Looking for movies you can watch and enjoy in French this Holiday season? Find your favorite Christmas below.

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I’m a huge proponent of learning languages in a way that is fun and interesting to you personally. And there’s no reason that should change this Holiday season. Let’s be honest, the holiday season can be busy and chaotic sometimes, and perhaps may even leave you feeling like you’re falling behind and have so much to do before the big day arrives.

Chances are your language learning studies may get put on the backburner for a while too as you divert your attention and focus to other endeavors for a time. And that’s totally ok if that’s what you need to do. However, another alternative would be to watch some of your favorite Christmas movies in French.

Who knows, maybe you already have them in your collection. Whether you do or not, let’s look at a list of enjoyable French movies – whether they were produced in France or are English movies with a French language track.

P.S. Want to learn what a French Christmas is really like?

Young Child Approved French Christmas Movies

Your favorite classic Disney characters tell anew and retell 3 heart-warming Christmas tails. Perfect for a family movie night to bring in holiday cheer for even the youngest. Complete with merry Christmas songs and the true magic of Christmas. Personally, my kids love Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas.

Retelling the classic Dicken’s Christmas Carol, this version with Mickie, Donald, Goofy and all their friends makes the story far more enjoyable for young children. Mickey’s Christmas Carol is a fun holiday tradition.

If you want something a little less fluffy than the classic Disney character version, The Muppet Christmas Carol is our go-to holiday tradition with our young children.  This version has a lot of unique and fun songs and isn’t quite as fluffy as the other version (although it is also from Disney).

The classic tale by Dr. Seuss also has a French-language track you and your children can enjoy along with the story of the Who-ville villian. Perhaps Christmas means a little bit more in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Children’s Christmas Movies Made in France

Films Produced in France

All the above movies are films that will work in the DVD or BLUE-RAY player you already have. These next two selections are French films and they WILL NOT WORK in your regular DVD player.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these DVDs, please check the DVD format as well as the formatting of your DVD player. Generally speaking, international films cannot be played with a US standard DVD player. You’ll need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. Please note that the largest complaint with these players is that they sometimes struggle with Netflix DVDs and some US-only DVDs. This is not a Blue-Ray player.

The following films are French films that will include natural idioms and expressions as part of the common language.

L’apprenti Père Noël (Santa’s Apprentice- 2010) is a heartwarming tale of what Santa does when he has to retire and how he trains a new apprentice to become the confident and courageous person he needs to be to bring light and joy to children all over the world.

L’apprenti Père Noël et le flocon magique  (Santa’s Apprentice: The Magic Snowflake – 2013). This sequel to the original film follows the adventures of Santa’s Apprentice as the new apprentice faces threats caused by forgetting who he is. Can Santa save the day?

Fun for the Whole Family

The classic tale of Miracle on 34th Street is a truly magical tale of Cris Cringle living and working in New York City. Is he really Santa or is he a crazy old man? This wonderful tale dives deep into what it would be like to live among Santa Clause. Please note that only the remake (with Mara Wilson) has been known to have a French-language track.

This 1946 classic film was voted the #1 most inspiring film of all time and has a message that no one is a failure who has friends (or family). If you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life yet, this is one of those oldie but goodie films to see.

If we’re getting too deep and sentimental for you, here’s a family favorite with a good message but without all the fluff. Prancer is a 1989 film about a young girl who worries about the health of a wounded Reindeer she finds and identifies as one of Santa’s sled team. It’s far more realistic and less magical than some of the others we’ve been sharing as it delves into the rocky relationship between the girl and her dad who is struggling just to keep food on the table.

The entire Home Alone Collection has a French language track so you can laugh along as you watch two burglars attempt to break in while Kevin is home alone. Fun fact, the French edition title of this film is: “Maman, j’ai raté l’avion.”  The title of the second film is: “Maman, j’ai encore raté l’avion et je suis perdu dans New York.” Seriously, how can this kid miss his plane so frequently?

This magical comedy features Tim Allen as he comes to realize that Santa Clause is real. Not only that, but now he IS the new Santa. Follow along as Scott Calvin experiences the mindset and physical changes required to be prepared for his new role. The Santa Clause as well as it’s (not corny) sequels The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 all have French language tracks to keep you enjoying your learning through the holidays. (Just NOT the 3-movie collection version).

Unfortunately, no French films qualified as good family films that you can also watch from the US. Either the links are restricted for the region or the films are not sold here. Sorry!

Romance/Comedy

A holiday comedy about one father who wants only one thing for Christmas: that his family get along. Almost Christmas is a hilarious tale of a would be Christmas miracle. Can this family spend 5 days together without losing their minds?

If you like sweet or romantic Christmas movies, both French-native Marie from Just French It recommends The Holiday and French-native Camille from French Today recommends Love Actually. Both are romantic comedies with a sweet and loving ending. Furthermore, both movies have a French language track for listening. 🙂 (For the record, The Holiday is PG-13 and Love Actually is R. I personally have seen neither of these, but I’ve met a lot of French natives who really enjoy them, so I thought I would share.)

All the above movies are films that will work in the DVD or BLUE-RAY player you already have. These next two selections are French films and they WILL NOT WORK in your regular DVD player. You'll need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada.

The comedy Les Rois Mages follows the story of the 3 Wise Men who made a mistake when searching for the baby Jesus but made a mistake and ended up in the 21st century. Made by the famous French Comedy trio "Les Inconnus" who are a huge part of French culture. Most French people can quote a few lines from a movie made by "Les Inconnus" so this is a great cultural movie to watch - although, it does help to understand enough French to get the jokes.

Other Movies For Adults

 

All the above movies are films that will work in the DVD or BLUE-RAY player you already have. These next two selections are French films and they WILL NOT WORK in your regular DVD player. You'll need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada.

This one is actually one of my top picks for the holiday. Joyeux Noel is based on the true story in World War I when German, French, and Swiss armies had an impromptu cease-fire for Christmas Eve. Sharing all those things that connect humanity together despite our differences.

8 Femmes (8 Women) is a murder mystery that occurs during the holidays. Each one has motive, each one is a suspect. Who murdered the wealthy industrious husband? This film is rated R by American standards and is a sensual comedy-mystery.

This should give you a good start! Remember to always check the movies you want to watch to see if they have a French language track.

Watching even 10 minutes (when done regularly) will give you a great basis for learning the language. The great thing about French is that many movies in your collection will have a French-language track. So keep a head up.

Happy Holidays

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