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Family Films For Winter

Dec/24/2023 / by jordana-weiss

Curl up with these movies meant for people of all ages

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Gathering at home with family is a wonderful ritual during the holiday season. And while the wind blows outside, creating cherished memories indoors becomes even more special.

This winter, embrace the opportunity for more time with your loved ones by indulging in movies that the whole family will love. Regardless of whether you have kids around or just adults, we think movies should be enjoyed by all.

To help you find great movies that work for every age range and genre preference, we’ve curated a list of some of our tried-and-true favorites, plus a few holiday classics we’re excited to watch again.  

 So grab your blankets, pour out some hot chocolate, and get ready to embark on a memorable cinematic journey.

The Harry Potter Series 

This series of eight films follows wizard Harry Potter and his friends as they grow up attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The subject matter gets more mature as the films progress, but the first three movies are PG, going up to PG-13 for most of the rest.

“Elf”

Elf” is a whimsical and heartwarming addition to your family’s winter watchlist. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a human raised by elves in the North Pole who sets out to find his birth father in New York City. This movie has it all—festive NYC scenery, laughs, and an endearing message about the power of family. 

“The LEGO Movie”

This delightful movie is one in a long line of hilarious animated features made to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike. It’s filled with colorful characters, witty humor, and a captivating and heartwarming journey through the LEGO universe. Plus, if you like this film, there are many more created by the same producers, including “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”and “The LEGO Batman Movie”. 

“Inside Out”

Holidays are often full of intense feelings, and it can be hard to explain to kids why these thoughts and emotions occur. The movie “Inside Out”does a great job of getting that conversation started. The film follows animated emotions like Joy, Fear, Anger, and Sadness as they seek to understand why the mind they’ve been living in for so long has suddenly changed.

“You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah”

It’s not often that a movie figures out how to accurately portray the intensity and emotion of being a 12-year-old girl. “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah”hits the nail on the head with the story of Stacey Friedman and her rift with best friend Lydia right before their respective bat mitzvahs. Plus, this movie has a few great scenes with parents Adam Sandler and Idina Menzel that help make it more enjoyable for adults, too.  

“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie?! Luckily, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is so great you can easily watch it twice a year. This movie is an excellent choice if you have older kids who have graduated out of Christmas animated content but aren’t yet interested in watching adult holiday films. We think the whole family will love watching Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, learn to enjoy the magic of Christmas.

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