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26 holiday movies for kids that everyone will love

Looking to stream holiday movies for kids? Here are the best holiday movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney+ and Amazon.

26 holiday movies for kids that everyone will love

It’s a time-honored tradition for families the world over. Just as the temperatures drop and the end-of-year holidays start rolling in, everyone cozies up on the couch for a cuppa hot cocoa and a holiday movie. Because really, is there a more perfect way to take a break from the madness of the season?

Looking for a solid roster of some of the best holiday movies for kids? We’ve got you covered. During the 2023 holiday season, stream these holiday movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney Plus and AppleTV (where packages and subscription fees vary). And keep in mind, Santa adds and removes movies regularly. Happy watching!

Kids holiday movies on Netflix 

1. ‘Klaus’

A disgruntled postal worker forms a friendship with a talented toymaker. 

Director: Sergio Pablos

Release date: November 8, 2019

Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: PG

2. ‘Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey’

A toy maker finds hope after being betrayed by his apprentice. 

Director: David E. Talbert

Release date: November 6, 2020

Run time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Rating: PG

3. ‘Holiday Rush’

A lavish radio DJ and his four kids are forced to move out of their mansion just before the holidays. 

Director: Leslie Small

Release date: November 28, 2019

Run time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG

4. ‘Spookley and the Christmas Kittens’

A 45-minute holiday special that’s perfect for little ones who are fans of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

Director: Bernie Denk

Release date: December 6, 2019 

Run time: 45 minutes

Rating: TV-Y

Holiday movies for kids on Hulu

5. ‘The Polar Express’

Tom Hanks stars in the animatronic rendition of the iconic book. 

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Release date: November 10, 2004

Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: G

6. ‘The Grinch’

A remake of the classic book about the most famous holiday hater. 

Director: Ron Howard

Release date: November 9, 2018

Run time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: PG

7. ‘Arthur Christmas’

Santa Claus’s son Arthur has to take on the responsibility of delivering a Christmas gift to a child his dad missed.

Director: Sarah Smith

Release date: November 23, 2011

Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: PG

Disney Plus holiday movies

8. ‘Home Alone’

A kid has the holiday season of his life after he’s accidentally left home alone for the week.

Director: Chris Columbus

Release date: November 16, 1990

Run time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: PG

9. ‘Noelle’

Anna Kendrick stars as Kris Kringle’s daughter with big dreams. 

Director: Marc Lawrence

Release date: November 12, 2019

Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: G

10. ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

A slightly-darker version of the ballet classic.

Director: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Release date: November 2, 2018

Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: PG

11. ‘Decorating Disney’

An hour-long special that goes behind the scenes of the Disney parks’ decor during the holidays.

Release date: 2017

Run time: 42 minutes

Rating: TV-PG

12. ‘Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups’

A group of mischievous pups help save Christmas. 

Director: Robert Vince

Release date: November 20, 2012

Run time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Rating: G

13. ‘Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year’

A throw-back musical with Pooh and the gang that’s perfect for little kids. 

Director: Jim Cummings

Release date: November 12, 2002

Run time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Rating: G

Holiday movies for kids on Amazon

14. ‘Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas’

George and The Man in the Yellow Hat can’t decide what to get each other for Christmas. 

Director: Scott Heming

Release date: November 25, 2009

Run time: 58 minutes

Rating: G

15. ‘48 Christmas Wishes’

Two elves have to leave home for the first time after losing a whole town’s Christmas letters. 

Director: Marco Deufemia, Justin G. Dyck

Release date: November 2, 2017

Run time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Rating: G

16. ‘Elf’

An adult (Will Ferrell) has an over-the-top love for Christmas after being raised in the North Pole. 

Director: Jon Favreau

Release date: November 7, 2003

Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: PG

17. ‘The Black Candle’

A documentary that explores Kwanzaa’s growth from the Black Power Movement in the 1960s. 

Director: Roy Battersby

Release date: November 2008

Run time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: PG-13

18. ‘Little Women’

The coming-of-age drama, Greta Gerwig-style 

Director: Greta Gerwig

Release date: December 25, 2019

Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Rating: PG-13

19. ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’

A security guard gets his moment in the sun when a mall is taken over on Black Friday.

Director: Steve Carr

Release date: January 16, 2009

Run time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Rating: PG

20. ‘Eight Crazy Nights’

Best for older kids, this Adam Sandler flick tells the story of a party animal who changes his ways. 

Director: Seth Kearsley

Release date: November 27, 2002

Run time: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Rating: PG-13

21. ‘Black Nativity’

A modern-day version of the Langston Hughes play, set in Harlem. 

(Available to rent for $3.99)

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Release date: November 27, 2013

Run time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Best kids holiday movies to stream on AppleTV

22. ‘All I Want Is Christmas’

A Christmas-obsessed Jewish boy swaps plane tickets with another boy at the airport so he can see what the holiday is really like. 

Director: Sue Corcoran

Release date: November 13, 2017

Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Rating: PG

23. ‘Caillou’s Holiday Movie’

Caillou learns the true meaning of Christmas. 

Director: Nick Rijgersberg

Release date: October 7, 2003

Run time: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Rating: NR

24. ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Charlie helps his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas. 

Director: Bill Melendez

Release date: December 9, 1965

Run time: 30 minutes

Rating: NR

25. ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t what they envisioned, but the Peanuts gang makes it work. 

Director: Bill Melendez

Release date: November 20, 1973

Run time: 30 minutes

Rating: NR

26. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ 

Halloween meets Christmas in a way only Tim Burton could envision.

Director: Tim Burton

Release date: October 29, 1993

Run time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Rating: PG