10 Animal Christmas Movies To Watch To Get Into The Holiday Spirit

It is the most wonderful time of the year and one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit is to watch a classic Christmas movie (or ten).

Can you think of a better way to spend your evening than cuddled up on the coach with your beloved pet watching heartwarming movies? I didn’t think so.

There is no need to search through the long list of Christmas movies because we have compiled the 10 best animal Christmas movies here.

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So grab a cozy blanket, a tasty treat (one for your pet, too) and experience the wonder of Christmas on-screen.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic movie has a character that everyone in the family can relate to.

Did you know that the dog named Max in the 2000 version featuring Jim Carrey as The Grinch was played by six different shelter dogs? If you are like the Grinch and not into the cheer and joy of the holiday season, you may change your mind when you hear that all of the dogs were adopted into loving homes.

That is something that will make even the biggest grouch smile.

Check out the movie trailer below.

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

The beloved St. Bernard returns in an action-packed film where he must save Christmas. The giant pup speaks for the first time, with Tom Arnold as the voice of Beethoven, as he rescues an elf and fetches Santa’s toy bag. “It’s a barking good time for the whole family!”

Watch a preview below.

The Nine Lives of Christmas

This Hallmark Channel movie features a firefighter who finds a stray cat and decides to keep it. The adorable feline even helps her new dad find love. This is a must-see for all cat lovers.

There is even a sequel “The Nine Kittens of Christmas”.

Learn more about it below.

An All Dogs Christmas Carol

The classic story is told, possible in the best way, by an animated cast of dogs. That’s right, all of the characters are played by dogs.

Check out the movie trailer below.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A twist on the typical Christmas movie. It is about a world filled with “magic” and “wonder”. The mash-up of Christmas and Halloween is sure to delight viewers. Tim Burton’s animated film will keep you entertained with unique characters like the ghost pup Zero.

Intrigued? Watch a preview below.

A Dog Named Christmas

Another Hallmark holiday movie that will bring you to tears. A shelter dog named Christmas is taken in as a foster over the holidays but forms a close bond with the developmentally challenged son. Spoiler alert: He finds his forever home with the family.

See more in the preview below.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

Watching this iconic cartoon is a holiday tradition in many households. The beloved Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and friends discover the real meaning of Christmas.

Check it out below.

Santa and the Three Bears

This 1970’s vintage cartoon is guaranteed to warm your heart. It features two adorable bear cubs and their mother who learn about Santa and delay going into hibernation to meet the jolly fella.

Watch the full animated classic below.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

This classic movie is one for the whole family. The animated film was first created in 1948 based on a poem by Robert L. May. It is about a misfit reindeer with a bright red nose who saves Christmas.

“Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all…” Yes, now that song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Happy Holidays 🙂

Check out the original cartoon below.

12 Dog Days Till Christmas

A troubled teen helps out at an animal shelter as part of his community service and ends up helping the staff find homes for all the “un-adoptable” dogs. He finds love in more than one way and helps save Christmas for all the homeless dogs.

See the movie trailer below.

If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider adopting or fostering a pet from your local shelter. You will be saving a life and will always have a cuddle buddy for movie night.

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