7 local theaters showing holiday films

Sure, you could watch your favorite holiday movie at home this year, but then there are always distractions—cards to be written, presents to be wrapped, festive foods to be baked. So say goodbye to disruptions and hello to quality family time—much like Santa, it does exist!—with these holiday films shown on the big screen.

Classic Cinemas

The theater chain’s Chicagoland locations offer a range of holiday offerings.

  • Dec. 7: Elf (York Theatre)
  • Dec. 7: The Polar Express (Lake Theatre)
  • Dec. 10: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (Tivoli Theatre)
  • Dec. 11: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Elk Grove Theatre)
  • Dec. 14: The Polar Express (York Theatre)
  • Dec. 14: Arthur Christmas (Lake Theatre)
  • Dec. 15: It’s A Wonderful Life (Tivoli Theatre)
  • Dec. 18: It’s A Wonderful Life (Charlestowne 18, Cinema 12, Elk Grove Theatre, Lake Theatre, Ogden 6, Paramount Theatre and other locations)

Hollywood Blvd. Cinema

The Woodridge theater’s classic film series brings you time-tested gems. 

  • Dec. 4: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
  • Dec. 7: Elf (and a visit from Santa!)
  • Dec. 11: Gremlins 
  • Dec. 14-15: It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Dec. 18: White Christmas

The Logan Theatre

You’ll have to ignore bedtime to take advantage of this offer (or better yet, find a sitter!).

  • Dec. 3-5: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
  • Dec. 6-9: Elf
  • Dec. 10-12: A Christmas Story
  • Dec. 13-16: Gremlins
  • Dec. 17-19: A Christmas Carol (1951)
  • Dec. 24-26: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Glen Art Theatre

During the holidays, more than any other time, you really can’t beat “free.” 

  • Nov. 30: Elf
  • Dec. 7: Arthur Christmas
  • Dec. 14: The Polar Express
  • Dec. 21: The Grinch

Regal Cinemas

Regal Cinemas across the Chicagoland area play host to holiday classics for just $5. 

  • Nov. 30: Elf
  • Dec. 7: Gremlins
  • Dec. 14: The Polar Express

The Music Box Theatre

Double your holiday spirit with a good, old-fashioned double feature (along with a dazzling sing-a-long).

  • Dec. 12-15, 18-24: It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Dec. 12-15, 18-24: White Christmas (sing-a-long)

Studio Movie Grill

Wheaton’s dine-in theater offers holiday movies for all kinds of moods and celebrations. 

  • Dec. 4: The Polar Express
  • Dec. 11: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Dec. 18: A Christmas Story
  • Dec. 23: Elf

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