Christmas is just around the corner and spending time with family is part of what makes this season magical. When it’s cold outside, a great family movie with snuggling, hot chocolate, and popcorn is a wonderful idea. But what movie should you choose? There are plenty of holiday movies around. Some have talking dogs, some are animated poorly, and some have no plot and poor themes. It is sometimes difficult to find a movie for the whole family that is entertaining and appropriate for everyone. Here is a list of 5 great family Christmas movies that everyone will love.

1. The Polar Express

Rated: G
Length: 100 min
IMDB rated: 6.6/10

Plot: A young boy embarks on a magical train adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Rated: G
Length: 96 min
IMDB rated: 7.9/10

Plot: When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

3. Elf

Rated: PG
Length: 97 min
IMDB rated: 6.9/10

Plot: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

4. A Christmas Story

Rated: PG
Length: 94 min
IMDB rated: 8.1/10

Plot: Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect gift for boys in the 1940s.

5. The Santa Clause

Rated: PG
Length: 97 min
IMDB rated: 6.3/10

Plot: When a man accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

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