There’s nothing quite like watching a Christmas film with the family to get you all feeling festive.
We’ve been asking parents in Manchester for their favourite films to watch with the little ones.
And, as usual you’ve made some great suggestions for kids of all ages.
Here’s our list of the best family films to watch this Christmas…
Read more: Children’s TV and family films to watch this Christmas
Nativity (and Nativity 2 and 3)
The first one came out in 2009 about a British schoolteacher, played by Martin Freeman, who must find a way to bring his former lover, a Hollywood producer, back to London to film his class’ Nativity play.
Your kids won’t be able to stop themselves laughing at the hilarious scenes with the kids auditioning for a part in the play.
Nativity 2: Danger In The Manger followed, this time with David Tennant as teacher.
Then came Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey? when an Ofsted inspector arrives at St Bernadette’s and forgets who he is.
They’re all worth a watch this Christmas.
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Elf came out in 2003 but is a huge hit with families especially in the run-up to Christmas.
It features the hilarious Will Ferrell as Buddy who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves.
Your kids will be chuckling along as the adult Buddy gets into all kinds of scrapes when he decides to travel to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.
Santa Claus: The Movie
At more than 30 years old this one has really stood the test of time.
Dudley Moore is Patch, an expert toy-making elf who flees to New York where he unknowingly threatens the fate of Christmas by taking a job at a failing toy company run by a scheming businessman.
The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog
This wonderful animated Christmas film follows the tale of a young boy who makes a snowman on Christmas Eve.
It comes to life to take him on an adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus and is the film that made Aled Jones famous for his cover of Walking In The Air.
Its sequel The Snowman and the Snowdog was released in 2012 to mark the 30th anniversary of the original film and proved just as popular.
The much-anticipated Stick Man came to our screens for the first time on Christmas Day 2015 and was a massive hit.
Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children’s tale of spirited Stick Man’s adventures across the seasons is brought to animated life by a stellar cast providing the vocals to animation by Magic Light Pictures.
Martin Freeman (there he is again), Hugh Bonneville, Jennifer Saunders, Russell Tovey, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins are just some of the big voices.
Your kids will love watching Stick Man on his incredible adventure as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest and even ends up on top of a fire. But will he ever get back to his family in time for Christmas?
Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
This is one from 2000 and is a live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr Seuss.
The reclusive green Grinch, played by Jim Carrey, decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville.
After sneaking into town from his mountaintop home to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos, he finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.
Others you suggested were…
- Polar Express
- The Gruffalo
- The Gruffalo’s Child
- Jack Frost
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Batman Returns
- Muppets Christmas Carol
- Arthur Christmas
- Get Santa
- Rise of the Guardians
- Santa Paws
- Home Alone
- Frozen Singalong
- Happy Feet
- Elf On The Shelf
Have you got a festive film to add to the list? Let us know in the comments or share it with us on our Manchester Family facebook page.