The festive season is a perfect time to cosy up and hunker down on the sofa, in bed, in a nook or snug corner of your home with your loved ones and watch a documentary, new film or classic movie this Winter. I’ve pulled together a few family favourites, some for young ones, some for older children and hopefully some are new-to-you, to see you through the coming weeks.
There are plenty of non-Christmas options, as not everyone will be celebrating this festival, and of course, even if you are well into a sweltering summer in the southern hemisphere, these can be bookmarked for later on or still enjoyed now, but probably with less hot chocolate and more iced frappes!
Cosy Movies to Watch this Winter
- The Snowman This classic animated adaptation of the book by Raymond Briggs is a must-watch – it is calm, detailed and emotional. It is on television every Christmas holiday here in the UK.
- Stick Man One of our modern favourites – Stick man is the heart-warming tale of a family loving father who gets separated from his loved ones and does his best to get back in time for Christmas. Spoiler – he gets a little bit of help from a jolly fellow on the way 🙂
- Home Alone This family classic will guarantee laughs from even the smallest of viewers!
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe I remember reading this as a young child and finding it awe-inspiring. Four children travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia with the help of a beautiful lion.
- Balto Balto is an energetic tale of a husky and his efforts to prevent a deadly epidemic. It is over 30 years old so has the classic animation style and is based on a true story of a dog who helped save poorly children in Rome, 1925.
- Happy feet This cute story of a penguin who cannot sing, but dances his little feet off is super cheerful and will leave everyone with a warm fuzzy feeling in their tummy!
- Antarctica Filmed over 15 years this incredible insight into life at the bottom of the planet is fascinating.
- Fantastic Mr Fox One of my favourites since I was little, we love it on audiobook, hard back and on screen. This Wes Anderson animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic is incredible.
- Mr Popper’s Penguins This riotous Jim Carrey flick is perfect for a post roast movie with the grandparents!
- Mary and the Witch’s Flower This Studio Ponoc creation takes you into the fantastical world of a girl called Mary and her magic powers found from a special flower which blooms only once every 7 years. Better for children 7 years and up who are familiar with fantasy.
- Little Women A lovely film for older children – this latest make of Louisa May Alcott’s novel is tender and sweet, centring on a family of sisters.
- The March of the Penguins This stunning feature length documentary follows the annual journey of the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica, and won an Oscar in 2006 for best documentary feature.
Which ones are your favourites and do you have any other gems to share with us? We have some other family favourites over here, and here. Comment below!
Love and light,