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50 Holiday Movies to Watch with Your Tweens and Teens

The holiday season is synonymous with family time, warm fuzzy feelings, and, of course, classic holiday movies. Sharing these moments with tweens and teens can be a memorable experience, bridging the generation gap and creating cherished memories. So grab the hot cocoa, light up the fireplace, and snuggle up for some holiday cheer with these 50 must-watch holiday movies to watch with your tweens and teens.

Benefits of Watching Holiday Movies Together

  1. Bonding Time: There’s nothing like a good film to spark conversations, laughter, and shared experiences.
  2. Relive Memories: Parents can share movies from their own childhood, offering a glimpse into a different era.
  3. Learn Life Lessons: Many holiday movies impart valuable lessons about gratitude, kindness, and the spirit of giving.
  4. Start Traditions: Make it an annual event. Over time, it becomes a cherished tradition that kids look forward to.

How to Make It Cozy and Fun

  1. Holiday Snacks: Prepare popcorn, cookies, or even a themed snack related to the movie you’re watching.
  2. Warm Drinks: Hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, or chai tea can add warmth to your movie night.
  3. Blankets and Pillows: Create a comfy viewing area with lots of cushions and blankets.
  4. Theme Nights: Dedicate each night to a different theme, like “Christmas Comedy” or “Classic Christmas.”

Top 50 Holiday Movies for Families with Tweens and Teens (Most Popular First)

  1. Home Alone – The quintessential holiday caper that never gets old.
  2. Elf – A delightful tale about a man raised by elves.
  3. The Polar Express – A magical train ride on Christmas Eve.
  4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The Griswold family’s comical holiday disasters.
  5. A Christmas Carol (2009) – The animated retelling of Dickens’ classic.
  6. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The heartwarming story of a grumpy creature’s change of heart.
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Halloween meets Christmas in this Tim Burton classic.
  8. The Santa Clause – A man inadvertently becomes Santa after the real one falls off his roof.
  9. Jingle All the Way – A father’s comedic quest for the perfect toy.
  10. Frozen – Though not strictly a Christmas movie, its wintry scenes make it a holiday favorite.
  11. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – A heartwarming tale about belief in Santa Claus.
  12. Rise of the Guardians – Mythical characters unite to stop an evil spirit.
  13. The Holiday – Two women swap homes for the holidays and find love along the way.
  14. A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Peanuts gang discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
  15. Deck the Halls – Neighbors compete to have the brightest holiday lights.
  16. Arthur Christmas – The story of Santa’s clumsy son trying to deliver a misplaced gift.
  17. Christmas with the Kranks – A couple decides to skip Christmas with unexpected results.
  18. Gremlins – Remember, don’t feed them after midnight!
  19. Fred Claus – Santa’s bitter older brother is forced to help in the North Pole.
  20. The Muppet Christmas Carol – The Muppets take on Dickens’ classic tale.
  21. The Family Stone – A heartwarming dramedy about family dynamics during the holidays.
  22. Scrooged – A modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol” starring Bill Murray.
  23. The Princess Switch – A baker and a duchess switch places and experience each other’s lives.
  24. Jack Frost – A father is reincarnated as a snowman.
  25. White Christmas – A classic musical about two entertainers, romance, and a Vermont inn.
  26. The Star – The story of the first Christmas told from the animals’ perspective.
  27. Noelle – Santa’s daughter takes on the family business.
  28. The Little Drummer Boy – A classic animated tale of a boy and his drum.
  29. Krampus – A darker Christmas tale about an ancient demon who punishes the naughty.
  30. The Man Who Invented Christmas – How Charles Dickens penned “A Christmas Carol.”
  31. The Christmas Chronicles – Two kids team up with Santa for a holiday adventure.
  32. Love Actually – Interconnecting love stories set during the holiday season.
  33. Eight Crazy Nights – An animated Hanukkah story featuring Adam Sandler.
  34. The Year Without a Santa Claus – Santa decides to take a year off.
  35. Last Christmas – A romantic comedy inspired by the George Michael song.
  36. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Kevin McCallister takes on New York City.
  37. It’s a Wonderful Life – A timeless classic about the impact of one man’s life.
  38. The Bishop’s Wife – An angel helps a bishop and his wife during Christmas.
  39. Daddy’s Home 2 – A comedy about two families coming together for the holidays.
  40. While You Were Sleeping – A rom-com set around the holidays.
  41. Annabelle’s Wish – A heartwarming tale of a calf who dreams of flying.
  42. The Ultimate Christmas Present – Two kids discover Santa’s weather-making machine.
  43. A Dog Named Christmas – A heartwarming tale of a young man and his special dog.
  44. Santa Buddies – The pups are back for a holiday adventure.
  45. The Search for Santa Paws – Santa loses his memory in New York.
  46. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – A collection of Christmas stories with Mickey and friends.
  47. The Christmas Prince – A reporter goes undercover and finds more than just a story.
  48. Eloise at Christmastime – Eloise is up to her usual antics during the holidays.
  49. Christmas in Connecticut – A food writer’s life gets turned upside down.
  50. Shrek the Halls – Shrek and his pals celebrate Christmas in their own unique way.

Gather your family, pick a movie from this list, and enjoy the holiday spirit. Remember, it’s not just about the movie but the memories you create together. Happy holidays! 🎄🍿🎥

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