Ideas for Family Movie Night

Even if the tree is not trimmed, the presents aren’t wrapped and the stockings have yet to be hung, it’s time to get down to what’s really important about the holiday season: spending time with family. What better way to kick back with loved ones than by watching a Christmas special or two. This time-honored tradition is practically a Christmas rite of passage. So, relax with your loved ones and enjoy a new Christmas classic this season: the 26-minute animated Christmas special Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas, or the Christmas classic An Elf's Story, which is 23 minutes long. To make the viewing extra special, try out some of the fun movie night ideas we’ve provided below. Happy watching, friends!

Airing Alert! The Christmas classic An Elf’s Story airs on Cartoon Network Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Christmas Eve, catch An Elf's Story followed immediately by the new animated special Elf Pets: Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas at 1 p.m. EST on TNT.

Ideas for Family Movie Night


Set the Scene

Ideas for Family Movie Night

Start by setting up the perfect place to watch your favorite movies and animated specials. Gather all of the sheets, blankets and cushions you can and use them to help your little ones build the perfect pillow fort! They’ll love to cuddle up and watch the film from their newly constructed hideaway.


Sing-along Time!

Sing along with your favorite song from Elf Pets Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas. Get printable lyric sheets and more info in our Karaoke Challenge blog!


Perfect Popcorn Treat

Ideas for Family Movie Night

Movies and popcorn just kind of go together, don't they? Put a fun twist on this movie-night staple by adding white chocolate and peppermint, per a favorite recipe of the Scout Elves. Full details at the link below.


Meet the Characters

Ideas for Family Movie Night

Meet the Characters who star in the animated specials An Elf’s Story and Santa’s St. Bernards Save Christmas by learning more about them in our Meet the Characters sections. Go there now: An Elf's Story Characters or Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas Characters.


An Elf’s Story Game

Ideas for Family Movie Night

As you watch An Elf’s Story, you can play this fun printable activity sheet that asks you to fill in clues from the animated special to reveal a secret message.


Make it Official

Ideas for Family Movie Night

Host your own official family movie night using the Festive Family Night kit, which features fun accessories like movie tickets, a watch-along chart, bingo and popcorn buckets to make your home watch party totally legit.