You say you’ve been waiting for this year’s Christmas blockbusters (we’re looking at you, Rogue One). But Christmas is a holiday cemented in our childhood, fueled by our (then fervent) innocence and wonder at the music, pretty lights and presents. For some, Christmas will always be about those memories, and this was supported by our readers who voted for the movies that remind us of that time when Christmas was truly magical. Without further ado, here are the top Christmas movies.
3. The Polar Express (2004)
This film, which is an adaptation of the children’s book, takes its audience on a magical ride to The North Pole, all while teaching us about the spirit of Christmas. If you believe in Santa Claus and all of that Christmas magic then you can actually hear the sounds of sleigh bells. Basically.
2. A Christmas Story (1983)
You watch it almost every year, and it never gets old. Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story tells the tale of Little Ralphie, a little boy who decides that he wants a B.B. gun for Christmas. The problem is that he’ll shoot his eye out if he gets one. Little Ralphie goes out of his way to make sure he gets the gun regardless of what everyone around him thinks. He tells his parents, his teacher, and even jolly old Saint Nick himself that it’s the most perfect Christmas gift anyone could ever ask for. Also features the best lamp ever seen on camera.
1. Elf (2003)
The winner of this poll is the hilarious and heart-warming film, Elf (2003). Buddy is just too big compared to all of the other elves in the community. He learns that he is actually one of us and ends up travelling to New York in hopes of fitting in and finding his father, who is on Santa’s naughty list for being selfish! Buddy has a hard time settling into the human world, as anyone could imagine, but manages to charm some people along the way. This film teaches us about the spirit of Christmas, but it will make you laugh out loud while doing so.
Honorable Mention: Die Hard (1988)
John McClane is coming down the Chimney with a can of whoop ass. In this movie a NYPD officer tries to save his wife and other citizens who were abducted by terrorist Hans Gruber, A.K.A The Grinch, at a Christmas party. Yippee ki-yay, mom!