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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 GooglePlay 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, and Google Play to help make your planning easier.

PureFlix logoFamily Friendly Christmas Movies on PureFlix

All of 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 $10.99/month. Here are three movies available on PureFlix you can add to your family’s holiday movie list.


Christmas Angel

This Christmas, Olivia Mead has one wish: that her single mom would find someone that can take the title of husband and dad.

Length: 1 hr 38 mins

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Language: No    Nudity: No     Sex: No     Violence: No


Christmas Miracle

Due to a road closure, eight strangers must take refuge in an abandoned church during a storm. They learn how to manage through various dilemmas by working together.

Length: 1 hr 32 mins

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Language: No    Nudity: No     Sex: No     Violence: No


A Christmas Tree Miracle movie imageChristmas Tree Miracle

A warm-hearted Christmas tale to remind us that in the holiday season, the best gifts in life are the simple ones, and that miracles do happen, if you believe.

Length: 1 hr 42 mins

Recommended Ages: All Ages

Language: No    Nudity: No     Sex: No     Violence: No


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

A Christmas Tree Miracle

Adventures in Odyssey: Electric Christmas

Amazing Christmas Recipes for Kids

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

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas


Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

Christmas Bunny

Christmas Classics Vol 1

Christmas Minecraft Movies with Little Kelly

Christmas with the Kranks

Holiday Inn

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie

Inside Lego at Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Lost Christmas

Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

Operation Christmas List


Snowy Day

The Man Who Invented Christmas



A Christmas Story

All I Want for Christmas


Disney’s A Christmas Carol


Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas


Home Alone

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimate Edition

Meet Me in St. Louis

Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Polar Express

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Star

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.


48 Christmas Wishes

Angela’s Christmas

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure


Curious George-A Very Monkey Christmas

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

The Christmas Project

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 $7.99/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 that 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 Miser Brothers’ Christmas

A Very Brady Christmas

Christmas in the Heartland

Christmas in Wonderland

Holiday Baking Championship-Food Network

Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition

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.



Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey

Holiday Inn

Meet Me in St Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Polar Express

The Nativity Story

The Santa Claus

The Santa Claus 2

The Santa Claus 3

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.


Disney’s A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey

Holiday Inn

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966 animated version

Meet Me in St. Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Polar Express

The Nativity Story

The Santa Claus

The Santa Claus 2

The Santa Claus 3

The Star

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!

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  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!

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