Best Christmas 2013 film events in LA

We've rounded up the best classic and quirky Christmas films playing this holiday season, from family-friendly flicks to stop-motion animation and more.

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Christmas movies: Home Alone (1990)

Christmas movies: Home Alone (1990)


If you rely on snowfall to get you in the Christmas spirit, you're obviously stuck outta luck in LA. Instead, let Hollywood do the work—get ready for Christmas with these classic holiday movies screening all over the city. Whether you're looking for old-school musicals, stop-motion animated reindeer or some classic Macaulay Culkin hijinks, there's something for everyone in our round-up of the best classic holiday films screening this December. Rather stay home in your slippers sipping eggnog? We get it. Scroll down to see our best movie recommendations for every mood—no need to leave the fireside. Enjoy!

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Love Actually screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Love Actually accomplished a rare feat by becoming one of the few modern holiday classics with staying power. The all-star ensemble romcom follows a prime minister, pop star, office worker, married couples and more as they all deal with relationship issues in the month leading up to Christmas. The cast reads like a who's who of every English hottie and/or esteemed actor: Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson and Keira Knightley, as well as Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln and the Hobbit's Martin Freeman. Bundle up and cuddle up in the car with your sweetie to enjoy the film on its 10th anniversary.

  1. Electric Dusk Drive-In 1000 San Julian St
  2. Until Sat Dec 7
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The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Free

The Hammer's Family Flick Film Series presents a free morning matinee of the rollicking and endearing take on Dickens’s Christmas classic. The story is enlivened by the antics of all your favorite Muppets, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie Bear—plus Michael Caine as the hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge.

  1. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sun Dec 8
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Holiday Matinee: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

LA Conservancy's eighth annual holiday film matinee is the beloved 1993 stop-motion animated classic from mastermind Tim Burton. Follow Jack Skellington to Christmas Town, as he and his Halloween hellions try to recreate the festive holiday. The holiday favorite will screen at the Orpheum downtown at 2pm, which leaves ample time for sunset ice-skating at Pershing Square post-film. Bonus: Show your movie ticket at Umamicatessen or Two Boots Pizza for a 10% discount. Try the Oogie Boogie 'za at Two Boots, a pie inspired by the film and available one day only.

  1. Orpheum Theatre 842 S Broadway, between 8th & 9th Streets
  2. Sun Dec 8
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White Reindeer screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This jet-black satirical comedy tackles its subject with intelligent aplomb, and backs up the sharp comedy with genuine warmth. Poised to become a perennial indie film holiday tradition, White Reindeer centers on Anna Margaret Hollyman (The Color Wheel) as Suzanne, an uptight Xmas-loving woman who, at the dawn of December, finds her dream husband deceased, and her devotion in him dissolved after meeting Fantasia, the exotic dancer with whom he’d been cheating with. As Suzanne slides into Fantasia’s fast, wreckless world of dance parties, drugs and shoplifting, the film takes on thirty-as-the-new-twenty, and balances sleaze and sadness with hope and compassion. Director Zach Clark will be there in person, and audience members are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite weird holiday gear, as this screening is also the theater's Bad Christmas Sweater Bonanza.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Thu Dec 19
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Lost & Found Film Club: 16 Millemetermas

  • Price band: 1/4

Anything goes at this monthly film event—the club functions like a grab-bag of 16mm film, but the collection of clips is actually a carefully curated menagerie. A single showing could hold anything from fuzzy home movies to animation to student experiments—pretty much anything never intended to be shown on a big screen. This particular program will contain ho-ho-holiday favorites plus some recent discoveries sure to put you in the spirit of the season, including an IBM typewriter sales film by Jim Henson featuring Rowlf the Dog and the 1941 anaglyphic 3D short: Third Dimensional Murder.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Thu Dec 19
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White Christmas screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, the Aero has just the ticket. A festive romp in which army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (played by the light-footed Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) take their celebrated two-man comedy dance revue to rural Vermont, where sparks fly with a beautiful sister duo (Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen—classic!). It's a comedic musical film with impressive dancing, catchy tunes (from Irving Berlin) and a touch of cross-dressing. Very Vermonty.

CineInsomnia: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

  • Price band: 1/4

Check out Chevy Chase in what may be his goofiest role (and that's saying something). It takes a certain type of humor to appreciate the National Lampoon tropes, but if you're into it, you're way into it. Watch as the Griswolds grit through a holiday with their in-laws, and take the laughs where they come.

  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Until Fri Dec 20
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It's A Wonderful Life screening

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Frank Capra's 1946 beloved tale of a family man learning to look at his life in a whole new light at Christmas time—thanks to the creative perspective of an angel trying to earn his wings—is no less relevant today than when it first came out. The movie can be found on TV all month long, but this weeklong run of Cinefamily screenings is the ideal way to view the Jimmy Stewart classic. Bring the family and get in the feel-good Christmas spirit—there's even a screening on the night of the 25th.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Thu Dec 26
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Heavy Midnites Xmas: Home Alone

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like child neglect and terrorizing young'uns. Home Alone is an odd sort of holiday classic, but you can't help but love it. Plus, it's genuinely funny—it was written by John Hughes, fresh off of finishing Ferris Bueller. Add a particularly cute Macaulay Culkin, a John Candy cameo and Chris Columbus' direction, and you get a reliable '90s blockbuster. Catch Cinefamily's special late-night screening just in time for Christmas.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Sat Dec 21
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Nutcracker Fantasy

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

In the late ’70s, Sanrio (yes, the Hello Kitty people) unleashed this wonderously unusual stop-motion confection. Animator Takeo Nakamura was the lucky fellow called upon to employ the signature “Animagic” technique of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to this vaguely festive, awesomely bizarro film, one in which all the signifiers of Christmas fare are all there, except Christmas is never once mentioned. Add in elaborate musical numbers, plus the voice talents of showbiz stalwarts like Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Patten and Jo Anne Worley as the “Nut of Darkness”-wielding, two-headed rat queen. Not screened since its initial release and never seen on DVD, this screening is a real rare chestnut.

  1. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre 611 N Fairfax Ave
  2. Until Mon Dec 23
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