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10 Favourite Christmas Movies
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10 Favourite Christmas Movies

As Christmas edges closer and closer the talk in the hotel has turned to Christmas shopping, parties, and of course Christmas movies. We asked a few staff members around the hotel what their favourite festive film is and here’s what they came up with:

1. Home Alone – Chosen by Stephen Finn, Senior Banqueting Manager
“The reason I love Home Alone so much is that it reminds me of the antics that I got up to as a child… although we didn’t have a pet Tarantula in the house but we did have a dog, not quite the same but close!”

Macaulay Culkin stars in this family favourite.

Macaulay Culkin stars in this family favourite.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life – Chosen by Marian Mulkerns & Bridie Welby – Restaurant & Banqueting Team Members

“It’s just wonderful! It just cheers everyone up and makes you realise how each and every person in our lives has an impact in some part of our lives no matter how significant.” ~ Marian
“It’s such a lovely film and everyone in the family can sit down and enjoy it.” ~ Bridie

A classic from 1946 starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra.

A classic from 1946 starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra.

3. Die Hard – Chosen by John Fraser – Deputy General Manager
“It’s blood, guts and action… What more do you want at Christmas time?”

This one always causes a debate - is it or isn't it a Christmas movie? It's set on Christmas eve so we're calling it a Christmas movie.

This one always causes a debate – is it or isn’t it a Christmas movie? But it’s set on Christmas eve so we’re calling it a Christmas movie.

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – Chosen by Niamh Stack, Conference & Banqueting
“It’s such a cute and magical movie. I love the Santa Claus in it played by Richard Attenborough and the little girl with the lisp.”

This one never gets old. You'd almost believe Richard Attenborough was the real deal.

This one never gets old. You’d almost believe Richard Attenborough was the real deal.

5. Love Actually – Chosen by Louise Campbell, Sales & Marketing Manager
“It’s funny and romantic and I secretly fancy the guy who is obsessed with Keira Knightly’s character…”

A star studded cast and a great story-line makes this a seasonal favourite.

A star studded cast and a great story-line makes this a seasonal favourite.

6. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Chosen by Dan Murphy, General Manager
“I just think it’s hilarious. It brings out the inner child in everyone. Being in the hotel business I love the hotel scenes filmed in the Plaza Hotel in New York. They’re priceless! From the other perspective of the movie, as a father I can also relate to the panic of losing a child…”
I think we should point out that when we asked Dan this question he proceeded to recite quotes from the first two Home Alone films for approximately 5 minutes so he’s definitely a big fan!

A brilliant sequel to the original film this time taking place in New York City.

A brilliant sequel to the original film. This time Kevin finds himself alone in New York City.

7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Chosen by Ciara Geraghty, Sales & Marketing
“A lot of this movie is relatable to my childhood  at Christmas time. Murphy’s Law is another way of summarising it – ‘Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.’ Growing up in Canada we used to travel north to cut down our Christmas tree – there is a scene in this film where the father forgets to bring the saw to cut down the tree – this also happened to my own dad… We also went away for a weekend and when we came back, the heat in the house and lack of water in the base caused every single needle of the tree to fall off. Word of warning: It’s very hard to find a nice replacement Christmas tree two days before Christmas Day!”

If you haven't seen this film, then you don't know what you are missing! It's painstakingly funny.

If you haven’t seen this film, then you don’t know what you are missing! It’s painstakingly funny.

8. Elf – Chosen by Anna Zasiewska, Leisure Centre Manager
“It’s very funny. Great comedic acting from Will Ferrell and an all round great family movie.”

Elf Movie

Will Ferrell is brilliant in the role of Buddy the Elf – a man raised as an elf in the North Pole.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – Chosen by Annabel Kane, Assistant Front Office Manager
“Jim Carey is excellent in the role of The Grinch – even for his facial expressions alone! It’s light hearted and funny to watch and has a happy ending.”

Jim Carey plays the Grinch aided by his little dog Max as they attempt to steal Christmas.

Jim Carey plays the Grinch aided by his little dog Max as they attempt to steal Christmas.

We asked our resident movie buff Donal McNamara from our Restaurant Team what his favourite Christmas Film was but he couldn’t name just one:

10. The Muppets Christmas Carol, Gremlins, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
“Muppet’s Christmas Carol is a childhood favourite of mine along with Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’ (an animated short feature) – two delightful adaptations of the classic Charles Dickens’ book. Michael Caine in the Muppet’s version plays an excellent Scrooge. Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin is a Christmas/Thanksgiving seasonal film which is very charming and humorous if you’ve never seen it before.
As for Gremlins and Rare Exports… They are horror films (not to everyone’s taste) but Rare Exports is one of the best foreign Christmas films I have seen and Gremlins is great fun.”

Donal's selection box of Christmas classics.

Donal’s selection box of Christmas classics.

Have we left out your favourite Christmas film? Let us know what your favourite film is and why…

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Galway Bay Hotel • December 15, 2015


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  1. Julia May 20, 2016 - 07:17 Reply

    Maybe also “The Nightmare Before Christmas”? 🙂

    • Galway Bay Hotel May 20, 2016 - 12:08 Reply

      Oh that’s another good one!

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