15 Best Disney Christmas Movies for the Entire Family

There’s almost no time of the year as exciting as Christmas. The air is filled with magic, love, warmth of family even in the cold winter and of course one or two Disney Christmas movies to watch through the day. 

It might be a bit difficult to select a Disney Christmas cartoon that everyone will enjoy, that is why we have provided this list of 15 best Disney Christmas movies that the whole family will fall in love with. Let’s get right into the review

Review of the Best Disney Christmas Movies

1. The Search For Santa Paws (2010)

The Search for Santa Paws is one of the best Disney Christmas Movies of all time

When Santa and his dog travel to NY city and get hit by a car, Santa loses his memory and his eternal crystal. It’s left to his dog, two orphans and an elf team to help save Christmas. 

If you are a dog lover, and you can’t just help petting cute little puppies, then this Disney Christmas movie will make your Christmas a memorable one.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Zachary Gordon, Mitchel Musso, Kaitlyn Maher, Madison Pettis, Genevieve Hannelius
  • Genre:  Family, adventure

Award(s)

Nona as of the time of writing this post

2. The Small One (1978)

The Small One is definitely one of the best Disney Christmas movies of all time

It can be very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas while being lost in the lights and decorations. 

In this short Disney Christmas movie, a young boy is mandated by his father to sell off his tired and old donkey. 

The problem is, no one in the busy streets of Jerusalem wants an old donkey except for its hide! 

Just when he had given up, a young man asked the boy if his donkey was for sale. That he needed a gentle donkey to carry his pregnant wife to Bethlehem. 

This old Disney Christmas movie is an interesting reminder of what Christmas really means. Just so you know, The Small One is available at one of the best movie deals on this movie buying site.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Sean Marshall, William Woodson, Olan Soule, Hal Smith
  • Genre: Animation, Short, Family

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post

3. Snow Globe (2007)

Snow Globe is unarguably one of the best Disney Christmas movies of all time.

Snow Globe is another Disney Christmas movie that you can enjoy with friends and family. Angela’s despair of her family meddling in her love life, and worse still, their aversion to Christmas. 

When someone sends her a magical snow globe, her life changes completely. By winding up the globe before sleeping, she gets to visit the cute little town inside the globe where the Christmas spirit never dies all year round. 

Unknown to her, some of the inhabitants of that town followed her back to the real world. An argument ensues, the snow globe’s winding mechanism is broken and she gets stuck in her fairytale Christmas town.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Christina Milian, Josh Cooke, Matt Keeslar
  • Box Office:  
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
Imagen Foundation Awards (2008)2008Imagen Award [Winner]Best Actress- TelevisionChristina Milian

4.  Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street is one of the all time best Disney Christmas Movies

Not every family or child believes in the wonder that is Christmas, Santa Claus. This was the same for 6-year old Susan who was raised by her single mom not to believe in fairytales like Santa. In this Disney Christmas movie, Susan meets a special departmental store Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus. 

Miracle on 34th Street is a Disney live-action Christmas themed movie that will make the hardest adult believe in Christmas again. 

Movie Details

  • Cast: Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart
  • Box Office:$46,264,384
  • Genre: Family, fantasy

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post

5. A Christmas Carol (2009)

A Christmas Carol is one of the best Disney Christmas movies

Christmas carol is one of the best Disney Christmas movies out there. Old, miserly businessman, Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and shuns from every type of celebration or love it brings. He is visited on Christmas eve by the ghost of his dead partner, Marley who warns him of his evil ways and their consequences.

Marley tells him that 3 Christmas spirits, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future will visit him showing him how much he had wasted his life being mean and cruel to everyone, and the future that waits for him. 

Follow Scrooge in this Walt Disney Christmas movie as he finds his way to redemption.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins
  • Box Office: $325 million
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, Family

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2010)2010ASCAP Award [Winner]Top Box Office Films

6. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)

The Ultimate Christmas Present

The ultimate Christmas present is another Christmas Disney movie that will wow you with it’s interesting characters and plot.

Sam and Allie found a weather machine in an old shed abandoned by Santa. They decide to give themselves a Christmas present of snow.

As expected, plans made close to Christmas go awry. It’s up to Santa and his team to save the town from a blizzard that could ruin Christmas.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Hallee Hirsh, Brenda Song, Haille Todd, Spencer Breslin
  • Genre:  comedy, family 

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
Young Artist Awards 2001Young Artist Award [Winner]Hallee Hirsh
Young Artist Award 2001Supporting Young Actress [Winner]Brenda Song

7. Mickey Christmas Carol (1983)

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a more original version of A Christmas Carol.

It brings back our favorite characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchits and the ghosts of Christmas.

This old Disney Christmas movie promises to be a great watch for kids and the entire family.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Wayne Allwine, Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Clarence Nash
  • Genre:  Animation, Comedy

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

8. Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone

If your family does not already have this movie as part of their Christmas themed movie list, then you just have to rectify this, this year.

Home alone is one of the top-rated and best Disney Christmas movies. It is fun-packed and filled with the adventures of Kevin, who was forgotten at home while his family went on a Christmas holiday vacation to Paris. 

When the wet bandits discover that Kevin was home alone, they decide to rob the house but unfortunately for them, Kevin had set up several booby traps. 

According to Marielle Sabbag, “Everything about Home Alone is beautiful and has a realistic quality.” Home Alone is available for cheap rentals on this movie site.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Roberts Blossom
  • Box Office: $477.1 million
  • Genre: Comedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
American Comedy Awards, USA1991Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) – Macaulay Culkin
British Comedy Awards1991Best Comedy Film
Kids’ Choice Awards, USA1991Favorite Movie

9. Beauty and the beast: enchanted Christmas (1997)

Beauty and the beast

Beauty and the beast is a favorite of practically every household worldwide. Walt Disney helped solidify this with their Christmas themed edition of the popular Disney cartoon. 

Belle and a reluctant beast are planning a Christmas celebration. But the court’s composer does everything In his power to sabotage Belle’s plans for Christmas. He lies to the beast that she has left him after convincing her to go to the forest and find a beautiful Christmas tree, setting the beast off into a rage.

This Christmas Disney movie is certainly one of the best you will come across.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers
  • Genre:  Animation, Fantasy, Musical

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
World Animation Celebration 1998WAC Winner [Winner]

10. I’ll be home for Christmas (1998)

I'll Be Home for Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas is an all-time classical Pixar Christmas movie.

It is one of the most loved Christmas Disney movies ever. 

It tells the story of a selfish and entitled college student, Jack who tries to be at home for Christmas for very wrong reasons. 

In his attempt to make it back home after being stranded in the desert, he learns a lot about the true meaning of Christmas.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel, Adam LaVorgna
  • Box Office:$12,214,338
  • Genre: Family

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

11. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1983)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The nightmare before Christmas is just that, a nightmare before Christmas. If you love Christmas but you also have a thing for Halloween, you will definitely want to watch this Disney cartoon Christmas movie.   

Jack is the ruler of Halloween town but is tired of celebrating the same festival over and over again. He stumbles across portals to other holiday towns and enters Christmas town. 

In a bid to bring the Christmas spirit to his town, he places Santa’s life in danger, turns Christmas into a nightmare and almost loses his one true love. 

While this movie might be a bit spooky for very young kids, it is an enjoyable Disney christmas cartoon. 

Movie Details

  • Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey
  • Box Office: $91.5 million
  • Genre: Fantasy, family

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
20/20 Awards 2014Felix [Winner]Best Original Score

12. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

A Walt Disney Christmas movie list can’t be complete without a mention of frozen. If you haven’t seen this sequel to frozen, Olaf’s frozen adventures, then I suggest you do It now. 

The Christmas after the gates of Arendelle were opened, Anna and Elsa realized that they have no family traditions to celebrate. 

Olaf and Sven set out on an adventurous journey to bring back lots of Christmas traditions to celebrate.

Enjoy this short Disney Christmas cartoon and maybe add one or two new Christmas traditions for your family. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure is definitely top-rated and also a favorite amongst kids 

Movie Details

  • Cast: Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
  • Genre: Animation

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

13. 12 dates of Christmas (2011)

12 Dates of Christmas

12 dates of Christmas is perfect for you if you are searching for a rom-com live-action Disney Christmas movie. 

Kate ruins her blind date with miles on Christmas eve while trying to win back her ex. In a strange twist of magic and fate, she wakes up 12 times to find herself reliving Christmas Eve over and over again. 

Enjoy this funny and heartwarming present from Disney even as you celebrate the end of the year.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jayne Eastwood, Richard Fitzpatrick
  • Genre:  Rom-com, fantasy

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

14. The Santa clause (1994)

The Santa Clause

The Santa clause is a very lively and fun-filled family Christmas movie. It is one of the best Disney Christmas movies of all times. 

Santa has an accident on Scott’s roof on Christmas Eve. When Scott goes off to investigate, he finds Santa’s suit and puts it on without knowing about the Santa clause.

By putting on the suit, he had inadvertently agreed to become the new Santa. When his beards turn white and he puts on a lot of weight, he finally realizes that he is the new Santa much to the joy of his 6-year-old son.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson, David Krumholtz, Larry Brandenburg
  • Box Office: $190.5 million
  • Genre:Family/Comedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward
BMI Film & TV Awards 1995BMI Film Music Award [Winner]

15. Noelle (2019)

Noelle

Last but certainly not least, Noelle is a beautiful Christmas Disney movie that goes beyond the fun and cheers to portray daily life issues. 

When Santa dies, Nick and his younger sister, Noelle must continue the Christmas tradition. However, a week to Christmas and Nick disappears from the North pole, taking with him the reindeer. When the reminders and sleigh returns without Nick, it is clear that he is running away from his role as the new Santa.

It is up to Noelle to track him down and convince him to return to his duty. When she fails, will she have the strength to be the new Santa herself?

Movie Details

  • Cast: Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Kingsley, Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner
  • Genre:  Family, Fantasy, Comedy

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

FAQS

What Christmas movies will be on Disney plus?

Some of the movie showing on Disney plus this year includes; Santa paws, Noelle, 12 dates of Christmas, lego star wars holiday special, etc

What Christmas movies are made by Disney?

All the movies in this list are examples of Christmas movies made by Disney.

Is Elf A Disney movie?

Elf is a Christmas movie but it was not produced by Disney. It was made by New Line cinema, Which is owned by Warner Bros. 

What is the most popular Christmas film ever

The most popular Christmas movie ever is Home Alone. 

What Christmas movies were released to Disney plus in 2020?

One of the 2020 Christmas Disney movies include; A Christmas Carol.

Bottom Line of Best Disney Christmas Movies

Christmas is no Christmas without love, cheer, laughter, and of course lots of food. But you can make your holiday even better with these Disney Christmas movies.  Share the love and joy with these characters as you join them to discover the true meaning of Christmas.

To read more juicy movie reviews, you can check out our best kids Christmas movies post, best travel movies, best romantic anime movies, best action comedy movies, and best immigration movies to mention a few. 

Also, you can get some of the best movie deals on this movie site so please take a look  around.

Enjoy!

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