While I’m a sucker for the best family Thanksgiving movies, I never completely understood the Peanuts® specials. Charlie Brown just could never get a break. Snoopy, on the other hand, was so cool, to this day I love beagles just because of the canine Red Baron.

Not always understanding Charles M. Schulz’ classics never stopped me from watching them when I was a kid, or even when my kids were kids. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” was definitely one of my go-to specials, so it tops the chart on my list of best family Thanksgiving movies. So grab some popcorn, gather ‘round the ole’ tube, and enjoy some holiday classics!

Other than watching movies, here are 4 Thanksgiving Day activities for the whole family!

10 Best Family Thanksgiving Movies For A Cozy Holiday

These movies top the chart on my list of best family Thanksgiving movies. Grab some popcorn, gather ‘round the ole’ tube, and enjoy some holiday classics!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Charlie’s in trouble when everyone shows up at his house for a meal. Fortunately, Snoopy and Woodstock come to the rescue.

Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration

Poor Alvin: How ever will he handle his disappointment in not getting the part he wanted in the Thanksgiving play? This brief story, and three others, will get everyone into the Thanksgiving spirit, or at least have you practicing your chipmunk voice.

Garfield Holiday Celebrations

Part of a trilogy that also includes a Halloween and Christmas story, “Garfield’s Thanksgiving” provides lots of sass from Garfield the cat, who comes to the rescue once again.

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A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving

Everybody pitches in food for the big dinner in the Hundred Acre Wood until Rabbit insists they have to have the traditional fare. Oh bother!

Free Birds

What’s great about some of these newer animated stories is there’s enough adult humor to keep Mom and Dad tuned in, and this 2013 movie is the same. Turkeys go back in time to make sure their ancestors are left off the original Thanksgiving menu.

Addams Family Values

Here’s a much more child-friendly movie in the genre of ghosts and monsters. Lots of problems, antics, and humorous moments take place when Gomez and Morticia welcome a new baby.

10 Best Family Thanksgiving Movies For A Cozy Holiday

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

In this 1950’s musical, Doris Day sings her way through the ups and downs of her character’s relationship with her beau who returns from the Army after World War I. After the cartoon-related specials, a little history, culture, and music never hurts.

Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale

Loosely based on the actual historical Native American figure Squanto, this Disney film explores Squanto’s life both before and after the arrival of the Mayflower. The story ends with what we commonly refer to as the first Thanksgiving meal.

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

This 2008 Hallmark Channel movie is based on a short story by Louisa May Alcott. When widow Mary cannot afford a turkey, her estranged mother comes to the rescue…or does she cause more problems? What can possibly go wrong on a Hallmark movie?

Miracle on 34th Street

This 1947 film begins on none other than Thanksgiving Day and the ever-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Family friendly Thanksgiving movies! These movies top the chart on my list of best family Thanksgiving movies. Grab some popcorn, gather ‘round the ole’ tube, and enjoy some holiday classics!

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.