Peter Jackson returns with the second instalment of The Hobbit and Disney unleashes a traditional animated musical featuring not one but two princesses for the Boxing Day line-up.
But there are also some adult-oriented offerings. So instead of the grown-ups dropping off the children at the local multiplex and waiting in the coffee shop, they can join in the festivities of Australia's biggest movie day without fear of regression or boredom.
Heading the way is Dame Judi Dench in the superb Philomena, the true-life tale of an Irish nurse who, with the help of a British journalist (Steve Coogan), sets out to find the son who was taken from her by nuns 50 years earlier.
The abuses of the Catholic Church is a familiar and rather depressing topic. But Philomena is surprisingly entertaining because of the beautiful balance it strikes between humour and heartache, with director Stephen Frears (The Queen) leavening what might have been a work of unendurable sadness and outrage with some of the year's best comedy.
And Dame Judi has never been better, injecting so much humanity and earthy intelligence into the character of Philomena Lee that that next time you see your dear old mum you will wrap her in a warm embrace.
There is an even more profound sorrow in The Railway Man, based on the real-life suffering of former British soldier Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), who was brutalised while working on the Thai-Burma Railway during World War II and who, decades after the horrific events, confronts one of his torturers.
While The Railway Man doesn't live up to its promise - the filmmakers simply haven't found a ways of distilling Lomax's remarkable story into great drama - it will touch a chord with those with family connections to this most painful episode in Australian history.
Lighter but no less ambitious is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in which comedy star Ben Stiller steps behind the camera for an update of James Thurber's American dreamer.
This new Walter, who looks after the negatives in the waning days of Life magazine, goes on the fabulous journeys he has long dreamt about, seeking a legendary snapper (Sean Penn) and discovering his inner action man.
Stiller's Walter Mitty is spectacular to look at and there are lovely comic touches. But the film is at war with its own good intentions, praising the virtues of being a little guy while making him a globe-straddling adventurer.
The box office behemoth this holiday will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, in which Jackson rights what many perceived to have been the wrongs of the first movie, softening the harsh high-def video look and stepping on the gas in the storytelling department.
The film is a thrill-ride in the Indiana Jones tradition, with Bilbo and the dwarves battling giant spiders, arrow-flinging elves and finally the fearsome Smaug in their quest to regain their gold- laden homeland.