Our 17 Favorite Thanksgiving Shows for Kids

Team Peanut
Team Peanut24 days ago6 min read

Stuck trying to find the perfect Thanksgiving film? Keep reading for our top picks of Thanksgiving shows for kids, which the whole family will love.

Thanksgiving Shows for Kids

You can’t beat a Thanksgiving family film night.

Colder evenings, hearty comfort food, and the glow of the screen are the perfect ingredients for the perfect night in.

Thankfully, when it comes to Thanksgiving shows for kids, there are some absolute gems out there.

From timeless classics to cartoony delights, there’s something for everyone.

So, from our family to yours, here’s our list of top Thanksgiving movies for kids.

First up, here’s one for the Disney fans.

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  • Does Disney have any Thanksgiving movies?
  • Classic Thanksgiving movies
  • Fun Thanksgiving shows for kids
  • Thanksgiving family movies

Does Disney have any Thanksgiving movies?

Absolutely! Some of the most-loved Thanksgiving shows for kids are brought to us by Disney.

Check out these awesome options:

1. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

We’ll kick off our list with this most beloved family bear.

Brilliantly, Disney created a spin-off of A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood adventure with a Thanksgiving theme.

Both kids and kids-at-heart will love seeing Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger celebrating the season.

2. Thanksgiving Day Mirthquakes

Made all the way back in 1953, this classic is still worth a watch.

See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy get up to some hilarious Thanksgiving antics.

It’s short and sweet and guess what? You can watch it on Youtube right here.

3. Donald Duck’s Soup’s On.

This one’s another old-timey classic.

Huey, Dewey, and Louis are supposed to wash up after their turkey dinner.

When they come to the table with dirty hands, Donald punishes them by sending them to bed early—and that’s when all the fun really starts.

Classic Thanksgiving movies

On the theme of classic Thanksgiving movies, here are some of our other top picks.

4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Watch Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and their friends celebrate Thanksgiving in this heartwarming 1973 short family film.

Plus, if your little ones have never seen a Peanuts movie, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce them.

Fun for all the family, this cartoon classic is a must-add to your Thanksgiving family movies list.

5. Little Women

In 2019, we saw the newest retelling of this classic story.

This new adaptation features Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan as two of the March sisters.

Beloved all over the world, this heartwarming coming-of-age story shows us the importance of family and the unbreakable bond between sisters — perfect for a Thanksgiving holiday.

Fun Thanksgiving shows for kids

6. Alvin and the Chipmunks — Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration

This fun-filled story is perfect for families with young children.

We all know the hilarious chipmunk trio and have seen them get into all sorts of different antics.

So, it’s great to see a Thanksgiving-themed spin on their adventures.

7. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Whether they’re fans of the TV show or not, this is a great addition to your list of best Thanksgiving shows for kids.

Watch Dora and the gang celebrate Thanksgiving, and see if they can work together to save the Thanksgiving parade.

8. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving

Another of the great cartoon giants, Looney Tunes has also created a series of Thanksgiving-themed stories.

This film collection of Looney Tunes Thanksgiving episodes includes plenty of wacky stories, like “Daffy Duck’s Thanks-for-giving Special” and “Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet.”

9. Garfield’s Thanksgiving

And this list simply wouldn’t be complete without featuring everyone’s favorite ginger cat.

Garfield’s Thanksgiving film celebrates two of the best things about the holiday — family time and eating.

10. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

This intriguing, slightly bizarre film tells the story of two small-town children who follow the legend of the mythical howling hoodoo.

It comes from the brilliant mind of Jim Henson — so you know it’s going to be a favorite for the whole family.

11. Free Birds

Turkeys are a Thanksgiving staple.

So, what could be more on-theme than a story about a turkey flock?

Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) has his own ideas about the Thanksgiving feast.

So, he teams up with his turkey friend Jake to travel back in time to the very first Thanksgiving.

12. We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story

This film follows four dinosaur friends who have been transported into the future, finding themselves in New York during the Thanksgiving holiday.

As you can imagine, they get up to all sorts of adventures!

13. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

This one’s a must-see for anyone who has felt the panic of picking up a turkey last minute. In this fun 1977 hit based on the book of the same name, the main character Arthur finds himself on quite an adventure to bring the perfect “turkey” home.

Thanksgiving family movies

These movies make our list because they’re fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Bonus? They just never seem to go out of style.

14. Miracle on 34th Street

Okay, you may know this one as a Christmas movie, but there’s a good reason for it to be on this list.

While it tracks the journey of Santa, it all begins on Thanksgiving Day.

Any excuse to watch it twice in one year!

15. Home for the Holidays

As much as we love turkey and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is all about family.

So, Home for the Holidays is the perfect film to watch during the holidays.

This charming, hilarious (and super relatable) film is all about celebrating the fun little dysfunctions and unique bonds within families.

16. A Family Thanksgiving

Despite being released relatively recently (2010), this Hallmark Channel movie has firmly established itself as one of the world’s favorite Thanksgiving family movies.

The moral of the film is to learn what really matters in life and remember to feel thankful for what we have.

17. Addams Family Values

This is a great option for older kids (rated PG-13) and those who love to indulge in some 90s nostalgia.

Also, if you’re looking for a more subversive approach to this holiday, young Wednesday’s scene at camp certainly provides that.

And there you have it — seventeen of our favorite Thanksgiving movies for kids that will be a hit with the whole family.

With cartoons and classic remakes, timeless favorites, and new blockbusters, you’ll be able to fill your holidays with the very best Thanksgiving shows for kids.

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