The 10 Best Holiday Movies to Watch With Your Pet This Year

By: Kristen ArendtUpdated:

The 10 Best Holiday Movies to Watch With Your Pet This Year

During the holidays, nothing beats cozying up with a mug of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, a pet on your lap and a classic Christmas movie on the television. Watching holiday films with your pet is a cozy way to enjoy the holidays together. So, what’s the best festive film for you? From Netflix to Disney to Hulu and beyond, these picks are practically guaranteed to add a little extra jingle to your holiday season. This Christmas Eve, grab the popcorn and your favorite PJs, and snuggle up on the couch for one of these holiday favorites.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

A remake of the Dr. Seuss original starring Jim Carrey, this film follows the Grinch's quest to steal Christmas from Whoville—with unexpectedly heartwarming results. With its whimsical visuals and Carrey's wacky physical comedy, it's perfect for pets and pet parents alike. The furry companions will love the Grinch's mischievous antics, and what dog lover can resist Max, the Grinch’s reluctant companion?
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“A Christmas Story” (1983)

Photo still of Ralphie sitting on Santa's lap in "A Christmas Story"
This Christmastime classic, narrated by Jean Shepherd, revolves around young Ralphie's quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. Its nostalgic charm and family-friendly humor make it ideal for a cozy movie night with your pet curled up by your side.

Pet Parents’ Favorite Holiday Movies

We polled pet parents on Instagram to find out their top picks for holiday films to watch with their furry friends—and you didn’t disappoint. Your favorite films are:

  1. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
  2. "Home Alone"
  3. "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
  4. “A Christmas Story”
  5. “Elf”

“National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” (1989)

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Starring Chevy Chase, this uproarious comedy showcases Clark Griswold and his chaotic family's attempts at a perfect Christmas. The slapstick humor and lovable chaos are sure to keep you and your pet in stitches.

“Home Alone” (1990)

Macaulay Culkin stars in this iconic film about Kevin, a boy accidentally left behind while his family goes on vacation. The slapstick pranks and heartwarming message make it a great pick for families with pets who love a good laugh. “Schitt’s Creek” fans won’t want to miss a young Catherine O’Hara starring as Kevin’s mom. Need more? Stream the sequel, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” an equally hilarious film.

“Elf” (2003)

Will Ferrell shines as Buddy, a human raised by elves, who embarks on a quest to find his true identity in New York City. This feel-good film is packed with holiday cheer, perfect for pet parents seeking a warm and fuzzy experience.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)

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Talk about a Christmas classic! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang in this beloved animated special that has entertained generations. Its timeless message about the true meaning of Christmas, Vince Guaraldi's memorable score and, of course, the unforgettable Snoopy make it a must-watch with your furry friend.
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“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Tim Burton's imaginative stop-motion musical follows Jack Skellington's discovery of Christmastown. Its unique blend of Halloween and Christmas elements is visually captivating and sure to keep your eyes glued to the screen. Prepare to be charmed by Zero, Jack’s adorable ghost of a dog.

“The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992)

This delightful adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic features the lovable Muppets, with Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the crew sing catchy songs that’ll entertain both you and your pet.

“The Holiday” (2006)

Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star in this heartwarming romantic comedy about two women who swap homes for the holidays. The picturesque settings and heartwarming love stories make it a cozy watch—and just might inspire you to book a holiday for you and your pet!

“It's a Wonderful Life” (1946)


Jimmy Stewart leads this vintage-yet-timeless tale of George Bailey, a man shown the impact of his life by a guardian angel. You may already know this classic story by heart, but playing it in the background while you wrap presents or bake DIY holiday treats is a perfect way to set the mood.

Honorable Mentions

These holiday films are just the beginning. From timeless classics to recent faves, add these films to your holiday watchlist, too.

  • “White Christmas” (1954): Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star in this musical about two entertainers who team up to save a failing inn.
  • “Love Actually” (2003): This ensemble rom-com featuring an all-star cast including Keira Knightley and Hugh Grant weaves multiple love stories during the holiday season.
  • “Die Hard” (1988): Some might disagree that it’s a Christmas movie, but this action-packed thriller starring Bruce Willis is set against a holiday backdrop.
  • “The Polar Express” (2004): This animated adventure, voiced by Tom Hanks, follows a young boy's magical journey to the North Pole on a mysterious train.
  • “The Santa Clause” (1994): Tim Allen becomes Santa Claus in this humorous take on the holiday legend.
  • ‘Bad Santa” (2003): Billy Bob Thornton stars as a raunchy version of Santa in this dark comedy.
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964): This beloved stop-motion classic follows Rudolph's journey to find acceptance.
  • “The Princess Switch” (2018): Vanessa Hudgens stars in this charming romantic comedy about a duchess and a baker who switch lives for the holidays.
  • “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940): James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan star in this romantic comedy about two employees who unknowingly correspond through letters as Christmas approaches. Think of it as the original “You’ve Got Mail.”
  • “Gremlins” (1984): In this dark comedy horror set during the holiday season, a young man receives a strange creature as a pet, leading to chaos when the creature multiplies.
Looking for more ways to share the holiday spirit with your pet? From visiting festive holiday lights to decorating your tree, we’re covering everything you need for the season.


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