It is fast approaching that time of year again when it is perfectly acceptable to sit in, with blankets and hot chocolate and watch a family friendly film!
Christmas and the associated break is the best time to enjoy some family fun, so we have rounded up a list of our favourite children friendly films to watch this festive season – how many of these films have you and your family seen?
The Santa Claus – PG
This much loved Christmas film from 1994 is still very much as popular as it once was. Upset at the fact that his ex-wife and her new husband have broken the Santa dream to their child, dad Tim Allen does his best to make Christmas the most wonderful time of year. On Christmas Eve, Allen is reading a story to his son, but inadvertently startles the real Santa, who is on their roof, causing him to fall and vanish. Leaving behind a suit, sleigh and eight ready for action reindeers.
The Nightmare Before Christmas -PG
Popular in many household between Halloween and Christmas, this Tim Burton film is a glamorous mash up of both holiday seasons. With sing along musical numbers, well-loved characters and an original and fulfilling story, this is no ordinary Christmas tale.
Elf – PG
Will Ferrell plays an absolutely gem of a role, probably one that was created with him in mind. Playing the part of Buddy, the ‘normal’ sized Elf in a world of smaller people, Buddy eventually outgrows the North Pole and is sent to live in the real world. But for an elf that has never set foot outside of the North Pole before, this is a very scary, daunting and funny process. Mayhem ensues!
The Muppets Christmas Carol – U
We are sure that every family has a copy of this film or a recording of it on their TV – combining Charles Dickens and The Muppets was a sparkling move by Disney and Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim. For older family members, Michael Caine stars as the miserable and grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Muppets act out the other parts in the story. Staying true to the original tale, this version involved the younger generation and still today, provides us with a powerful and thought provoking message.
Santa Buddies – U
Cute, adorable, pint sized furry pups entertain all of the family in this cute action film. Santa’s pup helpers notice that the very important Christmas spirit icicle is melting – shock horror! There is not enough Christmas spirit in the world, help! So the puppies are off with a mission to spread Christmas joy, with Puppy Paws at the forefront of the action.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – PG
Although the original made in the 1960’s is very good, we love the new version, featuring the ever amazing Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Over the top and fun, this fantasy film is perfect for younger viewers who will appreciate the laughs and jokes, as well as older audience members. Carrey comes up trumps with one of his best performances in modern years.
Home Alone – PG
The first film in the seemingly ever growing series, Home Alone was a new concept when it was first released in 1990. Being left home alone by mistake when his large family went to Paris for Christmas, Kevin, played by a young Macaulay Culkin, has to hold down the fort and protect his house when he realises that a pair of bumbling thieves are casing the area. Laughs are guaranteed with this film, regardless of how many times you have seen it – and if you haven’t, where have you been?