What’s more 2020 than staying in with the fam and cozying up for a movie on the couch? During the holiday season, family films (aka movies that can be enjoyed by kids from “kids from 1 to 92” as the song says) are a great bonding opportunity and often a saving grace once we’ve run out of board games, entrees, and topics for discussion. We’ve put together a roundup of rewatchable classics and new gems you may not have seen. Grab the popcorn and hot chocolate and claim your favorite spot on the sectional: these are the best family movies for winter.
A new classic but a classic nonetheless! Disney’s Frozen and its sequel have the snowy, cheery settings we love in a winter film. These movies will engage even the youngest viewers and have enough plot to keep adults not only watching but — dare we say — riveted and singing along.
Elf will grab the attention of every family member. Will Ferrell is at his best in this popular Christmas movie and there’s plenty of action and drama to keep everyone’s eyes on the screen.
Smallfoot is a charming new-ish animated comedy that’s set in the snowy Himalayas. Though not explicitly a holiday film, this movie has the winter scenery and heartwarming themes that we love to watch with a candy cane in hand.
If you have older children, the best family movie to watch this winter may be Harry Potter. Each movie features a classic winter scene and is super fun to watch. For a truly all-ages film, go with the Christopher Columbus directed first film of the series.
Cool Runnings (1990)
Jamaica we have a bobsled team! Cool Runnings is so fun to watch, has tons of scenic winter scenes, is incredibly family-friendly, and will make you want to buy a bobsled.
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York combine all of the best holiday vibes in a wintery, nostalgistic, and slapstick package. If you’re searching for the best relatable family movies, Home Alone delivers laughs for all ages with an engaging and uplifting storyline that encourages you to appreciate every member of your family.
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