The 15 Best Family Christmas Movies for 2020

by Matching Outfits on September 21, 2020

At Christmas, we love to receive (and give) gifts. But we also like to watch movies with our family in the afternoon, warmly gathered under a plaid or by the fireplace... What a joy to be transported by the magic of the holidays on the screen! Here is a selection of our favorite Christmas movies to see and watch again with the children.

Many of them are funny, tender and moving. You'll find the cult films "The Grinch", "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Home Alone" but also animated films like "Klaus", "Santa's Apprentice" and "Niko the Little Reindeer". Finally, you will (re)discover a handful of adaptations of tales and stories, ideal for viewing during the holidays.

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The holiday season allows us to spend time with our families but also to take time for ourselves. We decorate our interior, we prepare Christmas cookies, hot drinks and we slip under a huge plaid on the couch, in front of a Christmas movie. The ideal program! These films are cult, you've already watched them a dozen times, but you can't get enough of them.

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Romantic comedies such as "Love Actually" or "The Holiday", animated films such as "Polar Express" will appeal to children. There are also the mythical films like "Life is Beautiful"... What a beautiful time of the year Christmas is, so we all take the opportunity to relax in front of the TV!

TOP 15 : Best Family Christmas Movies for 2020

Magic, humor, nature... young and old alike will be spoilt for choice at the movies during the Christmas vacations. Ask for the program! Every year, December is a must for children's cinema. From traditional Disney films to multiple releases from studios around the world, children's films are crowded in theaters, which are very popular during the holiday season. Here's our TOP 15 !

1. Arthur Christmas

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In Arthur Christmas, we discover the biggest secret of all: how does Santa Claus manage to distribute gifts from all over the world in a single night? A most important mission, which risks being failed because of a forgotten gift! But Arthur, the youngest (and least gifted) member of the Christmas family, will try to save the day. From 3 years old.

2. The Child Bell "L'Enfant Grelot"

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Here is a cartoon that we have all seen once in our lives... As the letter carrier finishes his rounds, he sees a mysterious wicker basket coming down from the sky. And what a surprise to discover there a child holding a bell firmly. But who is this baby? From 3 years old.

3. The Muppet Christmas Carol

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It's a holiday classic! On Christmas Eve, the obnoxious loan shark Ebenezer Scrooge gets a strange visit: the ghosts of his former partners, Jacob and Robert Marley. The latter have for mission to make him aware of his cruelty... From the age of 3 years old.

4. Santa's Apprentice

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In Santa's Apprentice, the time has come for the big red man to retire. But to do so, he must find his replacement and the ideal candidate must be named Nicolas, be an orphan and be pure of heart. Among the millions of children, only one meets the criteria, but he turns out to be a poor candidate because of his vertigo and lack of self-confidence... From the age of 3.

5. The Polar Express

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When a young boy begins to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, he boards a mysterious train bound for the North Pole. A journey that will take him much further than he imagined... From 6 years old.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Tired of organizing Halloween every year, Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, gets tired of organizing Christmas in the place of the "Earwig". A wonderful idea according to the king of Halloween, which could well turn into a disaster. From 6 years old.

7. Saving Santa

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This year, Christmas seems to be in jeopardy: Santa Claus has been captured by an evil being who wants to steal his sleigh and move as fast as he does. But it was without counting on Bernard, an elf, ready to do anything to save the holiday season. From the age of 6 years old. 

8. The Christmas Chronicles 

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The Christmas Chronicles tells the story of Kate and Teddy, two brothers and sisters, who decide to film the man as he slips the presents under their tree. But they don't stop there: the two children also decide to get on Santa's famous sleigh... and cause an accident! From then on, the distribution of the presents seems to be compromised. From 7 years old.

9. Klaus

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In Klaus, Jesper, the worst pupil of his letter carrier's school, is sent to Smeerensburg, the most unhappy city in the world: the inhabitants don't get along at all and therefore don't send each other any letters... What can a letter carrier do there? To fulfill his mission, Jesper calls upon Klaus, a mysterious carpenter with a gift for building toys... From the age of 7.

10. The Grinch

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In Whoville, Christmas is celebrated by everyone in town... except one: the Grinch, who lives in the mountains above the village. And this year, he is determined that no one will enjoy the holiday he hates so much... from the age of 7.

11. Elf

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Buddy, a human being, is raised by Santa's elves. But when he grows up, he learns that he is not an elf. He then decides to return to his family and discovers the difficult world that can be the world of humans. From the age of 7.

12. Home Alone

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This is a Christmas must-have! In Home Alone, the McCallister family spends the holidays in Paris. But after a hasty departure, Kevin, the youngest, is forgotten at home... He is left to his own devices while burglars decide to break into his house. From the age of 8.

13. A Christmas Carol

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Ebenezer Scrooge is probably the stingiest and most obnoxious merchant in London. He therefore hates Christmas, a feast in which generosity and kindness are the order of the day. This year, however, the day holds a few surprises in store for him: the ghost of his former business partner visits him and brings him magical and disturbing news. From the age of 10.

14. Edward Scissorhands

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Edward may seem like an ordinary boy, except for one detail: following the death of his creator, who had not finished the work, he has blades instead of hands. Peg Boggs has taken him in and Edward manages to fit in in the residential suburbs, despite his difference. Until the residents turn against him. From the age of 12.

15. It's a Wonderful Life

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This black and white Christmas film by Frank Capra dates from 1946. It is a wonderful Christmas story, based on the importance of friendship. Georges Bailey is a very appreciated man in his town. On New Year's Eve, he realizes that a large sum of money he has to give to a corrupt rival has disappeared. Fearing disaster, he considers ending his life when an angel appears to him and shows all that he brings around.

Now you're ready to make great movies in a relaxed atmosphere with your family, children or friends during the Christmas vacations! All you have to do is bake good Santa Claus cookies, mug cakes and for the evening, slip under a huge plaid on the couch in front of your Christmas movie. A very Christmas program!


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