Family Friendly Christmas Movies to Stream This Holiday Season

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Family Friendly Christmas MoviesHave you been wondering if a streaming service might be worth the monthly fees? The holidays are the perfect time to give them a try. Most streaming services have a free one-month trial, so the holidays are a great time to try out a few streaming services and see which one might be best for your family. There are plenty of family friendly Christmas movies–dramas, comedies, and classics. You can find Christmas movies to keep everyone in the family happy.

I’ve broken my list down by streaming service. It’s easy to look at the movies available on the list and decide if that service has movies your family will love. I’ve also included movie lists for Google Play and YouTube. Here you can rent or purchase movies to stream. We love having this option in our home. Our entire family can watch a movie for less than $5.00.

Before we dive in and look at all the Christmas movies available for streaming, let’s talk about some ways to enhance our screen time. Watching movies is typically considered non-interactive, meaning we’re sitting still and not really actively engaging with the media in any way. But that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with the media.

Encourage your kids to engage and connect with the movies they watch by asking questions about the movie.

To help your kids connect with the movies they stream, ask:

  1. What was the message of the movie? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?
  2. What was your favorite part of the movie?
  3. What was your least favorite part of the movie?
  4. Who was your favorite character? Why?
  5. Who was your least favorite character? Why?
  6. Did any of the characters make you angry? Why?
  7. Did you begin to see any of the characters in a different light as the movie progressed?
  8. Did anything in the movie remind you of an experience you’ve had in your life?

It’s also interesting to see how the same story is interpreted by different directors and actors. Younger children can watch the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and then compare it to the 2000 version with Jim Carrey.

Teens can compare and contrast the numerous versions of A Christmas Carol. Start with older original versions on Amazon or this highly rated 1938 version. Or, rent the 1984 version. Then, look at some animated versions like Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The Muppets Christmas Carol. You can also check out Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey Finally, learn about how A Christmas Carol came to be in The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Now that you have some ideas for helping your kids connect and engage with movies, get out your holiday calendar. And instead of running from event to event, plan in some cozy family evenings with pizza, popcorn, and Christmas movies! Here’s a huge list of Christmas movies from PureFlix, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Google Play, and Disney+ to help make your planning easier.

PureFlix logoFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on PureFlix

All the content you’ll find on PureFlix is safe for young eyes. So, if you want to be 100% sure the Christmas movies you stream this holiday season are family friendly, a subscription to PureFlix is just $12.99/month. PureFlix has added to their list of holiday movies, so this year you’ll find lots of movies to add to your family’s holiday movie list.


A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale

A Fruitcake Christmas

A Princess for Christmas

Abbott and Costello: The Christmas Show

Angels in the Snow

Chasing the Star

Christmas Angel

Christmas Belle

Christmas Dress

Christmas Miracle

Christmas Manger

Christmas Trade

Christmas with a Capital C

Franklin’s Magic Christmas

Go Look in the Manger-Candy Maker’s Christmas

Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace

Megan’s Christmas Miracle

My Broken Horse Christmas

Silver Bells

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Late Christmas Gift

The Dog Who Saved Christmas

The Least of These

The Ride: A Christmas Eve Parable

The Nutcracker 

Wish for Christmas

Family Friendly Christmas Movies on Disney+

Disney+ is now available and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Verizon customers who have the unlimited plan can get Disney+ FREE for one year. It’s a great way to try Disney+ out to see if it’s a fit for your family. Hulu subscribers can also try Disney+ at a steep discount. If you currently use Hulu be sure to add on Disney+ to your currently Hulu subscription instead of adding Disney + as a separate streaming option. Doing so will save you money and make managing your family’s streaming services so much easier.

I love that the content available on Disney+ is family friendly. You won’t run into any “R” rated content while browsing for movies or series there. But, this doesn’t mean young kids don’t need guidance when selecting content to view. Child profiles still may pull in movies and series you don’t want your child viewing. And, there currently isn’t a way to remove content from your child’s profile. I do love the default setting for play is set so movies won’t play on and on, setting our kids up for binge watching. Well done Disney! And, there is plenty of kid friendly content available. All in all, Disney+ is a great resource for families. Here are just some of the fun holiday movies you’ll find available on Disney+.

Decorating Disney Holiday Magic

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas

Disney’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Disney’s Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Disney’s Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

Disney’s One Magic Christmas

Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol

Disney’s Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney’s ‘Twas the Night

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Home Alone

Home Alone 2

Home Alone 3

Miracle on 34th Street


One Magic Christmas

Richie Rich$ Christmas Wish

Santa Clause

Santa Clause 2

Santa Clause 3 the Escape Clause

Santa Paws

Santa Paws 2

Snowball Express


The Christmas Star


Family Friendly Christmas Movies on Amazon

There are two options on Amazon. You can rent movies for a small fee. Renting movies on Amazon doesn’t require an Amazon Prime account. Instead, you pay to rent the movie.

The second option is movies available under Amazon Prime. These movies available under Amazon Prime are part of that subscription service. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you don’t “rent” the movies or shows. They are part of your subscription.

There are a number of Christmas movies for families available on Amazon. Some are available in Amazon Prime; others are available to rent or purchase. I’ve divided this list up to note which movies are part of Amazon Prime and which are not, simply because many of us have subscription services to multiple streaming services. If you do as well, be sure to check the Christmas movie list for the other streaming services to see if the movie your family would like to watch is on that list.

Amazon Prime

Movies on this list are FREE if you have an Amazon Prime account. You can rent them without an Amazon Prime account.

A Christmas Tree Miracle

Adventures in Odyssey: Electric Christmas

Amazing Christmas Recipes for Kids

An American Girl Story – Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas – Season 102

Christmas for a Dollar

Christmas Minecraft Movies with Little Kelly

Christmas Miracle

Clara’s Ultimate Christmas

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Inside LEGO at Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

Operation Christmas List

Pete’s Christmas

Snowy Day

The Cat in the Hat Christmas

The Christmas Dragon

The Heart of Christmas


A Christmas Story

All I Want for Christmas

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas


Christmas with the Andersons

Christmas with the Kranks

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas


Holiday Inn

Home Alone

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 3

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimate Edition

Jack Frost

Meet Me in St. Louis

Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Nativity Story

The Polar Express

The Star

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Netflix logo for Holiday MoviesFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on Netflix

Netflix is a great streaming service if your family loves movies. Subscriptions start as low as $7.99/month. And, Netflix does offer parental control options. It’s easy to set up a profile for your child and set an age restriction on the content your child can view. And, it’s easy to remove a movie from your child’s Netflix feed if there is a movie you don’t want your child to watch. This means you can keep family friendly Christmas movies in your child’s profile.


48 Christmas Wishes

A Storybots Christmas

Abominable Christmas

Angela’s Christmas

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure


Christmas Chronicles

Christmas Chronicles 2

Curious George-A Very Monkey Christmas

Dreamworks Holiday Classics

Dreamworks Spirit Riding Free

Holiday Rush

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of the Mouse

Sugar Rush Christmas

Super Monsters Save Christmas

The Christmas Project

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays

The Search for Santa Paws

The Star

The Nutcracker

White Christmas

Hulu-Logo-Christmas-MoviesFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on Hulu

Hulu has movies. But, this streaming service is best for those who want access to television shows and are looking to ditch their high priced cable service. Hulu subscriptions start at $5.99/month.

We dumped our $99/month cable service and went with Hulu’s commercial free service. I’m happy to pay an extra $11.99/month for no commercials. And, I’m still saving a boatload of money.

Hulu does offer parental control features. They aren’t as robust as Netflix. And, there isn’t a way to remove a show from your child’s profile. If you have a 13-year-old who is going to watch shows you have deemed inappropriate for them, keep their account set to “only kid friendly programming.”

A Christmas Eve Miracle

A Christmas Story

A Miser Brothers’ Christmas

A Very Brady Christmas

Christmas in the Heartland

Christmas in Wonderland

Christmas with the Andersons

Christmas with the Kranks

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Holiday Baking Championship-Food Network

Home Alone

Home Alone 2

Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition

Saving Christmas

Saving Santa

The Heart of Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tiny Christmas

YouTube-logo-Christmas-moviesFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on YouTube

YouTube is a great place to find free videos. But did you know you can rent many popular movies on YouTube? It’s easy and the rental for most movies ranges between $2.99-$5.99.


A Christmas Carol

12 Dogs of Christmas

A Dennis the Menace Christmas

A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

All I Want for Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Christmas with the Kranks 

Curious George Christmas Special

Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Ernest Saves Christmas

Frosty the Snowman

Fairly Odd Parents: A Fairly Odd Christmas

Holiday Inn

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Jingle All the Way

Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You

Meet Me in St Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Peppa Pig Christmas Movie

Pete’s Christmas

Polar Express

Santa Claus in Coming to Town (45th Anniversary Full Version)

Saving Santa

The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Nativity Story

The Santa Claus

The Santa Claus 2

The Santa Claus 3

The Search for Santa Paws

The Star

White Christmas

Google-Play-Christmas-moviesFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on Google Play

I love Google. I use Google music and books. So, I was thrilled to learn I could purchase or rent movies through the Google Play Store.

We had many of our favorite Christmas movies on VCR or DVD. They’ve definitely seen better days. So, I’m purchasing a couple of our favorites instead of renting. Then we’ll have them to watch again and again every year.

A Christmas Story

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Dennis the Menace Christmas

Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Elmo Saves Christmas

Eloise: Little Miss Christmas – Bundle

Holiday Inn

Home Alone

Home Alone 2

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966 animated version

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jingle All the Way

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You

Meet Me in St. Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version)

Miracle On 34th Street (the 1994 version)

One Magic Christmas

Pete’s Christmas

Polar Express

The Nativity Story

The Santa Claus

The Santa Claus 2

The Santa Claus 3

The Star

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas

White Christmas

What is your favorite family friendly Christmas movie? Be sure to share it with us so we can continue to grow our list!























Santa watching some Family Friendly Christmas Movies


  1. Elizabeth Edgar on November 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I love the idea of helping kids to connect with the movies! I have Netflix, so I will be looking through your Christmas movies on the Netflix list. We love to watch A Christmas Story and Polar Express. My partner’s favorite is How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

    • Leah Nieman on November 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Those are some of our favorites as well. Would you believe I didn’t see A Christmas Story until I was an adult?!

  2. N on November 20, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Great questions to keep kids engaged also to discuss learning points and take-home messages!

  3. Rebecca on November 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Pete’s Christmas was fun!

    • Leah Nieman on November 20, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! What a fun movie. I’ve added it to the list.

  4. Lisa on December 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

    So many good options. We always watch Elf…that is our favorite. But there are so many more to see from this list!

    • Leah Nieman on December 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Elf is a favorite in our house as well!

  5. Sarah on December 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    What a great list. We just watched The Muppet Christmas Carol.

  6. Kelly|citytoast2southerntea on December 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    on top of my hallmark movies this is great to have

  7. Shayla on December 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you for putting this list together! It’s massive! I’m always looking for family friendly movies, especially around the holidays.

  8. Adriane on December 8, 2019 at 5:26 am

    I definitely need to save this! Love all the tips about watching movies together but more importantly, all the fabulous suggestions. Thank you!

  9. Emily on December 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I truly love getting to watch the Christmas movies with my kids. They bring up such good conversations.

    • Leah Nieman on December 10, 2019 at 3:07 am

      They do! We often complain about kids “veggie out” in front of the screen. But movies can create great conversation starters.

  10. Jackline A on December 9, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Great list of Movies. My fav. will always be Home Alone.

    • Leah Nieman on December 10, 2019 at 3:00 am

      We love Home Alone here as well.

  11. Makayla on December 10, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Oh wow what a cool list! I’m definitely bookmarking this for Christmas break!

  12. Ciara on December 10, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Definitely going to look at some of these with they kids.

  13. Jennifer Maune on December 18, 2019 at 3:53 am

    I’m definitely enjoying all of the Christmas picks on Disney+ this year! Great list!


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