10 Animated Christmas Movies to Add to Your Holiday Watchlist ASAP

10 Animated Christmas Movies to Add to Your Holiday Watchlist ASAP
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Make your holiday season extra special with these great animated Christmas movies.

Christmas is that time of the year when the world seems a little warmer, a little brighter, and a lot more magical. And what better way to soak in the festive spirit than by cozying up with some heartwarming animated Christmas movies?

The Polar Express (2004)

The Polar Express has really become a somewhat Christmas tradition, especially for those who grew up in the 2000s. Imagine a young boy, full of doubts about Santa Claus, who gets the chance of a lifetime — a train ride to the North Pole.

This adventure is packed with singing, dancing, and, of course, delicious hot chocolate. By the end of the journey, the boy, along with many others, finds his belief in Santa Claus and the magic of Christmas reignited.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

This movie brings to life a classic Dr. Seuss tale that tells the story of the Grinch, a grumpy character who just can't stand Christmas. Determined to ruin it for everyone, he disguises himself as Santa Claus and goes on a spree to steal everything Christmas-related.

It's a story that makes us laugh, and at the same time, teaches us about kindness and forgiveness.

A Christmas Carol (2009)

This isn't just any adaptation of Charles Dickens' iconic 1843 novel; it's a rendition that stays true to the original story while brilliantly capturing its dark undertones.

The voice cast is stellar, featuring the likes of Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth.

Arthur Christmas (2011)

This animated comedy is a modern take on the Santa Claus legend. It introduces us to Arthur Claus, the clumsy but well-meaning son of Santa, who embarks on a mission to deliver a forgotten present.

The high-tech operations at the North Pole, managed by Arthur's brother Steve, and the family dynamics among the Clauses is a unique and funny theory.

The film, featuring voices like James McAvoy and Bill Nighy, combines elements of tradition and modernity, making it a tale for the holidays.

The Snowman (1982)

This British animated television film, based on Raymond Briggs's 1978 picture book, is a silent symphonic poem that speaks volumes without words. The story follows a young boy named James who builds a snowman that comes to life.

The film's lack of dialogue, apart from the iconic song Walking in the Air, lends it a dreamy, ethereal quality. Its poignant ending leaves a bittersweet but lasting impression. The Snowman is a classic that continues to be a festive staple in the UK, celebrated for its simplicity and emotional value.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This timeless classic never gets old. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a heartwarming tale that tackles the true meaning of Christmas. Charlie Brown, feeling down about the commercialization of Christmas, tries to find the real holiday spirit.

With its jazzy Vince Guaraldi score and its simple yet profound message, this film resonates with viewers young and old. It's a charming reminder of what Christmas is really about — love, kindness, and community.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Released in 1993, this stop-motion film directed by Tim Burton is both a visual and storytelling masterpiece. It perfectly blends spooky Halloween vibes with the joy of Christmas.

It's filled with memorable musical numbers and has become a cultural icon, captivating viewers with its unique charm. Let's just say this movie is a must-watch for all times.

Klaus (2019)

This movie is about Jesper Johanssen, a spoiled guy whose dad sends him off to a frosty, far-flung village. Jesper’s got to be the postman there, and he’s not thrilled about it. But, things take a turn when he meets a skilled woodsman.

Klaus is a nice tale about the power of kindness and finding your true calling. Jesper starts off as pretty selfish, but he learns that love and generosity are what truly matter in life.

Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)

Shaun the Sheep, a character who never utters a word, has won hearts globally since his first appearance in Wallace and Gromit. In this Christmas special, Shaun and his buddies are gearing up for the holidays.Things go haywire when Timmy, Shaun's little friend, disappears.

The story unfolds into a colorful, action-packed, yet hilarious adventure to rescue Timmy. It’s a short film that’s perfect for all ages.

The Grinch (2018)

The Grinch from 2018 is the third adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic. This version brings the story to life with vibrant animation, a catchy soundtrack, and an incredible voice cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch.

It smashed records as the highest-grossing Christmas movie ever, proving that even without adding much new to the story, it’s still a festive treat.