When Scott takes the reins of the magical sleigh, he finds he is now the new Santa, and must convince a world of disbelievers, including himself.



Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Age: PG

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly content, but when three ghosts take him on a journey revealing ling-buried truths, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.



Jingle All The Way

Age: PG

After promising his young son that Santa will get him the number one item on the boy’s wish list, a well-meaning workaholic father’s Christmas Eve turns into a hilariously nightmarish, madcap scramble across the city to find the much sought-after and therefore virtually impossible-to-find toy.



The Muppet Christmas Carol

Age: U

The Muppets’ rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic tale puts a unique twist on that fateful Christmas Eve, when Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Pas, Present and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge’s eyes and his heart to the true meaning of Christmas



Age: U

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her little brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

Remember to check the current streaming catalogues for the most up-to-date information on movie availability. Happy watching!

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