Movies to binge-watch with the kids over the holidays

Movies to binge-watch with the kids over the holidays

Snuggling up with the family to watch Christmas movies can be a heartwarming activity. Good bonding moments that embrace themes of generosity, compassion and the importance of family and friends remind children and us that there’s more to Christmas than amassing presents. Sarah Seirafi, mother of two and a children's mobile game designer, shares her kids’ favorite Christmas movies. “They want to see them every year!”

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This animated movie is about a Grinch who steals presents from the children of Whoville. “My girls love so much about this movie,” says Sarah. “The dog and the sleigh, and the characters and rhymes. It’s cute, sweet and has a nice moral to it about the Christmas spirit.”


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998)

The stop-motion animated classic about a unique kind of reindeer is another favorite. “The kids respond to the scenes on the Island of Misfit Toys and the snowman that turns out to be nice,” notes Sarah. The movie teaches them about how it’s okay to be different. “They also like the elf who wants to be a dentist.”


Frosty the Snowman (1969) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

These two animated movies—about a friendly singing snowman and the Peanuts gang, respectively—are big hits with the kids. Sarah says, “The girls really enjoy the animation, visuals and music.” The music is a lasting part of their experience. “They like listening to the soundtracks afterward.”


Santa Buddies (2009)

It’s a talking animal movie about puppies from the North Pole who save Christmas. “It has puppies who talk. The girls love it!” exclaims Sarah. Need we say more?


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

This silly comedy follows the hijinks of the Griswald family during Christmas. “This one’s good for the parents and totally funny,” says Sarah. The kids enjoy it, too. But she likes to remind us that there’s some adult humor in it. Her kids are young so it goes “right over their heads.”



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Scrooged (1988)

A modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol also makes the Seirafi’s cut. “It’s goofy and fun and less dark than the 1951 version,” observes Sarah. The Seirafi kids are still a little too young to watch Christmas movies with more mature themes. “It’s difficult for them to engage,” explains Sarah. When they’re old enough, she’ll make sure her girls are introduced to these other classics.


Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

A young girl questions her belief in the existence of Santa Claus.


A Christmas Carol (2009)

There are many versions of this tale about a miserly old man who is haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Early versions are darker and scarier than some of the later ones. Choose one suitable for your child’s age.


Home Alone (1990)

Who could miss this family comedy film of a little boy who gets left behind as his family dashes on a vacation? It’s every kid’s dream of having the house all to himself, ordering as much pizza as they want, and even set booby traps for robbers!


The Polar Express (2004)

This newly produced computer-animated film lights up the Christmas spirit of every child. The award-winning film was based on the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.



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