Ahh tis' the season to be jolly and nothing makes me jollier then curling up on the sofa with some naughty snacks and binge watching Christmas movies. Of course, as with everything, your selection slightly alters post child, so we've put together 8 of the best Christmas movies to watch with your little ones.
The Polar Express
1. The Polar Express An absolute classic and one of my favourite Christmas films with or without my son watching with me. The Polar Express follows the story of a young boy who is in doubt of all things Christmas - including whether or not Santa really exists.
Then on Christmas Eve, the boy is welcomed onto the "The Polar Express" heading straight for the North Pole and so begins a magical adventure. With memorable characters, beautiful soundtrack and the unmissable voice of Tom Hanks, this is one Christmas film you HAVE to watch this year.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas I happen to be a huge fan of Tim Burton and have always loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, however it's only this year that my 4 year old son has requested to watch this movie too.
In true Burton fashion, the movie takes place in the weird and wacky world of Halloween Town where Jack Skellington has become tired of celebrating only Halloween every year and is craving something different. After a walk in the woods, Jack discovers 7 trees containing doors to different holiday worlds including Christmas Town and so begins a magical and slightly unusual adventure.
3. The Snowman The Snowman is an English children's book that was published in 1978 and turned into a animated television special in 1982, since becoming a true Chritsmas classic- even being nominated for an Academy Award.
The short film is visually stunning and follows the story of a boy who builds a snowman on Christmas Day only for his creation to magically come to life at the stroke of midnight and take him on all sorts of adventures. The film has engrossed audiences for years both due to it's beautiful artwork and it's famous soundtrack. Definitely one to check out this Christmas.
4. Arthur Christmas This has a been a firm favourite with our little one for the past two years and it's also throughly entertaining to watch as an adult.
Arthur is the youngest son of Santa/Father Christmas and is clumsy, nerdy and infectiously dedicated to spreading Christmas cheer so when a childs present is accidentally undelivered on Christmas Eve, it's down to Arthur to save the day.
With a whole host of hilarious characters including Arthur's stubborn, anti-technology grandfather, you'll actually find yourself convincing your kids to watch this one over and over.
5. Frozen Okay, so after we all thought Frozen was taking a well deserved rest on the DVD shelf after being over played to death, along comes Christmas and we find ourselves thrust back in to Arendale and the magical world of Anna and Elsa.
With unforgettable characters, a seriously addictive soundtrack and a brilliant plot line, it's the Disney movie that truly gripped the world. No Christmas lead up really is complete without watching Frozen and singing "Let It Go" with your children at the top of your lungs.
6. Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Derived from the classic tale by Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas was released in the year 2000 and stars the brilliant Jim Carey as the scrooge-tastic, Christmas hating grinch who sets a goal to ruin Christmas for the whole of Whoville.
With his dastardly plan put into action, the Grinch crosses paths with a small girl named Cindy Lou who desperately wants the Grinch to be involved in the local celebrations- much to his dismay. A truly heart warming tale that features a lot of the rhymes from the original story and is perfect for little ones who are coming up to school age.
Shrek The Halls
7. Shrek the Halls Okay so it's not technically a movie however this is a must watch for any kids who love the original Shrek movies.
Shrek the Halls is actually a 30 minute made for TV special that features all of your favourite characters during the festive season. Shrek has promised Fiona a wonderful Christmas surprise, but unfortunately he doesn't yet know what it is and in an attempt to find the perfect gift somehow ends up ruining the Christmas spirit for everyone and of course, it's only Shrek that can put things right.
A Christmas Carol
8. A Christmas Carol The classic tale by Charles Dickens has been remade numerous times over the years, with Disney offering up their version in 2009 starring the talents of Jim Carey.
Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his lack of kindness and festive spirit so when he is visited on Christmas Eve by 3 spirits, he is made to see the error of his ways and shown how his life would turn out if he didn't learn to show compassion to others.
This Disney version is brilliantly made, beautiful to watch and is a great way to introduce kids to this classic Christmas tale.