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01/03/2013 05:54 pm ET | Updated Mar 05, 2013

12 Winter Break Movies for Kids of All Ages

By Common Sense Media editors

When it's cold and dark outside and the kids need something to do, try one of our favorite winter break movies. From holiday favorites to movies set in climates that would make a snowman shiver, this list has it all. Rally the whole family for a wintry family movie night, or set your kids up with one of these great films at their next sleepover. Add a hot beverage and a few blankets to the mix and you'll never want to leave your couch!

1. Happy Feet
Ultra-cute kid flick has a few scary, emotional moments.
Best for ages 5 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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2. Ice Age
Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.
Best for ages 6 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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3. March of the Penguins
THE penguin movie. A stunning, loving documentary.
Best for ages 6 and up
5 out of 5 stars
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4. Home Alone
Slapstick family holiday comedy brings the pain.
Best for ages 7 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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5. It's a Wonderful Life
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
Best for ages 9 and up
5 out of 5 stars
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6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
Best for ages 9 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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7. Groundhog Day
A witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
Best for ages 11 and up
5 out of 5 stars
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8. Little Women
Lovely Alcott adaptation tugs at the heartstrings.
Best for ages 11 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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9. While You Were Sleeping
Appealing family comedy with old-fashioned feel.
Best for ages 11 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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10. Home for the Holidays
Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.
Best for ages 14 and up
5 out of 5 stars
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11. Bridget Jone's Diary
Oh, such fun for older teens!
Best for ages 16 and up
4 out of 5 stars
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12. Love Actually
Romantic and entertaining -- for older teens.
Best for ages 16 and up
5 out of 5 stars
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