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The Best Holiday Movies for You and Your Dog!

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Dogs are truly man's best friend, and there's no better feeling than snuggling up with your furry friend to watch a feel-good holiday movie. But with so many holiday movies out there, it can be tough to decide which ones are worth your time—and which ones are suitable for a family audience (i.e., no naughty language or scenes that might be too intense for your four-legged friend). That's why we have put together a list of the best holiday movies for you and your dog to enjoy together!

The Classics

It's A Wonderful Life (1946) –

This heartwarming iconic holiday movie is a must-watch during the holidays and is perfect for snuggling up with your furry friend and box of tissues. You'll want to revisit this one year after year for quality and bonding with your pup while enjoying this classic holiday film reminding us of all about forgiveness!

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) –

A classic story of Kris Kringle, a man who starts working at Macy's department store and claims to be Santa Claus. While some people believe him, others think he's simply crazy. But when it looks like Kris might lose his job, a young girl named Susan steps in to defend him. This movie is the perfect blend of heartwarming and humorous content making it an excellent choice for watching with your four-legged friend. Plus, what dog doesn't love seeing all those presents under the tree?

White Christmas (1954) –

What would a holiday movie list be without at least one musical? This classic features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen in a delightful tale of snow, romance...and more snow! You and your pup will be tapping your toes along with some of the most iconic songs of the season and you will be sure to experience the Holiday Magic this year!

Lady and the Tramp (1955) –

Not traditionally known as a Christmas movie, this classic is visited during the holiday season as it begins with Christmas and ends with new traditions for their pups at Christmas every year. A fun filled, love story sings a long or howl a long for everyone to enjoy!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) –

This stop-motion animation classic follows Rudolph, a young reindeer who is made fun of because of his shiny red nose. When Santa asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh one winter night, Rudolph finally has a chance to prove himself. This is a feel-good story that will have you cheering for Rudolph all the way through. And your dog will love all of the adorable reindeer on screen!

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) –

This timeless animated classic is a must-watch for anyone who loves the Peanuts gang. In the movie, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. It's a heartwarming story that will have you and your dog feeling all the holiday joy! Perfect for both kids and adults and is sure to get you and your pup in the holiday spirit! Plus, who doesn't love Snoopy?

A Christmas Story (1983) –

This hilarious comedy follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker as he schemes to get his hands on a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. While the film does feature some mild language, it's nothing that should bother your dog—and you'll both be laughing too hard to notice anyway!

The Comedy’s

Home Alone (1990) –

This classic action-filled comedy is about a boy who accidentally gets left home alone when his family goes on vacation for Christmas and is sure to get you both laughing. With loads of laughs and adventure who doesn't love seeing a cute dog on screen, especially when he's being tinsel wrapped by Kevin.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) –

This Halloween Christmas combo is a must watch beginning as soon as October 1 all the way through the Christmas holiday. Tim Burton’s simply genius storyline will have you and your dog entertained throughout the holiday seasons. Staring the ghost dog Zero that ends up guiding his loyal owner, Jack through the sky with his glowing pumpkin nose!

An All-Dogs Christmas Carol (1998) –

A pup-ified version of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol. Perfect for a fun filled evening with your pup told from a floof’s perspective. Surely a tail wagging favorite!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)–

This Dr. Seuss classic follows the grumpy Grinch as he tries to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville. But as he interacts with the residents of Whoville, he begins to realize that maybe Christmas isn't so bad after all. This is a fun movie for kids and adults alike, and it's sure to get you and your dog in the holiday spirit.

Elf (2003) –

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised at the North Pole who sets off for New York City in search of his father (played by James Caan). Hilarity ensues, and you're sure to find yourself laughing along with your furry friend. Just be warned that the scene where Buddy eats too much gum might make your dog uneasy!

The Polar Express (2004) –

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching a movie about Santa Claus and his magical train ride? Your pup is sure to love all of the sights and sounds in this feel-good film.

The 12 Dogs of Christmas (2005) -

Can Santa carry 12 puppies on his sleigh? Check out this must watch dose of cuteness with 101 dogs! A loving young girl sets her heart’s intention on finding homes for dogs despite the city’s ban on dogs! Watch as she melts the hearts of the court to reverse their court order!

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws (2009) –

“The Buddies,” 5 fast talking super cute golden retriever puppies with a mission to help Santa Paws’ son, Puppy Paws, discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Plenty of woofing, laughter, adventure for you and your pup to stay completely engaged!

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) –

This fun-loving classic is simply a must see every year! This oversized, drooling, messy, floof of a hero is sure to captivate your heart as he takes out on a journey to find Santa’s bag of Presents. Plenty of laughter and beautiful scenery throughout the movie. Have some snacks ready for this date night!

A Doggone Christmas (2016) –

For those who prefer a new twist on doggie Christmas stories, this one is for you! A telepathic dog escapes from the CIA and becomes rescued by two brothers who fight to keep him safe from the governments recapturing him. A high-energy adventure taking place during the Christmas Holiday will sure bring a giggle to your face!

Project: Puppies for Christmas (2019) –

A newer film that teaches the goodness of helping others, is centered around two young girls and their ill spirited, grumpy neighbor. Goal? Puppies for Christmas, despite people who don’t agree with all that cuteness!

From classics like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to modern comedies like "Elf," there's something for everyone on this list of the best holiday movies for you and your dog! So grab some popcorn for yourself and get and a Health Extension Natural Elk Antler , Cheek Chews, for your furry friend, snuggle up and enjoy one (or all!) of these festive films this holiday season.

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