Holiday Films

For many families, watching holiday movies has become an annual tradition. Whether you’re snuggling on the couch for that once-a-year viewing or heading out to the cinema to catch the season’s newest family-friendly flick, Toronto has you covered. Here are some in- and out-of-house viewing options:

TIFF Bell Lightbox: Here we offer a break from Pixar-esque action and animation. But that doesn’t mean these visuals won’t blow you and the little ones away. Song of the Sea by Irish animator Tomm Moore is a beautiful adventure story about a seacoast boy and his little sister, a song-happy but silent seal-child, who finds a shell flute that unlocks a magical secret from their mother’s past. (Recommended age is 7 and up and notes that some scenes may be frightening to very young children.)

Mainstream: Released end of November, Dreamwork’s Penguins of Madagascar, a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, follows the four popular penguins in their own spy thriller. We have yet to see it, but Commonsense Media‘s review says get ready for lots of action and rates it for the 7-and-up audience. Here are the Toronto showtimes.

Rentals & Netflix: Need a reminder on the top kids’ Christmas movies? Our friends at Momstown pulled together this great list that may have you rummaging through the old VHS tapes. If you’re a Netflix-er, their offerings have potential for major holiday movie marathons.

TV: Most networks are pumping out non-stop holiday-themed shows and movies. Close to our hearts is CBC’s annual schedule. Take a screen break for some crafting and baking with these ideas from Kids’ CBC.

IMAX: Although not holiday-themed, the IMAX at the Ontario Science Centre has their full line-up over the holidays (and screenings on Christmas Day.)

Freebies: Some cinemas are offering free screenings. Bloor Cinema presents a bunch of classics and The Revue celebrates the season with the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Saturday at 4 pm. Almost free: participating Cineplex theatres has Saturday morning movies for $2.50. Here is December’s schedule.

What’s your go-to film guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit?

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