Celebrate the season with 10 holiday movie screenings around town

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Images courtesy of the Crest Theatre and Studio Movie Grill

What would Christmas be without holiday flicks? From Buddy the Elf to Ralphie Parker, catch your favorite characters on the big screen with these 10 holiday movies showings at theaters in and around Sacramento.


Dec. 12 This 2003 holiday hit—which was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2010—stars Will Ferrell as a human who accidentally grows up as an elf named Buddy in the North Pole and captures his journey as he tries to reconnect with his birth family and spread Christmas cheer in New York City. $7.50-$9.50. 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 476-3356. crestsacramento.com

A Christmas Story

Dec. 13 Follow the chronicles of little Ralphie Parker’s desire for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and his family’s antics in the days leading up to the big day with this 1983 comedy. Between screenings, moviegoers can enjoy Christmas tunes from local pop band Kittens Having Kittens. $7.50-$9.50. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 476-3356. crestsacramento.com

Home Alone

Dec. 13 & 16 This 1900 comedy will show at Rocklin’s popular dine-in theater, where moviegoers can order dinner and drinks during screenings. When 8-year-old Kevin McAllister (played by Macaulay Culkin) is accidently left behind during a family vacation, he must protect his home from dim-witted thieves. $3. Times vary by date. Studio Movie Grill. 5140 Commons Dr. Rocklin. 238-9000. studiomoviegrill.com

It’s A Wonderful Life

Dec. 13 & 20 Nothing says family classic more than this 1946 tale of George Bailey (played by James Stewart), a down-on-his-luck banker who goes on a dream-like journey to see what his family and town would be like if he did not exist. A pianist will play holiday songs in the Crest lobby before each showing. Times and prices vary. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 476-3356. crestsacramento.com

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

Dec. 15 Perhaps a lesser known but no less spirited tale, this 1972 fantasy film features the mishaps of Santa as he strives to free his sleigh from a Florida beach with the help of local children. Times and prices vary by location. Century Theaters in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom. cinemark.com

Arthur Christmas

Dec. 19 Arthur Christmas is a Santa story for the 21st century: Out with the old sleigh and and in with the new, high-tech aircraft that enables Santa and his team to deliver presents to children across the globe. But when a glitch in the system forgets one little girl, it’s up to Santa’s bumbling, earnest son Arthur to make sure she gets her Christmas wish. Free. 1 p.m. Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center at the State Theatre. 985 Lincoln Way. Auburn. 530-885-0156. livefromauburn.com

Miracle on 34th Street

Dec. 20 A Christmastime staple, this 1947 tale focuses on a little girl (Natalie Wood) and a Macy’s Santa who claims to be the real Kris Kringle. Times and prices vary by location. Century Theaters in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Roseville and Folsom. cinemark.com

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Dec. 23 Recently revived by a primetime NBC show, the Muppets will appear on the big screen at the Crest before Christmas in this 1992 film featuring the retelling of the classic Charles’ Dickens tale by Kermit and friends. $7.50-$9.50. 6:30 p.m. 476-3356. crestsacramento.com

The Sound of Music Sing-Along

Dec. 26 Warm up those vocal chords with a few rounds of “do-re-mi” and join the Crocker Art Museum for one of their favorite things: the fourth annual Sound of Music sing-along. This 1965 musical stars Julie Andrews as a nun-turned-governess for the von Trapp family, based on an actual family of singers who rose to fame in pre-World War II Austria. The screenings will feature a costume contest, prizes, yodeling activities and complimentary "fun packs" for the first 50 ticket holders. $14. 1:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 808-7000. crockerartmuseum.org

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2015

Dec. 28 Calling all Whovians! Fans of the British sci-fi show that tune into BBC America annually for the Christmas special can now do so at a local Century theater. Watch the time-traveling River Song meet her husband’s latest incarnation, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, for the first time. The screening also includes behind-the-scenes features and interviews. 7:30 p.m. Century Theaters in Sacramento and Folsom. cinemark.com  

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