The best family Christmas movies of all time

Published on 27 November 2017

Nothing says Christmas like gathering around the television for a classic family Christmas movie. 

No matter the company you’re keeping this Christmas – perhaps you’re a family with young children, or your grown-up kids are coming home for the holidays, or the grandparents are joining you in a cross-generational celebration – we’ve got the Christmas movie for you.

Home Alone (1990)

The plot: It’s the legendary Christmas home invasion comedy, with a good dose of negligent parenting, that made Macaulay Culkin (and his gasping expression) a household name. 

For the family with kids approaching Kevin’s age in the film – 8 years old – or big kids in their late-20s/early-30s, who remember the movie from their childhood.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The plot: Ebenezer Scrooge meets the Muppets in this retelling of Charles Dickens’ iconic Christmas story with the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. But what will he make of Miss Piggy?

For the family after a kid-friendly take on a classic Christmas tale. 

The Polar Express (2004)

The plot: A young boy begins to doubt the existence of Santa, so he decides to stay up on Christmas Eve and wait for Santa’s sleigh. What turns up instead is a magical train headed for the North Pole.

For the family who leaves out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The plot: For George, Christmas is a rough time of year, until his guardian angel Clarence appears. This is a timeless Christmas tale from the golden age of Hollywood.

For the family who have grandparents staying with them.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The plot: Cindy Lou Who from Whoville attempts to find out if the infamous Grinch, Dr. Seuss’s famous Christmas grump, is really as mean and green as he’s made out to be.

For the family with a Christmas Grinch, who needs some inspiration to get into the spirit.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The plot: National Lampoon is the ultimate in holiday-themed slapstick, but somehow the Griswolds always seem to learn a wholesome lesson from their near-disastrous escapades.

For the family hosting Christmas this year!

Love Actually (2003)

The plot: One for the grown-ups, but Love Actually has earned its place as a modern Christmas favourite. These tales of pre-Christmas romance come with no shortage of belly laughs, blushes and memorable musical moments. Love is all you need.

For the family with a grown-up household, who don’t mind watching it for the 37th time.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

The plot: A remake of the ‘40s classic, this Christmas film is a tear-jerker about finding something to believe in. When a little girl questions whether Santa exists, a department store Santa Claus claims to be the real deal.

For the family with young ones who might be a bit sceptical about Santa Claus.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The plot: In Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town on his travels – but his attempts to introduce Christmas to his comrades don’t work out as expected.

For the family who loves Halloween as much as they love Christmas.

Elf (2003)

The plot: Buddy, like the rest of his elf friends, is raised at the North Pole to spread Christmas cheer. The only problem? He’s not really an elf – he’s a human – and it’s time for him to venture into our world.

For the family after some wholesome laughs.

Die Hard (1988)

The plot: One for the action buffs, NYPD officer John McClane is up against 12 terrorists who’ve taken multiple hostages during a Christmas party, including his estranged wife. Die Hard has been gaining popularity in recent years as a Christmas movie, and it makes for a different kind of Christmas, that’s for sure.

For the family looking for a Christmas movie to watch after the under-12s have been put to bed.

Remember, you’ll find a huge selection of Christmas classics available at KmartTargetJB Hi-Fi HomeMyer and David Jones.

And once Boxing Day hits, all the newest blockbusters are coming to Event Cinemas Robina