With the cold weather and Christmas approaching, it’s the perfect time to watch all of our favorite Holiday movies as well as some new ones! Adding some fun homemade “movie theater snacks” makes for the perfect movie theater experience without even leaving your house!

TSSM’s guide to Holiday Movies

Has family movie night got your family stumped? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Christmas movies (old and new), their ratings, length and platforms that they are available on!

The Polar Express

The Polar Express, is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. 

Rating: G

Time: 1 hr 40 min

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, iTunes

 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This stop motion animation film is a Christmas classic that tells the story of how Kris Kringle came to be, following his story from his gloomy childhood in Sombertown, to the Santa Claus that we know and love today!

Rating: G

Time: 1 hr

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This Stop-motion animation follows Santa’s lead reindeer’s, Donner, fawn that they are surprised to see was born with a glowing red nose. While the other reindeer fawn mock Rudolph he run’s off with his elf friend Hermey and they go on a fun adventure and learn to embrace their differences as it is what makes them so terrific! When Rudolph returns to Santa’s on a foggy Christmas night, Santa requests Rudolph’s help in guiding his sleigh to make it to all of the children’s home on time!

Rating: G

Time: 47 min

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, Youtube

How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinchdecides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Joined by his dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.

Rating: PG

Time: 1 hr 50 min

Available on: Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes, Netflix

 

 

For our younger audiences

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 Christmas animated television special directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the story of the Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway.

Rated: G

Time: 26 min

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

The Legend of Frosty the Snowman

The mayor of Evergreen dismisses magic as nonsense, but when Frosty the Snowman blows through town, he shows the local children that magic is real.
Rated: G
Time: 1 hr
Available on: Vudu, Google Play, Youtube

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a 1983 cartoon is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Scrooge McDuck as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Mickey Mouse himself as Bob Cratchit.

Rated: G

Time: 26 min

Available on: Youtube, iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video

 

Christmas Story

a better movie for our older audiences

This beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

Rated: PG

Time:1 hr 34 min 

Available on: Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play Movies

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

a better movie for our older audiences

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen , and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and elaborate house decorations. However, things go awry quickly when cousin Eddie, and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

Rating: PG-13

Time: 1 hr 37 min

Available on: Vudu, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play Movies

Home Alone & Home Alone 2

better suited for our older audiences

Embark on a wild Christmas adventure when the resourceful yet mischievous, Kevin McCallister, is left home alone when his family goes on vacation accidentally leaving him behind! Being the holiday season, Kevin must protect his house from two cat burglars determined to make their “Christmas bonus” the McCallister home!

Rated: PG

Time: Home Alone: 1 hr 43 min Home Alone 2: 2 hr 1 min

Available on: Vudu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play Movies, Starz

TSSM’s guide to at home Movie Theater Snacks

Save your money and your calories with these DIY healthy homemade movie snacks!

Check out our amazing Sriracha Honey Popcorn Clusters for a hot yet sweet movie theater classic!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are the perfect way to indulge any chocoholics sweet tooth craving while still getting your fruit intake in!

Roasted chickpeas serve as a perfect alternative to popcorn while also being a great source of protein and fiber. Click here for a great recipe!

Frozen grapes are a great substitute for any sort of gummy candy that are so easy to make!

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