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Every year, when December hits, I wrap myself in blankets and watch all the Christmas movies I can. From Home Alone to A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life, I see them all. Yet, no movie is as nostalgic or comforting as The Polar Express.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that an animated children’s movie? Well, yes, it technically is. But, the stunning winter aesthetic, breathtaking soundtrack and powerful message make this a must-watch film for viewers of all ages.

The Polar Express is about a little boy who struggles to believe in Santa Claus. Then, one Christmas Eve, the boy goes on The Polar Express train as it travels to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. While on the train, he meets other kids and discovers the wonder of Christmas for those who believe. The movie is based on the 1985 book of the same name. 

The Polar Express is a classic movie, which has captured the hearts of fans everywhere. One reason I love it so much is because of the beautiful music. Two songs particularly stick out to me to this day. The first is the high-energy tap dance done to the famous “Hot Chocolate.” It’s an upbeat song that captures the pure joy of drinking hot chocolate on a cold day. The second song that sticks out to me is the emotional “When Christmas Comes to Town.” This song is sung by two kids on the train, one who loves Christmas, and another one who has yet to experience the joy. It is a breathtaking yet bittersweet song, which is sure to move you to tears.

Another reason I return to the same Christmas movies year after year is because of their aesthetic. Think large-scale Christmas trees, snow-covered buildings, and twinkly lights. The Polar Express does not fall short on the aesthetic. The majority of the movie is set on a train, with snowy mountains in the distance. Then, when they arrive at the North Pole, the sights and sounds of Christmas come alive. The animation also adds a nice touch. Seeing the innocence of children and the wonder of Christmas is what makes this film so comforting. 

Probably my favourite reason The Polar Express is a comfort movie is because of its simple yet powerful message. The theme of the film is the power of believing. However, it is so much more than that. The film also has wonderful messages about friendships, respect and being kind to others. It is an excellent reminder to enjoy the Christmas season and be present in all its magic and wonder. 

I hope you take the time this holiday season to watch the film (or re-watch it!) and enjoy it to the fullest. It’s a wonderful, nostalgic, comforting movie which is sure to hold a special place in your heart as it has mine. 


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Julia Gianfelice

Toronto MU '25

Julia is a second year journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University.