The season has started. Christmas music in the shops, Christmas specials on Tv.
Does it matter that Christmas movies are a bit sappy? They warm our hearts, restore our faith in humanity and generally bring joy to the world.
My top 20 Christmas shows suitable for Children
20. Santa Buddies
Puppy lovers will enjoy this holiday film starring talking dogs.
At the North Pole, Santa Claus and his canine pal Santa Paws notice that the Christmas spirit icicle is melting, due to lack of Christmas spirit in the world. They’re counting on Puppy Paws to spread the message of the importance of Christmas spirit to the next generation, but he just wants to be a normal dog—and so he hitches a ride to the real world, where he ultimately realizes his elders were right and sets out to restore Christmas spirit. Sappy, but fun, especially for younger viewers.
19. The Dog Who Saved Christmas
Voiced by Mario Lopez, Zeus is a retired K-9 dog who can’t seem to bark. Determined to protect his family’s home to prevent his return to the pound, Zeus attempts to foil a burglary in a manner like Home Alone, dropping ornaments on their heads and dousing them with flour.
18. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
The Disney adaptation of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, starring Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchett
On the Dvd is the 25-minute short film “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” Other shorts included in this collection are “The Small One” about a boy and his donkey, “Pluto’s Christmas Tree” about the chipmunks Chip and Dale who live in the tree Mickeycuts down and “Santa’s Workshop” featuring Santa and his elves.
A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding.
16. Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
Although the kids might have been wowed by Elmo alone, parents will love the celebs packed into this Christmas special. When the boxes in Stiller the Elf’s (voiced by Ben Stiller) tree-shaped Christmas Counter-Downer are scattered (leaving Elmo and the elf thinking Christmas won’t ever come), Elmo and Abby Cadabby step in to save the day and help restore the elf’s faith that Christmas is still on its way.
Celeb guest stars include Sopranos stars Tony Sirico and Steve Schirippa, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Hathaway, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx
15. Merry Christmas, Olivia
Everyone’s favorite 6-and-3/4 year-old pig enjoys holiday fun in these eight Christmas- and winter-themed tales.Episodes include “Olivia Claus,” “Olivia and the Family Photo,” “Olivia’s Ice Spectacular,” “Olivia’s Snow Day,””Olivia Makes a Wedding Gift,” “Olivia Makes Magic,” “Olivia and the Babies” and “Olivia’s Good Luck.”
14. Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure
Dora lovers will be delighted by this holiday-themed adventure. After Swiper attempts to steal the Christmas Star at Dora’s Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) party, Santa puts him on the “naughty list.” In an effort to help Swiper redeem himself and get off the naughty list, Dora travels through time with Swiper to discover the true spirit of Christmas.
13. Shrek the Halls
Fans of the Shrek movies will be delighted by this short and sweet holiday-themed special. Starring the usual cast of characters, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) struggles to make his family’s first Christmas special, but doesn’t have any experience with the holiday. As he attempts to follow a Christmas for Village Idiots guidebook, the festivities go on around him
12. Arthur Christmas
What happens if Santa misses a gift delivery? Santa’s clumsy grandson, Arthur is on a mission to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. Arthur is the one who finds joy in the holiday event.
Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ With Santa’s high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole.
From the animators who created Wallace & Gromit
11. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Muppets taking on the Christmas tale by retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy miser. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future. Kermit was born for the role of Bob Cratchett.
10. The Santa Clause (1994)
It’s every kid’s dream: Dad could be Santa Claus. All he has to do is push the other Santa off his roof. When Tim Allen inadvertantly kills Santa by pushing him off his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place. Its a great mix of whimsy and mature laughs. David Krumholtz from Numb3rs as Santa’s #2, Bernard the Elf.
9. Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which Patch, the head elf,(Dudley Moore) strikes out on his own and falls in with an evil toy manufacturer who wants to corner the market and eliminate Santa Claus. Santa must come to his rescue.
8. The Polar Express (2004)
On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.
What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch.
6. The Little Drummer Boy
In this holiday classic,t he story elaborates on the popular Christmas song The Little Drummer Boy, about a lonely orphan shepherd boy who plays his drum for the baby Jesus and makes the animals dance
The true spirit of Christmas and what the holidays are really about – giving and love and that everybody has something worth contributing
Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by the Vienna Boys’ Choir
One of the few Bible-inspired Rankin & Bass films, though some scenes can be a bit sad/scary (when someone gets run over)
5. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Jimmy Durante narrates this Christmas story that is based on the song of the same name. To make up for the fact that her students are in school on Christmas Eve, the local schoolteacher hires the magician Professor Hinkle to entertain the kids. Unfortunately, he’s not a very good magician. Frustrated in his attempt to pull a rabbit out of his hat, he throws it away in anger. Outside, the kids build a snowman (what to call it? Harold? Oatmeal? Frosty!),and when the hat blows onto it–Happy Birthday!–it comes to life. Professor Hinkle decides he wants the hat back so he can make money off of its newfound magical properties, but the kids want to save Frosty. When the temperature starts to rise, a new problem threatens Frosty’s existence. Karen, the leader of the children, comes up with a plan to save him: take him on a train to the North Pole, where it’s always cold. With a cameo by Santa Claus, and the promise of Frosty’s return every year, this story of life, death, and holiday cheer is glazed with the sweet frosting of hope and happiness
Look at Frosty Go!
4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
This classic 1964 television special featuring Rudolph and his misfit buddies in stop-motion animation
Burl Ives narrates as Sam the Snowman, telling and singing the story of a rejected reindeer who overcomes prejudice and saves Christmas. Along the way, he meets wonderful characters:Hermey the misfit elf who wants to be a dentist, Yukon Conelius the prospector and the scary/adorable Abominable Snow Monster.
I have a place in my heart for all the Rankin & Bass Christmas specials
3. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)
Where does Santa’s suit come from? Why does he slide down the chimney? Why does he live at the North Pole?
The Mailman (Fred Astaire) decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who was left on the doorstep of the Kringle family (toymakers). When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Burgermeister (Herr Meisterburger) is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, there’s an evil wizard named Winter who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt Winter’s heart and deliver his toys.
2. Elf (2003)
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole.
Later, as an adult human raised by elves, Santa allows Buddy the elf to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs.
Hobbs had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy the elf experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. It is Christmassy and funny and Will Ferrell as Buddy the elf is wonderful
Mrs. Claus tells us about the time Santa had a bad cold and was feeling discouraged so he decided to take a vacation from Christmas. Two of his elves, Jingle Bells and Jangle Bells decided to go out (with Vixen) to find children to convince Santa that the Christmas spirit is still important to everybody else. But they have to get past Heat Miser and Snow Miser, first, before they land in Southtown, USA, where it never snows for Christmas. But the Miser Brothers can’t agree to let it snow in Southtown. But Mrs. Santa knows their mum–Mother Nature.
– This has to be my families number 1.
My children loved this from the first time they saw it.
Even as adults they still watch this, they know all words & all the songs. The Duets over Snow Miser and Heat Miser are still battling 25 years on.