35 Family Friendly Christmas Movies to Watch Now

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Searching for some Christmas movies to add to your collection? Here are 35 family friendly Christmas movies to consider!

Family Friendly Christmas Movies

You’ve gathered the entire family together for the evening to watch a Christmas movie. What you didn’t count on was the arguing over which movie to watch. The older kids don’t want to watch “little kid” movies, and Mom and Dad would love a classic. Here’a a list that can save your evening. Below are 30 Family Friendly Christmas Movies. They are all rated PG, G or not rated at all because they were originally made for TV. I’ll bet there are a few on this list you’ve never seen!

This list of Family Friendly Christmas Movies includes classics, made for TV specials, and newer movies as well. Sure, you can stream a lot of these movies. However, it can take a while to find which streaming service is playing which movie. I like to keep a DVD of our family’s favorite Christmas movies. It really makes selecting that family night movie a lot quicker and simpler.

You may be thinking, “I don’t even have a DVD player anymore.” Did you know most gaming consoles play DVDs or Blue-ray DVDs? Since we don’t play DVDs very often, we use the PS5 console in our living room to play our Christmas DVDs. Gradually add to your Christmas movie collection by purchasing a couple of movies each year. Christmas DVDs make great gifts, too!

There are WAY more than 35 Christmas movies! My goal here is to list family-friendly options that you can all enjoy together. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate, pop some popcorn, and enjoy a family movie night together!

35 Family Friendly Christmas Movies


A Charlie Brown Christmas – Not rated


A Christmas Carol – PG


A Christmas Story – PG


Christmas with the Kranks – PG


Deck the Halls – PG


Elf – PG


Ernest Saves Christmas – PG


Gremlins – PG


Holiday Inn – Not rated


Home Alone (and Home Alone 2) – both are rated PG


How the Grinch Stole Christmas – PG


I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Not rated (Robert Hays, Ann Jillian)


I’ll Be Home for Christmas – PG (Disney – Jonathan Taylor Thomas)


It’s A Wonderful Life – Not rated

This is my absolute favorite Christmas movie. When our kids were very young, my husband and I started watching this together every Christmas Eve after the kids went to bed. It was kind of like our calm-before-the-storm in house date night. We still watch it every Christmas Eve, and sometimes our adult kids join us.


Jack Frost – PG


Jingle All the Way – PG


Miracle on 34th Street – Not rated


Polar Express – G


Prancer – G


The Bishop’s Wife – Not rated


The Original Christmas Classics – Not rated
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town | Frosty the Snowman | Frosty Returns | Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol | Little Drummer Boy | Cricket on the Hearth


The Santa Clause – PG
(Santa Clause 2 – G, & Santa Clause 3 – G)


White Christmas – Not rated

Do you know a Family Friendly Christmas movie that’s missing from this list?
I would love to hear from you! Please leave movie suggestions in a comment below.

Here are some additional Family Friendly Christmas Movies recommended by my readers:

The Fourth Wise Man – Not rated (Thank you, Anne G.)

Arthur Christmas  – PG (Thank you, Cheryl)

The Christmas Bunny – Not rated

Scrooged – PG13

Family Friendly Christmas Movies to Stream

There are several newer Christmas movies created by streaming services that aren’t available on DVD. A few of these have made it to our family’s favorites list, so I don’t want you to miss out on these options.

  • The Christmas Chronicles – Netflix
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2 – Netflix
  • Klaus – Netflix
  • Prep & Landing – Disney +
  • Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Disney +

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