It’s the most wonderful time of the year and its also the busiest time of the year ….. so stop and pause and loose yourself in the world of Christmas magic with the kids … cue BEST Christmas Movies of all time.

Make some ice cream – press pause to the world and play some magical Christmas movies with… Kids in Adelaide Top 10 BEST Christmas Movies for the family!

Home Alone I & II (1990)

Macaulay Culkin is forgotten by his family and forced to battle a couple of  silly thieves (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) around Christmas in this enduring children’s adventure which starts off at his home in Part 1 and then letting loose with no rules and then running wild in the Posh Plaza Hotel in New York City in Part II

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

The 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990’s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. Centering on hiring a Santa for New York’s biggest department store ; the  single high powered executive and her young daughter neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas… finds a man named Kris Kringle and the rest is Christmas Magic….

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Arnold Schwarzenegger vs a crowded shopping mall ( think Rundle Mall – Christmas Eve). This family comedy is desperate to get the last Turn Man Action figure on Christmas Eve – even if it means fighting Santa with a candy cane. A mix of Christmas spirit, action hero and fun viewing and laughing for all ages !


Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who’s of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.


The Santa Claus (1994)

When dad becomes Santa Claus after accidently killing Santa Claus! Dad and Son are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott (the Dad) thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

About A Boy (2002)

One of the best unconventional Christmas Movie of all time – this one is for perhaps the older tweens! Rather than preaching the value of forced holiday cheer, the film uses two sequential Christmases to highlight characters coming together at Christmas. Hugh Grant plays a great lead character (Will) who starts to learn to care for people other than himself when a 12 year old boy, Marcus, befriends him.


Elf (2003)

The movie responsible for more memes and GIFS that I can count…. cue one of the funniest movies of all times ; Elf! Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father….with increasingly chaotic results.


Arthur Christmas (2011)

Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns. A British 3D animation delivers a festive fantasy engaging in an army of elves, silent spaceships and express Reindeers

The Family Man (2000)

Jack’s lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his career, and to the horrifying discovery that his former life no longer exists. As he stumbles through this alternate suburban universe, Jack finds himself at a crossroad where he must choose between his high-power career and the woman he love.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Restless ghoul Jack Skellington tumbles into Christmas Town through a magical portal and becomes so enchanted with the holiday that he abducts Santa and decides to deliver presents himself—spooky gifts for every girl and boy, whether they want them or not. This shrewd seasonal mash-up of Halloween and Christmas is a spine-tingling hoot, with musical numbers galore.