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Five for Families: Countdown to Christmas with these holiday favorites

Posted December 19, 2016

Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) in "Arthur Christmas," an animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. (Deseret Photo)

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by Ok.com. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Holiday high jinks abound as a young boy thwarts burglars, an overgrown elf visits the Big Apple and reindeer guide a new Santa on Christmas Eve. Countdown to Christmas with these seasonal favorites that feature plenty of holiday cheer to last through the year. Here are five films for families to consider.

iTunes: "Arthur Christmas"

In "Arthur Christmas," an operational glitch at the North Pole leaves one girl without a Christmas present. Santa's son Arthur and St. Nick's father embark on an urgent mission to deliver the gift and restore faith in Santa. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove “Family-Approved” seal for all ages, and notes the movie “makes the point that Christmas is a season about giving and it does so in style!” Common Sense Media calls the "heartwarming animated holiday adventure" a "fine pick for the entire family" with lessons "of the holiday spirit, family unity and being generous." The movie was nominated for a Golden Globe. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: "Elf"

Buddy the elf is actually a human raised by elves. But when he overhears the elves discussing his origin, Buddy leaves the North Pole to find his father. At its core, the movie stresses positive lessons about the importance of family, especially between father and son. Plugged In notes that Buddy is "innocent, caring, compassionate, loving and optimistic," but a bit naive, which leads to numerous obstacles. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

iTunes: "Home Alone 2"

A boy alone in New York City uses ingenuity to stop some bandits from robbing an elderly man's toy store. The slapstick violence is similar to the first movie, but Common Sense Media notes that the early family scenes in the sequel "are some of the movie's funniest moments," and the film "manages to be funny, if predictable, and occasionally borders on heart-warming." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: "The Polar Express"

A doubting boy takes a magical train ride to the North Pole, faces many adventures and learns that the magic of Christmas never fades for those who believe. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove “Family-Approved” seal for all ages, calling it a movie that all "can come away from feeling genuinely good; and will likely stay happy and uplifted for the rest of the day.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Netflix: "The Santa Clause"

After Santa falls from the roof, Scott Calvin must take on the job, which includes a transformation into St. Nick. MovieGuide.org says the movie is “fun, lightweight fare.” The website also notes the relationship between a divorced dad and his son and calls the movie a “truly delightful adventure fantasy" that is "definitely an uplifting experience.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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