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Where to Watch Christmas Movies in Theaters This Year

Get out of the house for showings of these holiday classics.

Photo via National Harbor.

Cozying up to your favorite Christmas movies is one of the best parts of the holiday season. This year, you can head to movie theaters around DC for showings of the classics. Grab your friends and family, a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy these festive movies at theaters and outdoor venues around the district.

Miracle Theatre 
535 8th St., SE 
Visit the oldest movie theater in the city and enjoy discounts at some nearby restaurants with your ticket.
December 2 & 4: A Christmas Story
December 9 & 11: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 10: The Polar Express PJ party

ShowPlace ICON Theatre
1667 Silver Hill Drive, McLean
Take a seat in luxury recliners and enjoy food and craft cocktails delivery directly to your seat while you watch.
December 10: Holiday movie marathon featuring Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, and Elf. Tickets are $8 and include admission, a small drink and popcorn, and a goodie bag.

Suns Cinema
3107 Mount Pleasant St., NW
Pop in and check out an expertly-curated cocktail menu at either the indoor or outdoor bar before you catch a flick.
December 14: Black Christmas
December 17: Silent Night, Deadly Night; Don’t Open Till Christmas
December 22: Home Alone; Dial Code Santa Claus

Angelika Pop-Up 
550 Penn St., NE
Expect an intimate theater and walls decorated with vintage movie posters and specialty snacks like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
December 14: Bad Santa
December 21: Love Actually

National Harbor
165 Waterfront St.
Bring chairs and blankets to stay warm during a free screening on the National Harbor. Pick up dinner to enjoy during the movie from one of the many restaurants around.
November 27: Elf
December 4: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
December 11: The Santa Clause
December 18: It’s a Wonderful Life

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
630 Rhode Island Ave., NE
Alamo takes serving good local brews seriously. To order, just wave a card and a server will come over to take your order–whether beer, a specialty cocktail, or a locally sourced meal.
November 29: Elf
November 30: Love Actually
December 4: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; The Holiday
December 6: Christmas in Connecticut
December 10: Elf; A Christmas to Dismember
December 11: Elf; White Christmas (for brunch)
December 12: Elf; A Christmas Story; Batman Returns
December 14: A Christmas Story; Batman Returns

Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington
This 1930s theater has an old-school feel to it. Some seats have tables attached, but not all, so get there early for the best pick.
December 20: Merry and Gay
December 23: Elf

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Keely recently graduated with her master’s in journalism from American University and has reported on local DC, national politics, and business. She has previously written for The Capitol Forum.