5 Awesome Christmas Specials Currently on Netflix

I am a huge fan of Christmas movies and specials. Last year I wrote a post of my Top 5 Family Christmas Movies and this year I thought I would share 5 awesome Christmas specials. The best part is they are all currently on Netflix!

Shrek the Halls
Do ogres celebrate Christmas? Of course not! Until now at least. Shrek tries to get into the spirit of things for Fiona and the kids but when Donkey, Puss In Boots, and the whole gang show up, Shrek’s plans for a cosy family celebration go out the window.

Merry Madagascar
I think this one is actually my favourite of all 5 specials. King Julien never fails to crack me up. Just when Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melvin think they’re on their way home to New York for Christmas, Santa and his reindeer crash onto Madagascar and it’s up to the animals to save Christmas.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday
It’s the Dragon Warrior’s responsibility to host the annual winter holiday feast. When Po struggles to meet his friends’ expectations, the holiday could be headed for disaster.

Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
As viking village Berk prepares for it’s winter holiday Snoggletog, the  dragons all suddenly fly away, accidentally taking Hiccup with them. Turns out Dragons celebrate the holiday season with their own special tradition.

Home for the Holidays
This special is a new one this year and features some awesome musical numbers. After learning about the joy of Christmas from Tip and My Mum, Oh takes it upon himself to bring the holiday cheer to his fellow Boovs.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite go according to plan and instead of spreading good tidings and cheer, they almost destroy the city.

What’s your favourite Christmas Special? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

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Top 5 Family Christmas Movies

Two more sleeps until Christmas! I’ve mentioned before that my family loves a good movie night. One of my favourite family traditions is watching a Christmas movie then laying out the sack and setting up a snack for Santa before tucking my son into bed.  So I thought this week I would share my Top 5 Family Christmas Movies.

  1. Arthur Christmas
    We only watched this one for the first time this year and my son loved it. It’s a sweet story about Santa’s youngest son Arthur, who goes on a mission with his Grandsanta and an enthusiastic elf to deliver a misplaced present. It’s very funny and a great choice for the whole family to enjoy.
  2. Rise of the Guardians
    I know this technically isn’t a Christmas movie but it does feature the big guy in the red suit and my son tells me it’s his favourite Christmas movie so I’m including it.  It features the four Guardians , The Sandman, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny (voiced by the delightful Hugh Jackman), and Santa Claus, who must join with Jack Frost to save the children of the world from the nasty Pitch Black.
  3. Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Based on the story by Dr Seuss and starring Jim Carrey, this movie is a hilarious family favourite. The Grinch is a green, Christmas hating, outsider with a plan to ruin Christmas for the town of Whoville.
  4. The Polar Express
    This magical movie stars Tom Hanks and follows a young boy who is beginning to doubt the existence of Santa on a journey to the North Pole aboard a train called The Polar Express as he learns about bravery, friendship, and the spirit of Christmas. I think this is a great movie for kids at that age who are starting to question the existence of Santa but still wanting to keep the magic alive.
  5. Santa Buddies
    Another sweet story about the spirit of Christmas but this time it includes puppies! The fate of Christmas everywhere is at stake as the world forgets the true meaning of Christmas. It’s up to Puppy Paws, with the help of his new friends, the Buddies, to save Christmas.

Bonus mention: The Nightmare Before Christmas
I enjoy this movie but it’s not really appropriate for little kids. Jack Skellington, the hero of Halloween Town discovers Christmas Town and is fascinated by this new holiday. He attempts to bring his newfound joy to Halloween Town but it doesn’t quite go according to plan. My sensitive 9 year old still thinks the characters are too creepy and won’t watch it but I’m looking forward to the year he will sit down and enjoy it with me.

So there you have my favourite Christmas movies. I’d love to hear your suggestions for what to watch this Christmas. Please leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Christmas movie is.