Best 2022 Holiday Movies to Stream With Your Family

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School's out for the holidays and you have two whole weeks to bond as a family. Watching movies together is a good way to do something quiet and relaxing if you're tired of the hustle and bustle that this time of year often brings.

It's also a nice tradition to watch the same holiday favorites every season, because they'll start to become part of your kids' core memories. For years to come, these movies will always mean it's that special time of year, and they will evoke memories of love and togetherness.

If you're in need of some movies to watch as a family this holiday season, look no further. Ahead, check out a list of some festive classics for all ages.

"A Christmas Story Christmas"

  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: November 17, 2022
  • Run Time: 1 hr 34 mins
  • Watch On: HBO Max

Why It's a Winning Pick

In this new sequel to the cult classic, "A Christmas Story," little Ralphie is all grown up. This time it's his job to create a perfect Christmas for his own kids. Parents will love it for its nostalgia, and the film's humor can be enjoyed by kids, tweens, and teens. "A Christmas Story Christmas" focuses on the importance of togetherness during the holidays.

"Angela's Christmas"

  • Rating: G
  • Release Date: 2017
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Watch On: Netflix, Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, or YouTube

Why It's a Winning Pick

This film is short and very sweet, making it perfect for families with little kids. The movie's warm, happy ending will leave the whole family smiling, and maybe even shedding a tear.

"A Unicorn for Christmas"

  • Rating: PG
  • Release Date: November 5, 2022
  • Run Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
  • Watch On: Hulu

Why It's a Winning Pick

This movie will appeal to school-aged kids who love animals and who may be beginning to contemplate right versus wrong. In this film, a young girl moves from the city to the countryside, where she meets a real unicorn. Only children can see the unicorn's horn. But when a money-minded fair owner tries to steal the creature, it's up to the main character to save the unicorn.

"Falling for Christmas"

  • Rated: PG
  • Release Date: November 10, 2022
  • Run Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
  • Watch On: Netflix

Why It's a Winning Pick

Lindsay Lohan's return to cinema will be fun to watch with tweens or teens. In the movie, an heiress loses her memory after a skiing accident and is taken in by a widowed father and his daughter until they can figure out who she really is.

"Holiday Heritage"

  • Rated: G
  • Release Date: December 15, 2022
  • Run Time: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Watch On: Philo or Fubo TV

Why It's a Winning Pick

This movie is Lifetime's first holiday original about Kwanzaa, and centers around the theme of mending family ties that were once broken. This could be a good movie to watch if your family celebrates Kwanzaa, or even if you want to learn more about the holiday.

"Home Sweet Alone"

  • Rated: PG
  • Release Date: 2021
  • Run Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
  • Watch On: Disney Plus

Why It's a Winning Pick

School-age kids or tweens who can't stop laughing at silly, physical comedy will love watching this movie over the holidays. It's full of slap-stick jokes, so be ready to enjoy a lighthearted movie with that kind of humor in mind. Parents might also enjoy the nostalgia of the original "Home Alone" that's woven throughout this title.

"Love, Lights, Hanukkah"

  • Rated: G
  • Release Date: 2020
  • Run Time: 1 hour 24 minutes.
  • Watch On: Hallmark Channel, AppleTV, Google Play, Prime Video, Youtube, or Vudu

Why It's a Winning Pick

This movie is a good choice for teens or young adults who are developing their own identities. In it, a woman finds out that she is Jewish after taking a DNA test and seeks to learn more about her culture. It's an interesting watch for older kids and parents.

"Peg and Cat: The Hanukkah Problem"

  • Rated: G
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Watch On: AppleTV or PBS Kids.

Why It's a Winning Pick

We like this show because every episode has a mathematical focus to stimulate toddler learning. In this Hanukkah-themed episode, the main characters, Peg and Cat, learn how to make folded three-dimensional shapes. You can check off holiday learning and math all in one watch!

"Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (2022)"

  • Rated: TV-Y7
  • Release Date: November 16, 2022
  • Run Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Watch On: Netflix

Why It's a Winning Pick

This brand-new take on the classic tale by Charles Dickens features magic and music that kids will love. It's a good fit for kids aged 7 and up, but can be enjoyed by teens and adults as well. The moral lessons in the story can make an imprint on kids of all ages as well as grown-ups.

"The Muppet Christmas Carol"

  • Rated: G
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Run Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Watch On: Disney Plus, AppleTV, Google Play, Prime Video, Redbox, Vudu, or Youtube.

Why It's a Winning Pick

If you have toddlers, it's not likely that you'll go wrong with this movie. No matter the generation, little kids just love the Muppets. But, just because it's toddler-friendly doesn't mean the rest of the family won't be staring glassy-eyed at the screen. As an adaptation of Charles Dickens's tale, it is a classic story with important life lessons that can be enjoyed by all ages.

By Elisa Cinelli
Elisa is a well-known parenting writer who is passionate about providing research-based content to help parents make the best decisions for their families. She has written for well-known sites including POPSUGAR and Scary Mommy, among others.