10 Magical Animated Christmas Movies to Watch This Winter

by Maria Konou

After the first snowfall, we are officially in the pre-Christmas season. And, this period includes matching pajamas with Christmas patterns, soft wool socks, homemade cookies, and Christmas movies to cheer you up! The movie options are many, but if you want to share the experience with the little ones like your kids and siblings, it is best to watch animated Christmas moves. Below, you will find our best suggestions for the most magical animated Christmas movies ever! You may not have enough time to watch them all before Christmas, but we promise you good mood, lots of emotions, and happy moments! So, without further ado, let’s get into this list of magical festive movies!

Wondering what to watch with your family? Here are the most magical animated Christmas movies:

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Magical Animated Christmas Movies to Watch With Your Kids (or alone)

A large part of our generation associates Christmas with movies like Home Alone. However, kids nowadays prefer animated Christmas movies that feature their favorite characters. These types of movies are perfect for the role of Christmas bedtime stories that everyone will watch with interest, not only the little ones!

Family Christmas movies are the heart of this magical and warming holiday

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# Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

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This is the third adaptation of the well-known story by American writer Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Doctor Seuss. The grumpy hermit Grinch hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the unsuspecting denizens of Whoville. You can’t really have a favorite Christmas animations list and not include this classic Dr. Seuss gem! And, Dr, Seuss always has something valuable to teach and remind us, so this story is perfect for both children and adults. So, if you love magical animations with a deeper meaning and a not-so-classic story, then this Christmas movie is a must!

You can’t really have a Christmas movie list and not include this classic Dr. Seuss gem

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# The Grinch (2018)

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We have to add this funny adaptation on the list! He is green and he lives in seclusion. He hates Christmas, but why? Find out more about this mysterious character by following his story in the 2018 film of the same name. We promise you tears and many funny moments, rethinking life and everything precious in it. And all this in an animation – wonderful, isn’t it! No matter if you choose the original movie from 1966 or this gorgeous 2018 adaptation, your family will definitely enjoy the magical world of the Grinch!

The whole family will adore this gorgeous 2018 Grinch adaptation

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# The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Tim Burton’s beloved timeless classic, albeit a little scary, but a must for good cheer in the Christmas month. An offbeat idea, amazing music and lots of beautiful animation. Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas home cause confusion. If you are a fan of spooky animations with amazing music, and funny characters, then this Christmas classic is an absolute must!

This Tim Burton gem is a must for both Christmas and Halloween

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# A Christmas Carol (2009)

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Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story of the miserly Scrooge is one of Walt Disney Pictures’ finest adaptations. Do you remember Scrooge? This story is well-known thanks to Dickens. However, the adaptation from 2009 allows it to be understood by younger children, as well, who have not had the chance to read the book. “A Christmas Carol” is a must for Christmas spirit and cheer before the holidays. It also poses interesting moral ideas and values that are good to instill in children from an early age. Dedicated entirely to the true meaning of Christmas, it will get you thinking and excited without overwhelming you.

This movie is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story of the miserly Scrooge

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# Klaus (2019)

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This is an alternate origin story for Santa Claus, meaning we are not talking about that historical version of St. Nick. It is set in the 19th century, when a postman settles in an island town in the far North, and his father harbors hopes that he will be re-educated. This takes the main character Jasper to the toy maker Klaus, where, you guessed it, the postman’s transformation begins. When Jasper befriends toy maker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. As always in Christmas movies, the message of goodness evoking other goodness also finds a place here. One simple act of kindness always evokes another, even in a frozen, faraway place. The best part is that Klaus is streaming on Netflix!

This is an alternate origin story for Santa Claus, set in the 19th century

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# Arthur Christmas (2011)

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Santa and his elite team of elves uses all manner of means to deliver billions of presents to all the world’s children in one amazing night. But one child may be left without a present! Now Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, is going to fix that failure. Santa’s wayward son embarks on a mission to deliver a little girl’s lost present in less than two hours. With the help of a retired Santa and a young elf, Arthur hits the road to give one last gift and bring the miracle into the holiday night…and into your home!

Watch Santa’s wayward son embark on a mission to deliver a little girl’s lost present 

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# Frozen (2013)

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You don’t think Christmas would pass without Anna and Elsa, do you? You may be tired of “Let it Go” and the image of the two sisters on cakes, toys, and bags, but Frozen is a phenomenon with a huge impact on movie audiences. In the adventurous animated comedy Frozen, a prophecy has stiffened a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna is a fearless optimist who joins forces with the brave mountain man Christoph and his companion, Sven the reindeer. Together they embark on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister, Elsa, whose snow magic weighs down the kingdom of Arendelle. And, if you give Frozen a chance with the kids, you might understand all the praise it is received.

Frozen is one of the most impactful magical Christmas movies of all time

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# Anastasia (1997)

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Anastasia is one of the modern animated films that grabs our attention because of its almost fairy tale-like plot. In fact, the story of the movie is true – based on a legend of the Russian royal family. During one of the country’s worst periods, the youngest daughter of the royal family narrowly escapes death and sinks into obscurity. Years after the accident, she meets a handsome young man named Dimitri. He uncovers her secret and convinces her to return to the throne. Going through many vicissitudes, hand in hand, they manage to convince us that love has no limits and fascinatingly invite us to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.

The movie Anastasia is based on a legend of the Russian royal family

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# The White Tooth (2018)

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This classic adaptation of Jack London’s novel will take you back to a forgotten time, so different, so real. The story of the White Fang is one of an incredible adventure filled with love, trials and true friendship. A loyal wolf dog’s curiosity leads him on the adventure of a lifetime while serving a series of three distinctly different masters. If you want to appreciate our dog friends even more, this movie is just for you! Plus, your dog will definitely enjoy watching this beautiful animation with the rest of the family!

This classic adaptation of Jack London’s novel is a story of a strong bond and friendship

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# Ice Age (2002)

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All parts of Ice Age are wholesome fun for the whole family. And, given the time period in which the action takes place, this movie is perfectly suited for the winter holidays. With jokes that sometimes only adults can understand, kids will also be tightly engaged in front of the screen. Discover the unstoppable adventures of the hard-headed mammoth Manny, the annoying but endearing sloth Sid, and the snarky tiger Diego. And let’s not forget the icing on the ice age’s cake of woes, Scrat the squirrel! All of these amazing and goofy characters can bring back your inner child back, and show your kids the meaning of friendship!

Given the time period in which Ice Age takes place, this movie is perfectly suited for the winter holidays

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These were the most magical Christmas animated movies you need to watch with your family during the holidays. Christmas is a magical time that brings people closer and reminds them of the beauty of this holiday. So, make some popcorn and spend a great holiday with your loved ones!

Now you know which magical Christmas animated movies you need to add to your watch list!

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.