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Have 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:
- What was the message of the movie? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why?
- What was your favorite part of the movie?
- What was your least favorite part of the movie?
- Who was your favorite character? Why?
- Who was your least favorite character? Why?
- Did any of the characters make you angry? Why?
- Did you begin to see any of the characters in a different light as the movie progressed?
- 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.
Family Friendly Christmas Movies on PureFlix
All the content you’ll find on PureFlix is safe for young eyes. If you want to be 100% sure the Christmas movies you stream this holiday season are family-friendly, PureFlix is a great option. And right now their monthly subscription is just $7.99/month. PureFlix continues to its list of movies and television shows. So you’ll find lots of movies to add to your family’s holiday movie list. And if your family loves VeggieTales, you’ll find all your favorite episodes at PureFlix!
Family Friendly Christmas Movies on Disney+
Disney+ is now available and parents everywhere are rejoicing. Verizon customers who have an 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+.
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.
Movies on this list are FREE if you have an Amazon Prime account. You can rent them without an Amazon Prime account.
Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition
Family 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.
A Boy Called Christmas COMING NOVEMBER 24th
Shawn the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas COMING DECEMBER 3rd
The Claus Family NEW
Family 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 Story – Available with Hulu + Live TV package
Christmas with the Kranks – Available with STARZ package
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Available with Hulu + Live TV package
Elf – Available with STARZ package
It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie – Available with Hulu + Live TV package
Miracle on 34th Street – 1994 Edition
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – Available with Hulu + Live TV package
Family 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.
Santa Claus in Coming to Town (45th Anniversary Full Version)
Family 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.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966 animated version
Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version)
Miracle On 34th Street (the 1994 version)
What is your favorite family friendly Christmas movie? Be sure to share it with us so we can continue to grow our list!