Adrienne Thorne of Family Theater Productions shares a list of five Christmas films streaming now that are actually about the Nativity.
Considering that the holiday of Christmas exists because of the birth of Christ, there seems to be a surprisingly small percentage of Christmas movies that have anything to do with that actual event.
These days, we might feel lucky to find Christmas movies that have even a hint about the Reason for the Season in them. But if you’re in the mood to watch a Christmas flick that’s actually about the Nativity itself, here is a list of five Nativity films that are available for streaming now.
The Nativity Story (2006)
A PG-rated retelling of the birth of Christ, beginning with the Annunciation. While there might not be anything extremely novel about this movie, it’s pretty faithful to the Scriptural events and is definitely a good starting point for anyone who wants to watch a good Nativity film.
The content of The Nativity Story is suitable for most ages (especially if your kids have already heard the Bible story!), but there is some implied scary stuff like the Massacre of the Innocents.
The Nativity Story is available to buy or rent streaming on Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video (it’s also included free on Prime with a trial or subscription to the AMC+ streamer -- NOTE: the movie leaves AMC+ on Dec. 31).
This one’s a 45-minute animated kids video featuring, you guessed it, everyone’s favorite singing vegetables. It tells the story of an asparagus drummer boy who finds himself at the birth of Jesus.
While the songs and silliness could get a bit annoying for some parents, Veggie Tales: The Little Drummer Boy is a solid little-kid-friendly Nativity video that most kids will eat up.
Joseph & Mary (2016)
Joseph & Mary is an unrated drama starring Kevin Sorbo as St. Joseph. It tells the story of the Holy Family traveling to Bethlehem and of Christ’s birth. It also showing Jesus at age 12 and Joseph’s death.
This film does have some violence and frightening images that make it best for teens and adults.
The Three Wise Men (2020)
This one is a short but sweet Nativity movie that littler kids should be fond of.
The Three Wise Men is a 26-minute animated film, narrated by Andy Griffith, that follows the Magi as they search for the newborn King. The narration is rhymed, and it features some Christmas songs.
The Three Wise Men is currently included with Amazon Prime Video.
This one shows more than just the birth of Christ, but it begins there. Though it’s a bit more of an '80s, low-budget-type of movie, it’s still a solid pick for a movie about Christ that shows His Birth.
2 Bonus Films: The Star and Baby in a Manger
We’ve talked about the computer animated Nativity movie The Star (2017) before (click here for that) and it’s good enough to mention again. If you have young kids, you pretty much can’t go wrong with this fun movie about the birth of Christ. It’s on Hulu right now (if you subscribe to Hulu + Live TV), and is also available on Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, Google Play and YouTube.
Another Nativity-related movie to check out is the G-rated Baby in a Manger (2019), which is about a Child Protective Services agent and police officer who have to deal with a baby abandoned in the manger of a Nativity scene. Though a little cheesy, this is a clean family film that features the real Reason for Christmas. Baby in a Manger will air on UpTV on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. ET (among other times, see here). It's also on the channel's streaming service, UP Faith & Family.
Copyright 2020 Adrienne Thorne for Family Theater Productions
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Founded by Venerable Patrick Peyton in 1947, and based on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, Family Theater Production creates family-suitable and faith-friendly media for film, television and digital.