25 Days of Christmas Books and Movies

Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. When I was a child, my parents didn’t have much money for gifts, so they placed more significance on family traditions. Those traditions are what I remember most about Christmas as a child. They are some of my most precious memories.

When I became a mother, I also wanted to create magical Christmas memories for my kids. Before my first baby was even a year old, I was planning how to make this holiday season special for our little family. Many of the traditions that my parents began I have carried over into my own family traditions. But there were others that I decided to start with my children. One of those traditions was reading a Christmas book every night of December leading up until Christmas.

When my daughter was just a baby, I began collecting beautiful, funny, and classic Christmas stories that I would store in a basket near the tree. Each night, I have my kids choose one of the books from the basket and we snuggle in tight for a read-aloud. This tradition has become one of our favorites. And now that my kids are older, we’ve added watching Christmas movies to our favorite things to do this season. This tradition is fun, engaging, and meaningful for all of us.

25 Christmas Books and Movies Your Kids Will Love

If you’re looking to add this type of tradition to your holiday season, here are some suggestions for Christmas books and movies your family will love!

Wednesday, December 1

Watch The Santa Clause and read How Winston Delivered Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6 (central) – Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 a.m./9c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

11:05 a.m./10:05c – The Santa Clause

1:15 p.m./12:15c – The Santa Clause 2

3:45 p.m./2:45c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

5:50 p.m./4:50c – Home Alone

8:20 p.m./7:20c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12-2 a.m./11-1c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

Thursday, December 2

Watch Arthur Christmas and read Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – The Mistle-tones

10:30 a.m./9:30c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 a.m./10c – Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House

1:05 p.m./12:05c – Arthur Christmas

3:10 p.m./2:10c – Home Alone

5:40 p.m./4:40c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:20 p.m./7:20c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12-2 a.m./11-1c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

Friday, December 3

Watch The Santa Clause 2 and read Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 a.m./6:30c – Jingle All the Way 2

9:30 a.m./8:30c – Jingle All the Way

4:35 p.m./3:35c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:15 p.m./6:15c – The Santa Clause

9:25 p.m./8:25c – The Santa Clause 2

11:55 p.m./10:55c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Saturday, December 4

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – The Simpsons –  Holiday Episodes

7:30 a.m./6:30c – Jingle All the Way

9:35 a.m./8:35c – Prancer Returns

11:40 a.m./10:40c – Home Alone 3

1:50 p.m./12:50c – Arthur Christmas

3:55 p.m./2:55c – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6:05 p.m./5:05 – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

7:10 p.m./6:10c – Frosty the Snowman

7:45 p.m./6:45c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

8:50 p.m./7:50c – Home Alone

11:20 p.m./10:20c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Sunday, December 5

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Prancer Returns

9:05 a.m./8:05c – Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

10:05 a.m./9:05c – Unaccompanied Minors

12:10 p.m./11:10c – Arthur Christmas

2:15 p.m./1:15c – The Nightmare Before Christmas

3:55 p.m./2:55c – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5 p.m./4c – Frosty the Snowman

5:35 p.m./4:35c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:40 p.m./5:40c – Home Alone

9:10 p.m./8:10c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:50 p.m./10:50c – Daddy’s Home 2

Monday, December 6

Watch Angela’s Christmas and read Little Red Sleigh.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

10:30 a.m./9:30c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

11 a.m./10c – Daddy’s Home 2

1:10 p.m./12:10c – Home Alone

3:40 p.m./2:40c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6:20 p.m./5:20c – The Santa Clause

8:30 p.m./7:30c – The Santa Clause 2

12 a.m./11c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 7

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Stealing Christmas

11 a.m./10c – Home Alone

1:30 p.m./12:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

4:10 p.m./3:10c – Jingle All the Way

6:15 p.m./5:15c – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

8:20 p.m./7:20c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12 a.m./11c – Arthur Christmas

Wednesday, December 8

Watch Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Snow

11 a.m./10c – Jingle All the Way

1 p.m./12c – Jingle All the Way 2

3 p.m./2c – Arthur Christmas

5 p.m./4c – Dr.Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

7:30 p.m./6:30c – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:30 p.m./8:30c – The Nightmare Before Christmas

12-2 a.m./11-1c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

Thursday, December 9

Watch A Muppet’s Christmas: Letters to Santa and read I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Snow 2: Brain Freeze

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 a.m./10:30c – The Santa Clause

1:40 p.m./12:40c – The Santa Clause 2

3:50 p.m./2:50c – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

5:50 p.m./4:50c – Home Alone

8:20 p.m./7:20c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12 a.m./11c – Snowglobe

Friday, December 10

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Call Me Claus

12 p.m./11c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

2:35 p.m./1:35c – The Nightmare Before Christmas

4:10 p.m./3:10c – Home Alone

6:40 p.m./5:40c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:20 p.m./8:20c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Saturday, December 11

Watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and read The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Unaccompanied Minors

9:05 a.m./8:05c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

9:35 a.m./8:35c – The Star (2017)

11:40 a.m./10:40c – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

1:10 p.m./12:10c – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

2:40 p.m./1:40c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot

3:10 p.m./2:10c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story

5:10 p.m./4:10c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 2

7:15 p.m./6:15c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 3

9:45 p.m./8:45c – Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4

11:55 p.m./10:55c – Arthur Christmas

Sunday, December 12

Watch The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and read The Nutcracker.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – The Star (2017)

9 a.m./8c – Jingle All the Way

11 a.m./10c – Jingle All the Way 2

1:05 p.m./12:05c – Arthur Christmas

3:10 p.m./2:10c – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

5:15 p.m./4:15c – The Santa Clause

7:25 p.m./6:25c – The Santa Clause 2

9:55 p.m./8:55c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

12 a.m./11c – Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist

Monday, December 13

Watch The Little Drummer Boy and read The Little Drummer Boy.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Holiday in Handcuffs

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

11:30 a.m./10:30c – The Santa Clause

1:30 p.m./12:30c – The Santa Clause 2

4 p.m./3c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

6 p.m./5c – Home Alone

8:30 p.m./7:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Tuesday, December 14

Watch Annabelle’s Wish and read The Snowman’s Song.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – 12 Dates of Christmas

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Jingle All the Way

12:30 p.m./11:30c – Love Actually

3:30 p.m./2:30c – Home Alone

6 p.m./5c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

8:30 p.m./7:30c – Office Christmas Party (Freeform Premiere)

12 a.m./11c – The Night Before

Wednesday, December 15

Watch Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and read The Crayon’s Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve

11 a.m./10c – Office Christmas Party

1:35 p.m./12:35c – The Santa Clause

3:45 p.m./2:45c – The Santa Clause 2

6:15 p.m./5:15c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

8:20 p.m./7:20c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Thursday, December 16

Watch Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas and read The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Black Nativity

10:30 a.m./9:30c – The Preacher’s Wife

1 p.m./12c – Almost Christmas

3:30 p.m./2:30c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

6 p.m./5c – Home Alone

8:30 p.m./7:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

12-2 a.m./11-1c – The Simpsons – Holiday Episodes

Friday, December 17

Watch It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas and read The Snowflake.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

9 a.m./8c – Love Actually

12 p.m./11c – Home Alone

2:30 p.m./1:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5:10 p.m./4:10c – The Santa Clause

7:20 p.m./6:20c – The Santa Clause 2

9:50 p.m./8:50c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:55 p.m./10:55c – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 18

Watch Prancer and read Dasher.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7:35 a.m./6:35c – Love Actually

10:45 a.m./9:45c – Unaccompanied Minors

12:55 p.m./11:55c – The Santa Clause

3:05 p.m./2:05c – The Santa Clause 2

5:35 p.m./4:35c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

7:40 p.m./6:40c – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

9:40 p.m./8:40c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

12:20 a.m./11:20c – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sunday, December 19

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7:30 a.m./6:30c – Unaccompanied Minors

9:30 a.m./8:30c – Home Alone 3

11:30 a.m./10:30c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:30 p.m./12:30c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

4:10 p.m./3:10c – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)

6:10 p.m./5:10c – Frosty the Snowman

6:45 p.m./5:45c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

7:50 p.m./6:50c – Home Alone

10:20 p.m./9:20c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

1 a.m./12c – Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

Monday, December 20

Watch A Boy Called Christmas and read 5 More Sleeps’ Til Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Prancer Returns

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Home Alone

1 p.m./12c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

3:35 p.m./2:35c – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

4:40 p.m./3:40c – Frosty the Snowman

5:15 p.m./4:15c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:20 p.m./5:20c – The Santa Clause

8:30 p.m./7:30c – The Santa Clause 2

12 a.m./11c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Tuesday, December 21

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Jingle All the Way

12:30 p.m./11:30c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

1 p.m./12c – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2 p.m./1c – Daddy’s Home 2

4 p.m./3c – Disney’s A Christmas Carol

6 p.m./5c – Home Alone

8:30 p.m./7:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Wednesday, December 22

Watch Klaus and read The Polar Express.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

7:30 a.m./6:30c – Jingle All the Way

9:30 a.m./8:30c – Love the Coopers

12 p.m./11c – Daddy’s Home 2

2:05 p.m./1:05c – Home Alone

4:35 p.m./3:35c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

7:15 p.m./6:15c – The Santa Clause

9:25 p.m./8:25c – The Santa Clause 2

11:55 p.m./10:55c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

Thursday, December 23

Watch The Star and read M is for Manger.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

9 a.m./8c – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

10:30 a.m./9:30c – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

12 p.m./11c – Arthur Christmas

2:05 p.m./1:05c – The Star (2017)

4:05 p.m./3:05c – Home Alone

6:35 p.m./5:35c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

9:15 p.m./8:15c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

11:55 p.m./10:55c – Arthur Christmas

Friday, December 24

Watch The Polar Express and read The Night Before Christmas.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Prancer Returns

10:30 a.m./9:30c – The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

11 a.m./10c – The Star (2017)

1 p.m./12c – Home Alone

3:30 p.m./2:30c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

6 p.m./5c – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

8:30 p.m./7:30c – Frosty the Snowman

9 p.m./8c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

10 p.m./9c – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

Saturday, December 25

Watch The Christmas Chronicles and read Christmas Day in the Morning.

Or check out these movies on Freeform:

7 a.m./6c – Arthur Christmas

9:10 a.m./8:10c – The Santa Clause

11:20 a.m./10:20c – The Santa Clause 2

1:50 p.m./12:50c – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

4 p.m./3c – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

5:05 p.m./4:05c – Frosty the Snowman
5:40 p.m./4:40c – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

6:45 p.m./5:45c – Home Alone

9:15 p.m./8:15c – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

11:55 p.m./10:55c – Arthur Christmas

Which of these Christmas books and movies are you planning to incorporate into your holiday this season? From my family to yours, we wish you a joyful holiday and many blessings in the New Year. Merry Christmas!

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