Posted Mon, December 20, 2010 8:30am EDT

The 10 Best Christmas Movies You Can Watch With Your Kids! Vote For Your Fave!

Posted Mon, December 20, 2010 8:30am EDT

These kid-friendly movies are guaranteed to bring the fun for you and your little ones come Christmas time!

Here’s our list of the 10 best Christmas movies you can watch with your kids, no matter how old they are. Are some of your favorites on the list?

10. Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure (Not Rated): What better way to teach your toddler about the season than to share it with Dora the Explorer?

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Not Rated): The familiar prose of the great Dr. Seuss comes to life in this Christmas cartoon classic. The Grinch has a terrible, awful plan to steal all of the presents from the Whos down in Whoville, but he is surprised to learn that Christmas is more than he though it was before.

8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Not Rated): A classic. The show uses innovative puppetry and stop-motion animation to tell the story of an outcast reindeer, an aspiring-dentist elf, and an island of misfit toys who help Santa save Christmas. The DVD also contains two additional Christmas classics: “Frosty the Snowman” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

7. The Polar Express (Rated G): When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and featuring the vocal talents of the great Tom Hanks.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Not rated): Maybe the most endearing of all Peanuts’ specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, scraggliest Christmas tree ever. At first the gang makes fun of him for choosing such an ugly tree for the holiday but a timely assist from Linus makes the true message of the season come shining through. Everyone realizes in the end that a little affection can make all the difference in the world… even to a tree.

5. Home Alone (Rated PG): World? Meet Macauley Culkin. Macauley Culkin? Meet the world.

4. A Christmas Story (Rated PG): “Be careful with that thing, Ralphie! You’ll shoot your eye out!” We still love watching this movie, especially when Ralphie does, indeed, hurt himself firing that much-sought-after BB gun.

Here’s a recipe for Paula Deen’s Hot Cranberry Cider — yummy!

3. Miracle on 34th Street (Rated G): See above about the repeat factor, but even though it’s a wee bit dark — putting Kris Kringle on trial to make sure he’s actually sane — but it ends well, and it’s a lot of fun, and it’s got a very young Natalie Wood. Did we mention how much fun it is?

2. Elf (Rated PG): The movie that made Will Ferrell a movie star, it’s the not only the best Christmas movie to come out in the 21st century, it’s also very easily the funniest.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (Rated G): We watch it every Christmas Eve, without fail. And every year, without fail, we get teary at the end. Never gets old. Ever.

Have we missed any of your favorite holiday movies? Let us know in the comments section below.

–Roger Singer

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