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Trying to decide on a Christmas film for family movie night but not sure which ones the adults will enjoy as much as the kids? While many popular holiday films are made with kids in mind, and some without, many are great for the whole family. At Santa.com, we’ve rounded up five essential Christmas classics to own below for families looking for some movie magic everyone can enjoy together.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a beloved classic. Whether your family’s watched it a hundred times or has never seen it, it’s endured generations for a reason. From the iconic Vince Guaraldi Trio soundtrack, to its message of giving, togetherness and the true spirit of the season, this is a nostalgic special that everyone in the family is sure to love.
The Santa Clause
A favorite of millennials, The Santa Clause was one of the biggest Christmas films of the 1990s, and still holds up today as a fun family favorite that’s worth repeat viewings. If your kids have never seen it, even better! Just be prepared for them to ask to stay up late to hear if Santa is on the roof!
Elf is an enduring cultural phenomenon that continues to elicit belly laughs, smiles and tears from generations of fans.. Will Ferrell’s antics as the naive, endearing Buddy the Elf, are both charming and ridiculous. The film’s themes of hope, belonging and acceptance always makes it an excellent choice for family viewing during the holiday season.
With its slapstick humor, whimsical soundtrack, and delightful, over-the-top performances, Home Alone is a viewing tradition for millions of households. The holidays are a perfect time to watch this hysterical and heartwarming tale and if one Home Alone isn’t enough, you can always follow it up with Home Alone 2: Lost in New York!
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A classic is a classic because it transcends time. The original Miracle on 34th Street retains its charm and relevancy by getting to the heart of what Christmas is all about. Balancing commercial cynicism with the power of joy and faith, it captures the right of passage we all go through when we decide whether or not to believe in Santa. This film makes its case for both, leaving you to decide whether or not YOU believe. There is no question that we do!