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Looking for some ideas of Christmas movies you should watch as a family this Christmas? Good! You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got the ultimate list of Christmas movies you should watch as a family and I’m sure you’ll love them!
Our family loves to watch Christmas movies during Christmastime. In fact, it seems weird to watch holiday movies any other time of year, and there are so many great Christmas movies that we try to pack as many in as we can during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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Not All Movies Are Created Equal
Now, before we get to far into this list, I wanted to make sure that you know I don’t 100% endorse this list of movies. I like a lot of the movies on this list – some are my favorites from childhood, but there are many things I would probably omit from each one.
Just because the movie was created in 1980 doesn’t mean it won’t have any bad language, rude humor, or obscenities. I can’t control that part of the movies and many times, when we are watching on older movie with our kids, we are shocked at the small innuendos that are laced throughout the movie that I never picked up on as a kid.
A Small Warning
While I like this list of movies a lot and think these are great Christmas movies you should watch as a family, I can’t promise that the movie will be perfect for kids of all ages and won’t have any bad words or a small scene here and there that doesn’t need to be there. Pay close attention to the movie rating and make your own call as a parent on if you want to show the movie to your kids.
Ultimate List of Christmas Movies You Should Watch As A Family
- Home Alone
- Home Alone 2
- The Star
- Veggie Tales: The Star Of Christmas
- Christmas With The Kranks
- Veggie Tales: The Toy That Saved Christmas
- Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Jim Carey
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas
- Dr. Suess’ The Grinch
- Frosty The Snowman
- Rudulpoh The Red Nosed Reindeer
- Christmas Vacation
- A Christmas Story
- The Polar Express
- Miracle On 34th Street
- Charlie Brown Christmas
- The Muppet’s Christmas Carol
- Santa Paws
- The Santa Clause
- Deck the Halls
- Jingle All The Way
- A Christmas Carol
- Jack Frost
Christmas Movie Traditions
Phew! You need to get started right away, in order to have enough time to watch all of these during the Christmas season! Our family does love to watch Christmas movies together and there are a few Christmas movies on this list that we watch every single year!
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We also have a few Christmas traditions that center around a few of these Christmas movies. Every year we watch one of the Grinch movies, usually Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carey. While we watch, we also munch on Grinch Cookies (which you can find the recipe for in this post – 5 Quick & Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes) and Grinch Punch and it’s one of our most beloved Christmas traditions!
Frugal Ways To Watch Movies
I was just looking on my TV yesterday for free versions of the movies on this list. ABC Family, which is now FreeForm, does play most of these movies during it’s 25 Days of Christmas. You just need to make sure you catch them when they play, or DVR them to play later. If you don’t want to wait, you can stream most of these movies from a streaming source, but you might have to pay for them.
You know me, I don’t like to pay for anything that I can get for free instead, so below is a list of other ways you can watch movies for free if you don’t find your favorites on the channels you already have.
Watch Movies For Free
- Rent movies from the library
- Rent a DVD from Redbox
- Stream from Amazon if you already have a Prime Membership
- Borrow an actual DVD from a friend or neighbor
- Stream from your TV provider (a lot of movies are included for free with your TV)
- Stream from Netflix
How We Watch Movies For Free
True story – we now have HULU, but we don’t pay for it. We got a HULU membership for free when we upgraded our cell phones last year. We get to keep our HULU membership for the duration of our time with TMobile, which is pretty sweet, because there are a lot of great movies on there.
I tell you that not to brag, but because you might be surprised how to get a lot of stuff free if you pay attention. I even think some cell phone providers are offering a year free of Disney+ right now. There is nothing wrong with getting extra stuff when you need a new cell phone – just don’t overpay for it!
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Have fun with this list of great movies and make sure to share this list with your friends! Comment below and tell me which one is your favorite! Or, did I forget one?