Classic Signage in Iconic Holiday Movies

by Jayme Nelson

Every year, many of us get into the spirit of the holiday season by singing songs, decorating homes, wearing silly sweaters and buying gifts for loved ones. But one of the best holiday traditions is revisiting your beloved holiday movies. We all have our favorites and some of the more enthusiastic celebrators can even recite their favorite films line for line. We’ve combined that holiday spirit with our passion for signage with this list of classic holiday signage in iconic holiday movies.

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”

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Perhaps the most iconic of holiday movies, It’s a Wonderful Life, released in 1946, is still an annual tradition for many families. George Bailey’s internal struggle has captivated audiences for decades, and one of the most joyous scenes in the film prominently features an old-fashioned wayfinding sign. Behind the suddenly euphoric Bailey is a welcome sign to his beloved hometown, Bedford Falls, New York.

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more.”

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The delightful Whos of Whoville love Christmas more than anything in the world, but Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, wants nothing more than to bring them into his own misery. So he comes down from his mountain and strips the whimsical town of anything and everything holiday-related. Unfortunately, that included this “Merry Christmas” banner hung proudly above the fireplace.

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

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One of the more recent holiday classics is Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. Called to his true home in New York City, Buddy leaves the North Pole to meet his real father. Along the way, he’s introduced to a bustling city far removed from the perpetually cheery winter wonderland he grew up in. One of Buddy’s first scenes in New York, he hilariously takes a neon sign at face value. “You did it! Congratulations!” he yells to a group of unimpressed coffee drinkers.

“I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”

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Since its premiere in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been broadcast on national television every season. In this Christmas classic, Charlie Brown shares some of the Grinch’s concerns with the commercialization of Christmas. As in many “Peanuts” strips, Charlie visits Lucy and her psychiatric booth. We applaud Lucy’s business savvy as she clearly understands the value of a business sign in raising awareness of her business.

Holiday movies are a great way to get into the spirit, with their charming characters and heartwarming stories. Have you spotted any awesome holiday signs in one of your favorite movies? Share it with us on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, or post it to our Facebook page. Happy Holidays!