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The Best Kids’ Christmas Movies

Bring your whole family to stream these 10 Christmas classics.

Looking for a list of Christmas movies the whole family will enjoy? Does your kid keep falling asleep halfway through It’s a Wonderful Life? Maybe you just want to reexperience the best Christmas flicks from your childhood?

Once again, has you covered. Let’s reminisce with the best kids’ Christmas movies now available for streaming.

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10. Klaus (2019)

A man and woman paint a toy carousel.

The most recent title on this list, Klaus is an untraditional origin story for the man in red, introducing him as a lonely widower. Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, has to help him reconnect with society through the delivery of toys.

Where to watch Klaus (2019):

9. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Frosty, a living snowman, leads a parade of children over a snowy hill.

Sure, the song pretty much covers the whole story, but it can’t beat the experience of watching the original Frosty the Snowman special.

Where to watch Frosty the Snowman (1969):

Don’t feel like streaming?

Several of these holiday classics often pop up on cable TV. Check out our guide to Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.

8. Barney’s Night Before Christmas (1999)

Barney, a purple dinosaur, next to a Christmas tree.

Join Barney, Baby Bop, BJ, and all of their friends as they take a trip to the North Pole to visit Santa’s workshop.

Unfortunately, this direct-to-VHS special isn’t available for streaming as of publishing. But we’ll leave this widget here for you to return and check in case it ever shows up on Netflix or Prime Video.

Where to watch Barney’s Night Before Christmas (1999):

7. The Snowman (1982)

A flying snowman accompanied by a small boy.

The Snowman can provide a nice break between the loud and busy kids’ movies. It’s a beautifully animated story about a boy and his snowman, and it has a relaxing soundtrack to match.

Where to watch The Snowman (1982):

6. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)

Snow Miser and Heat Miser with their mother, Mother Nature.

You probably remember this special for its double-earworm of the Heat Miser and Snow Miser songs. Rather than focusing on Santa’s origin like many other movies, it puts Mrs. Claus and the elves in the spotlight as they scramble to save Christmas.

Where to watch The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974):

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Charlie Brown looks despairingly at a tiny tree bowing under the weight of an ornament.

Accompanied by a stellar soundtrack from the Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the gold standard for Peanuts holiday specials.

Where to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965):

4. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983)

Scrooge McDuck surrounded by Mickey and Minnie's family.

There are dozens of versions of A Christmas Carol, including the beloved Muppets adaptation. But if you’re a Disney kid, you’ll love Mickey’s Christmas Carol, with Scrooge McDuck understandably filling the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Where to watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983):

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The Grinch, dressed as Santa, sets up a blue wind-up toy.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a short yet faithful retelling of the beloved Dr. Seuss book—a story about the Christmas-hating Grinch and the Christmas-loving Whos.

Where to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966):

2. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)

A young Kris Kringle dancing with an old wintery wizard.

In this definitive Santa origin story, Kris Kringle is the adopted son of elven toymakers. When he reaches young adulthood, he outsmarts the Burgermeister Meisterburger to bring toys back to the children of Sombertown. Like many of the other Rankin/Bass stop-motion films of the era, it’s got some great original songs.

Where to watch Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970):

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Relive the Christmas Eve night that put Rudolph, the outcast reindeer, in the history books. Don’t have time to watch it now? There’s always tomorrow.

Where to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964):

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