Top 5 Best Christmas Movies


Kylie Sciarra, Staff Writer

These are some of the top 5 best Christmas movies to watch on a snowy day by a fireplace: 

  • It’s a Wonderful Life: This 1946 classic is about a guy named George Bailey that is thinking about ending it all. As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashbacks. As George is about to jump off a bridge, he ends up saving his guardian angel, Clarence, who then shows George what his town would look like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. The HHS theater department did a production of this show in December, 2014.
  • Miracle on 34th Street: An old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in the Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kris proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s mail store in midtown Manhattan. When Kris surprises customers and employees alike claiming that he is really Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and more importantly, his authenticity.
  • A Christmas Story: This beloved holiday movie is about the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker who spends most of his time dodging a bully and wishing for his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his grumpy father, but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: This is based on the peanuts series when Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees in everyone during Christmas season. Lucy suggests that he become the director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown agrees to do it, but it turns out to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.
  • A Christmas Carol: Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Scrooge then encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.