There’s so much to do on Thanksgiving! There’s cooking, hosting family and friends and of course making time to watch holiday-themed shows and movies. You know this is the most important part of the holiday!
We’re just kidding, of course, but that doesn’t mean movies aren’t an important part of the day. After all, Thanksgiving is about spending time together. For many families, that means curling up on the couch and enjoying a movie.
There is a lot to think about on Thanksgiving Day. So we’ve got you covered and compiled some of the best Thanksgiving movies that kids of all ages can enjoy!
The 5 Best Thanksgiving Movies for Kids to Watch
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
You know this holiday movie would be on our list and it’s definitely at the top! A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is rated G and available to stream on Apple TV+.
This film, and actually the whole thing Charlie Brown Franchise isn’t just great for kids. But for parents who want to spend some quality time with the little ones, this is a great option as it gives you your own nostalgic feel.
When Peppermint Patty invites himself and everyone else over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, our favorite character is faced with a dilemma since he doesn’t know how to cook. But no worry! Snoopy, Linus and Woodstock step in to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
This might not be a traditional choice, however Ratatouille After all, it’s all about cooking! The film is available to stream on Disney+ and has a G rating.
Since little rat Remy dreams of becoming a great chef, he takes those big dreams to Paris and finds help there. Garbage boy Linguini brings the would-be cook into the kitchen because he has to hide because, according to the synopsis, cooking is a “rodent-phobic profession”. Remy will get a chance to prove his skills to a food critic, but will what he’s cooked be good enough?
There’s nothing like Disney movies to bring the whole family together. And this one is so adorable and funny, which is why it’s such a great choice for the holidays. And maybe if you wear it before your Thanksgiving dinner, it might make you hungry enough for it!
Home alone (1990)
Another non-traditional choice, but listen to us! Home alone will be streamed on Disney+ and is aimed at a slightly older children’s audience. The film is rated PG.
Since the film is set during Christmas, December is considered a staple of the holiday season. but, for many of us, as soon as November 1st hits, it’s officially Christmas time. And while everyone is gathered, this is the perfect choice for all ages to please their eyes.
The production begins with 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is not so nice before a family trip to Paris. As a result, his mother lets him sleep in the attic, but this causes the family to accidentally forget about Kevin and go to the airport without him. When he wakes up, he finds himself in front of an empty house. Excited at first to be home alone, that changes when two scammers arrive to rob his home. And it’s up to him to protect it.
free birds (2013)
Okay, back to a more traditional Thanksgiving movie. You can’t go wrong free birdsPG rated and streamed on Starz.
The animated film introduces us to Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who go on a historic mission. The two travel back to 1621, just before the very first Thanksgiving takes place. The two are recruited to prevent everyone from becoming dinner turkeys. But colonist Myles Standish stands in their way because he and the pilgrims need something to feast on.
This one is great because it’s a unique concept where the turkeys are trying to save themselves. And Reggie and Jake make a hilarious duo since the two don’t like each other. But they must work together!
Values of the Addams Family (1993)
Last, but not least, is Values of the Addams Family! The film is available to stream on Netflix or Paramount+ and is rated PG-13.
This one really is worth its weight in gold if you have older kids and want to enjoy a 90’s movie yourself. The supernatural black comedy is a great addition to your watch list, especially with the new Netflix series. Wednesday, stream now! And since Thanksgiving is all about family and appreciating what we have, this production teaches that lesson perfectly.
Values of the Addams Family is a sequel to the opening film. We are introduced to a new family member, the little boy Puberty. Although the arrival of a new sibling doesn’t make Wednesday and Pugsley too happy. This leads them to try to get rid of their little brother. When nanny Debbie Jelinsky tries to keep her in line, her presence leads to “an unexpected treacherous turn,” according to the synopsis. Also, the siblings are sent to Camp Chippewa, where they take part in a Thanksgiving Day drama.
What movie are you watching this Thanksgiving? Do you have a favorite? Whatever you choose, it is a guarantee that you will enjoy it on this holiday!