Avoid difficult questions from the kids with these ‘Santa safe’ films

British Board of Film Classification helps out working dads with a list of ‘Santa safe’ films that’ll keep everyone entertained through the holidays

Man in red sweater and glasses holding present while girl in cream jumper climbs on his back with Christmas tree in the background


With most of us living with strict Covid restrictions keeping the kids entertained this Christmas is going to be trickier than usual for working dads.

To help out, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published a list of ‘Santa Safe’ films that focus on the origin story of Father Christmas. These movies won’t leave the kids questioning Santa. And they will help busy families who want to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

Santa safe

The list features nine festive films, all of which have been vetted by BBFC staff to ensure that they don’t spoil the ‘Santa secret.’

All the films picked are rated U and PG, so they are suitable for the whole family. The nine that make the list are Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, The Snowman, The Grinch (the animated and the Jim Carrey version), Klaus, The Christmas Chronicles, Saving Santa and Santa Claus: The Movie.

Sarah Peacock, Compliance and Education Manager, said: “Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year for families, but sometimes enquiring little minds can often start asking difficult questions about exactly how their presents are delivered. Understandably, parents and carers want to keep that festive magic and mystery alive for as long as possible.

“We know that this time of year can be incredibly busy and stressful for parents and carers, who are already time poor – which is why we’ve published a list of ‘Santa Safe’ films that don’t spoil the ‘Santa secret’ for kids. We’ve watched and vetted the films so you don’t have to, can press play with confidence and keep the magic alive for another year or two. There’s not a false beard in sight!”

Long distance

The BBFC has also published a wide range of Christmas themed content and activities to keep families entertained over the festive period.

One nice touch is a list of films themed around long distance for families spending Christmas apart. Titles include Miracle on 34th Street, Sleepless in Seattle, and, of course, Home Alone.

The BBFC is encouraging those who aren’t able to spend the festive season this year to organise a festive film watch along – by either watching a film together and chatting over a messaging service, or downloading the Chrome extension TeleParty

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