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8 Holiday family movies

Brianna Martinez is a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in digital media. After graduating, she jo...

Perfect movies for family time

The holidays are the perfect time to get together with family, sit by the fireplace, relax and watch movies. From newly released to classics, these eight movie picks are sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit and help you spend some quality time together.

Head to Netflix or Redbox, or scour your cable TV guide to find these fun holiday movies to watch with your family.

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

Definitely a classic, this 1946 Christmas tale will have your family crying tears of sadness then happiness. After World War II, George Bailey hits some financial troubles during Christmas and on Christmas Eve is rescued by his guardian angel, Clarence. Through flashbacks, Bailey's guardian angel shows him how many lives he's touched.

The Polar Express

Polar Express

This movie was destined to be a modern-day classic. The animation is incredible, and the entire family will be pulled into the beautiful story. A doubting young boy listens for the bells of Santa's sleigh one Christmas Eve, but instead, he hears a train that pulls up in front of his house to take him to the North Pole. A holiday story bound to warm everyone's heart.

Fred Claus

Fred Clau

Vince Vaughn and Rachel Weisz bring comedy and magic to this holiday movie. Fred Claus, Santa's older, bitter brother, is forced to move to the North Pole to help save Christmas. Watch as his icy front melts into a warm, different person.

Elf

Elf

Laugh all night with this hysterical and cute movie with Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. A human-elf ventures into Manhattan after wreaking havoc in the elf community in the North Pole.

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Does your family love the Muppets? This animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel will be sure to keep you and your family entertained. A Victorian-era miser finds self-redemption as he's taking on a tantalizing journey by several mysterious Christmas apparitions. This is one story we can't get enough of this time of year.

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

This movie will bring the entire family together. Tim Allen as Scott Calvin lights up the big screen with his comedy. Once he realizes that the real Santa has disappeared, he begins to take over the role himself and, in return, the role of Santa becomes him. He starts dressing like Santa and even delivers gifts on Christmas.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

The classic story of young Ralphie Parker, who wants only one thing for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB gun that his mother is sure "will put an eye out." Craziness ensues as Ralphie tries to convince his parents that he really should get the gun. This is a must-see for all families.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

This hip, gothic-animated holiday flick is definitely a Christmas-cult classic for the family. Tim Burton does a spooky, yet festive, job with this movie. Jack Skellington and his gang of ghosts kidnap Santa and make their own Christmas with a scary twist.

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