‘Tis the season for holiday movies! Suitable for the whole family, pop the popcorn and heat some hot chocolate to enjoy one of these great Christmas films!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (NR)
Nominated to direct the Christmas pageant, then bossed out of his job by Lucy, Charlie Brown is sent to buy an aluminum Christmas tree, but is instead drawn to a small, scraggly tree. As Linus gives a speech about the true meaning of Christmas, the Peanuts gang rallies around the pitiful tree and transforms it with beautiful decorations. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages three and up.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NR)
Based on Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, actor Boris Karloff narrates the Grinch’s scheme as he plots to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages three and up.
White Christmas (NR)
This old fashioned Christmas classic brings together musical stars like Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney who decide to bring New York show business to a struggling Vermont innkeeper. Organizing a televised Christmas Eve special, Crosby and Clooney sing and dance in hopes of drumming up a wave of customers for an old Army friend. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages 8 and up.
Miracle on 34th Street (NR)
When Susan’s mother hires Kris Kringle to play Santa Claus at Macy’s department store, Susan’s disbelief in Santa is quickly transformed. Kris’ insistence of his real identity as Santa leads some to question his sanity, however, Susan and her mother come to his defense and work to convince others of the real Santa. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages six and up.
It’s a Wonderful Life (NR)
A Christmas classic, Jimmy Stewart stars in this film about the complexities of the adult world and the importance of living with a full heart. Taking several cues from Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, the film’s George Bailey is visited by an angel who shows him what life would be like if he were never born. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages nine and up.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (G)
Based on Charles Dicken’s classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Muppets bring to life a cautionary tale of the results of selfishness. Michael Kane stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and is aided by beloved Muppets such as Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo, Rizzo, and Beaker. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages five and up.
The Polar Express (G)
Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, the Polar Express train transports children from around the world on a once in a lifetime adventure. A roller coaster ride to the North Pole, the children are taken to see Santa Claus and watch as the first gift of Christmas is received. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages six and up.
Buddy is a human raised among elves at the North Pole who soon realizes that he’s quite different from his elf family. At age thirty, Buddy decides to search for his real father who lives in New York. Traveling to a big city is certainly a shock for Buddy who has spent his years spreading Christmas cheer and building in Santa’s work shop. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages seven and up.
A Christmas Story (PG)
With adults muttering “You’ll shoot your eye out,” the incorrigible Ralphie spends his holiday attempting to convince his parents to give him the coveted Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in 1930’s Indiana. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages eight and up.
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Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private SchoolsImages by Wikipedia.com, Amazon.com, Tampatheatre.org