The Ballinger Family's Heartwarming Christmas Movie Picks

Get ready to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy some heartwarming holiday entertainment. The Ballinger family has curated a list of our favorite Christmas movies that are sure to warm your heart. From timeless classics to modern favorites, these films capture the true spirit of the season.

 Whether you prefer the nostalgic charm of “It’s a Wonderful Life” or the whimsical adventures of “Elf,” there’s something for everyone on this must-watch list.

So gather your loved ones, grab some cozy blankets, and let these sweet films create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s time to indulge in the enchantment of Christmas movies that will truly make your heart feel merry and bright.

I highly recommend using Common Sense Media to check on the varying appropriateness of each movie. Everyone has different concerns and triggers, and Common Sense Media gives a very thorough look at the details within each movie/TV show. A

It's a Wonderful Life- Jacob's Pick (Age 14)

This heartwarming film tells the story of George Bailey and how his guardian angel helps him see the true value of his life. With its enchanting storyline and unforgettable characters, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is sure to make you believe in the magic of Christmas. This movie is in black and white, and we watch it with our whole family, but the littlest ones sometimes lose interest. There are some darker themes to it, as well (suicide).

Elf - Bailey's Pick (Age 16)

This movie is an absolute classic and never fails to put a smile on all of our faces. Will Ferrell’s portrayal of Buddy, a human raised as an elf in the North Pole, is pure comedic genius. From his childlike innocence to his outrageous antics, Buddy brings so much joy and laughter to the screen. “Elf” is a must-watch every Christmas season for us, and I guarantee it will become a favorite for you too! There is one scary moment with a raccoon and the dad yells at Buddy at one point, as well as some light language.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Chris' Pick (Age 40)

Hands-down, we all prefer the original TV special. The original version brings back childhood memories and fills our hearts with joy. The Grinch’s journey from a grumpy creature to a heartwarming character teaches us the true meaning of Christmas. This movie is guaranteed to make you smile and feel the holiday magic. The other ones are good, too, especially if you are like us and just cannot get enough GRINCH! Duncan particularly likes the most recent one with Benedict Cumberbatch.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Luke's Pick (Age 4)

This heartwarming film captures the essence of the holiday season like no other. The adorable characters, the nostalgic animation, and the unforgettable soundtrack make this movie a must-watch every year. A Charlie Brown Christmas brings back all the warm and fuzzy feelings of childhood, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat!

The Star - Teddy's Pick (Age 2)

This heartwarming animated film tells the story of Bo, a brave little donkey who embarks on a life-changing adventure. With a star-studded cast including the voices of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, this movie is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. The Star combines humor, action, and a powerful message of faith, making it the perfect holiday film. From the stunning animation to the unforgettable characters, this movie truly captures the magic of Christmas.

Home Alone - Parker's Pick (Age 10)

This classic holiday film is a must-watch every year. It’s filled with hilarious pranks, heartwarming moments, and a young Macaulay Culkin who steals the show as Kevin McCallister. From his battle with the bumbling burglars to his heartwarming reunion with his family, “Home Alone” is a true holiday gem that will never get old. We love this movie, but don’t love how awful the siblings are to each other. Yes, it plays a big part in the plot, but we prefer to limit viewing mean sibling interactions, so we wait until our kids are a bit older to watch this one (depending on individual maturity level).

Rankin/Bass TV Specials - Jessica's Pick (Age 40)

I just adore the Rankin/Bass Television Specials, including beloved classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Cricket on the Hearth,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” These beautifully animated films capture the magic of Christmas with their memorable characters and enchanting stories. I remember watching them every year at my grandmother’s house, and they just ooze Christmas nostalgia for me. Whether you’re watching them for the first time or reliving your childhood memories, these Rankin/Bass specials are a must-watch during the holiday season. I believe some of them have outdated elements (like smoking) that push them into more mature ratings in our current time.

Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol - Duncan's Pick (Age 6)

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of holiday cheer and Disney magic, look no further than the beloved classic, “Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol“! This heartwarming film takes us on a journey through the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, but with a delightful twist – all of our favorite Disney characters take on the iconic roles. It’s impossible not to get swept up in the joy and spirit of Christmas as Mickey and friends teach us the importance of love, generosity, and redemption.

Now, if you’re a fan of Vlogmas videos, then you simply cannot miss the Ballinger Family Christmas Morning Videos. This might seem like major self-promotion, but our family truly adores watching and rewatching all of our past Vlogmas videos– especially our Christmas Mornings! They capture the joy and excitement of opening presents on Christmas morning in the most heartwarming way. They really mean a lot to us, and we love sharing our Christmas joy with the world! You can find our entire playlist here.

The Grown-Up section...

These movies are for the older crowd… Some may have stronger language, nudity, or cover more serious topics. Again, as everyone has different standards & priorities, I recommend checking Common Sense Media to decide on whether a movie is appropriate for your family. That being said, our older kids (ages 14 & 16) have watched these with us at this point.

Family Man

Starring Nicolas Cage, this film follows a wealthy businessman who is given the chance to see what his life would have been like if he had chosen love and family over money and success. With a perfect blend of humor, romance, and a dash of Christmas magic, I just adore the ending and overall themes of “Family Man.”

Love Actually

Love Actually is a heartwarming romantic comedy that captures the essence of the holiday season. The film follows multiple interconnected storylines, all centered around love and relationships during Christmas time. With an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and Keira Knightley, Love Actually is filled with memorable moments and unforgettable performances. It’s just a lot of fun!

That's a Wrap!

And there you have it, our ultimate Ballinger Family Christmas movie list that’s sure to make your holiday season merry and bright! 

Don’t forget to check out our other Christmas blogs; Jessica’s Experienced-Based Gift Guide, or our No-Screen Toys Gift Guide. We hope these recommendations bring you joy, laughter, and a whole lot of holiday spirit. 

Wishing you all a magical and memorable Christmas filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments with your loved ones. Happy holidays! 🎄✨

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2 Responses

  1. So, did Teddy have a long list? 😉 A Christmas Story is our favorite. Also, as a side note, I just noticed that your B in Ballinger is a heart. I’ve seen the logo a million times on YouTube and never noticed that. Great pick.

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