There are at least two times a year where a family movie day is in order – Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family has made a tradition out of heading to the theater together during the holidays and it’s an event we all look forward to every year.

Whether you have the same tradition or you would just like to get out and see a good film, on the day before the Thanksgiving (November 23rd) there are 3 Family-Friendly movies premiering which are perfect for kicking off the Holiday Season.

Arthur Christmas

Have you ever wondered how Santa makes that Christmas magic happen? In Arthur Christmas you can take a trip to the North Pole for an inside look at the hi-tech world of Santa and his elves. The film introduces audiences to Santa’s mischievous son Arthur, who sets out on a mission to get the last present half-way around the world by Christmas morning.

Kids will love the animation, parents will love the story and tween/teen girls will love the fact Justin Bieber’s new Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is featured in the film.

Hugo

Hugo is the story of an orphaned boy secretly living in the walls of a busy Paris, France train station looking after the clocks. The film follows him through adventures of unlocking a secret left to him by his father. The secret not only transforms Hugo’s life, but those around him as well, who find a safe place to call home.

Hugo is Martin Scorcese’s first ever 3D movie and is based on the New York Times best-selling book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”.

One look at the trailer of this movie and you know you are in for a treat. The New York Times calls it “Magical”.

The Muppets

The Muppets are back in an all-new movie for the big screen. When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

It’s been 12 years since the Muppets’ last big-screen feature film (“Muppets from Space,” 1999), which means this movie has a big under-taking. Audiences and film critics are hoping it can live up to the hype. I personally have high hopes for this one and think it will be one of the best Muppets movies yet.

The film is full of celebrity cameos which include Donald Glover, Leslie Feist, Alan Arkin, Kristen Schaal, Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, Ken Jeong, James Carville, Rico Rodriguez and Judd Hirsh.

As you can see, there are several great Family-Friendly movies to choose from. The hard part will be choosing which one to see.