GLASGOW LOVES CHRISTMAS MOVIES: The city’s favourite festive movie and it’s not what you think!

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‘Tis the season – snuggling up on the couch with mince pies and hot chocolate, with the fluffiest socks in the world, all while a Christmas movie plays in the background.

Glasgow loves films. This year, Hollywood descended upon Glasgow, with ‘Batman’, the new ‘Indiana Jones’ film and ‘Batgirl’ all being filmed here. And now, cinemas across the city are bringing Christmas classics back to the silver screen. The Glasgow Science Centre is screening ‘Elf’ and ‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’, while the GFT is showing ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Die Hard’, ‘The Polar Express’ and many more.

Christmas movies, though played on repeat every year, can be very divisive. The “Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie” debate splits friend groups and families apart each year, but nonetheless due to nostalgia for better times, or excitement that Santa will soon be on the way one thing is certain:

We all love a good Christmas movie.

‘The Santa Clause’, ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Krampus’, ‘Meet Me in St Louis’, ‘Klaus’ and ‘Love, Actually’ are all festive favourites, but what’s Glasgow’s most loved Christmas film?

Short answer, it’s too difficult to narrow it down to one movie.

However, three movies in particular always come up when Glaswegians talk about their favourite Christmas movies.

GREMLINS (1982)

‘Gremlins’ is a Christmas classic, directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a brief synopsis:

Billy’s father gets him a pet from China with three very specific instructions. However, when Billy does not follow them, it unleashes a horde of monsters.

Annabelle Charlotte Baugh, from Exposure Ninja, claimed this was her favourite Christmas movie because, “it’s not too Christmassy cheesy -and it’s funny and of course iconic!”

Similar to ‘Die Hard’, it’s not overtly Christmassy – but it takes place during Christmas.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

A festive classic about learning to appreciate what we already have, even when life is rough sometimes, Glaswegians absolutely adore this film, directed by Frank Capra. Considering the cost-of-living crisis, perhaps people feel drawn to this film as a comfort, a nostalgia-fest and a reminder that things will get better eventually.

Katrine Somerville, a mental health nurse from Glasgow said: “It’s a life-affirming story of a kind man whose life isn’t how he expected it would turn out, due to an accumulation of missed opportunities, resulting in a point where he feels so hopeless, but all he needed was to look at what he already had.”

For lovers of ‘It’s a wonderful life’, the GFT has screenings of this film every festive season.

ELF (2002):

By far one of the most talked about and enjoyed Christmas films amongst Glaswegians. Will Ferrell plays Buddy the elf (who is actually just a human, and was raised amongst Christmas elves), who finds out to his utter shock that he’s not an elf and ventures to New York City to find his real father. This movie contains slapstick comedy, iconic tunes, and one liners that will be stuck in your brain the entire festive season.

Amy Shearer, from The Greenock Telegraph, said: “It is so nostalgic and reminds me of being wee and going to the cinema. Every year it’s an essential watch and truly never gets old. Such a joy (and the ASDA advert this year was honestly gold) ✨”

Fellow Glasgow Clyde College journalism student, Cain Lindsey, also loves ‘Elf’, stating: “Will Ferrell is hilarious in anything he does!”

Will Ferrell is currently starring in a new Christmas film, ‘Spirited’ alongside Ryan Reynolds and Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer. Who knows, perhaps in time, this could also become a Christmas classic just like ‘Elf’?

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