Jingle Bells, Christmas Dwells, Movies to Sell (and watch): The Best Christmas Movies


Sabrina Ngu

There are many Christmas movies people love watching for the upcoming holidays, and a lot of people wonder what the best movies are. Let’s find out:  
After sending out a survey, over 40 students responded back with their opinion of the best movies for this generation and future generations to come. A total of ten movies were included in the survey:

  1. A Christmas Story
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. A Christmas Carol
  4. Frosty the Snowman
  5. The Santa Clause
  6. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version)
  7. The Polar Express
  8. Elf
  9. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  10. Home Alone

Here are the top three best Christmas movies according to students from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School:

  1. Elf

With 23.3% of the surveyed students listing this Will Ferrell classic as their favorite, Elf is no doubt the most popular movie for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
This 2003 movie follows the story of an outcast of the elf community named Buddy, who is sent from the North Pole to the U.S. to discover his true identity.
This movie is definitely loved by all ages, and will continue to serve as a classic to future generations.

  1. The Polar Express

The runner-up from our previous entry is The Polar Express. With an 18.6% in the poll, it is another favorite of the student body.
The Polar Express is a beloved, 3D-computer animated movie from the year 2004. The movie is about a young boy without a name, who embarks on a magical adventure on the Polar Express. On this journey, he learns about friendship, bravery and Christmas spirit.
An amazing movie for all ages, The Polar Express captures the attention of an audience ranging from children to even some young adults.  

  1.  Home Alone

Home Alone is about Kevin, whom his parents leave at home while they go on vacation. Two robbers break into his house, planning to steal some possessions, but their plans are thwarted by Kevin and his traps. It is not only a Christmas movie, but a well-known comedy whose success spawned a film franchise.
Fun Fact: The sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, featured a cameo from U.S. President Donald Trump.
None of the surveyed students said that their favorite Christmas movie was Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Carol or Frosty the Snowman. Frosty the Snowman was actually a hit song before it was on T.V. The song was released in 1950 while the T.V. special aired 19 years later in 1969.
Only three students stated that Die Hard is a popular Christmas movie that should be included in the survey list for Best Christmas Movies. Sorry Die Hard fans!
23.3% of the surveyed students stated that none of the movies listed were their least favorite Christmas movie. Either they have no least favorite Christmas movie or they harbor distaste for a Christmas movie not on the list.
41.9% of the people surveyed said that they had heard of all of the movies listed in the survey.
There are so many Christmas movies that people enjoy to watch during the holiday season. Nonetheless, Elf seems to be the favorite Christmas movie at SPFHS. One thing’s for sure: popular or not, watching good ol’ Christmas movies brings out the holiday spirit!