‘Tis the Season: Holiday Movie Screenings in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | November 26, 2015

Today is Thanksgiving and we have already seen our first snowfall of the season. After getting over the initial shock that winter is heading toward us like a freight train, it is time to get into the holiday spirit. One way to do so is to indulge in a holiday film. Many movies are playing throughout the next month in Metro Detroit, and here are a few you can’t miss.

Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor’s historic theater is always an option to enjoy a holiday-themed film at this time of year. The schedule boasts many favorites, including “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on Dec. 6, Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Dec. 13 and “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 20. Admission for all of these films is free! The theater also hosts a live event of “The Nutcracker” performed by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet on Dec. 5.

The Michigan Theater’s counterpart, the State Theatre, plays the holiday-esque romantic comedy “Love, Actually” on Dec. 4.

Penn Theatre

The Penn has a plethora of holiday movies lined up during the month of December. “It’s a Wonderful Life” plays Dec. 3 through Dec. 6, while “Elf,” plays the following weekend starting Dec. 11 and running through Dec. 13. “A Christmas Story,” screens on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 and “The Polar Express” rounds out the holiday films on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. Each movie costs only $3!

Farmington Civic Theater

Located in the heart of Downtown Farmington, the Civic Theater is a great moviegoing destination. “The Polar Express” and “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol” play on Saturday, Dec. 5. Good news, admission to the previously mentioned films is free with a small donation! Keep up with the website or Facebook page to see if any other holiday movies are coming to the theater.

Main Art Theatre

Downtown Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre will be playing a few holiday-inspired films and specials. National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” plays at midnight on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, while a recording of a live performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Royal Ballet screens on Dec. 13. “Elf” also has midnight screenings on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19.

The holiday season is now in full force. Take the family out, or go with a group of friends to see one of these classic, loveable films. Happy Thanksgiving, Detroit.