Whether you want to keep everyone entertained whilst Christmas dinner is cooked, you need a few hours to let the food go down or are relaxing on those days between Christmas and New Year, getting the family together to watch a festive film a lovely way spend a couple of hours.


If you're looking for a streaming service to help create these magical movie moments then Disney Plus is a great option. The streaming service has over 500 films and among them an impressive catalogue of Christmas movies which are suitable for children of all ages.

To help you pick out a festive film for your family we've selected eleven of our favourite Christmas films to watch on Disney Plus. There's a mixture between those rated U and PG so everyone can enjoy time around the tele.

You can also see our guide to the best family films on Disney Plus to watch in 2023 if you're looking for Disney Plus entertainment which isn't Christmas-focused.

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Best Disney Plus Christmas films at a glance

Rated U:

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
  • The Small One (1978)

Rated PG:

  • Home Alone (1990)
  • A Christmas Carol (2009)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
  • Godmothered (2020)

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Best U-rated Christmas films on Disney Plus

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Muppet chirstmas carol

Age Rating: U | Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This rendition of Dickens' holiday tale is great for a family laugh over Christmas. It sees Kermit the Frog takes on the role of Bob Cratchit, working for the stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). As other Muppets like Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle interweave through the story, Scrooge encounters spirits of past, present, and future Christmases. Despite the spirits' efforts to show him the consequences of his selfish behavior, the seemingly irredeemable Scrooge remains resistant to change.

The Santa Clause (1994)

The santa clause

Age Rating: U | Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes

This film is best for children who might already know the truth about Father Christmas. It follows Scott Calvin who is disgusted by his ex-wife Laura and her husband Neil's attempt to break the news to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa Claus isn't real. In an unexpected turn of events, Scott startles Santa on his roof and finds himself in possession of a magical suit and sleigh. Following the suit's instructions, he becomes Santa and embarks on a gift-delivering journey.

Winnie The Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)


Age Rating: U | Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Perfect for younger children, this Winnie The Pooh film stars all the beloved characters from the Hundred Acre Wood, including Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore. They come together to celebrate the festive season, reflect on past memories and make New Year's resolutions. The film follows the characters as they discover the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of cherishing moments with loved ones.

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)


Age Rating: U | Running time: 1 hour 12 minutes

This sequel stars all of the beloved characters from Disney's Beauty and the Beast as they embark on a festive tale set during the holiday season. The story revolves around Belle, Beast, Lumière, Cogsworth, and other enchanted objects as they plan a special Christmas celebration in the castle. However, their plans are thwarted by the scheming Forte, a pipe organ with his own agenda.

The Small One (1978)

small one

Age Rating: U | Running time: 26 minutes

This heartwarming short story set outside Nazareth sees a young boy named Aaron faced with the difficult task of parting with his beloved donkey, Small One. As the donkey is no longer able to work and provide for the family, Aaron's father insists that it's time to sell him. Despite the emotional farewell, Small One finds himself in the company of a kind and gentle man who sees the donkey's true worth.

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Best PG-rated Christmas films on Disney Plus

Home Alone (1990)

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Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes

This classic Christmas-set tale is great for the whole family with pranking and cheekiness galore. It sees Kevin McCallister being left at home by his family when they go on a festive holiday. He lives every child's dream with the whole home to himself before learning two con men want to rob the McCallister home. He must find a way to protect it with a creative mix of traps and tricks.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

A christmas carol

Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes

This 2009 remake of a classic Christmas story follows the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) and his famous bah-humbug attitude. When Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his late business partner he is warned that three spirits will visit him at night. The spirits take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness for Christmas.

Frozen (2013)


Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Although not technically a Christmas film, Frozen definitely feels seasonally appropriate. This animated adventure follows the fearless Anna as she teams up with rugged iceman Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to find her sister, Elsa, whose magical powers have plunged their kingdom into eternal winter. As they navigate mystical trolls, a comedic snowman named Olaf, and face Elsa's icy spell, the duo embarks on an epic journey to save their kingdom from the grip of eternal cold.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The nightmare before christmas

Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 16 minutes

Whether you think it's best for Christmas or Halloween, there's no denying that Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion film is a classic must-see. It follows a pumpkin king who gets bored of scaring people at Halloween and instead opts to steal Santa Claus. There are some scary images throughout so perhaps best for older children.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker and the four realms

Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This fantasy adventure puts a twist on the classic Nutcracker story. It sees Mr. Stahlbaum fulfil his late wife's wish by giving his children presents. Clara receives an egg-shaped box with a note from her mother. At a Christmas ball, Clara seeks help to unlock the egg, discovering it is a gift from her mother leading her to a parallel world, sparking a journey to restore peace among the fantasy realms she lives.

Godmothered (2020)


Age Rating: PG | Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Godmothered is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training. When she hears that her chosen profession is facing extinction, Eleanor decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. She finds that a girl who wrote her a letter when she was younger has now grown up and doesn't believe in a 'happily ever after'. Eleanor is on a mission to change this.

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