The Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movies or Television Shows



What To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) has again released one of our most popular Special Report just in time for this festive season. WTDWTK contacted parents from around the world through Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook as well as email, and asked them to submit their list of favorite Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows.

WTDWTK received over 440 movie and television suggestions of programs that date back as far as 1946 and as early as 2004. The most number of comments were by far for the classic black & white Frank Capra move “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  Many people commented on how their family would get together just to watch this movie, including the younger ones.

The original Chuck Jones animated “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” beat the Ron Howard live action movie “The Grinch” by a 3 – 1 margin.

The voting however was very close with a number of selections ending in a tie resulting in the top 10 list having 13 entries.


The Top 10 Family Christmas/Holiday Movie or Television Shows are:

  1. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966 – Animated)
  2. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
  3. “A Christmas Story” (1983)
  4. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965 – Animated)
  5. “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
    “A Christmas Carol” (1951)
  6. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (1964 – Animated)
  7. “Frosty the Snowman” (1969 – Animated)
    “White Christmas” (1954)
  8. “The Polar Express” (2004 – Animated)
    “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)
  9. “Home Alone” (1990)
  10. “A Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)


Honorable mentions go to “Holiday Inn” (1942); “Elf” (2004); “The Santa Clause” (1994); and “The Grinch” (2000).


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