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Top 5 Christmas Movies

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Lena Boas
If you need movie recommendations for the holiday season, read this Christmas movie ranking!
  1. The Polar Express 

Capturing the essence of Christmas with its heartwarming tale of a magical train ride to the North Pole, The Polar Express is perfect to watch during the Christmas season. This film in particular holds a special place in my heart. The joyous tradition of drinking hot chocolate while watching this festive film with classmates in elementary school created a cozy yet nostalgic memory. The Polar Express is at the top of my rankings not only because of the amazing storyline but because of all the childhood memories it evokes. 

  1. Home Alone

This is a classic film filled with nostalgia that has quickly become a Christmas staple. After being left behind by his family and at home alone, main character Kevin McCallister is left to battle off a pair of robbers. His quick-wittedness and creative booby traps to defend himself from Harry and Marv keep the audience intrigued throughout the whole movie. The films’ soundtrack, composed by John Williams, adds an extra layer of excitement with its playful melodies that capture the mischievous yet heartfelt adventures that unfold throughout the movie. This humorous movie has become a beloved family tradition and earns its place as second best on my list.

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

With the beautiful scenery and the humorous scenes of Charlie attempting to find the best Christmas tree only to end up with a limp and bare tree, this timeless classic follows Charlie Brown and his friends as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. The iconic jazz songs Christmas is Here and Hark the Heralds Angels Sing by Vince Guaraldi make it a beloved movie with a well-known soundtrack. 

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas                                  

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a film that holds a special place on my list and I wish I could place it even higher. Tim Burton’s masterpiece is a unique yet captivating film that seamlessly blends elements of Halloween and Christmas. The mesmerizing soundtrack by Danny Elfman accentuates the film’s dark yet whimsical atmosphere. From This Is Halloween to Sally’s Song, Elfman captures the essence and personality of each character which further cements its place on my ranking list.

  1. Elf 

Although this film comes in last on my list of holiday movies, there is no denying that Elf is an amazing movie that continues to bring laughter to viewers of all ages. Following Will Ferrell’s character Buddy as he travels to New York City in hope of finding his long-lost father, Buddy’s character perfectly blends humor and heart with his charismatic charm. This movie brings an infectious enthusiasm to the screen and is all around an amazing movie to watch.

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Rifah Mirza, Photographer
Class of 2025 Hello! For as long as I can remember I've always been fascinated with writing and photography. Which is why I am so excited to be apart of the Horizon and working on Heritage! Apart from writing, I love learning new languages, traveling, playing the piano, going to concerts, or playing word hunt!
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Class of 2025 I’ve had a passion for writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. I’m so excited to be a part of the Horizon and to help out with the Heritage. I love playing on my club soccer team, finding new piano music to play, and reading mysteries during my free time. I have a big interest in other cultures and countries and love to travel. One fun fact about me is that I’m bilingual and speak German at home. I’m really looking forward to being on student press again this year, especially as an editor!

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