These classics from the ’60s, ’90s, and today’s new releases are sure to please everyone in your family!
And when it comes to family-friendly Christmas movies, they’re often cartoons. When you want to experience those feelings again, either with your own families or on your own, here are the best animated Christmas movies releasing in 2022, listed in order of release from newest to oldest.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive movie or two, preferably snuggled up on the couch with family or friends. From the stop-motion classics by Rankin and Bass, to more recent additions like animated Christmas movies on Netflix, there’s plenty to choose from. Most of them are funny comedies, but there are also some heartwarming moments. So take your pick from the list below, gather the family around and get ready to make some new memories.
Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Christmas time is coming and so is another adaptation of A Christmas Carol courtesy of Netflix. This big holiday movie will be a musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic with songs written by Leslie Bricusse, the mastermind behind classics such as “Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination” from ***** Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It’ll be on Netflix on December 2 – so get ready to cozy up with some hot cocoa and enjoy!
Robin Robin (2022)
This half-hour special is full of hygge, especially when you look at the flocked, felted feel of the stop-motion animals. It’s about a bird who was raised by mice and wishes to become a mouse. It even got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short. This film is the perfect example of how something so simple can be so incredibly charming and full of heart.
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2022)
Shaun the Sheep fans are in for a treat with this 30-minute special. Shaun goes on a hunt for a bigger stocking, but ends up with a huge adventure — especially when little Timmy sheep gets mistaken for a pet.
LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (2022)
LEGO’s Star Wars-themed holiday special is overflowing with the company’s signature humor. The story follows Rey, Finn and Poe as they attempt to get a Life Day situation under control. Rey gets sidetracked by an adventure, but Finn and Poe are more interested in the delicious tip-yip.
This holiday special from LEGO is a hilarious Star Wars-themed skit that follows Rey, Finn, and Poe as they try to organize a Life Day celebration. Rey gets sidetracked by an adventure, but Finn and Poe are more interested in the delicious tip-yip!
A Trash Truck Christmas (2022)
This one’s for all the kids obsessed with trucks, cars and other vehicles. In this Christmas short, Santa Claus makes a crash landing in the junkyard on Christmas Eve, and it’s up to Trash Truck to save the holidays. When Santa Claus crash lands in the junkyard on Christmas Eve, it’s up to Trash Truck to save the holidays. In this fun and festive Christmas short, your little ones will love watching as Trash Truck comes to the rescue and helps Santa get back on track!
The Christmas movie was so charming that it was nominated for an Academy Award for the best animated feature! (Although it lost to Toy Story 4.) The movie is about a reclusive toy maker who befriends a new postal worker.
Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas (2022)
Lucky and her friends might not be able to make it home for Christmas due to an unpredicted snowstorm, but it’s the season of miracles after all. With that being said, will Lucky be able to rise to the occasion?
A surprise snowstorm might mean Lucky and friends won’t be able to make it home for Christmas, but it’s the season of miracles after all. Surely Lucky lives up to her name?
How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (2022)
In the world of Vikings, Christmas is known as “Snoggletog” but the lessons learned during this time are just as heartwarming. If that’s enough dragony holiday goodness for you, there’s also Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday on Netflix.
Christmas is “Snoggletog” in the world of Vikings, but the lessons learned are just as heartwarming. If that’s enough dragony holiday goodness for them, there’s also Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday on Netflix.