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20 Magical Christmas Movies for Kids

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to start making a list of best kids Christmas movies. So, once you’re done with the tree decoration and gift wrapping, cuddle with your darlings and watch some evergreen, fun-filled movies that warm the yuletide spirit.  

Come Christmas and there are many important things that keep you busy, right from decking the halls, putting up holiday trees, wrapping gifts, and baking treats. With so many things to do, it’s easy to forget that the most important thing to do is spend quality time with your loved ones. And there’s nothing better than to watch a slew of movies snuggled in bed with your munchkins!

Children’s Christmas movies are eternally charming, and the best part is that you are never too old for them. Take your pick, get ready some munchies, and make the most of Christmas night!

Top 20 Christmas Movies for Children

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Topping the list of holiday movies for kids, Frank Capra’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ features Jimmy Stewart in the role of George Bailey, who makes sacrifices for the sake of spreading goodwill in the small town of Bedford Falls. Watch out for the scene where he helps angels get back their wings!

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This kids Christmas movie brings cartoonist Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic stories to life via a divine television special. It is a heartfelt celebration of the season’s holiness.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

A young reindeer, because of his red, bright nose, is banished from traditional reindeer games. Rudolph makes it his mission to help them. This movie is among the classic kids Christmas movies!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

4. The Polar Express (2004)

When it comes to the best animated Christmas movies for kids, The Polar Express (2004) by Chris Van Allsburg wins hands down. This is the story of a train that’s headed for Santa’s workshop.

The Polar Express (2004)

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Santa is abducted from Christmas Town by Jack Skellington, a restless ghoul, who decides to deliver all the presents himself. This mash-up of Christmas and Halloween is super entertaining!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

6. Millions (2004)

A sack of money falls into the hands of a seven-year-old boy and his brother. What do they do with the dough after knowing where the loot came from? Do they invest in charity or blow up the treasure on material goods?

Millions (2004)

7. Home Alone (1990)

Macaulay Culkin, a cheeky kid, holds ground against bumbling burglars after his family accidentally flies off to Paris, leaving him home alone. Watch this action-packed comedy for many warm moments with your kids. A sure rib-tickler.

Home Alone (1990)

8. White Christmas (1954)

The Bing Crosby musical gives you some swell times with your excited kids and makes you exchange Connecticut for Vermont. It’s certainly a cinematic victory lap for its juggernaut title song.

White Christmas (1954)

9. Holiday Inn (1942)

The movie is all about a Connecticut resort and star-crossed show guests that make your kids dream of a wonderful “White Christmas.” This comedy is oft-watched for its best-selling Irving Berlin songs.

Holiday Inn (1942)

10. Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell (Buddy), a wide-eyed sweetheart, is an elf that has outgrown the North Pole. He arrives in New York to live a life of his own. A must-see for city kids who’ll love to see Buddy enjoying Christmas in NYC.

Elf (2003)

11. The Santa Clause (Film Series)

When Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), helps Santa during a Christmas crisis, he finds out that he has unintentionally agreed to be the next Santa Clause! An inside look at Santa’s home and toy factory on the North Pole is incentive enough for your kids to be hooked!

The Santa Clause (Film Series)

12. Fred Claus (2007)

When Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), Santa’s bitter older brother is in dire need of money, he is forced to move to the North Pole and help him out for the cash. Set the tone for the night with this heartwarming yet hilarious kids Christmas movie!

Fred Claus (2007)

13. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is probably the most popular Charles Dickens novel and its movie adaptation is as captivating as the classic book. The story follows a bitter old miser (Jim Carrey) who learns about compassion when visited by three spirits on Christmas. While the story in itself is beautiful, the motion-capture animation effects are fascinating!

A Christmas Carol (2009)

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Adapted from a children’s story by the beloved  Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a comedy about the Grinch (Jim Carrey) who hates Christmas and sets out to ruin the holiday. Cindy Lou, a six-year-old who is a stong believer of the spirit of Christmas sets out to help him change his ways.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

15. Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas tells the story of Santa’s clumsy young son Arthur who sets out to save Christmas for a little girl. A festive tale with a wonderful message, Arthur Christmas is an excellent choice for your kids.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

16. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Every child has been told the story of how Santa comes in through the fireplace on Christmas eve to leave presents under their Christmas tree, and we’re sure most kids have once dreamt of actually being able to catch him in action. Watch what happens when two siblings try to prove Santa exists by setting a trap.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

17. The Grinch (2018)

Watch this musical of how the Grinch, along with his loyal dog, Max, try to steal Christmas by posing as Santa Claus. This is one of the best Christmas movies for toddlers, that has everyone humming along to the music.

The Grinch (2018)

18. Trolls Holiday (2017)

A sequel of the award-winning film Trolls, Trolls Holiday revolves around the queen of the trolls, Poppy, who sets out to instil some holiday cheer and spirit in the Bergens, who don’t have any holidays to celebrate. Watch the fun that ensues.

Trolls Holiday (2017)

19. Jingle All the Way (1996)

Get into the spirit of gift-giving by watching this movie about two fathers who race to buy their kids their favourite toy for Christmas. This is an all-time favourite that is heartwarming and funny at the same time.

Jingle All the Way (1996)

20. Frosty the Snowman (1969)

Watch what happens when a snowman comes to life in this classic movie. Everyone, right from kids and adults is sure to have a great time watching this movie on Christmas eve.

Frosty the Snowman (1969)

There you have it! These top kids Christmas movies are sure to give you hours of snuggle time and bonding with your loved ones, this holiday season. So, gather some comfy blankets and pillows, get some popcorn ready, and have a Merry Christmas!

Setting Parental Control On Netflix – An Easy Step By Step Guide

Netflix has over 100 million subscribers in the U.S. and is a popular streaming service online. Initially, Netflix would deliver DVDs to your doorstep and provide movie rentals, but now that they’ve switched over to online streaming, and their library and services have expanded. These days, their subscription service can be accessed through web browsers, tablets, and most electronic devices.

Just like how Netflix is geared for adults, it has its own fair share of TV shows, movies, and cartoons for kids. And there are billions of titles being added to their library every day. There are also many educational documentaries and you can give your children the autonomy of using a Netflix account by setting one up for them. We’ll discuss more on that below.

What is Netflix?

kid watching Netflix on a tablet

Netflix is an American online streaming service that lets you watch your favourite shows on mobile devices, desktops, smartphones, and TVs. From award-winning TV shows to documentaries, movies, and more, it lets you add your favourite shows to your “queue” for later viewing. When you buy a subscription, you get ad-free viewing and Netflix even offers free trials for first-time subscribers.

You can filter shows by genre and Netflix’s algorithm will suggest you new shows based on what you’ve previously watched. Netflix has become widely popular now after adding hit shows like The Flash, Grey’s Anatomy, Daredevil, Iron Fist, etc., from major TV networks to their ever-expanding library.  Some Netflix series features special crossover episodes that are worth watching too.

Popular kids’ Netflix shows are Inazuma Eleven, Ninja Hattori, Beyblade Burst, Free Rein and Raising Dion. Before streaming a show be sure to check the age rating and set up parental controls for your Netflix accounts.

How to Set Parental Controls on Netflix?

Setting up parental controls on your Netflix account will ensure your child doesn’t get access to unsafe or inappropriate content. Before you set up profile level parental control for your child’s Netflix account make sure you talk to them so that they understand why you’re doing it.

When you set restrictions on Netflix accounts, kids won’t be able to view the shows/movies unless they enter the 4-digit PIN. This is a fantastic way to prevent them from watching censored content and keeps them safe.

Now that you’ve got that out of the way, here is how you make use of the parental lock on Netflix and set up the controls.

parental control

While Making a Netflix Profile for Your Child

Here are the steps you need to take while setting up account-level parental control for your child’s Netflix profile-

1. Log on to Netflix.com and hover over to the far-right. Click on the Add Profile icon and enter your child’s name

2. Click Continue and go to the Manage Profiles section. Look for the pencil icon and click on it

3. A dropdown menu will be available for Allowed TV Shows and Movies

4. You will get four options for this – For Little Kids Only (children’s documentaries, nature shows, cartoons, etc), For Older Kids And Below (cartoon violence and PG-rated movies and TV shows), For Teens And Below (contains shows with more graphic content, gore and violence), and All Maturity Levels (no restrictions on viewership for your profile)

5. Select for Little Kids Only and save the changes. Your child’s Netflix profile is now set up

While Creating A Netflix PIN Passcode

Here’s what you need to know about creating a new Netflix PIN Passcode for your website:

1. Log onto Netflix.com and go to your profile

2. Click on Account from the dropdown menu

3. Move over to the Settings section and click on the Parental Controls option. You’ll get a notification asking to re-enter your password. Key that in and move onto the next screen.

4. The Parental Control PIN screen will appear and ask you to enter a PIN. Key in your unique 4-digit PIN

5. Under Restrict by Maturity Level, you can toggle the slider and set the maturity level to any of the following – Little Kids, Older Kids, Teens, and Adults. You can always change age restrictions on Netflix later on

6. Under Restrict Specific Titles, you can select the shows that need the PIN to be entered prior to being available for watching, regardless of the maturity rating.

If setting up Parental controls isn’t enough and you need an extra layer of security, you can rely on third-party services that help you monitor activities on your children’s devices. These have additional parental controls such as restricting viewing time for specific apps and keep a log of text messages, videos, and chats. You can also view your child’s watch history on their Netflix account and get access to the list of shows they’ve watched. Those logs will contain details such as what time they watched their shows, from where they logged in, and what devices they used to log into your account.

Ultimately, don’t keep your child completely in the dark. Make sure they understand why you’re restricting certain content and tell them that they will gain access to them at the appropriate ages. That way they’re less likely to cheat or try to find their way around your parental control settings.