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8 family-friendly movies to watch this holiday season
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999) - photo by Rachel Fabbi
Strapped for cash this holiday season? Skip the movie theater and watch movies from home instead.

This is hardly a rare occurence nowdays. Six in ten adults rarely, if ever, go out to the movies anymore, according to Time. 2011 was actually the year that movie theaters sold the fewest number of tickets since 1995.

With the average cost of one movie ticket resting at an estimated $8.61, according to, and the average price of a large popcorn coming in at $8.15, according to Yahoo, going to a movie will cost a pretty penny if you plan on taking the whole family.

The only problem is picking which movie to watch. Thankfully, we have a list of some of the many family-friendly movie options out there for the holidays.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvins Thanksgiving Celebration

In this movie, Hollywood Life writes that the gang "engage in a series of adventures, one of which features Alvin inviting his relatives for Thanksgiving, just so they can watch him star in the community Thanksgiving play." Available on YouTube.

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

As Hollywood Life writes, this movie is "a collection of Winnie the Poohs memorable holiday adventures." It shows the entire cast of characters searching for the meaning of winter, cooking a Thanksgiving dinner, and meeting new friends. Available on YouTube.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

The movie shows Charlie and the gang celebrating Thanksgiving, according to IMDB. Available on YouTube.

The Polar Express

This movie is based on the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. It is about a young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole to learn more about himself, others and the nature of Christmas, according to IMDB. Available for rent or to buy on both Amazon and iTunes, and also on YouTube.

Miracle on 34th Street

Choose from the classic 1947 version, or the 1994 remake. IMDB writes, the movie is about an old man named Kris Kringle who fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The man eventually gets hired to be the Santa that appears at the store, telling people that he is the real Santa Claus. A little girl and a lawyer must then help the people to decide if he is who he says he is. Both versions are available for rent or to buy on both Amazon and iTunes.

Frosty the Snowman

Everyone knows the tale of Frosty the Snowman. In this classic movie, a magical snowman comes to life and leads school kids on an adventure around town as they do their best to escape a magician looking to retrieve his magic hat, according to IMDB. Available for rent or to buy on both Amazon and iTunes.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Like "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," is another Christmas movie must. IMDB writes, Rudolph is a bit of an outcast, but when Santa cant deliver toys as a result of a snowstorm, Rudolph steps in to save the day. Available on YouTube.

The Santa Clause

In this movie, a divorced dad accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit on Christmas Eve. He, with the help of his son, is then transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that he must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives, according to IMDB. Available on iTunes and Amazon for rent or to buy.
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