It’s about to be that magical time of the year again, and nobody does the holidays better than Disney! The holiday season brings with it a sense of wonder, a time when we come together to celebrate, and the magic of cherished traditions. And what better way to usher in the season than with a Disney Christmas movie?
In this blog post, we’ve curated a list of 25 heartwarming Disney Christmas movies that are tailor-made to count down the days until the holiday arrives. Enjoy both classic tales that have stood the test of time and modern marvels that have woven themselves into our holiday traditions. These films are a perfect way to experience the holiday spirit in all its cinematic glory. So, cozy up with your loved ones, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and prepare to embark on a journey filled with enchantment, laughter, and the true meaning of the season.
List of Disney Christmas Movies
Some of the most beloved Christmas movies come from Walt Disney Studios. These movies often feature some of the most beloved characters and have stood the test of time, quickly becoming classics!
1. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
The first movie on our list of Disney Christmas Movies is one that my daughter fell in love with at an early age! Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas offers a delightful medley of heartwarming stories. Join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and the rest of the gang as they navigate the joys and challenges of Christmas. Each story is a reminder that the true spirit of the season lies in sharing moments of love, friendship, and generosity.
>>> You can watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas here.<<<
Quick Facts About Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Release Date: November 9, 1999
Run Time: 70 Minutes
If you like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas be sure to also check out Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas too!
2. The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies, so of course it needed to make the list! Tim Allen stars in this heartwarming tale of a man who inadvertently becomes the next Santa Claus. Through a series of comical and touching events, Scott Calvin learns to embrace the responsibilities of the role and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
>>> Enjoy The Santa Clause with your family tonight here. <<<
Quick Facts About The Santa Clause
Release Date: November 11, 1994
Run Time: 97 Minutes
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Ok, hear us out! While not a traditional Disney film, this Tim Burton creation is a captivating blend of Halloween and Christmas. Join Jack Skellington as he discovers the magic of the holiday season, bridging two worlds in a unique and enchanting way. Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Why not watch it for both holidays?!
>>> Check Out The Nightmare Before Christmas with your family here. <<<
Quick Facts About The Nightmare Before Christmas
Release Date: October 29, 1993
Run Time: 73 Minutes
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Noelle is a new favorite Disney Christmas movie and the next movie to make our list! This heartwarming Disney+ original movie introduces us to Noelle Kringle, Santa’s daughter. When her brother Nick is reluctant to take over the family’s Christmas duties, Noelle embarks on a whimsical adventure to help him find his holiday spirit. With charming characters, festive magic, and a dose of humor, “Noelle” brings a fresh twist to the classic Santa Claus story.
>>> Noelle is only available on Disney+ <<<
Quick Facts About Noelle
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Run Time: 100 Minutes
5. Christmas… Again?
Unravel the enchanting tale of “Christmas… Again!” as a young girl named Rowena experiences the same Christmas day over and over again. This Disney Channel original movie takes Rowena on a time-traveling adventure that helps her learn valuable lessons about family, generosity, and the true meaning of the holiday season.
>>> You can watch Christmas… Again with your family here. <<<
Quick Facts About Christmas… Again
Release Date: December 3, 2021
Run Time: 92 Minutes
6. Prep & Landing
The next Disney Christmas Movie on our list is one that got played over and over again in our house! Dive into the world of high-tech holiday preparations with “Prep & Landing.” Join Wayne and Lanny, elite elves from the Special Preparations Team, as they ensure every detail is perfect for Santa’s arrival. Filled with humor, excitement, and a heartwarming message about the importance of teamwork, this animated gem is a delightful addition to the Disney Christmas movie collection.
>>> Prep & Landing is currently only available on Disney+ <<<
Quick Facts About Prep & Landing
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Run Time: 22 Minutes
TIP: Our family absolutely loves Prep & Landing! We also love the sequels Prep & Landing Naughty vs. Nice and Prep & Landing Operation: Secret Santa.
7. Babes in Toyland
I was introduced to Babes in Toyland as a kid and it quickly became a favorite! Embark on a fantastical journey to Toyland in this charming Disney classic. While not an overtly Christmas movie, Babes in Toyland weaves a tale of adventure and holiday magic. Join Tom and Mary as they strive to save Toyland from an evil villain and help the toy maker prepare for Christmas. With catchy tunes, imaginative settings, and a spirit of togetherness, this film captures the essence of the holiday season.
>>> Watch this Disney classic here. <<<
Quick Facts About Babes in Toyland
Release Date: December 14, 1961
Run Time: 105 Minutes
TIP: The Toy Soldiers from Babes in Toyland make their real-life appearance in the Disney Parks at Christmas! Consider visiting Disneyland in December to see them!
8. The Search for Santa Paws
Immerse yourself in a heartwarming journey with “The Search for Santa Paws.” When Santa’s loyal pup, Paws, finds himself stranded far from the North Pole, he teams up with a young orphan named Quinn to bring back the holiday spirit. This heart-touching film celebrates the power of belief, friendship, and the magic of Christmas.
>>> Catch this adorable Christmas movie with your family here tonight. <<<
Quick Facts About The Search for Santa Paws
Release Date: November 23, 2010
Run Time: 96 Minutes
9. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh and his adorable friends of the Hundred Acre Wood? Pooh and his friends celebrate both Christmas and New Year’s Eve with their usual charm and humor. As they reflect on the past and look forward to the future, they remind us of the importance of friendship and the joy of welcoming a new year.
>>> Watch Winnie the Pooh and Friends celebrate Christmas here. <<<
Quick Facts About Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
Release Date: November 12, 2002
Run Time: 63 Minutes
10. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
If you were a pre-teen in the 90’s you grew up with Jonathan Taylor Thomas and are probably familiar with the next movie on our list! I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the hilarious journey of Jake, a college student who must make it from his school in California to his home in New York in time for Christmas. As he faces a series of misadventures, he learns valuable lessons about the importance of family and the true meaning of the holiday season.
>>> Catch this Disney Christmas movie here tonight. <<<
Quick Facts About I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Release Date: November 13, 1998
Run Time: 88 Minutes
11. The Christmas Star
Embark on a heartwarming adventure with “The Christmas Star,” where a group of young friends stumbles upon a stolen gem that holds a deep connection to the holiday season. This endearing film celebrates the power of community, friendship, and the magic of Christmas.
>>> Your family can watch The Christmas Star here. <<<
Quick Facts About The Christmas Star
Release Date: December 14, 1986
Run Time: 93 Minutes
12. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Hey, Frozen fans! Did you know there is a Frozen movie about the spirit of the holidays?! Journey alongside Olaf as he embarks on a merry quest to find the perfect holiday traditions for Elsa and Anna. This heartwarming short film reminds us that the most cherished traditions are those that come from the heart.
>>> Watch your favorite Frozen characters celebrate the holidays here. <<<
Quick Facts About Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Release Date: November 22, 2017
Run Time: 22 Minutes
13. A Christmas Carol
Immerse yourself in the classic tale of “A Christmas Carol” brought to life with Disney’s magic touch. With Jim Carrey’s captivating performance, this animated adaptation follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve, leading him to rediscover the true meaning of the holiday season.
>>> Make sure you enjoy this Christmas classic! You can find it here. <<<
Quick Facts About A Christmas Carol
Release Date: November 6, 2009
Run Time: 96 Minutes
14. Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Join the Duncan family on an unforgettable adventure in “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!” When a mix-up at the airport separates the family, chaos ensues as each member embarks on their own journey to reunite for the holidays. This heartwarming film captures the essence of family, togetherness, and the magic of Christmas.
>>> Your family can enjoy Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas here. <<<
Quick Facts About Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Release Date: December 2, 2011
Run Time: 80 Minutes
15. ‘Twas the Night
The next movie on our list of Disney Christmas movies is a fresh take on the story of Santa. Immerse yourself in the heartwarming tale of “Twas the Night,” where a family experiences a Christmas like no other when they inadvertently cause Santa Claus to crash his sleigh. With the help of a skeptical teenager, the family sets out to make amends and restore the spirit of Christmas.
>>> Enjoy this fun Christmas movie tonight here. <<<
Quick Facts About ‘Twas the Night
Release Date: December 7, 2001
Run Time: 87 Minutes
16. Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas is the only movie on our list of Disney Christmas movies to feature a Disney princess. Delve into the untold story of the Beast’s first Christmas with Belle. This enchanting tale captures the magic of the holiday season as the characters come together to break the curse and celebrate with love and joy.
>>> Watch this beloved Disney princess in her Christmas story here. <<<
Quick Facts About Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas
Release Date: November 11, 1997
Run Time: 70 Minutes
17. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
Join the Muppets in a festive adventure as they come together to ensure three misplaced letters to Santa Claus find their way to the North Pole. Filled with humor, music, and beloved Muppet characters, this heartwarming film captures the essence of the holiday season with a touch of Muppet magic.
>>> You can watch these loveable characters with your family here. <<<
Quick Facts About A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
Release Date: December 17, 2008
Run Time: 44 Minutes
18. The Christmas Consultant
If you are a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies, we think you will love the next film on our list! Immerse yourself in the heartwarming tale of “The Christmas Consultant,” where a stressed family hires a consultant to help them navigate the holiday chaos. Through laughter, mishaps, and unexpected bonds, the consultant helps the family rediscover the joy of Christmas and the true importance of togetherness.
>>> You can watch The Christmas Consultant for yourself here. <<<
Quick Facts About The Christmas Consultant
Release Date: November 10, 2012
Run Time: 86 Minutes
At first glance, Godmothered may not seem like a Christmas film. While the story isn’t necessarily about Christmas, it is set during the holiday season and has lots of Christmas elements. Watch as a young and inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training sets out to prove that the world still needs magical interventions. With humor, heart, and a touch of holiday spirit, this film reminds us that sometimes all we need is a little bit of magic to rediscover the joy of the holiday season.
>>> Godmothered is available to watch exclusively on Disney+<<<
Quick Facts About Godmothered
Release Date: December 4, 2020
Run Time: 110 Minutes
20. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The mesmerizing world of enchantment awaits in this twist on a Christmas classic. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms follows young Clara as she embarks on a magical journey through fantastical realms. Along the way, she encounters adventure, friendship, and the wonder of the holiday season. This visually stunning film captures the spirit of imagination and the magic of Christmas.
>>> Check out this spin on the classic Christmas story here. <<<
Quick Facts About The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Release Date: November 2, 2018
Run Time: 99 Minutes
Other Christmas Movies Now Owned by Disney
In addition to the beloved Christmas movies produced by Walt Disney Studios, Disney has also acquired a few Christmas classics that have made our list!
21. Home Alone
Home Alone is my absolute favorite Christmas movie and now finds itself in the canon of Disney Christmas movies. When young Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind by his family during the holidays, he must defend his home from two bumbling burglars in a series of comical and creative traps. This timeless film captures the spirit of family, resilience, and the joy of the holiday season.
>>> You can watch this fan-favorite Christmas movie here tonight. <<<
Quick Facts About Home Alone
Release Date: November 16, 1990
Run Time: 102 Minutes
TIP: There is now an entire series of Home Alone movies to enjoy during the holidays! These titles include Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Alone 3, Home Alone 4, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, and Home Sweet Home Alone (available on Disney+).
22. Miracle on 34th Street
Our next movie is a beloved classic to many families. Enter the heartwarming world of Miracle on 34th Street. When a kind-hearted man claiming to be Santa Claus finds himself in a courtroom battle to prove his identity, he rekindles the spirit of belief, love, and the magic of Christmas in all those around him. This enduring film captures the essence of holiday wonder and the power of faith.
>>> This version of the holiday classic can only be enjoyed on Disney+. <<<
Quick Facts About Miracle on 34th Street
Release Date: November 18, 1994
Run Time: 114 Minutes
TIP: The classic 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street can be streamed on Disney+ or you can catch it here as well.
23. Ernest Saves Christmas
When I was a kid I loved all of the Ernest movies and Ernest Saves Christmas was no exception. In this next Christmas film, join the lovable goofball Ernest as he embarks on a hilarious adventure to help Santa Claus find his successor. This movie is filled with slapstick humor and heartwarming moments. It captures the spirit of holiday laughter, unlikely friendships, and the joy of Christmas.
>>> You can watch this hilarious twist on a Christmas movie here tonight. <<<
Quick Facts About Ernest Saves Christmas
Release Date: November 11, 1988
Run Time: 91 Minutes
24. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Embark on a frosty journey with your favorite Ice Age characters in “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.” When Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s cherished Christmas decorations, he sets out on a hilarious quest to make things right and rediscover the true meaning of the holiday season. This charming film combines prehistoric humor with heartwarming moments, capturing the spirit of Christmas in the Ice Age.
>>> Enjoy this Ice Age spin on Christmas with your family here. <<<
Quick Facts About Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Release Date: November 24, 2011
Run Time: 26 Minutes
25. Jingle All the Way
The last movie to make our list of Disney Christmas movies is another favorite for 90’s kids! Dive into the uproarious world of “Jingle All the Way,” where a father’s quest to find the year’s hottest Christmas toy turns into a series of comedic misadventures. With Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comedic performance, this film brings laughter, chaos, and a heartwarming message about the true meaning of Christmas.
>>> Catch this hilarious Christmas favorite here. <<<
Quick Facts About Jingle All the Way
Release Date: November 16, 1996
Run Time: 89 Minutes
TIP: If your family enjoys Jingle All the Way, you may also want to check out the sequel Jingle All the Way 2, starring Larry the Cable Guy.
Where to Watch Disney Christmas Movies
⭐️ Disney+: Disney+ is the best source for finding all of the Christmas movies featured on our list. The great thing about using Disney + is that you get access to thousands of movies and original shows for a set price each month. So even when the holidays are over, there will be plenty of things to watch!
⭐️ Prime Video – Amazon’s Prime Video is another great streaming alternative without the monthly commitment. This is a great option if you are only going to watch a couple of movies once. Be aware that Prime Video is basically renting movies for 48 hours, so you won’t have access long-term.
⭐️ Disney Movie Club – If you like having physical DVDs or Blu-ray discs instead of streaming everything digitally, consider joining the Disney Movie Club. When joining you get 4 initial movies for just $1 and free shipping. After that, you commit to buying 5 more movies at the regular price ($19.95) in the span of 24 months.
⭐️ Local Library – You may also wish to consider your local library for some of the Christmas movies on our list. While the selection may be hit or miss, they usually try their best to keep family-friendly movies in stock and you can access them for free with a library card.
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Creating Your Disney Christmas Movie Night
Now that you’ve explored our list of 25 enchanting Disney Christmas movies, it’s time to embark on a magical journey of your own by hosting the perfect Disney Christmas movie night. Here’s how to create an unforgettable evening filled with holiday spirit:
Set the Mood with Festive Decorations
Transform your viewing space into a winter wonderland. Deck the halls with twinkling lights, hang ornaments and set up a Christmas tree adorned with Disney-themed ornaments. Don’t forget to add some cozy blankets and cushions for that extra comfort.
Prepare Holiday Snacks and Treats
Prepare a delightful spread of holiday snacks and treats. Consider classic popcorn, gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and candy canes. You can even get creative with Disney-themed snacks like Mickey Mouse-shaped sandwiches or Olaf-inspired snowman snacks. We usually like to theme the snacks to the movie in our house!
Wear Festive Attire
Encourage your guests (or yourself) to don their favorite Disney-themed holiday attire. Whether it’s Mickey and Minnie ears or a festive sweater featuring beloved Disney characters, dressing the part adds to the fun. And for a more casual affair, invite guests to wear some cozy Christmas pajamas!
Plan Fun Activities and Games
Plan some Disney-themed activities and games to keep everyone engaged before or after the movie. Consider a Disney Christmas trivia quiz or a “Guess the Movie” game based on soundtracks or famous quotes.
Share the Joy of the Holidays
Extend the joy beyond your movie night by encouraging guests to bring a small, unwrapped gift for a charity toy drive or food items for a local food bank. This way, you can make your gathering even more meaningful by spreading the holiday spirit to those in need.
With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to creating a Disney Christmas movie night that will be treasured by all who attend. So, gather your loved ones and let the holiday magic unfold. Happy watching!
Disney Christmas Movies Impact on Pop Culture
The influence of Disney Christmas movies on pop culture is nothing short of remarkable. These heartwarming tales have not only captured the imaginations of generations but have also left an indelible mark on the holiday season itself. Here’s how Disney Christmas movies have shaped pop culture:
🎄 Holiday Traditions: The themes of togetherness, love, and the joy of giving in Disney Christmas movies have influenced the way we celebrate the holidays. Families often come together to watch these films year after year, making them a cherished part of holiday traditions.
🎅 Merchandise and Collectibles: Disney’s holiday-themed merchandise and collectibles are highly sought after by fans worldwide. From ornaments and plush toys to holiday-themed clothing, Disney’s influence on holiday shopping is unmistakable.
🎄 Themed Events and Attractions: Disney theme parks around the world host special holiday events and attractions inspired by their Christmas movies. These experiences, from “A Frozen Holiday Wish” at Disney World to “It’s a Small World Holiday” at Disneyland, draw visitors from across the globe.
🎅 Cross-Generational Appeal: Disney Christmas movies bridge generational gaps, providing entertainment for children and nostalgia for adults. The timeless stories and characters ensure that these films remain relevant and cherished by audiences of all ages.
In summary, Disney Christmas movies have not only entertained us but have also played a significant role in shaping our holiday traditions, influencing pop culture, and spreading messages of love, kindness, and the magic of the season. These films continue to unite families, evoke nostalgia, and remind us of the enduring magic of Christmas.
Visiting Disney Parks for the Holidays
If this list of holiday favorites has put you in the holiday spirit, consider taking that holiday magic to the next step! There is nothing more magical than spending part of your holiday season in the magical location of the Disney parks! Special holiday parties, snow on Main Street USA, and an abundance of Christmas decorations will be sure to put your family in the holiday spirit as you count down to Christmas.
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Conclusion: 25 Disney Christmas Movies
Disney Christmas movies hold a special place in the fabric of the holidays. These films have not only entertained us but have also shaped the very essence of the holiday season.
As we gather with loved ones, press play on our favorite Disney Christmas movies, and bask in the warmth of the holiday season, let us remember that the true enchantment lies in the joy they bring and the memories they create. Happy holidays, and may your season be filled with love, laughter, and the timeless enchantment of Disney’s cherished tales.