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12 Best New Family Movies for the Holiday Season

The best new movies for the holiday season on Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and in theaters! The whole family will love these new Christmas films!
12 Best New Family Movies for the Holiday Season
Updated: March 29, 2023

Holiday movie season is here, and there is something for everyone in the family to choose from. You can head out to the theater, or use streaming services to enjoy films from the comfort of your couch. While you can't go wrong seeking holiday cheer with family-friendly classic Christmas movies around Christmastime — there are many new movies to enjoy this month.

Whether you want to watch a Disney movie, catch a feel-good flick on Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Netflix, or Hulu, or watch something with a bit more action, our list of the best Christmas movies and non-traditional holiday films coming out this year can help make you get in the Christmas spirit during the 2022 holiday season. 

Related: The 5 Worst Christmas Movies of All Time 

So put up the Christmas tree and get cozy — it’s movie night for the entire family!

Falling for Christmas 


Rating: Not available

Release date: Nov. 10

Runtime: 1h 33m

Starring Lindsey Lohan, this Netflix original rom-com tells the story of a recently-engaged heiress who experiences amnesia after a skiing accident and wakes up in the care of a local lodge owner and his sister. 

Antics ensue surrounded by a backdrop of a white Christmas, making it a great choice to watch on Christmas Eve.


Rating: PG

Release date: Nov. 24

Runtime: 2 hours

This Disney+ musical fantasy is the sequel to Enchanted. Taking place 15 years later, star Giselle (Amy Adams) is moving to a suburb with her family and searching for a happily ever after in this fairy tale.

Campfire Christmas 

Campfire Christmas

Rating: G

Release date: Oct. 27

Runtime: 1h 24m

This Hallmark Channel movie has all of the classic holiday film tropes. Protagonist Peyton’s hosts a reunion with her close friends at her family’s small town summer camp, which they are planning to sell.

Guillermo Del Tor's Pinocchio 

 Rating: PG-13

Release date: Dec. 9

Runtime: 1h 54m

The Adventures of Pinocchio have a darker vibe in this stop-motion musical comedy/drama adaptation. This Netflix movie can work for some families, but there are some scary scenes and inappropriate language that may make it better suited for older children and teens.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish 

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Rating: PG

Release date: Dec. 21

Runtime: 1h 40m

Known for some of the best family movies, Dreamworks Shrek franchise’s latest in the Puss In Boots series debuts this holiday season. Puss goes on an epic adventure to get back his nine lives.



Rating: Not rated

Release date: Dec. 1

Runtime: 1h 36m

In this empowering animated film, a young Incan woman works to get into a group of Chasqui Inca messengers that only allow men.

Merry Christmas Officer Hansel 

Merry Christmas Officer Hansel

Rating: G

Release date: Nov. 4

Runtime: 1:31

An aspiring K-9 officer underdog proves himself by investigating missing holiday packages missing on at Christmastime in this puppy production.

Mickey: The Story of a Mouse 

Rating: G

Release date: Nov. 18, 2022

Runtime: 1h 29m

Among the best movies anticipated for this holiday season is the Mickey biopic. This Disney+ documentary is a must-watch for Disney fans of all ages.




Rating: PG-13

Release date: Nov. 11

Runtime: 2h 7m

A modern retelling of the Dickens’ Scrooge story, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and Octavia Spencer star in Spirited.

The Santa Clauses (Series) 

Rating: PG

Release date: Nov. 16

Runtime: 6 episodes

The Tim Allen classic Christmas comedy films become a Disney+ miniseries this holiday season when Scott Calvin is getting too old to continue his holiday duties as Santa, so he begins the search for his replacement while getting ready for retirement.

Roald Dahl's Matlida The Musical 


Rating: PG

Release date: Dec. 9

Runtime: 1h 57m

This Netflix film is a musical, live-action adaptation of the beloved story of a young girl who uses newfound telekinesis to defend herself from her cruel parents and a bullying principal.

Wakanda Forever

Wakanda Forever

Rating: PG-13

Release date: Nov. 11

Runtime: 2h 41m

The Black Panther sequel follows King T’Challa’s death, with Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje taking over in the fight to keep their nation safe.

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