Top 5 Festive Films for the holiday season


Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Madeline Miley, Feature Editor

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy the Elf may have been right about the connection between seasonal music and holiday spirit, but festive films have also been known to create Christmas cheer.  Here is list of the Top 5 Festive Films that are sure to raise your holiday spirits this season.


5. A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

This family movie featuring the Peanuts gang is sure to spread Christmas cheer. The cartoon classic focuses on Charlie Brown during the holiday season and his search to find the true meaning of Christmas. Memorable moments include the Christmas paegent, the performance of “Christmastime is Here” and Lucy and Charlie Brown’s exchange about pantophobia.

Most Memorable Quote: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”


4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989

The Griswold family is hastily preparing for the holidays when their extended family begins to arrive at their home. Nothing seems to be going right for Clark, the head of the family, as he tries to decorate the house, buy presents, and set up their family Christmas tree. The only thing Clark has to look forward to is his Christmas bonus. This movie is sure to keep you laughing the entire film.

Most Memorable Quote: “I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas!”


3. Elf, 2003

Buddy, raised by Santa’s elves in the North Pole, comes to terms with his humanity when he realizes he is too tall to be an elf. Buddy hops on a piece of floating ice in hopes of landing in New York City. There, he continues his journey to find his father, who happens to be on Santa’s naughty list. Almost every line in this movie has evolved into memorable quote since its release ten years ago.

Most Memorable Quote: “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?!?”


2. A Christmas Story, 1983

In 1940, Ralphie, a young boy, dreams of owning his own Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun.

He is determined to convince not only his family but the whole world that this gift is the most perfect gift imaginable for Christmas. However, Ralphie receives some opposition from his teacher, his parents, and even Santa Claus.

Most Memorable Quote: “Kid, you’ll shoot your eye out!”


1. It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946

George Bailey, a hardworking and generous man, has devoted his entire life to preserving Bedford Falls, the small community he lives in. On Christmas Eve, a check is misplaced and ends up in the hands of the evil millionaire Mr. Potter. Broken and suicidal, George Bailey wonders what life would have been like if he was never born. It is then his guardian angel Clarence appears to show George the significance of his life. This classic film shows the importance of charity and compassion in a beautiful, holiday themed way.

Most Memorable Quote: “You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it all away?”