The Virginia Star Staff’s Top 5 Christmas Movies


What do you do when you’re in the in-between days of Christmas and New Year? Catch up of your favorite Christmas movies, of course!

From timeless classics to contemporary hits to holiday horror flicks, there is a wide array of Christmas movies for all types of people to enjoy. But, even with the many staples of Christmas films, everybody has their own personal favorites.

Here at The Virginia Star, we are no different. Our small staff has submitted their top-5 Christmas movies of all time in no particular order, and it’s safe to say the classics are well represented.

Before we jump in though, a technical note (for some) must be made: For these lists, both Die Hard and The Nightmare Before Christmas are being counted as Christmas movies.

To start, as someone born in the 1997, my top-5 Christmas movies all came out before the new millennium except for one. As already mentioned, these lists are not in order, but the first movie has to be Home Alone.

Home Alone presents the ultimate dream as well as nightmare scenario for little kids and the film’s family-friendly comedy will never disappoint watchers. The rest of the list includes Die Hard – which is the best Christmas action movie ever created – and then Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

For John Fredericks, Publisher of The Star, his favorite Christmas movies are The Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Home Alone.

Michael Patrick leahy, Chief Executive Officer of the Star News Digital Media, prefers the classics to the more modern movies. Leahy’s top-5 Christmas movies are the A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Just like the others, the five favorites for our executive editor, Christina Botteri, involve some of the mainstays of Christmas Movie genre. Her list is as follows: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Scrooged, Die Hard, The Santa Clause and Trading Places.

The Star’s Digital Editor, Zachary Schmidt enjoys a few repetitive films but also a couple not yet mentioned. Schmidt’s top-5 are A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Little Drummer Boy.

And last but not least is fellow news reporter Eric Burk, whose list features The Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, Die Hard and A Christmas Story.

No matter which film is your favorite, just remember that Christmas movies are acceptable to watch all year long and especially in late December.

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Jacob Taylor is a reporter at The Virginia Star and the Star News Digital Network. Follow Jacob on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]





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