It’s that time of year. The world has eaten too much of this. The budget has stretched too much to pay for that. And too much time indoors with loved ones has brought on the cabin fever.

So what’s a family to do? Go to the movies, of course!

If that rings true for you and yours, then you’ll need to know what your options are before heading to the local multiplex this holiday season. Here are some movies that just might be the ticket for you and your family . . .

Arthur Christmas1. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

Wondering how Santa delivers all of those gifts in one night? In Arthur Christmas, Santa’s younger son Arthur pulls back the curtain to reveal the ultra high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. Voiced by James McAvoy (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), Arthur is a clumsy, loveable and unlikely hero who must complete an urgent mission before Christmas morning. As the tale unfolds, viewers also learn that there’s a little dysfunction in Santa’s family as well: Older brother Steve keeps the North Pole running in smooth, military-style precision; Santa is more of a figurehead, now that the operation has outgrown him; Grandsanta is a little cranky and having a hard time accepting new technology; and Mrs. Santa is just there to serve as a dedicated wife and mother.   
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2. HUGOHugo

“Do you want to have an adventure?” asks Hugo. To which many an inquisitive moviegoer might answer with a hearty “Yes!” Based on Brian Selznick’s New York Times bestseller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this live-action story hits the big screen in both 3D and 2D this holiday season. Directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, marking his 3D motion picture debut, Hugo tells the story of an orphan boy who lives in secret in the walls of a Paris train station. Brought to life by Asa Butterfield (Nanny McPhee Returns), Hugo teams up with an eccentric girl who will help him unlock the mystery linking his late father, the toy shop owner living below him and the heart-shaped lock that doesn’t seem to have a key.
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Earlier this fall, VeggieTales released its retelling of the classic tale, he Little Drummer Boy on DVD. If you’re looking to just stay at home with the kiddos under a fuzzy throw with a trusty bowl of popcorn at your side, then this entertaining bunch of veggies could be an option. The familiar Christmas tale is bookended by a story of Junior Asparagus, who happens to be an aspiring drummer himself and is stuck at home with Grandpa Grape. When he thinks his friends have ditched him to go caroling, he finds himself in a self-imposed holiday funk. Wise and nimble mentor that he is, Grandpa soon convinces Junior to listen to the story of another young boy with percussive skills who also distances himself from people, but in the end sees his heart softened by a babe in a manger.
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