70+ Best Christmas Movies for Kids to Watch with the Whole Family

Christmas is a special time of year, and one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is by watching Christmas movies. If you’re curious about the best Christmas movies for middle schoolers, you are in luck!

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From classic tales of the North Pole and Santa Claus to heartwarming stories about family and love, there are plenty of Christmas movies to choose from. We have put together our own list of Christmas movies for middle schoolers and kids of all ages!

Here is the scoop on the best Christmas movies for middle schoolers!

1. Home Alone

First up is Home Alone! When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind by his family as they head off on their Christmas vacation, he initially relishes in the freedom.

But soon enough, Kevin discovers that two burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are attempting to rob his home on Christmas eve. It’s up to Kevin to put a stop to their plans and save Christmas for his family!

Home Alone is a hilarious and heartwarming film for the whole family. Full of excitement, adventure, and laugh-out-loud moments, it’s sure to become a holiday favorite.

2. The Polar Express

Climb aboard the Polar Express this holiday season for an unforgettable journey to the North Pole! Based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, this heartwarming story comes to life with spectacular animation and an all-star cast, including Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis.

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical train ride to the North Pole. Along the way, he learns that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. An instant holiday classic, The Polar Express is a must-see for the whole family.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss. In this heartwarming story, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville.

Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

With her innocence and unshakable belief in the power of Christmas, Cindy Lou teaches the Grinch that even the bitterest of hearts can be changed by the true spirit of the holiday season. Full of laughter, love, and holiday cheer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a must-see for all ages!

4. It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life is a heartwarming story that will remind you of the importance of our everyday actions. George Bailey has a rough life, but he’s always putting others first.

When he’s about to take his own life on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel Clarence shows him what the world would be like without him. This film is a beautiful reminder that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas

The holidays are a time for happiness, joy, and spending time with those we love. But for Charlie Brown, the holidays are a time of stress and sadness. He’s depressed despite all the things he likes about the Christmas season. That is until he meets Linus.

Linus helps Charlie Brown realize that the holiday season isn’t just about getting presents or decorating the best house on the block. It’s about spreading cheer and giving back to others. This message is one that everyone needs to hear, especially during the holidays!

Middle schoolers will love A Charlie Brown Christmas!

6. The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday movie for kids and adults alike. The beloved Muppets bring to life the classic Dickens tale of redemption, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, and Miss Piggy as Mrs. Chatchit.

The Muppets’ unique brand of humor and heart makes this a must-see Christmas movie that the whole family will enjoy. Michael Caine also plays Ebenezer Scrooge!

7. Miracle on 34th Street

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Do you believe in Santa Claus? After watching Miracle on 34th Street, you just might! In this heartwarming Christmas classic, an elderly man named Kris Kringle steps in for an inebriated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

Kringle quickly becomes a huge hit with both customers and employees at the store, thanks to his jolly personality and uncanny ability to make everyone’s holiday wishes come true. However, there is one little girl who doubts him.

When Kringle starts claiming that he is the one and true Santa Claus, some people begin to question his mental stability. A court case ensues to determine whether or not Kringle is fit to stand trial, and the outcome will decide once and for all whether Santa Claus is real.

Miracle on 34th Street is a feel-good film for the whole family that will have you believing in the magic of Christmas all over again. So curl up by the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy this timeless tale of love, hope, and holiday cheer.

8. The Santa Clause

Next up is The Santa Clause! This instant classic stars Tim Allen as Scott, a divorced dad who finds himself in the unlikely role of the real Santa Claus after a fateful Christmas Eve encounter.

Along with his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd), Scott is magically transported to the North Pole, where he learns that he must take Santa’s place in order to save Christmas.

Over the next several months, Scott undergoes a remarkable transformation, gaining weight and growing an inexplicably white beard. But whether he’s ready or not, it’s up to Scott to deliver presents to all the good boys and girls around the world.

With its hilarious moments and touching message about the true meaning of Christmas, The Santa Clause is a must-watch movie for people of all ages. So curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa and enjoy this holiday favorite!

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Another great choice is The Nightmare Before Christmas! This darkly whimsical tale follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, as he becomes fascinated with Christmas and sets out to take over the holiday.

Along the way, Jack discovers that even the best laid plans can go awry, and he must ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a must-watch film for fans of both Halloween and Christmas, and is sure to leave you feeling both inspired and delighted.

10. Elf

Another great choice of classic Christmas movies is Elf! Starring the hilarious Will Ferrell, Elf is the story of Buddy and his search for his identity.

Buddy was raised among Santa’s elves at the North Pole, but he always felt like he didn’t quite fit in. When he finally learns the truth about his identity, he sets off for New York City in the real world to find his father. But when he meets his father, a cynical businessman, Buddy has to find a way to connect with him.

With plenty of laughs and some heartwarming moments, Elf is a great holiday movie for the whole family. With Santa’s sleigh and lots of singing, this is a great film! So curl up with a bowl of popcorn and enjoy!

11. The Grinch

If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud, irreverent take on the holidays, then look no further than The Grinch! Benedict Cumberbatch voices the titular character adn does an amazing job.

This grumpy, green grouch will stop at nothing to ruin Christmas for the Whos in Whoville. But as he sets out to steal presents and destroy decorations, the Grinch may just find himself falling in love with the very holiday he’s trying to hate.

The Grinch is a hilarious, heartwarming movie that everyone will enjoy. This is one of our favorite Christmas movies!

12. Arthur Christmas

Another one of the best Christmas movies for middle schoolers is Arthur Christmas! This exciting and heartwarming film follows Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, as he races against the clock to deliver a missed present on Christmas Eve.

With an all-star voice cast that includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, and Bill Nighy, Arthur Christmas is a must-watch for the whole family. The film’s stunning animation and fast-paced plot will keep you on the edge of your seat, while its underlying message of hope and goodwill is sure to fill you with the holiday spirit.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind holiday classic – watch Arthur Christmas today!

13. Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

Next up on our list of great holiday movies is Elliot the Littlest Reindeer!

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer is the perfect tale for those who believe in the power of hope and friendship. When Blitzen unexpectedly announces his retirement, Santa Claus must find a replacement for his sleigh team. Against all odds, Elliot and his best friend Hazel set out to prove that Elliot is the horse for the job.

As they take on the North Pole reindeer try-outs, Hazel learns that Christmas as we know it may be headed for disaster. Meanwhile, back at the farm, a sinister lady threatens the lives of their friends. Ultimately, Elliot is faced with the biggest decision of his life.

This delightful story is sure to charm readers of all ages. With beautiful illustrations and a touching message, Elliot the Littlest Reindeer is a holiday classic in the making.

14. Klaus

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Meet Klaus, the toymaker with a heart of gold! This lovable character is sure to put a smile on your face, no matter what the occasion.

Klaus is the perfect gift for any child or adult who loves to play. His unique ability to create toys from anything he can find makes him a one-of-a-kind friend. Whether you’re looking for a cuddly companion or a fun-loving playmate, Klaus is sure to make your holiday season merry and bright!

15. The Christmas Chronicles

This holiday season, give your family the gift of laughter and adventure with The Christmas Chronicles. This heartwarming movie follows the mischievous antics of siblings Kate and Teddy Pierce, who hatch a plan to capture Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

But when their scheme goes awry, the kids must join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late. Filled with humor and holiday cheer, The Christmas Chronicles is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.

16. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Next up is Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – a heartwarming holiday tale of family, friendship, and the power of imagination.

For years, Jeronicus Jangle has been one of the world’s most celebrated toy makers. But after his trusted apprentice betrays him, Jeronicus loses his joy for invention and withdraws from the world.

But everything changes when his bright young granddaughter, Journey, comes to visit. With her boundless energy and enthusiastic spirit, Journey inspires her grandfather to rediscover the magic of life and to start making toys again.

With a great cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Keegan-Michael Key, this movie is sure to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer!

17. Jingle All the Way

Another great choice is Jingle All the Way. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, this classic Christmas movie is sure to get everyone in the spirit.

Follow Howard Langston as he races against time to find the hottest toy of the season, Turbo-Man. Along the way, he’ll learn the true meaning of Christmas.

So curl up with some hot cocoa and enjoy Jingle All the Way. It’s the perfect way to make cherished memories with your family this holiday season.

18. Angela’s Christmas

Middle schoolers will love Angela’s Christmas! Set in Ireland in the 1910s, this lovely tale is full of the innocence of childhood and the power of family.

Angela just wants everyone to be safe, warm and loved at Christmas time, but when her plans go awry she must summon all her resourcefulness to set things right again.

A funny, moving and ultimately uplifting story, Angela’s Christmas is perfect for sharing with loved ones during the holiday season. So snuggle up with a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy this timeless classic today!

19. Remember the Night

When you’re looking for a holiday film that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love, look no further than Remember the Night. This heartwarming classic follows New York District Attorney John Sargent (Fred MacMurray) as he falls for the charming shoplifter Lee Leander (Barbara Stanwyck).

Moved by the Christmas season, John offers to give Lee a ride home to Indiana, and along the way the two have a series of hilarious and touching adventures. Their budding romance is threatened by John’s disapproving mother, but ultimately this is a story about following your heart.

If you’re looking for a film that will warm your soul this holiday season, remember to watch Remember the Night.

20. The Christmas Chronicles 2

The Christmas Chronicles 2 is the perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season! Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas — forever.

Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Home Alone) returns as director while Kurt Russell again dons the iconic red suit, joining Goldie Hawn in this fun and festive adventure that the whole family will love.

The Christmas Chronicles 2 is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit!

21. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Experience the holidays like never before with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This classic comedy tells the story of the Griswold family as they try to have the perfect Christmas, only to have everything go wrong.

From Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold to Randy Quaid as his hick cousin Eddie, the whole family will have you in stitches. So curl up by the fire, pop some popcorn and enjoy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation today.

22. Godmothered

Godmothered is a heartwarming movie about an unskilled young fairy godmother who sets out to prove her worth. When she comes across a young girl whose request for help was ignored, she takes it upon herself to track her down and give her the assistance she needs.

This fun and charming movie is sure to leave you feeling good, and is perfect for family viewing. Godmothered is a feel-good film that will make you believe in the power of magic.

23. Scrooged

If you’re looking for a modern take on a classic Christmas story, then Scrooged is the perfect movie for you. Starring Bill Murray as the cold-hearted television executive Frank Cross, this film follows Cross as he’s visited by ghosts who help him realize the error of his ways.

Claire Phillips (Karen Allen) is the love of Frank’s life, but his ambition and mean-spiritedness have driven her away. After firing Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait) on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by ghosts who show him how his actions have affected those around him.

Finally realizing the error of his ways, Frank sets out to make things right and win back the love of his life.

Scrooged is a heartwarming tale of redemption that’s perfect for the holiday season. So curl up with your family and friends and enjoy this classic film.

24. Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is a delightful story about the power of friendship and the magic of working together. When a group of children build a snowman and top it with a discarded magic top hat, they never dream that their Frosty will come to life! But come to life he does, and the children are thrilled to have a new friend.

However, all is not well for Frosty. The magician who owned the top hat, Professor Hinkle, wants it back, and when he tries to take it from Frosty, the snowman comes to life and runs away! Professor Hinkle gives chase, but thankfully the children are there to help their new friend escape.

This charming story is sure to capture the hearts of children and adults alike. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life, and the message of working together and being kind is one that will resonate with readers of all ages.

25. Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is the perfect holiday film for the whole family! This delightful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale stars Scrooge McDuck as the grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge.

Through the guidance of three ghosts, Scrooge comes to realize the error of his ways and joins in the holiday spirit just in time for Christmas Day! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a charming, heartwarming film that will fill you with the joy of the season!

26. Angela’s Christmas Wish

Angela’s Christmas Wish is the perfect sequel to the much loved Angela’s Christmas. In this heart-warming tale, a determined little girl sets out to reunite her family in time for Christmas.

Angela is a force to be reckoned with and she will stop at nothing to make her wish come true. Through her journey, she learns the importance of family, love, and forgiveness.

This touching story is sure to resonate with readers of all ages. It is the perfect reminder that the true spirit of Christmas lies not in material things, but in the joy of spending time with those we love.

Order your copy of Angela’s Christmas Wish today!

27. The Santa Clause 2

Another heartwarming Christmas movie is The Santa Clause 2! This hilarious sequel to the 1994 classic features Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, the man who has been portraying Santa Claus for the past eight years.

But when Scott learns that he must find a wife by Christmas Eve or he will stop being Santa forever, his world is turned upside down. With the help of his loyal elves, Scott sets out on a mission to find the perfect woman. But will he be able to do it in time?

The Santa Clause 2 is a heartwarming and funny film that is sure to please audiences of all ages.

28. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

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This holiday season, celebrate with Rey, BB-8, and the rest of the Star Wars gang with The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special!

Join Rey on an adventure through time as she discovers the Jedi Temple and gains a deeper understanding of the Force. Meet iconic heroes and villains from all eras of the Star Wars saga, and see how they all come together for a joyous Life Day feast.

The perfect holiday gift for any Star Wars fan, young or old!

29. A Christmas Truce

Next is A Christmas Truce! This touching tale follows a young US soldier and a Belgian civilian who fall in love during a brief truce during the Battle of the Bulge.

When fighting resumes, the pair make a promise to find each other on the first Christmas after the war. Will they be able to honor their vow?

A Christmas Truce is the perfect story for anyone who wants to feel the spirit of Christmas. It’s a tale of hope, love, and family that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

30. While You Were Sleeping

Another amazing Christmas movie is While You Were Sleeping! Sandra Bullock stars as Lucy, a transit worker who has been secretly in love with her co-worker Peter (Peter Gallagher) for years.

When she saves him from an oncoming train, she suddenly finds herself thrust into his life – and his family’s lives – in a way she never expected.

From the writers of Pretty Woman and Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping is a heartwarming romantic comedy that will have you falling in love all over again.

31. Krampus

Next up is Krampus! This terrifying film tells the story of a family who must band together to save one another from a demonic force that punishes naughty children at Christmastime.

With stellar performances from Toni Collette and Adam Scott, Krampus is sure to send chills down your spine. So curl up with a blanket and some popcorn and get ready for a frightful good time!

32. Batman Returns

If your middle schooler likes heroes and comics, they will love the world of Batman Returns, where Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight must face two of his most fearsome foes: Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Christopher Walken’s Max Shreck.

But this time, he’s not alone. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is on the scene, and she’s ready to tear Gotham apart to get her revenge. These two forces of nature are about to collide, and the only thing standing in their way is Batman.

It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Batman Returns is a dark, thrilling adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. So strap in and prepare for a wild ride through the dark streets of Gotham.

33. March of the Wooden Soldiers

Another great Christmas movie is March of the Wooden Soldiers, the Laurel and Hardy classic that’s sure to bring a smile to your face! This is one of the best family Christmas movies!

Join Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as they team up to help Mother Peep, Little Bo-Peep, and Tom-Tom Piper in their battle against the evil Silas Barnaby.

With an army of wooden soldiers at their side, they’re sure to win the day! March of the Wooden Soldiers is a timeless tale of friendship and adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Order your copy today!

34. Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut is the perfect holiday film for the whole family. Dennis Morgan stars as war hero Jefferson Jones, who falls for the charming “Diary of a Housewife” column written by Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck). When he learns that Elizabeth is actually a single, city-dwelling woman, he sets out to learn the truth about her.

The whole film takes place during the holidays, so you can expect plenty of festive cheer. Elizabeth’s bucolic Connecticut farm makes for a picturesque setting, and her husband and child add to the perfect Norman Rockwell-esque scene. But as Jeff starts to get to know Elizabeth better, he realizes that her life is far from perfect.

Will Jeff be able to help Elizabeth find happiness? Or will the truth about her life ruin the holiday season? Watch Christmas in Connecticut to find out!

35. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is the perfect movie for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season! Tim Allen returns as Scott Calvin, aka Santa, in this hilarious and heartwarming sequel.

When Scott’s in-laws come to visit, he must contend with Jack Frost’s scheme to take over the North Pole. With the help of his family and Head Elf Curtis, Scott must put a stop to Frost’s nefarious plot.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is filled with laughs, excitement, and holiday cheer. It is the perfect film to put you in the Christmas spirit!

36. Gremlins

Next up is Gremlins! This delightful movie follows the story of a gadget salesman who finds a mogwai in a store in Chinatown.

The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the creature, but does so with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. Of course, all of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.

This movie is sure to please any child (or adult!) who loves a good holiday romp.

37. The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas is another instant classic. When Charles Dickens sat down to write “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, he had no idea that he was about to change the holiday season forever.

Inspired by real-life events and his own vivid imagination, Dickens created a timeless classic that has become synonymous with Christmas.

Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the other characters come to life in this heartwarming story of redemption and hope. It is a story that has resonated with people of all ages for more than 175 years, and one that continues to bring joy and happiness during the holiday season.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a must-watch for anyone who loves Christmas. It is a heartwarming story that reminds us of the true meaning of the season. So curl up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy this timeless classic.

38. Little Women

Next is Little Women, based on the classic novel about the March sisters written by Louisa May Alcott. This timeless story follows the lives of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as they grow up and learn what it means to be a woman in the 19th century.

As they each face their own challenges, the sisters remain close to one another through everything. From falling in love and getting married, to struggling with poverty and illness, the March sisters stick together through it all.

Now you can relive this classic story by reading Little Women for yourself. Experience the ups and downs of sisterhood and learn how these strong women navigate their way through life.

39. Edward Scissorhands

If you like heartwarming and dark, try Edward Scissorhands. This classic film tells the story of a young man, Edward, who is taken in by a kindhearted family after living alone in a castle for years.

Though he is initially shunned by the community because of his strange appearance, Edward eventually wins everyone over with his artistic talent and gentle nature.

Despite his physical appearance, Edward is a sensitive soul who just wants to be loved. Johnny Depp gives an unforgettable performance as the misunderstood outcast, and the film features an amazing supporting cast including Dianne Wiest, Winona Ryder, and Vincent Price.

The movie’s unique blend of humor and pathos will stay with you long after the credits roll.

So if you’re looking for a touching, thought-provoking film, be sure to check out Edward Scissorhands. It’s a modern classic that everyone should see at least once.

40. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a holiday classic that has been loved by children and adults alike for over 50 years. This lovable reindeer first appeared in a 1964 animated television special, and has since become a mainstay of Christmas pop culture.

Rudolph is best known for his shining red nose, which helps guide Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. But Rudolph is more than just a nose! He’s also a brave and determined little reindeer who stands up for what he believes in, no matter what the odds.

With reindeer, Santa’s elves, and lots of songs this is one of the best kids Christmas movies for a movie marathon with little kids.

41. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

The third and final version of the classic Grinch Story, is the 1966 animated Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This classic film is the classic version of the story, and children of all ages will love it!

Once again you get to watch the Grinch and his disdain for Christmas, as the Whos down in Whoville teach him the true meaning of Christmas!

This animated movie is perfect for a family movie night, especially with young children.

42. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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Another classic choice is Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an irrepressible 8-year-old who finds himself unexpectedly stranded in New York City after getting separated from his family at the airport.

While his parents and siblings enjoy a sunny Christmas vacation in Florida, Kevin takes full advantage of his independence, spending his days (and nights) exploring the bustling city and getting into all sorts of mischief.

But when he discovers that two notorious criminals are on the loose, Kevin must put his resourcefulness to the test to stop them from robbing a toy store on Christmas Eve.

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of holiday cheer, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a timeless classic that the whole family will love.

43. A Boy Called Christmas

On a cold winter’s day, a young boy called Nikolas sets out on an adventure into the snowy north. He is searching for his father, who is on a quest to find the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Nikolas is accompanied by a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse.

Soon, Nikolas meets his destiny. He discovers that his father has been captured by the evil elf queen, who wants to use him in her plan to destroy Christmas. Nikolas must now embark on a journey to save his father and stop the elf queen’s evil plot.

A Boy Called Christmas is an epic adventure story that will delight readers of all ages. It is a tale of courage, friendship, and the true meaning of Christmas.

44. Last Christmas

Last Christmas is a fun and festive movie that is perfect for the holiday season. Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a young woman who has made some bad decisions in her life.

She starts working as an elf in a Christmas store and meets Tom (Henry Golding). Their relationship takes a new turn and Kate begins to see the world in a different way. This feel-good movie is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

45. One Magic Christmas

One Magic Christmas is the perfect movie for families looking to get into the holiday spirit! Starring Mary Steenburgen and Gary Basaraba, the film follows Ginny, a mother struggling to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job.

With Christmas fast approaching, Ginny’s daughter Abbie goes to deliver her letter to Santa. On her way, she meets Gideon, an angel intent on saving Christmas from Ginny’s poor attitude.

With Gideon’s magical assistance, Ginny learns how things could be much worse and slowly begins to appreciate all that she has.

46. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a story that takes place in a strange and mysterious parallel world. It is a land where anything is possible and where dreams come true.

This is a land where young Clara needs a magical key to unlock a box that contains a priceless gift. The key is guarded by a soldier named Phillip and a group of mice. But when the key disappears, Clara and Phillip must enter a fourth realm to retrieve it.

This is a world where they will face challenges and danger, but also where they will find friendship and love. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a land of adventure, imagination, and wonder. It is a land where dreams come true.

47. Christmas on the Square

If you love Dolly Parton, you will love Christmas on the Square! This heartwarming film tells the story of a woman who plans to sell her small town, until a miraculous visit from some very special guests helps her to see the value in keeping it just the way it is.

Filled with all the joy and spirit of the holiday season, Christmas on the Square is sure to fill you with cheer. So gather up your loved ones, make some hot cocoa, and settle in for a festive film that will have you feeling like it’s Christmas all year round!

48. Ernest Saves Christmas

‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with Ernest Saves Christmas? This heartwarming comedy follows the lovable (and often clumsy) Ernest P. Worrell as he helps Santa Claus find his successor.

Along the way, Ernest and Santa encounter some unexpected trouble, but with a little help from a teen girl named Harmony, they’re able to get back on track.

This fun-filled movie is sure to put a smile on your face and get you in the holiday mood.

49. Home Sweet Home Alone

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Home Sweet Home Alone is the perfect movie for a movie night! A married couple tries to steal back a valuable heirloom from a troublesome 10-year-old kid while his parents are away.

This edge-of-your-seat thriller will keep you guessing until the very end. With great acting and a twisty plot, Home Sweet Home Alone is a must-watch.

This movie is sure to put you in the spirit of Christmas!

50. All I Want for Christmas

Are you looking for a heartwarming Christmas movie that the whole family can enjoy? Look no further than All I Want for Christmas. This classic holiday film tells the story of two siblings who wish for their parents to get back together.

While their mother’s new fiancé is away, the siblings take matters into their own hands and have him whisked off to New Jersey in an ice cream truck. This fun and festive movie is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. So curl up with your loved ones and watch All I Want for Christmas this holiday season.

51. Babes in Toyland

Next we have Babes in Toyland! Featuring Annette as Mary Contrary and Tommy Sands as Tom Piper, this delightful film tells the story of two young lovers who must outwit an evil villain in order to be together.

Along the way, they encounter the odd Toymaker, played by the always-entertaining Ed Wynn. With its charming characters and exciting adventure, Babes in Toyland is sure to please viewers of all ages.

52. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story

Another great choice is The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story. The elves at the North Pole are just as busy as Santa, making sure everything is ready for the big day.

Among these elves is Chippy, a young elf who is assigned to a family that includes a boy who is questioning the magic of Christmas.

Chippy finds the assignment a bit challenging, but his good friends, Santa and an unexpected child, help him remember why his job is important. The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story is a heartwarming tale that will remind everyone why the magic of Christmas is so special.

53. Eloise at Christmastime

Eloise at Christmastime is the perfect film for families looking for a heartwarming story this holiday season. Adapted from the stories by Kay Thompson, the film follows the precocious and lovable six-year-old girl Eloise as she tries to play matchmaker for the owner of the Plaza hotel’s daughter.

While her meddling may not always go as planned, Eloise’s big heart and Christmas spirit are sure to win everyone over in the end.

With its delightful characters, charming setting, and feel-good message, Eloise at Christmastime is sure to become a holiday classic that the whole family will enjoy year after year. So curl up with a mug of hot cocoa and settle in for a charming tale that will make your holiday season merry and bright.

54. Noelle

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Noelle is one of the newer holiday films from Disney and stars Anna Kendrick as Kris Kringle’s daughter. The movie is full of Christmas spirit, family, and love. When Nick starts to crumble under the pressure of taking over for his dad, 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. Noelle is a heartwarming film that will get you into the Christmas spirit.

It’s a must-see for the whole family. When Santa is your biological father, it is no surprise that you are ready to save Christmas!

55. Rise of the Guardians

Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of immortal guardians who protect the world’s children from evil.

Led by Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, the Guardians use their powers to keep children safe from Pitch Black, a boogeyman who wants to destroy their belief in the Guardians. Jack Frost, a winter sprite, joins the Guardians to help them defeat Pitch and save the world from darkness.

56. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Disney fans will love Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. In this sequel to the much-loved animated classic, Belle and her beastly companion are back and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Despite being surrounded by the festive season, Beast is having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. But with Belle’s cheerful disposition and love for all things holiday-related, she might just be able to change his mind. Of course, they’ll also have to contend with Forte, the castle’s grumpy pipe organ, who does everything he can to sabotage their merrymaking.

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is a delightful film for people of all ages. With its catchy songs, lovable characters, and touching message about the true meaning of Christmas, it’s sure to fill you with holiday cheer.

57. Barbie in the Nutcracker

Another great Christmas movie is Barbie in the Nutcracker! This delightful movie is sure to become a holiday classic. Join Barbie as Clara, who shrink down to toy size and sets off on an amazing adventure with her new Nutcracker friend.

They’ll have to battle the evil Mouse King and his minions, and find a princess who can help them break the spell. Filled with beautiful music and awesome dance sequences, Barbie in the Nutcracker is a must-see for every little girl this holiday season!

This film is perfect for a younger audience and it is one of the best animated feature options on this list!

58. Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks is the perfect film for families ! Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star as a married couple who decide to forego Christmas festivities in favor of a tropical getaway.

But when their holiday-obsessed neighbors catch wind of their plan, they set out to make the Kranks’ lives a living nightmare.

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of holiday cheer, Christmas with the Kranks is a must-watch for anyone looking to escape the stresses of the season. So kick back, relax, and enjoy a little holiday fun with the Kranks!

It is the perfect film to watch with your best friends or with your family.

59. Deck the Halls

Next up is Deck the Halls! This festive family comedy will have you laughing and feeling all the warm fuzzies.

Steve (Matthew Broderick) is your typical suburban dad who loves all things Christmas. But his well-ordered world is turned upside down when his new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito) moves in. Danny has big dreams of creating the most spectacular holiday light display ever – one that will be visible from space!

Not to be outdone, Steve declares a war of one-upmanship with Danny that quickly gets out of hand. As their houses become increasingly decked out with lights and decorations, the whole town gets caught up in the spirit of competition.

Deck the Halls is a heartwarming comedy that’s perfect for the whole family. So gather around the warm glow of your holiday lights and enjoy!

60. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has become one of the best-loved stories of all time. And now, in this groundbreaking new adaptation, the classic tale is brought to life like never before.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is a supernatural, time-travelling musical that takes the familiar story and gives it a whole new twist. Join Scrooge on a journey through time as he relives his past, present and future in a bid to escape the ghostly apparitions that have haunted him for years.

Filled with catchy songs and dazzling dance routines, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is a fun-filled family musical that is sure to get you into the festive spirit. This is one of the new Christmas movies, so be sure to check when it comes out!

61. 8-Bit Christmas

Another great Christmas movie for middle schoolers and kids is 8-Bit Christmas! For one 10-year-old boy in Chicago, getting his hands on an 8-Bit Christmas movie was the most important thing in the world.

If you’re looking for a nostalgic Christmas movie to watch with your family, look no further than the 8-Bit Christmas. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and get you into the holiday spirit.

62. The Claus Family

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If you’re looking for a heartwarming holiday film that’s full of adventure, look no further than The Claus Family. In this feel-good movie, Jules learns that his grandfather is none other than Santa Claus himself. When Santa asks Jules to help him deliver presents all around the world, Jules initially refuses.

But after seeing how much joy Santa brings to everyone he meets, Jules starts to see the magic of Christmas through new eyes. Along the way, Jules also discovers the importance of family and togetherness.

The Claus Family is sure to become a holiday classic that the whole family will enjoy for years to come.

63. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Frozen fans will love Olaf’s Frozen Adventure! This brand new movie from Disney features everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, as he goes on a quest to find the perfect Christmas traditions for Anna and Elsa.

Along the way, Olaf will meet new friends and discover the true meaning of the holiday season. Viewers will love his magical adventure!

With beautiful animation, laugh-out-loud humor, and an all-star cast including Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, and Idina Menzel, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is a must-see Christmas flick for all ages.

64. Santa Buddies

The Santa Buddies are back for a festive journey to the magical world of the North Pole! In this heartwarming tale, Puppy Paws, the feisty son of Santa Paws, forgets the true meaning of the season.

But his furry friends Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha, and Mudbud are determined to remind him that Christmas is not about what you get; it’s about what you give.

Filled with laughs, adventure, and holiday cheer, Santa Buddies is a must-see film for the whole family! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as these lovable pups teach us all the true meaning of Christmas.

65. The Year Without a Santa Claus

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and what better way to spread some yuletide joy than with Rankin/Bass’ The Year Without a Santa Claus!

This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a weary and dejected Santa Claus who threatens to cancel Christmas after children all over the world lose faith in him. But with a little help from two determined kids and some friendly elves, Santa comes to realize that Christmas is more about giving than getting.

Filled with memorable songs and cherished characters, The Year Without a Santa Claus is a timeless holiday treat that the whole family will enjoy! So put on your Santa hat, pour some eggnog, and snuggle up by the fireplace for a merry everyone!

66. March of the Wooden Soldiers

March of the Wooden Soldiers is an exciting and heartwarming tale of adventure and friendship. Stannie Dum (Stan Laurel) and Ollie Dee (Oliver Hardy) are two lovable rogues who find themselves in the land of Toyland.

When they learn that the evil Silas Barnaby (Harry Kleinbach) is trying to blackmail Mother Peep (Charlotte Henry) into marrying him, they spring into action to help their new friends. enlisting the help of an army of wooden soldiers, they battle Barnaby’s bogeymen and save the day.

This delightful film is sure to please children and adults alike.

67. The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy is a must-have for any family this holiday season! This delightful stop motion television special tells the story of a young boy who overcomes his shyness and finds the courage to play his drum for the baby Jesus.

Featuring the iconic song of the same name, The Little Drummer Boy is sure to fill your home with holiday cheer.

68. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is coming to town! He’s the jolly old man who brings presents to good girls and boys around the world every Christmas. But have you ever wondered why Santa has a big white beard? Or why he lives at the North Pole?

In this charming special, small town postman Nick (the voice of Fred Astaire) explains all about Santa’s origins. He tells the story of how a young boy named Kris Kringle became the legendary figure we know today. You’ll also learn why Santa only comes around once a year – and what he does the rest of the time!

This delightful special is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. So make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list – he might be coming to your town soon!

69. Let It Snow

It’s Christmas Eve and a snowstorm is brewing in the small midwestern town of Shepherdstown. A group of high school students are brought together by the storm, and they quickly find their friendships and love lives colliding. As Christmas morning dawns, nothing will be the same for any of them.

Let It Snow is a heartwarming story about the power of love and friendship to overcome adversity. The characters are relatable and lovable, and the story will stay with you long after you’ve read it.

If you’re looking for a feel-good read this holiday season, pick up Let It Snow. You won’t be disappointed.

70. Get Santa

If you’re looking for a charming, heartwarming Christmas movie the whole family can enjoy, then look no further than Get Santa. In this holiday classic, Santa Claus (played by Jim Broadbent) crash lands his sleigh in a small town and enlists the help of a father and son to round up his reindeer and get him back on course.

While the plot may be simple, the film is full of festive cheer and is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

71. A Christmas Story

Your family will love A Christmas Story! Based on the writings of author Jean Shepherd, this heartwarming tale follows the adventures of young Ralphie Parker, who just wants one thing for Christmas – a Red Ryder air rifle.

But between dodging bullies and dealing with his well-meaning but foul-mouthed father, Ralphie has his hands full. Will he get his present in time for Christmas? You’ll have to watch to find out!

A Christmas Story is the perfect film for anyone who loves the holidays. It’s funny, heartwarming, and sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. So curl up with some hot cocoa and enjoy this classic movie today!

72. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Curious George is back and cuter than ever in his latest holiday adventure, A Very Monkey Christmas. In this delightful tale, George and the Man with the Yellow Hat are trying to figure out what to give each other for Christmas. As they search for the perfect present, they discover the true meaning of giving along the way.

Your little ones will love following George on his merry journey, and they’ll learn an important lesson about giving too. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas is the perfect book to snuggle up with this holiday season. So don’t wait, order your copy today!

Final Thoughts

That is the scoop on our list of the best Christmas movies for middle schoolers and kids!

Whether you are watching these holiday movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime video, or Hulu there are lots of great movies to choose from!

Watching Christmas movies while you are baking Christmas cookies with young kids or celebrating winter break with older kids, there are so many movies to make sure you have a merry Christmas!

No matter if you watch holiday films while you decorate your Christmas tree or unwrap Christmas presents, the most important thing is that you spent time with loved ones.

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