Looking for some good Christmas movies for your smaller children on Netflix? Look no further! Listed below are 23 kid friendly Christmas tales that will delight your little ones and help put them into the Christmas spirit. And the best part? They are all available right now on Netflix Instant Streaming!
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- Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) Rated G: Mr. Magoo brings the holiday “Bah, humbug!” in this animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale, which stars the lovable bumbler as Ebenezer Scrooge, a cheerless miser until three ghosts pay him a visit on Christmas eve.
- A Very Barry Christmas (2005) Rated TV-G: When Barry Buckley’s surefire business venture fails to ignite, a bizarre chain of events causes a catastrophic chance meeting with Santa, and the two unwittingly trade lives in a Christmas mix-up of epic proportions.
- The Christmas Orange (2002) Rated G: Incensed to discover that Santa Claus has left him only a single orange for Christmas instead of the hundreds of presents he requested in a long, detailed list, 6-year-old Anton Stingley decides to sue Santa for breach of contract.
- The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973) Rated G: Rather than prepare for winter hibernation like his neighbors, Ted Edward Bear sets out in search of the lights, music and toys of a special place he’s heard about called Christmas in this animated adventure. The first thing Ted learns is that Christmas is not a place at all. The wakeful bear then takes a long stroll to an enchanting holiday display in a big-city store window, where he first begins to glimpse the true significance of Christmas.
- Holiday Favorites: Vol. 1 (1952) Rated TV-PG: Four shorts, two animated, are included in the first volume of this holiday collection, part of a series designed to give family members young and old an ideal way to celebrate beloved Christmas traditions together. Anthony Jacobs provides the narration for “Star of Bethlehem,” a 1950s TV production of the classic Christmas story. Additional titles in this volume include “Silent Night,” “Starlight Night” and “Brightest Night.”
- Holiday Favorites: Vol. 2 (1952) Rated TV-PG: Christmastime becomes even merrier with this collection of lively holiday-themed animated shorts, the second volume of a series designed to provide seasonal entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together. Titles include “The Snowman,” “Somewhere in Dreamland,” “Jack Frost” and the Depression-era “The Shanty Where Santy Lives,” which finds good Mr. Claus whisking a poor lad from shantytown to his own much jollier North Pole shanty.
- Holiday Favorites: Vol. 3 (1954) Rated TV-PG: Seven lively shorts — each capturing a different aspect of holiday tales and traditions — are combined in this collection created especially for the whole family to enjoy together. Featured films in the volume include “Santa’s Surprise,” “Jerky Turkey,” “Hector’s Hectic Life” and the 1949 follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along classic “Snow Foolin’,” in which members of the critter world enjoy fun wintertime activities.
- Holiday Favorites: Vol. 4 (1952) Rated TV-PG: When a cigar-smoking Santa takes a break from his duties, playful toys emerge from their cheerfully wrapped boxes in “The Christmas Visitor,” one of the six vintage Christmas cartoons and live-action shorts that make up this volume from the Holiday Favorites series. Other titles in the collection include “The Christmas Visit,” “The Candle Maker,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Christmas Comes But Once a Year” and “Christmas Journey.”
- Holiday Favorites: Vol. 5 (1954) Rated TV-PG: Six heartwarming featurettes are included in this volume of holiday favorites ideal for the entire family to enjoy together, including a unique, black-and-white interpretation of Hans Christian Anderson’s charming “The Little Match Girl.” Other titles in this collection include “The Music Album,” “Christmas Carols,” “A Collection of Carols,” “Santa Claus’s Punch & Judy,” “The Home of Santa Claus” and “Christmas Fairy Tales.”
- Alpha Bots Christmas (2005) Rated TV-Y: Tiny tots will enjoy this lively animated film about 26 flying robots who prematurely pop out of their holiday gift wrapping to frolic about — and thereby possibly ruin Santa’s Christmas surprise for everyone. As they whiz through the air, these fun-loving droids introduce young viewers to the letters of the alphabet and also teach them valuable life lessons, such as the benefits of following instructions.
- In Search Of Santa (2004) Rated TV-Y: Even in the coldest places on Earth the magic of Christmas can warm the heart. Join penguin princesses Crystal (Hilary Duff) and Lucinda (Haylie Duff) on the adventure of a lifetime in this enchanting, fun-filled, CGI-animated movie.
- How the Toys Saved Christmas (1996) Rated TV-PG: When Santa’s helper Granny Rose falls ill and must take off on Christmas Eve, she recruits Mr. Grimm to help deliver all the toys. What no one but the toys knows is that Mr. Grimm plans to auction off the toys to the highest bidder!
- A Golden Christmas (2010) Rated TV-G: With a golden dog by their side, a boy and girl bury a time capsule after a magical summer together. Years later, they meet again and must discover their common past before they turn each other’s lives upside down. Can a golden dog lead them home?
- A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail (2011) Rated TV-G: Restless retirees Rod and Katherine — with the help of four frisky golden retrievers — make this a holiday to remember as they play matchmaker. Their neighbor Lisa and her ex, David, are clearly meant to be together — they just need an extra push.
- Power Rangers Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever (2011) Rated TV-Y7-FV: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Shiba House, the teens reflect on their first year together as a team and as friends, followed by an unexpected lesson about the true spirit of the holidays.
- Christmas Town (2008) Rated G: Liz McCann is a single mom struggling to raise her only child, Mason. During the holidays, when they go to visit Liz’s father, who lives in a town totally consumed with Christmas, all three discover the magic and healing of the true holiday spirit.
- The Christmas Bunny (2010) Rated PG: The holiday spirit warms forlorn hearts in this touching family drama about Julia, a young foster child who finds a wounded rabbit on Christmas Eve and takes it to the Bunny Lady, a lonely woman who runs an animal shelter on her farm.
- Barney: Night Before Christmas (1999) Rated TV-Y: It’s the best Christmas yet when Barney, Baby Bop and BJ take the gang to holiday headquarters at the North Pole and visit with Santa, who explains how his elf-driven workforce helps him get the world’s toys out on time. Along the way, there are plenty of festive songs to sing, including “O Christmas Tree,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “12 Days of Christmas.”
- Barney: Christmas Star (2002) Rated TV-Y: Celebrate the holidays with Barney the Dinosaur and his jolly friends as they decorate a huge Christmas tree, search for a missing golden star ornament, discover fun toys in grandmother’s attic and beautifully reenact The Night Before Christmas. This cheerful children’s program features a variety of new and classic songs, amusing dance routines and an extra special guest appearance by Santa Claus.
- Barney: A Very Merry Christmas (2011) Rated TV-G: Join Barney and friends on a trip to the North Pole and discover the wonders of Santa’s workshop in this festive holiday movie that teaches an important lesson: that the magic of Christmas is all about giving.
- Santa and the Three Bears (1970) Rated G: After learning about Santa Claus, two willful bear cubs decide to postpone their hibernation so they can see the jolly gift-giver in person. Eager to please the baby bears, a park ranger dresses as St. Nick and sets out to spread Christmas cheer. Set in Yellowstone National Park, this pleasant animated movie for children features the vocal talents of Hal Smith, Jean Vander Pyl and Christina Ferra-Gilmore.
- Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000) Rated TV-Y7-FV: Casper faces getting into a heap of trouble with the king of the ghosts unless he frightens at least one person before Christmas Day. But how is such a friendly spook supposed to scare somebody during the merriest time of year?
- Fat Albert’s Christmas Special (1977) Rated TV-Y7: When a family with a broken-down car wanders into the junkyard looking for help, Fat Albert and the gang invite them into their clubhouse. But the holiday spirit is jeopardized when the cruel junkyard owner threatens to throw them all off his land.
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* Movie descriptions above were taken from Netflix.