Watching movies is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, especially if dogs are in the cast of characters. In fact, the Good Dog Hotel & Spa loves our furry friends on the silver screen so much, we feature dog movies for our four-legged guests who stay in our hotel’s Deluxe and Master Suites.
That’s why we decided to share our list of favorite holiday movies for dog lovers. Take a look, and feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below. And don’t forget to make arrangements now for all your doggy day care and extended stay needs for the holidays.
Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
You’ll love celebrating with Beethoven, the ever-adorable St. Bernard, in this heartwarming holiday adventure – where the hilarious canine speaks for the first time. When Henry the elf flees the North Pole with Santa’s sleigh and his magical bag of toys, he crash-lands the precious cargo in a suburban neighborhood tree. But when the bag ends up in the wrong hands, it’s up to heroic Beethoven and his teenage pal, Mason, to rescue Henry, fetch Santa’s toys and save Christmas for children everywhere.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Who can resist Snoopy, the spirited Beagle, in this classic Charlie Brown Christmas? This holiday staple (since 1965) features all the loveable Peanuts characters, plus Vince Guaraldi’s iconic jazz score and the timeless message of “what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
A Dog Named Christmas
This is a heart-warming tale of a young man with a learning disability named Todd McCray, living with his parents in the rural Midwest. The story takes place over a two-week period during the Christmas holidays, when the local animal shelter launches an “Adopt a Dog for Christmas” program. Todd’s unconditional love for animals enables him to embark on an endeavor to ensure that as many dogs as possible get adopted by the local community.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the town’s citizens. Thank goodness he has a trusty dog named Max. Whether it’s the original animated version, or the full-feature version starring Jim Carrey, the songs, the present-stealing and ultimate change of heart is a classic for all ages.
Lady and the Tramp
This thrilling adventure follows Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold. When Lady’s master and mistress, Jim Dear and Darling, leave town for a few days, Aunt Sarah arrives with her two cats to babysit. This heartwarming tale features exquisite animation, unforgettable songs and one of the greatest love stories of all time.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This far-from-traditional classic features a show stealer named Zero, the ghostly dog who accompanies Jack Skellington family-friends but a little bit dark musical holiday film. Zero isn’t your ordinary pooch – he plays fetch with one of Jack’s ribs and comforts the Halloween King when he’s depressed. He even guides the ghastly sleigh when an attempt is made to give Christmas a face lift.
The 12 Dogs of Christmas
Upon being sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Doverville, 12-year-old Emma finds herself in the middle of a dog-fight with the Mayor and town dogcatcher. In order to strike down their no-dogs law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant. The 12 Dogs of Christmas is a fun, heartwarming story featuring a diverse canine cast of over 101 pooches, perfect for all those who love dogs, kids and Christmas.