Watch This, Do That: Family Holiday Movies

Add some fun family activities to your next holiday movie night!

When the weather outside is frightful, a family movie night is calling your name. You’ll definitely want to spend a night at home to catch up on some holiday classics. Get ready to make watching these movies even more fun for your kids.

Our Watch This, Do That series pairs the best family movies with fun activities to try after the credits roll. We’ve rounded up our holiday-themed Watch This, Do That posts like “The Polar Express” and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” to make it a festive movie night.


Image of buddy the elf with an error pointing to gumdrops
First image from the movie, “Elf.” Second image stock of gumdrops.

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! Make Buddy the Elf proud by singing along to holiday music, decorating your house with snowflakes and starting a snowball fight (indoors!). 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Photo one from the Peanuts. Photo two from A Little Gray blog

This Peanuts movie is a favorite across generations, so make it more special with these Charlie Brown-themed activities. You can learn to draw Snoopy, build your own Christmas tree or cheer someone up during the holiday season.

The Polar Express

Photo 1 from Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo 2 from Rainy Day Mum

If you didn’t have a chance to catch a festive train this year, recreate the holiday magic at home. Some of these movie activities include giving back like donating toys or making holiday cards.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Photo 1 from NBC. Photo 2 from A Sparkle of Genius

Pair this holiday classic with fun kids activities like making reindeer treats, mixing silver and gold slime and finding a misfit toy.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

An image from Jingle Jangle on a blue and red background with an arrow pointing to an image of a child coloring
First image from Netflix. Second image, stock.

Let your child’s imagination run wild as you learn about the Jangles, a family of inventors. They’ll be inspired to invent their dream toy, make snow and even build a robot.

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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Chicago Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.


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