Wondering about some exciting holiday ideas for family night? Who doesn’t love a little festive fun! Well, I’ve gotcha covered with these easy Christmas movie nights.

They cover six of the major must-see movies of the holiday season. And each movie includes a book to read, food ideas, and activities to do with your kids. Check out:

  • The Polar Express
  • The Grinch
  • The Santa Claus
  • Elf
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer

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Christmas movie nights

You’ll find fun ways to get into the holiday spirit, and all of the ideas below are EASY TO DO. That’s the most important part, as all parents know!

Epic Christmas Movie Nights

1.THE POLAR EXPRESS

“The bell still rings for all who truly believe.”

The Polar Express

BOOK

Start by reading the classic!

FOOD

One of the most exciting parts of the movie is the dancing men that serve piping hot cocoa. So, set up a simple hot cocoa bar in your home. Put out hot chocolate with festive mugs, marshmallows, candy canes, and whipped cream. Let the kids make their own fun concoctions and sing along.

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ACTIVITIES

Print a free coloring page and let the kids color themed pictures before the movie. Or pass out these Polar Express tickets from Teachers Pay Teachers (as a freebie). Then give the kids cheap bells beforehand to shake during the movie. Or not, if that causes the crazies!!!

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2. THE GRINCH

“Maybe Christmas perhaps doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.”

The Grinch
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Grinch movie, Christmas movie nights

We’re BIG fans of the Jim Carrey version, but we are excited to see the new one as well!

BOOK

First, be sure to read the Dr. Seuss gem!

FOOD

Then, try a healthier green theme! Throw out some chips and guacamole, prepare a green “Grinch” smoothie, and try out these easy Grinch fruit kabobs below from Everyday Savvy. Need a dinner idea? Make roast beef, of course!

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ACTIVITIES

Print out an easy printable and Pin the heart on the Grinch. Then do a Science experiment to grow the Grinch’s heart, or try some easy Grinch slime! These are all great sensory options for kiddos.

3. THE SANTA CLAUS

“Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”

The Santa Clause
Christmas movie nights

BOOK

This Christmas classic accompanies the movie perfectly!

FOOD

When Scott Calvin lets down his son Charlie, he tries to make it up to him by ordering a big glass of eggnog. Cheers to your eggnog during this scene! Or try these SUPER cute and easy stuck in the chimney snack cups.

ACTIVITIES

The Santa Claus craft above is an easy win with young kids. Or write a letter to Santa that’s as simple or elaborate as you want! Then try these awesome printables from the Dating Divas below. They include a bingo to go with the movie!

4. ELF

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Buddy the elf
Elf movie, Christmas movie nights

BOOK

What better book than the one from the movie?!

FOOD

Ok, I can not, in good faith suggest his spaghetti concoction from the movie. I mean, try it if you dare. Or make these Buddy the elf sammies below, traditional spaghetti, or pancakes with maple syrup. They aren’t as crazy as Buddy’s breakfast, but still yummy!

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ACTIVITIES

This easy craft with picture faces (below) will get everyone laughing. Need another fun activity? Print out Elf Trivia to do with the kids!

5. FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

“He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day.”

Frosty the Snowman
Frosty the snowman Christmas movie nights

BOOK

This version is perfect for the littlest ones in your family!

FOOD

First, celebrate Frosty and friends with these snowman caprese salad appetizers (below) for a pre-dinner fix. Then work together on a pizza shaped as a snowman, and finish off the evening with simple snowman cups with popcorn.

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ACTIVITIES

Are you ok with getting a little messy? Make baking soda snowmen (below) and watch them melt. I mean, what child wouldn’t think this is awesome?! Check out the tutorial HERE to make it happen.

6. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

“Rudolph with your nose so bright won’t you guide my sleigh tonight.”

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

BOOKS

This easy level 2 reader is great for kids learning to read.

Or check out this younger seek and find version below that my kids have loved for years. It’s one of our favorite Christmas countdown books.

FOOD

Begin the day with fun Rudolph waffles or pancakes. Pile a small pancake on top of a large one. Slice banana slices for eyes, a raspberry for a nose, and add bacon antlers to finish it off. Another great idea is the lunch box special below. Try these reindeer sandwiches for a themed lunch or snack.

ACTIVITIES

And finally, these adorable reindeer ornaments memorialize your special Rudolph movie night. Make extras to give to grandparents this holiday season!

Looking for more movie options?

Other Great Christmas Movie Nights (depending on age):

  • A Christmas Story
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol or Once Upon A Christmas
  • Disney’s Prep & Landing

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Something to Consider

Remember, you don’t need perfectly planned family nights to create joyful memories. There are some days during the holidays that it’s a massive feat to get dinner on the table. So, breathe. And get inspired. But keep it fun and stress-free.

What is one of your favorite Christmas movie nights? I’d love to hear!

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