Each movie listed includes:
(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5
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Caillou’s Holiday Movie (2003)
Genres: Animation, Family, Musical
Synopsis: A boy learns about winter activities and holiday traditions from around the world.
Review: I’ll admit up front that I’ve never seen any Caillou stories before. However, I really enjoyed this even though it’s geared for younger viewers. It teaches about other cultures, giving, sharing, community, and more. Great lessons that can spark family conversations. This is one for the whole family.
A California Christmas (2020)
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Lauren Swickard and Josh Swickard
Synopsis: With his carefree lifestyle on the line, a wealthy charmer poses as a ranch hand to get a hardworking farmer to sell her family's land before Christmas.
Review: The movie takes a long time to get the story going. It pulls on every standard plot point from someone pretending to be someone else, losing their ranch, and mom dying that it makes it quite blah. I enjoyed it more towards the end but I wouldn’t watch it again.
Candy Cane Christmas (2020)
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Beverley Mitchell and Mark Ghanime
Synopsis: A woman searches for a new tradition to lift her holiday spirits at Christmastime.
Review: I love the theme of this movie. The making of new friends and new traditions while opening your heart to new people is a beautiful sentiment. Phoebe turns the loss of an old tradition into new traditions by focusing on others in her community. A very sweet story where family is those around you.
Captain Underpants Mega Blissmass (2020)
Genres: Animation, Fantasy
Synopsis: Christmas gets weird - really weird - after George and Harold go back in time to change up a few of their beloved holiday's traditions.
Review: It’s only fair I start this by saying I’ve never seen any Captain Underpants programs before. I found it to be too silly. They go back in time and change Christmas then in moments they get Santa to change his mind back. I also found the speed at which they spoke very annoying. If you’re a Captain Underpants fan, I say judge it for yourself. If you’re not, skip it.
Carole’s Christmas (2019)
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Kimberly Elise and Jackée Harry
Synopsis: A busy, overworked businesswoman finds her life turned upside down after wishing she’d taken a different path in life.
Review: The wishing for the road not taken is a familiar story in Christmas movies, this one is slightly different though. It’s usually someone without a family wanting a family over career or the other way around. Here she has the family both ways. Of course, she chooses her old life, as they always do. The way the story unfolds is a little flat but Jackée brings energy to all her scenes.
Carol of the Bells (2019)
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: RJ Mitte, Donna Mills, and Donna Pescow
Synopsis: A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled.
Review: This is a truly beautiful story. They even snuck in a surprise towards the end that I didn’t see coming. The only part I didn’t like was the casting of RJ Mitte. He didn’t convey the depth of emotion the part required and it seemed to bring the whole movie down. It’s still worth watching. The actress playing Carol was excellent and brought so much emotion and meaning to the movie.
The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas (2012)
Genres: Animated, Fantasy, Musical
Starring: Martin Short
Synopsis: Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard, the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard.
Review: It is exactly as advertised. A Christmas movie with the magic of Seuss and the antics of the Cat In The Hat. It also includes facts about animals including how important it is to stick together. I believe children will love this movie. It isn’t one of those animated movies with little bits to amuse adults. This is geared just for children. Families may enjoy watching it together.
A Chance Of Snow (1998)
Starring: JoBeth Williams and Charles Durning
Synopsis: After signing her divorce papers, a woman heads out to the Minnesota airport with her sister and daughters for a flight to her mother's home. At the airport, her sportswriter husband shows up to catch a flight to Miami to visit his father. When a blizzard hits, the two suddenly find they have time to re-evaluate their relationship with assistance from an older couple.
Review: I found this movie to be tedious. I got halfway through and still didn’t care about the characters. I found it to be extremely slow and it had typical expected situations. It takes place on Christmas Eve and they mention Christmas but that’s about it.
Chandler Christmas Getaway (2018)
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family
Starring: Malinda Williams and Karon Riley
Synopsis: The Chandlers pack up and head to a cabin for maximum holiday fun. With old feuds, new feuds, and a heap of holiday stress, the Chandler family must pull together to make this the best Christmas ever.
Review: This next episode in the Chandler family series delivers the same joy, family issues, and Christmas spirit as all the rest. I recommend watching the series in order to truly get the feelings and messages.
Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (1982)
Genres: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Synopsis: The classic holiday tale tells of Scrooge, whose lust for money has destroyed his life, until ghosts of the season show him how to be a better man.
Review: It’s a full and proper telling of the story that’s not too scary for young children. The animation shows the age of the movie but it’s a good version to introduce your children to the story.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (2020)
Genres: Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Martin Prest
Synopsis: Playing over 20 characters, Martin Prest brings Charles Dickens's timeless story of redemption to life.
Review: I will say that Prest is an amazing actor. He transitions between characters seamlessly. The problem is I got tired of looking at one actor the whole time like one long monologue. Probably my least favorite version of this tale.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Religion
Starring: Bill Melendez
Synopsis: Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Review: Technically this would count as a special instead of a movie but it’s on so many Christmas movie lists I’m including it. I should say that I’m a huge Peanuts fan so that may impact my review. I love it! The gang is up to their usual antics and we have such classic moments as Linus giving his speech and the Charlie Brown tree.
Chateau Christmas (2020)
Genres: Family, Romance
Starring: Merritt Patterson and Luke MacFarlane
Synopsis: A pianist rediscovers her passion for music after reuniting with her ex during the holidays.
Review: The movie is lacking something. I love the actors and they were as charming as ever. I just felt like we picked up in the middle of a story and the beginning was missing. It’s still lovely and enjoyable to watch once.
Check Inn To Christmas (2019)
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Rachel Boston, Wes Brown, and Richard Karn
Synopsis: Julia Crowley and Ryan Mason must unite their families during Crestridge’s Centennial Christmas celebration to save their family inns from a chain resort.
Review: Brown and Boston are amazing in this movie and make it really wonderful. They manage every emotion from seriousness to humor and make it entertaining. The families may feud but they do it with respect. The town’s Christmas traditions are fun. I especially liked the snowball toss. This is a lovely movie about coming home again.
A Cheerful Christmas (2019)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Erica Deutschman and Chad Connell
Synopsis: Lauren and her best friend Colleen think they have landed their dream job-giving people the best and most magical Christmas ever as their personal ‘Christmas Coaches’. This holiday season promises to be their biggest ever when they land a royal client, the Anderson family, who has moved from England.
Review: I never thought I’d dislike a Hallmark movie so much. The character of Lauren was so overly perky and pushy it was grating. Even her ‘holiday cheer’ was over the top and seemed forced. The story wasn’t very original but better casting may have saved it. I found this very difficult to sit through.
Cherished Memories: A Gift To Remember 2 (2019)
Starring: Ali Liebert and Peter Porte
Synopsis: As Darcy and Aiden prepare to celebrate their second Christmas together, an unexpected guest and a fight to save the beloved community center unites everyone for an unforgettable holiday.
Review: This sequel is a wonderful follow up. It keeps the best of the first movie; like the book store and characters, but created a new enough story to make it interesting. The addition of Marcus was a fun touch. It’s a sweet story that’s light and easy to watch.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1987)
Starring: Ruth Jones
Synopsis: Based on the book by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas where he recollects his past Christmases.
Review: I found this movie reminiscent of A Christmas Story except unlike it, this one was hard to watch. I don’t know what part was worse; the accents, the gentleness of the narrator’s voice which beckons sleep, or the Welsh expressions I didn’t understand. It has a sweet enough story that many may enjoy. You may want to give it a try.
Chilly Christmas (2012)
Genres: Adventure, Family
Starring: Tom Arnold and C. Thomas Howell
Synopsis: Bobby and his dog Chilly protect their home from a dog thief.
Review: This is a fun movie for children. It has the same feel to it as Dennis the Menace. The children trying to teach the dog to be an indoor dog, using the toilet and all, is entertaining. The crime part is not scary for children. Arnold plays a funny criminal. I believe families will enjoy watching this together.
A Christian Carol (2016)
Genres: Drama, Religion
Starring: Joe Herrera and Brenda Roesel
Synopsis: A modern "Christmas Carol" from a Christian perspective, with a Dickensian twist.
Review: As with many religious movies, this is low budget with amateur actors. However, the story is good. Rather than showing Carol how her actions simply affected others, she is shown how they affected others and her relationship with God. I especially liked the music.