Top 10 Family Christmas Movies from the Mothering Community

We recently asked the members of the Mothering Community to tell us about their favorite family Christmas movies and received some great responses! Here is a list of our top ten faves from that discussion. 


Head over to the original thread to see all of the recommendations and to share your own must watch Christmas list!

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Starring Ann Altieri and Chris Doran


I haven’t watched A Charlie Brown Christmas in a long time. I should, because it’s an ongoing family joke that my mom and I love “Charlie Brown trees.” I don’t like my trees super bushy. I like them a bit sparse, so I can put ornaments inside and have them still be visible.” –Mothering Member Storm Bride



Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Starring Jimmy Durante and Jackie Vernon


I can count to ten. One, two, three, four, five, nine, six, eight… Well, I can count to five. What do you know? I’m even ticklish. In fact, I’m all livin’! I *am* alive! What a neat thing to happen to a nice guy like me.” –Frosty the Snowman


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Starring: Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed


“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”  —Zuzu Bailey



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Starring Billie Mae Richards and Burl Ives


From what I see now, that will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up. What I’m trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” –Santa




The Polar Express (2005)

Starring Tom Hanks and Nona Gaye


Love this movie (in 3D and in a theater, if you can find it) and I’ll never forget seeing it on an IMAX screen on Christmas Day!” –Mothering Member MarcyCM




Elf (2003)

Starring Will Ferrell and James Caan


Elf is a new classic with my family.  –Mothering Member Scary Bisquits


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Starring Maureen O’Hara and John Payne


Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.” –Fred Gailey


Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Starring Dave Goelz and Steve Whitmire


It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve and Scrooge was conscious of a thousand odors, each one connected with a thousand thoughts and hopes and joys and cares long, long forgotten.” –Gonzo


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Starring Boris Karloff and June Foray


The Grinch is my mother’s favorite movie. It’s been a Christmas Eve requirement since I was a small child!” –Mothering Member BeckyBird


A Christmas Story (1983)

Starring Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin


The best one is a Christmas Story hands down! It’s not Christmas without it.” –Mothering Member Skycheattraffic


One thought on “Top 10 Family Christmas Movies from the Mothering Community”

  1. Most Wonderful Time of the Year is our favorite Christmas movie. We watch this every year and often more than once around Christmas time.

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