One of our favorite things to do during the holidays is curl up with a classic Christmas movie and discover new movies to add to the list of favorites. We watch a lot of movies around here so it’s only fitting that we partner with Fox Home Entertainment and Dreamworks Animation to share our favorite holiday classics and new faves with you!

This week we watched Merry Madagascar from Dreamworks Animation and felt inspired to spread joy through giving. It’s the perfect time of year to do that and now we’re making our lists and buying up gifts to give. Actually a lot of holiday movies have an inspiring message behind them just like the ones listed below!

Classic Holiday Movies:

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
It’s not Christmas until Rudolph’s nose glows so bright and guides Santa to our house! This stop-motion animated television special first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC and has been ushering millions of families into the holiday spirit ever since.

Frosty The Snowman
There have been several re-iterations of this classic over the years but the original is the one that warms my soul. The 1969 TV special was based on the popular song Frosty The Snowman originally recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. The special aired on CBS and has been a staple of the Christmas scene ever since.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
A few years later, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town gave kids a peek into Santa’s world and how he came to be Santa. It’s a strange story of orphans and warlocks and also uses the stop-motion animation. Ultimately it’s a story of redemption and finding your true self which even Santa can’t escape.

No need to wait until they come on TV again, all of these classics are available for purchase now on iTunes.

Modern Christmas Movies

Dragons Holiday: Gift of the Night Fury
Based on the hit film, How to Train Your Dragon, Gift of the Night Fury is a short film that was released on 2011. It explores winter in Berk and the celebration of Snoggletog and promises to delight your little dragon.

Kung Fu Panda Holiday
This adorable holiday movie came out in 2011 as a TV movie on NBC. It stars Jack Black as Po the Panda who gets put in charge of the Winter Feast but his father thinks his priorities are a little mixed up.

Merry Madagascar
Merry Madagascar stars all your favorite characters from the Madagascar films. This story takes place between the first and second film and originally aired on NBC in 2009. A case of mistaken identity leads to a wacky adventure for Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria.

Shrek the Halls
I have so much love for the Shrek films! And this holiday adventure adds even more depth to the franchise. Shrek the Halls was a half hour special that aired on ABC in 2007. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas reprised their roles from the feature films.

Penguins of Madagascar: Special Delivery
Penguins of Madagascar is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own adventure.

All of these titles are available now on Amazon.