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15 family-friendly Christmas movies you can find on Netflix, Amazon this holiday season

POSTED December 23, 2017 10:49 a.m.
Nothing says holiday cheer like warm cocoa, a comfy blanket and your favorite Christmas movie playing on the television.

To emphasize the popularity of Christmas movies, Business Insider reported how, in a time when so many people are dropping cable subscriptions, the Hallmark Channel has actually had a major increase in viewers. The Hallmark Channel's bread and butter are holiday movies and people are eating them up.

There are also the Christmas classics that have become household names over the years. The movie "Elf," as well as the "Santa Clause" series, have been some of the top performing Christmas movies at the box office over the years, according to Box Office Mojo.

In order to celebrate the Christmas movie industry, we have created a list of popular movies that you can find on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes. Sorry Hallmark fans, but the channel's movies are not included on our list.

Along with the movie ratings, included are age suggestions for children based on reviews from Common Sense Media.

Enjoy these Christmas classics.

'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol' (1962)

Mr. Magoo gives a unique performance in the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" that only he can.

Rating: Approved

Age: According to Common Sense Media, this film contains positive messages and role models. Approved for ages 5 and up.

Where to find it: Amazon, iTunes

'A Charlie Brown Christmas' (1965)

Charlie Brown seeks the true meaning of Christmas in this simple, yet touching animated cartoon.

Rating: TV-G

Age: Common Sense Media says this "heartwarming classic" promotes positive values with minimal items of concern for younger viewers. For ages 3 and up.

Where to find it: Amazon, iTunes

'How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Horton Hears a Who' (1966)

This story of the reformation of one of Christmas' nastiest malefactors hints at the true meaning of Christmas.

Rating: NR

Age: There is mild peril when the Grinch's dog, Max, is run over by a sled and slammed into snow drifts, according to Common Sense Media. The group designated this film for ages 4 and up.

Where to find it: Amazon

'A Christmas Story' (1983)

"A Christmas Story" provides an in-depth look into the lives of children at Christmas in 1940s-era fashion.

Rating: PG

Age: Common Sense Media recommended this movie for ages 8 and up due to some swearing and violence.

Where to find it: Netflix (DVD service only), Amazon, iTunes

'Ernest Saves Christmas' (1988)

Ernest seeks to help Santa find his replacement.

Rating: PG

Age: This movie is recommended for ages 8 and up, according to Common Sense Media. One negative aspect was the high amount of product placement in the film, according to the site.

Where to find it: Amazon, iTunes

'The Santa Clause' (1994)

After accidentally killing Santa Claus, Scott Calvin is given the responsibility of taking over as the next Santa.

Rating: PG

Age: There are some more mature elements in the film, according to Common Sense Media. This movie is rated for ages 9 and up.

Where to find it: Netflix, iTunes

'Jingle All The Way' (1996)

Celebrating the silliness of the competition that encompasses Christmas, Arnold Schwarzenneger sets out on a quest to get his son a highly coveted action figure.

Rating: PG

Age: "Jingle All The Way" should be for ages 8 and up, according to Common Sense Media. The group gave the film a poor review due to the promotion of consumerism and some violence.

Where to find it: Amazon, iTunes

'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas' (1999)

In this three-part movie highlighting classic Disney characters, Mickey and the gang all learn lessons while celebrating Christmas.

Rating: NR

Age: Common Sense Media rated this movie for ages 3 and up, with strong positive messages and role models.

Where to find it: Netflix, iTunes

'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (2000)

Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch in this remake of the 1966 classic.

Rating: PG

Age: This movie contains some crude humor and scary moments, according to Common Sense Media. Common Sense recommended the movie for ages 6 and up.

Where to find it: Netflix, Amazon (for purchase through Amazon video), iTunes

'The Santa Clause 2' (2002)

Scott Calvin is under pressure to find a Mrs. Claus if he wants to stay Santa.

Rating: G

Age: Common Sense Media said this movie should be for ages 5 and up due to comic violence.

Where to find it: Netflix, iTunes

'Christmas with the Kranks' (2004)

A couple decides to not celebrate Christmas for the year. However, when their daughter decides to return home for Christmas at the last minute, the pair must find a way to salvage Christmas.

Rating: PG

Age: Common Sense Media rated the film for ages 9 and up, due to drinking and comic violence.

Where to find it: Netflix (DVD service only), Amazon, iTunes

'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' (2006)

As Jack Frost tries to wreak havoc on the North Pole, it is up to Scott Calvin to decide how to save Christmas.

Rating: G

Age: The film is recommended for ages 5 and up, according to Common Sense Media. This is due to some slapstick violence.

Where to find it: Netflix, iTunes

'Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas' (2009)

George and The Man In The Yellow Hat try to find each other a Christmas present before Christmas morning.

Rating: TV-G

Age: Common Sense Media designated this film for children 3 and up, with a central message of doing something nice for someone you care about.

Where to find it: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes

'Disney's A Christmas Carol' (2009)

Jim Carrey stars in this motion-capture technology take of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Rating: PG

Age: In what could be a frightening show for younger children, Common Sense Media rated the film for ages 9 and up.

Where to find it: Netflix (DVD service only), Amazon, iTunes

'Arthur Christmas' (2011)

Santa's son Arthur embarks on a journey with Grandsanta to deliver a present they misplaced.

Rating: PG

Age: A movie with minimal concerns as far as kids are concerned, Common Sense Media rated this movie for children 5 and up.

Where to find it: Amazon, iTunes

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