Favorite Holiday Movies for Kidsby Jessica Mencos
Want to bring some holiday cheer to your children?
From beloved classics to more modern choices, there's nothing like snuggling up together on the couch with some popcorn and catching a festiv flick.
Here's our list of top picks this holiday season:
Elmo's Christmas Countdown
Like ABC, Sesame Street's Elmo's Christmas Countdown DVD follows the countdown theme. It's up to Elmo and sidekick, Abby Cadabby, to find the missing boxes, that Oscar the Grouch “accidentally” threw away, and restore the Christmas countdown. As Stiller the Elf explains to Stan the Snowball, "obviously, Christmas can't happen without the Christmas-Counter-Downer." (Sesame Street, 2008)
Peanuts Holiday Collection
The Peanuts Holiday Collection in Blu-ray is sure to put your child in the Christmas spirit. Help your child re-discover Charlie Brown and the gang's efforts in putting on the best Christmas pageant ever.
If the Charlie Brown gang can get into the festive mood, anyone can. And that Linus is a true show-stopper! (Warner Brothers, 2011)
Dr. Seuss' Holidays on the Loose
This great Grinchy DVD has three beloved cartoon classics! With Dr. Seuss' Holidays on the Loose, your little Whos will get to enjoy "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat" and "Halloween is Grinch Night." By the end of these beloved tales, you'll all be humming "Welcome Christmas" along with Cindy Lou Who. (Warner Brothers, 2011)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Check out Tim Burton and Disney's vivid world come to life in the recently re-released Blu-ray 3D DVD The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington kidnaps Santa Claus (also known as “Sandy Claws”) in order to bring Christmas joy to Halloween Town. With one of Disney's most unique plots, The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't your average Christmas tale. (Disney, 1993)
Holidays With SpongeBob
See how SpongeBob, Patrick and friends celebrate Christmas... in a pineapple under the sea in Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants: Holidays with SpongeBob DVD. Enter SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom-style Christmas full of lit coral trees and starfish (like Patrick) to top them off. But it isn't exactly Christmas when Santa doesn't show up. What happens next? You'll just have to watch to find out! (Nickelodeon, 2011)
The Smurfs: Christmas Carol
In true blue Smurf fashion, this three-disc combo (available in Blu-ray or DVD) does not disappoint. The combo includes The Smurfs: Christmas Carol which harkens back to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol" (Grouchy is Scrooge). It's a short motion picture with old-school Smurf animation that will leave you saying, “Oh my Smurf!” Plus, Papa Smurf shares a vague resemblance to Kris Kringle. (Columbia, 2011)
Beethoven's Christmas Adventure
Ludwig van Beethoven isn't the only one known for classics. Although it just came out this year, Beethoven's Christmas Adventure is already a true classic. We've seen this lovable canine grow up, fight bad guys, fall in love and have his own family - and now he's taking on the role of holiday hero! When Santa's magical toy bag is lost, it's up to Beethoven to return the bag to Santa, save an elf and return Santa's sleigh in order to save Christmas. (Universal Studios, 2011)
Eloise At Christmastime
Disney's Eloise at Christmastime is a Christmas story with an edge. This story is full of mystery, mischief and romance. It's up to Eloise to make sure that Yuletide nuptials and true love prevail. Plus, Julie Andrew's voice of an angel can put anyone in the Christmas spirit. (Disney, 2003)
Hope you enjoy this list of fun and fresh holiday DVDs! Add to our list by sharing your own family favorites in the comment section below.