Five Animated Christmas Films to Watch this Winter

Today the lovely Laura from What's Hot? Talking us through some of favourite animated Christmas films you need to be thinking about checking out this season. Don't forget if you want to keep up with her, as well as her blog you can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

I thought that writing this post would be easy. That there must be loads of Animated Christmas films out there. But the truth is, there aren’t actually a whole lot of recent (and decent) films in this category. Here are 5 of my favourites that you should make sure to watch this festive season.

The Polar Express
Wouldn’t you just love to hop on a train and zoom off to the North Pole? Sadly, that’s probably never going to happen to you but thankfully you can satisfy your imagination with The Polar Express instead. A young Billy sets off on an adventure after being picked up by a train conductor (Tom Hanks). Along the way he learns all about friendship and the spirit of Christmas. What more could you want?

Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas is one of my all-time favourite Christmas films but I feel like it has somewhat slipped under the radar for most people. This is a fantastic, feel-good, Christmas movie that all families need to see. Christmas fanatics will see a little bit of themselves in the character Arthur Christmas, which makes it all the better. This film is cute, it is heart-warming, it is hilarious. Make sure you watch it this Christmas.

Catch the full review on What’s Hot? here.

A Christmas Carol
From the same director as The Polar Express comes the more recent A Christmas Carol. This one is also star studded with Jim Carrey taking the lead role of Scrooge. Would you like a visit from the ghosts of past, present and future? Christmas is the perfect time to reflect upon the year and plan for the what’s coming. This film is the perfect reminder to seize life my the horns because unfortunately we probably won’t be getting those second chances! (Bah, humbug)

Picture of a living room set up for Christmas with the wording Five Animated Christmas Films to Watch this Winter towards the top.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
In my opinion it’s totally legit to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas anywhere from Halloween to Christmas. A mishmash of your favourite winter festivals, this film, imagined by Tim Burton, is whacky, fun, and just a little bit scary. Join Jack Skellington as he discovers Christmas Town and becomes obsessed with Christmas. (I mean who wouldn’t, amirite?)

The Snowman (1982)
An oldy, but a goody. The Snowman on screen dates all the way back to 1982 but I still consider it a classic. There’s no dialogue in this film whatsoever, there’s just cheerful Christmas music to convey the ups and downs of the story. It’s wonderfully short and simple but it’ll never go out of style.

What are some of your favourite Christmas films? Let me know in the comments below!

This article has 15 comments

  1. Kayleigh McManus

    Arthur Christmas and a nightmare before Christmas! LOVE THEM! Defo able to watch all year round x

  2. Rhian Westbury

    I am going to a nightmare before christmas singalong a few days before Christmas and I am so excited, but I’ve never seen any of the other movies so I might pop one on tonight x

  3. five little doves

    Ahh the polar express is my absolute favourite film ever! My son got the bell one Christmas and it made his entire life!

  4. Lily

    I am so in love with The Polar Express! I saw a post the other day where they’ve made a real life Polar Express and kids get to experience it for themselves! Definitely will be watching all of these before Christmas!

  5. Jenni

    The Snowman has always been a favourite of mine ever since a small girl

  6. Patrick

    The Polar Express is a true delight and is one of my favorite films,my wife loved Tom Hanks so this one was always watched during the season.

  7. Super Busy Mum

    Arthur Christmas and A Nightmare before Christmas are top of our list, but there are so many other good ones to watch too!

  8. melissa major

    I love all of the animated Christmas films, we have watched most of them already haha! I love nightmare before Christmas the most

  9. Ana De- Jesus

    I love animated movies and The Polar Express is definitely one of my favourite animated Christmas movies. It is so feel good!

  10. Emily Leary

    I love snuggling down and watching films over Christmas and these are some of my festive favourites!

  11. Elizabeth

    I love all five of these films! They are certainly all timeless classics. 🙂

  12. Mel

    Well, is it really Christmas if you don’t watch The Snowman? It never gets old! I love that and The Nightmare Before Christmas

  13. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Absolutely love ALL of these! The Polar Express has to be my ultimate favourite though 🙂

  14. Nichola - Globalmouse

    We watch the Snowman every year and my oldest son loves Arthur Christmas. Thank you for this, we love watching Christmas films so good to have a couple of new ones to add to our mix!

  15. Melissa Lee

    I can’t believe it but I have never seen A Nightmare Before Christmas! I really must add it to my list this Christmas. Aw, The Snowman, takes me back!

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