Here’s our list of the best Christmas movies… the best animated Christmas movies, that is! No matter what your taste, animated Christmas movies have something for everyone – laughter, tears, and holiday spirit.
Best Christmas Movies (Animated)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): the commercialism of Christmas depresses Charlie Brown, and he attempts to discover a deeper meaning to the holiday. He becomes the director of the school Christmas pageant but faces challenges from his peers and a scrawny Christmas tree. One of the two best Christmas movies for Gen Xers.
Frosty the Snowman (1969): Children build a snowman with a magic hat that brings him to life. Frosty teaches the children to have fun, but an evil magician wants his hat back.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966): The Grinch is a bitter creature who hates Christmas and plans to ruin it for the cheerful Whos of Whoville. He steals Christmas presents while disguised as Santa Claus but later realizes that Christmas is about more than material possessions.
Klaus (2019): Jesper is a lazy postal worker who is sent to a remote island town where the people are constantly fighting. He meets a toymaker named Klaus, delivers his toys to children, and a new friendship and legacy of generosity begins.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): Rudolph is a young reindeer who is mocked for his glowing red nose. He runs away from home and meets other misfits, such as an elf who wants to be a dentist and a prospector who searches for silver and gold. Together, they face the Abominable Snowman and find a place where they belong.
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Best Animated Christmas Movies
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970): The story traces Kris Kringle’s path from orphanhood to his fight against Burgermeister Meisterburger, who prohibited toys in Sombertown. Along the way, he befriends the Winter Warlock and falls in love with Miss Jessica.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, is bored with his routine of scaring people every year. He discovers Christmas Town and becomes fascinated by the idea of Christmas. He tries to bring Christmas to his home, but his efforts cause confusion and chaos.
The Polar Express (2004): A boy rides a magical train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to decide if Santa Claus is real. Along the way, he meets other children and learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974): Santa Claus decides to take a vacation and skip Christmas because he is sick and thinks that no one cares about him. Mrs. Claus and her elves search for Christmas-believing children to prove Santa wrong. They also have to deal with the feuding brothers, Snow Miser and Heat Miser, who control the weather.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974): Albert’s letter to Santa calls him a fraud and cancels his visit to Junctionville. Consequently, Albert’s father and a clockmaker named Joshua build a special clock to restore Santa’s faith in the town.