The 40 Best PG & G Rated Christmas Movies for Kids and Families

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The build-up to Christmas is ramping up. If you’re looking for a cosy night in, here’s our list of the best PG & G rated Christmas movies for kids that the whole family can enjoy together. Always a popular pastime during December is a rated G Christmas movie the whole family can enjoy. So grab the popcorn, make some steaming mugs of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and settle down on the sofa for a festive movie marathon.

This list of Christmas movies includes all the best holiday movies for kids, and they’re all a great watch for grown-ups too. The best Christmas movies of all time are covered, from older classics to newer films and those that form part of a franchised series.

Whether you want to find animated Christmas movies or are seeking the best Christmas movie for toddlers to watch without moving around too much, this guide takes you through all the old and more recent Christmas movies.

Set up your streaming service, (we love the G rated Christmas movies on Disney plus) or look at a list of DVDs, and you’ll be overwhelmed by the amount of kids’ Christmas movies that are available to watch. However, as any parent will gladly tell you, quantity is not necessarily an indicator of quality when choosing G and PG Christmas movies .

So grab a cup of cocoa or a glass of Shiraz or Sauvignon to sip while you check out this list of the finest festive family movies ever made. Perhaps some popcorn to nibble on, too for our favourite G rated holiday movies.

Note: some of these movies may have a Christmas movies PG rating in your country as it does depend on which country you are in as to their rating… all are family friendly!

Our top 40 PG & G rated Christmas movies

Here they are – all the top PG & G rated Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney – or even good old-fashioned blu-ray or DVD disc.

The best PG & G rated holiday movies for toddlers

Arthur Christmas

We’ve been watching this movie every year since our kids were babies. How can Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? Perhaps with his army of one million combat-style Field Elves – and a vast, state-of-the-art control centre under the ice of the North Pole – he can do it… This is one of the best children’s Xmas movies for the whole family and you’ll probably find yourself watching it to the end – even after the little ones have nodded off to sleep. Add this one to your list of Christmas movies that are G rated.

Click here to see Arthur Christmas on Prime, DVD or blu-ray

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Who remembers watching this one when they were little? It’s a timeless classic among animated Christmas cartoons – you won’t be able to resist sitting down to watch with the kids. The makers have even snuck in some great messages about bullying, and treating others the way you’d like to be treated. Surely a very important lesson at any time of the year.

Click here to see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie and toys


One of the more modern classics, the Frozen series make ideal Christmas films for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. In fact who are we kidding – we all love to sing along to Let it Go, right? This surely has to be right up there among animation movies for Christmas, and should keep even the eyes of little ones glued to the screen.

Click here to see Frozen and Frozen II on all formats

Frozen II

Every bit as popular as the original, Frozen II is also a great pick among wintry Christmas animation movies. While it may not be snowy in Australia at Christmas, it is winter across much of the world. The Frozen movies have also spawned a lot of merchandise, much of which makes ideal festive gifts for little girls.

Click here to view a range of Frozen and Frozen II gift ideas

Golden Winter

What small child can resist a golden retriever puppy? The cute collection of baby dogs places this among the best preschool Christmas movies – and we bet older kids and adults can’t resist either. This festive tale follows one small boy and a group of puppies as they try to prevent a bank robbery.

Click here to discover the Golden Winter Christmas movie

The 12 Dogs of Christmas

Another one for big or small fans of our furry friends. In a town that’s banned all canine creatures, an annual Christmas event might just turn things around. A festive must for dog-lovers everywhere.

Click here to find out more about The 12 Dogs of Christmas

Santa Buddies

Who knew that so many of the best Christmas films for toddlers starred adorable pooches? This one tells ‘The Legend of Santa Paws’. Try as you might, is sure is a challenge to tear your eyes away from the super cute cast as they make their way to the North Pole.

Click here to see Santa Buddies on Prime, blu-ray and DVD

Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Of all children’s Christmas cartoons, this one features one of the best-loved fairy stories of all. This Disney classic has delightful animation, and there are some interesting characters to get to know – including Chip and Mrs Potts as well as Belle and the Beast.

Click here to see Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Everyone’s favourite panda is back in this pick, one of the top rated Christmas movies for little ones. In this hilarious animation, Master Shifu asks Po and the Furious Five to host the Winter Feast. Find out if they can pull off the Valley of Peace’s finest festive celebration ever.

Click here to see Kung Fu Panda Holiday from Dreamworks

Frosty the Snowman

Whether you’re seeking short Christmas movies for kids or Christmas movies for preschoolers, this brief festive cartoon ticks both boxes. It’s a classic among short Christmas movies, and hopefully even toddlers can stay still for long enough to enjoy it.

Click here to see the Frosty the Snowman movie

The Snowman

First made in the 1980, this series of short Christmas films brings Raymond Briggs’ animation to life. It’s a sweet and heartwarming tale, packed with the appealing characters that inhabit a fun-filled fantasy world. The Snowman and the Snowdog is every bit as good, too – our kids love it.

Click here to see The Snowman – and The Snowman and the Snowdog

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

One of the most classic short animated Christmas movies of course, as it features Mickey Mouse. As it comprises three short stories, it’s among the best toddler Christmas movies to watch as they can view one at a time if required.

Click here to see Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas from Disney

G rated Christmas Movies

The most popular Christmas movies for school age kids

The Grinch

An absolute Christmas classic, The Grinch features the character who gets all ‘bah humbug’ about Christmas. The modern animated version belongs on any list of the top 50 Christmas movies – even perhaps placing in the top 10. While the cartoon version of The Grinch is much cuter, he can still get very grumpy…

Click here to see the animated version of The Grinch

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You’re a mean one, Mr Grinch! This film features Jim Carrey at his cheekiest – and best – as this classic Dr Seuss tale is brought to life. The Grinch sets out to destroy Christmas only to be… well, we don’t want to spoil the ending. A really fun family favourite among Christmas movies for kids rated G, this one is sure to delight grown-ups and kids alike.

Click here to see the How The Grinch Stole Christmas movie and books

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

The Grinch series may be the best known, but there are other great Dr. Seuss derived films to watch this summer. This is one of the best Christmas cartoons out there, featuring the famous cat in splendid festive style.

Click here to check out The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

The Polar Express

This movie made leaps, bounds and big waves in the world of CGI when it was released. Even though it looks a little dated now, it still tells a fabulous Christmas tale of an incredible journey. It also features the vocal talents of Tom Hanks.(Never mind children’s Christmas films for a moment, this one makes us feel like watching Big! Anyone else?)

Click here to see The Polar Express movie, puzzles and books

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Okay, so this one is a kids’ Christmas movie with a super spooky twist. It’s certainly a favourite with some of our kids but – depending on the age of the child – it could be a little too scary for some. (Not perhaps among the best Christmas movies for toddlers, then.) The story begins as Jack Skellington tries to bring Christmas to Halloween Land… and as the tale unfolds, it all goes horribly wrong. If you’re a fan of celebrating Halloween, the range of movie merchandise is also well worth a look.

Click here to see The Nightmare Before Christmas movie and associated merchandise

Home Alone

Madcap shenanigans, hapless burglars and a cute Kevin McAllister place this among all the classic kids’ Christmas movies rated G. The kids will be doubled over with giggles. Meanwhile, you might well wonder just what Kevin’s dad did for a living, so he could afford that huge house and fly so many people to Paris…

Click here to check out the Home Alone movie series on DVD and Amazon Prime

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

“We forgot Kevin… again!” In the follow up to the original Home Alone movie, Kevin gets Lost in New York and ends up on the run from the Wet Bandits once more. This entertaining film features a beautiful soundtrack. There’s even a ‘blink if you’ll miss it’ appearance cameo from a future President of the United States in this pick of the children’s holiday movies’ sequels.

Click here to see the Home Alone 2 and other movie soundtracks


He just… loves… Christmas. Will Ferrell plays the biggest Elf you’ve ever seen, when his character Buddy goes on a mission to uncover his true origins. It’s silly, funny and gently humorous enough throughout for everyone to enjoy. This is a festive classic – definitely among the best G rated Christmas movies for all the family to share.

Click here to see Elf the movie – as well as a range of Elf outfits and toys

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

This 2009 version stars Jim Carrey as the miserly (and miserable) Scrooge. A very entertaining and humourous twist on the Dickens’ classic, as the character we love to hate learns the real meaning of Christmas via the three ghosts from Christmases past, present and future.

Click here to see Disney’s A Christmas Carol options on Amazon

The Santa Clause

This is surely a contender as one of the top 10 best Christmas movies, where Tim Allen takes over the Santa tradition. Along the way, though, he must learn the way of ‘The Clause’. Lots of slapstick humour and good old fashioned family values combine to make this great viewing for everyone.

Click here to see The Santa Clause Christmas movies

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Ideal for older kids and grown ups, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms tells the tale of Clara and her festive quest. She must follow a golden thread find the magical key that will unlock a priceless treasure, but she soon ends up in a mysterious parallel universe. One of our recommended picks among Christmas movies for children who are a little older.

Click here to see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on Amazon

Get Santa

This is perhaps lesser known than other movies for kids this Christmas, but features some fabulous and funny British actors. In it, Santa ends up trying to evade the police, and it’s down to just a boy-and-dad duo to save the festive season…

Click here to discover the Get Santa movie on blu-ray and DVD

Jingle All the Way

Adults are sure to agree that it’s worth watching this prime pick among Christmas movies for kids just to see Arnold Schwarzenegger as you might not have seen him before. Join him on this quest to find the toy his son dreams of this Christmas – with plenty of entertaining diversions along the way.

Click here to see Jingle All the Way in a variety of formats

How to Train your Dragon: Homecoming

Set during the festive season, this is one of those Dreamworks animated movies for Christmas that fans of the previous film will love. It features Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid, Light Fury and all the other Isle of New Berk characters as they attempt to renew the bond between humans and dragons.

Click here to see the How to Train your Dragon: Homecoming movies and books

Shrek the Halls

Another popular outing from the makers of Shrek. The cheery ogre, voiced by Mike Myers, does his best to get in the festive spirit, but becomes a little distracted by Puss in Boots, Donkey and all our other familiar cartoon friends. A Dreamworks creation to rival even the finest Disney cartoon Christmas movies.

Click here to discover Shrek the Halls books, movies and box sets

The Polar Express

This is up there among those movies for kids at Christmas that all the family will enjoy. We also discover that seeing and believing don’t always go together. The journey of a lifetime and characters encountered along the way make this a festive classic.

Click here to check out The Polar Express movie and other merchandise

Harry Potter movies

From the Polar Express to the Hogwarts Express now. Any of the hugely popular Harry Potter series make really good Christmas movies for kids and grown-ups. Seeing Hogwarts decorated for Christmas will always raise a smile, while Mrs Weasley’s handknitted Christmas jumpers might just have sparked a worldwide festive trend.

Click here to see Harry Potter movies 1 to 8

Christmas movies for kids

Classic Christmas Movies

Santa Claus: The Movie

This is definitely an old fashioned one among rated G Christmas movies – but a timeless family favourite. It tells of the origins of Santa Claus and stars two fine actors in Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. When the meaning of Christmas is threatened by big business, the legend comes to life in a way that could leave even the most cynical members of the audience sniffling.

Click here to see Santa Claus: The Movie in various formats

It’s a Wonderful Life

The message of this one might be difficult for smaller children to take in – but this definitely does belong on any Christmas movie list for kids. Watchers can follow one man’s journey as he realises that everyone makes a difference, and that each of us has a very special role to play in the lives of others.

Click here to discover the It’s a Wonderful Life movie and illustrated book

Miracle on 34th Street

Yep, another golden oldie here – and we make no apology for that. “Yes Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus!” is a classic line. This is one of those Christmas movie titles that truly stands up to the test of time. Why not introduce it to your household? There’s a black and white version of this one too, if you’d like to experience a vintage feel.

Click here to see the Miracle on 34th Street movies, books and box sets

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

There are a few rude jokes sprinkled throughout this one – as with all National Lampoon films – so viewer beware if that’s not quite your thing. In this hilarious G rated Christmas movie, the Griswolds try to embrace the true meaning of Christmas. As always with this family, things soon go awry along the way. There are some great t-shirts, socks and other garments featuring themes from this movie too.

Click here to see National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation DVDs and clothing

Christmas With the Kranks

There are some big name stars in this one, including Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story follows the couple as they ditch the traditional family Christmas in favour of a Caribbean cruise. Their neighbours and daughter have other ideas, however…

Click here to see Christmas With the Kranks on DVD

I’ll be Home for Christmas

90’s teenagers will relate! Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Yes, the JTT) stars in this – a comedy among top rated family Christmas movies. It’s about a selfish college kid who’s trying to make it home in time for Christmas. He learns a few lessons along the way – and he’s also pretty cute.

Click here to see I’ll be Home for Christmas on blu-ray and DVD

A Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets must belong on any list of classic Christmas movies and cartoons. This Muppets movie tells the story of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge – via the Muppets. Really, what’s not to love? This is one of the best Muppet outings by far, and sure to be a real hit with every member of the extended family.

Click here to see A Muppet Christmas Carol on all formats

Jack Frost

Michael Keaton plays a right old so and so in this hit among Children’s Xmas films. His job keeps him away from his family far more often than any of them would like – until, one fateful night, a tragedy occurs. This is then followed by a Christmas miracle. Be warned – this can be a tear jerker, particularly if your family has recently lost a loved one.

Click here to check out Jack Frost on Prime, DVD and blu-ray

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Here’s another old school pick among Santa movies for toddlers, older kids and even adults. This one will take you back! The movie that attempts to combine the classic story of Santa with the real meaning of Christmas. Although the claymation may make you laugh (and wince a little bit), this is a heart warming tale and pretty darn cute to boot. This classic among kids’ Xmas movies is now over 50 years old.

Click here to see the Santa Claus is Coming to Town movie

A Charlie Brown Christmas

If you want to find great animated movies for Christmas, make sure this one’s on your list. It might also teach your kids about the true meaning of Christmas. This animated classic follows Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, who are upset by the commercialisation of Christmas. Can they figure out a way to discover the holiday season’s deeper meaning?

Click here to discover the A Charlie Brown Christmas movie, books and decorative pieces

A Christmas Story

Another one that’s an oldie but a goodie! Packed with entertaining one-liners and featuring a highly unlikely Christmas wish, this is one of those classic children’s Christmas movies that everying in the family will love. Look out for the leg lamp…

Click here to see A Christmas Story in several formats

Little Drummer Boy

Dating from 1968, this makes a refreshing change from modern Disney Xmas films. One of the best Christmas movies for young children that adults can also enjoy. The message is perhaps more important than production values, but that only adds to this pick among classic kids’ Christmas cartoons.

Click here to check out Little Drummer Boy on Amazon

What are your favourite G rated Christmas Movies for kids?

What was your favourite Christmas movie as a kid? Have you shown it to your own children? If we did miss it out and you think we should add it to our list, do let us know in the comments section below.

Why not check out our guides to the best Christmas games for children or some top Christmas party themes – some of which star your favourite festive films? For Harry Potter fans, don’t miss our article featuring the finest Harry Potter gifts to give at Christmas.

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Janine Mergler

Janine has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the Queensland University of Technology and works as an editor of the popular Families Magazine. Janine owns the Christmas in Australia website because she is a huge fan of Christmas and everything about the festive season and she wants to share it all with you! Travelling the country to find all the best Christmas experiences in Australia, she can be found celebrating Christmas in July and getting more and more excited as 25th December approaches! Join my Christmas in Australia Facebook group too!

2 thoughts on “The 40 Best PG & G Rated Christmas Movies for Kids and Families”

  1. “What a fantastic collection of G-rated Christmas movies for kids! As a parent, it’s always a relief to find wholesome and enjoyable films that the whole family can watch together during the holiday season. I appreciate the wide range of options presented here, catering to various age groups and interests. The detailed descriptions and reviews make it easy to choose the perfect movie for a cozy movie night or to keep the little ones entertained during the festive break. Thank you for compiling such a helpful list, Christmas in Australia! Wishing you a joyous holiday season. – Gary Ford”


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