20 Best Animated Christmas Movies For Kids in 2021


Christmas is a time of cheer, celebration, and relaxation. The most relaxing part of the Christmas season is the time spent watching some Christmas-themed movies with the whole family. Kids love animated films. With the help of computer animation, animated films have been more popular among kids. We have compiled a list of some of the best animated Christmas movies that are worth watching during this Christmas season.

These animated Christmas movies are not only entertaining, but they’re full of positive spirit and Christmas-themed messages.

Best Animated Christmas Movies For Kids And Family

For this list, we have gathered some of the greatest animated Christmas films and TV specials. You can stream them instantly on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 

In Christmas 2018, Illumination Studios brought a new animated Christmas movie named “The Grinch.” It’s been 18 years since the wildly popular How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In this new remake, Benedict Cumberbatch returned to the big screen as the legendary Dr. Seuss character.

Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
51,490 Reviews
Illumination Presents: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson (Actors)
  • Scott Mosier (Director) - Mike LeSieur (Writer) - Christopher Meledandri (Producer)

Frozen

Frozen is another great animated film that’s worth watching over and over during the Christmas holiday season! The combination of stunning visuals and strong characterization has made it one of the most powerful Disney movies with female leads. Though everyone in a family will love to watch it, it is definitely a must-see if you have a little princess in your house. 

After this hit movie in 2013, everyone was eager to see Anna and Elsa’s next adventure in the Winterland. Disney’s Frozen II was released to theaters just before Thanksgiving 2019. If you haven’t watched it, watch it now.

Frozen 2
76,391 Reviews
Frozen 2
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Alfred Molina (Actors)
  • Jennifer Lee (Director) - Jennifer Lee (Writer) - Peter Del Vecho (Producer)

Rise Of The Guardians

“Rise of the Guardians” is an animated holiday family entertainment and a great Christmas movie for both young kids and adults. The character “Santa Claus” makes the movie more appealing to kids. Kids can even watch it during the Thanksgiving holiday or at any time when they lose a tooth.

Rise Of the Guardians
16,686 Reviews
Rise Of the Guardians
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law (Actors)
  • Peter Ramsey (Director) - Christina Steinberg (Producer)

Polar Express

“The Polar Express” is a kid’s Christmas favorite from Robert Zemeckis. The combination of Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks always creates magic. Kids love Trains. And you can take them on a Polar Express themed train ride during Christmas.

Polar Express
67,867 Reviews
Polar Express
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari (Actors)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Director) - Robert Zemeckis (Writer) - Robert Zemeckis (Producer)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a great mix of stop-motion animation, holiday music, and fantasy. And these elements will give younger viewers plenty of chills. It is a must-see animated Christmas movie in a holiday season. 

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
43,367 Reviews
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey (Actors)
  • Henry Selick (Director) - Caroline Thompson (Writer) - Tim Burton (Producer)

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” was the first animated “Peanuts” special. Nearly 60 years old, this animated Christmas classic has been an essential holiday viewing for people of all ages. And the soundtrack, by composer Vince Guaraldi, is also a must-listen during this time of the year.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
12,317 Reviews
A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer (Actors)
  • Bill Melendez (Director) - Bill Melendez (Producer)

Arthur Christmas

“Arthur Christmas” is a 2011 animated classic Christmas movie. The movie features some fun characters such as Arthur, Steve, Santa, Mrs. Santa, American James, Bryony, and Santa Elves. The clash of different characters makes it an ideal Christmas movie for kids. Both kids and adults will love this equally.

Arthur Christmas
8,862 Reviews
Arthur Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy (Actors)
  • Sarah Smith (Director) - Peter Lord (Producer)

Coco

Christmas is a great time to teach kids about family values, music, love, and forgiveness. To do that, you won’t find a better movie than Coco. The movie explores themes of family, life and art while the storyline illuminates Latin America’s culture.

Not just kids, even adult members in a family will find the movie really informative and enjoyable.

Coco (2017) (4K UHD)
9,659 Reviews
Coco (2017) (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt (Actors)
  • Adrian Molina (Director) - Adrian Molina (Writer) - Darla K. Anderson (Producer)

A Christmas Carol

“A Christmas Carol” is a 2009 animated Christmas family drama directed by Robert Zemeckis. Adapted from Charles Dicken’s timeless classic A Christmas Carol, the star-studded holiday classic features Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth.

Disney's a Christmas Carol
15,677 Reviews
Disney's a Christmas Carol
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth (Actors)
  • Robert Zemeckis (Director) - Robert Zemeckis (Writer) - Steve Starkey (Producer)

Klaus

What could be a better time to watch a demythologized origins story of Santa Claus than Christmas? Written & directed by Sergio Pablos, Klaus, the first Christmas-themed animation of its kind that connects all the dots of Santa Claus. 

It has a broad but heartfelt theme that resonates perfectly with Christmas. No doubt that it will be a new addition to your animated Christmas classic movies.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Is it your little one’s first-ever Christmas? Then Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas will be a great movie to watch with your kid just before the start of the holiday season. 

 The movie teaches kids a few Christmas traditions like baking cookies, going out looking for a tree, singing Christmas Carols, and buying special Christmas gifts for someone.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
1,453 Reviews
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, Rino Romano (Actors)
  • Scott Heming (Director)

Tokyo Godfathers

“Tokyo Godfathers” is a 2003 Japanese animated film directed by Satoshi Kon. This is one of the most surprisingly uplifting Christmas tales to come out of the Anime world. The movie is full of unexpected twists, turns, and miracles at every turn. As Christmas is the “season of miracles,” why not give Tokyo Godfathers a try? 

Tokyo Godfathers
1,194 Reviews
Tokyo Godfathers
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tôru Emori, Aya Okamoto, Yoshiaki Umegaki (Actors)
  • Satoshi Kon (Director)

The Snowman

“The Snowman” is an old animated Christmas TV movie. The movie tells the tale of a lonely young boy who builds a snowman that comes to life at Midnight on Christmas Eve. Together with the snowman, the boy embarks on a magical journey through an amazingly animated winter wonderland.

The Snowman
1,902 Reviews
The Snowman
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith (Actors)
  • Dianne Jackson (Director) - Raymond Briggs (Writer) - John Coates (Producer)

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” is another old animated Christmas television special directed by Rankin and Bass. The film reflects on what Santa is all about and the true spirit of Christmas.  A great movie for children! Entertaining for even adults with a child-like heart and sense of humor.

Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
1,046 Reviews
Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn (Actors)
  • Arthur Rankin (Director) - Maury Laws;Jules Bass;Romeo Muller (Writer) - Arthur Rankin (Producer)

The Year Without A Santa Claus

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” is one of the most underrated animated Christmas movies, according to Bustle. The movie portrayed the story of a weary and discouraged Santa Claus when he decided not to give out gifts on Christmas Eve. Anyone will enjoy the movie regardless of age.

The Year Without a Santa Claus
8,732 Reviews
The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” is a 1983 animated television special adapted from Charles Dicken’s masterpiece A Christmas Carol. Kids will enjoy watching this animated Christmas cartoon movie during this holiday season.

Mickey's Christmas Carol
4,785 Reviews
Mickey's Christmas Carol
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Alan Young, Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith (Actors)
  • Burny Mattinson (Director) - Burny Mattinson (Producer)

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is Bill Melendez’s animation masterpiece. Even after 50 years, people still look forward to this holiday special as the holidays roll around.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
5,559 Reviews
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer (Actors)
  • Bill Melendez (Director) - Bill Melendez (Producer)

The Little Matchgirl

“The Little Matchgirl” is a 2006 animated short film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s book with the same name. The Walt Disney Company produced and distributed the film. The film tells the story of a poor young girl who has a burning desire to find comfort and happiness in her life. The story and the delicate animation make it a must-see movie around the Christmas holiday. The story also reminds the value of compassion and charity.

Little Matchgirl (No Dialog)
74 Reviews
Little Matchgirl (No Dialog)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Roger Allers (Director) - Roy Edward Disney (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a 1964 animated Christmas comedy movie directed by Larry Roemer. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer documents the experiences of Rudolph, an adorable reindeer born with a glowing red nose.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
4,634 Reviews
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)

Frosty The Snowman

“Frosty The Snowman” is a 1969 animated family comedy film. The story shows the generous side of Santa Claus instead of portraying him as just a present deliverer. The easy storyline also makes it enjoyable for kids.

Frosty the Snowman
2,697 Reviews
Frosty the Snowman
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jimmy Durante, Jackie Vernon, Billy De Wolfe (Actors)
  • Arthur Rankin (Director) - Maury Laws;Julles Bass;Romeo Muller (Writer) - Arthur Rankin (Producer)

Christmas movies make us feel good about the Christmas season. There are many animated Christmas movies that are not mentioned in this list, but are definitely worth our attention!  What are your personal best animated Christmas movies you plan to watch in this Christmas? Let us know in the comment section below.

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