40+ Best Family Holiday Movie Nights (Updated 2021)

One of my favorite holiday traditions is cozying up on the couch and having a holiday movie night. This is our list for the best Christmas movie night ideas for a holiday family movie night.

There is something so special about getting cozy with your family during the holiday season. Picking a holiday movie to enjoy is a family tradition that helps our family celebrate the joys of the holidays.

We watch a lot of holiday movies in November and December and usually include our favorites in our Christmas countdown. It is a great family tradition to connect us and something we look forward to every year.

For me there is nothing better then getting on your favorite pajamas, finding a cozy blanket, a great movie, and my family on the couch. It seems each year new classics emerge and we find ourselves adding more holiday movies to the list.

Favorite Holiday Family Movie Night Movies

There are so many streaming networks and ways to find family Christmas movies so I decided to break it up into streaming services for easy reference.

Family Holiday Movies on Disney Plus

  • Noelle (We watched this new last year and it has become a family favorite)
  • Star Wars Holiday Special
  • Disney
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • Santa Clause
  • Santa Clause 2
  • Santa Clause 3
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • A Muppets Christmas: Letter to Santa
  • Christmas Again
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Decorating Disney Holiday Magic
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas ( We are still debating this one being a Halloween or Christmas movie!)
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • Prep and Landing
  • Prep and Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Pluto’s Christmas Tree
  • The Simpson’s Christmas Episodes
  • Disney Channel Holiday Episodes: Phineas and Ferb, Jessie, Bizzardvark, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kim Possible
  • Disney Junior Holiday Episodes: Elena, Muppet Babies, Doc McStuffins, PJ Masks, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • High School Musical: The Musical The Series, Holiday Special

Family Holiday Movies on Netflix

  • The Grinch (Live Action)
  • The Grinch (Animated)
  • Jingle Jangle
  • The Christmas Chronicles
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2
  • Klaus
  • Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
  • Holiday Classics: Madagascar
  • Happy Holidays: Madagascar
  • Trolls Holiday
  • Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer
  • Dolly Parton Christmas on the Square
  • Dragons Rescue Riders Huttsgalor Holiday Holiday Special
  • Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas Holiday Special
  • The Claus Family
  • A Boy Called Christmas

Family Holiday Movies on Amazon Prime

Most of these movies are not on prime but for rent or purchase on Amazon. I kept them on the list because they are classics that you may want to search for.

  • Elf
  • A Christmas Story
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Classic Cartoon)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Polar Express

Family Holiday Movies Specials and Live

  • Santa Clause is Coming to Town (ABC, November 26th at 8:00pm)
  • Frosty the Snowman (CBS, November 26th at 8:00pm)
  • Frosty Returns (CBS, November 26th at 8:30pm)
  • The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (ABC, November 28th at 7:00pm)

I always include these holiday family movie favorites in our family Christmas countdown. Learn more about how I plan our Christmas countdown and why it is my favorite family tradition we do year after year.

over 40 family holiday movie night ideas.

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