Top 5 Holiday Movies

The start of the holiday season brings a sense of excitement and happiness into the air. Everybody celebrates the holidays in their own unique manner. Personally, I love to watch the abundance of holiday movies that the world of entertainment has to offer. Whether it be a classic, an animated movie, or a holiday themed comedy, there are plenty of options to satisfy your desires, but of course some movies simply outshine others. Eastside took a poll of 50 Cherry Hill East students on their top movies. Here are the top 5:

1. Elf
Coming in at number one for the best holiday movie is Elf. The hilarious comedy starring Will Ferell is not only loved by critics, but also by East students. A survey of fifty East students of all grades showed that 62.8% of students would choose Elf as their favorite holiday movie, due to its light-hearted nature.

2. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Stealing the spot at number two is a personal childhood favorite of mine that does not receive enough attention: Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas. Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just a children’s movie. This movie provides a new twist on the lives of classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Pluto, Daisy, and Minnie, creating a sense of nostalgia while simultaneously putting you in the holiday spirit.

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Another classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas(2000) takes the number three spot.This live-action take on the previously animated movie is also liked by the East population, earning 16.3% of the votes, because it is “edgy enough for teens” according to a critic on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. The Year Without Santa Clause
At number four comes another underappreciated cinematic masterpiece, The Year Without Santa Clause. The music stylings of Heatmiser and Snowmizer are enough to bring a smile onto any watchers face.

5. The Polar Express
Taking the last spot at number five is the heartwarming story of a young boy finding happiness in his belief, The Polar Express. Jenna McGovern (‘24) says that The Polar Express will always be her favorite movie “because of how many memories [she] has of it from [her] childhood. Many share similar sentiments of watching the tear-jerker Christmas movie the day before winter break in school or cuddled up in a heap of blankets on their couch.

Whatever your favorite holiday movie is, be sure to spend this holiday season spending time with your family and friends during this difficult year and immerse yourself in the worlds of your favorite holiday character, whether it be Buddy the Elf, the Grinch, or Santa Claus himself.

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