Christmas movie screenings in New York City

Embrace your inner Scrooge or softie by watching a Christmas movie at one of these festive showings.



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Bad Santa at Nitehawk Cinema

Bad Santa

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Nitehawk Cinema’s in-theater alcohol service invites all sorts of tantalizing (and reckless) drinking-game possibilities during Terry Zwigoff’s pitch-black Christmas comedy. (One tip: Do not attempt to match Billy Bob Thornton’s foulmouthed, safe-crackin’ mall Santa shot for shot.) After the sure-to-be-boozy screening, join a conversation about the filthy gem with the evening’s special guest host, A.V. Club scribe Keith Phipps.

  1. Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11249
  2. Until Tue Dec 4
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Back to the Future

Chinese and a Movie

Celebrate Christmas the Jewish way—that is, by gorging on Chinese food and catching a flick—at 92YTribeca, where you can watch the first two installments of Robert Zemeckis’s time travel–trilogy, Back to the Future, while enjoying an all-you-can-eat Kosher, vegetarian buffet. Wait, you don’t see a Christmas connection to Back to the Future? Hello!?! McFly! Part II’s nightmarish vision of a dystopian Hill Valley without Marty’s dad is clearly inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life’s George Bailey-less Bedford Falls.

  1. 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St at Canal St (212-601-1000,
  2. Tue Dec 25 1pm, doors 12:30pm; $30, advance $25
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol(s)

On Dec 23, MoMA’s  bicentenary celebration of Charles Dickens, “Dickens on Film,” is dedicated to the author’s greatest Christmas creation, Ebenezer Scrooge. Get ready to compare Christmas Carols from throughout Europe—Spain (1947’s Leyenda de Navidad [1pm]), Italy (1953’s Non è Mai Troppo Tardi [3pm]) and England (1951’s A Christmas Carol [5pm])—at this rare triple feature. One caveat: The Spanish and Italian versions come sans subtitles. Bah humbug.

  1. Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400,
  2. Sun Dec 23 1pm, 3pm, 5pm; $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free
It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

IFC Center brings back Frank Capra’s tear-jerking, life-affirming Christmas classic for another weeklong run. It’s a Wonderful Life is fine on TV, sure, but it’s downright spectacular on the big screen during this 35-millimeter presentation, when the film’s anticorporate message runs without antithetical commercial interruption.

  1. IFC Center
  2. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771,
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

If spending the season away from your family has you feeling blue, the third Vacation film ought to brighten your mood. The Chevy Chase vehicle is a hilarious reminder of how horrible the holidays can get with boorish in-laws, snooty neighbors and failed attempts to concoct a “fun old-fashioned family Christmas.”

  1. Landmark Sunshine Theater, 143 E Houston St between First and Second Aves (212-330-8182,
  2. Fri Dec 21, Sat Dec 22 midnight; $10, seniors $9
Christmas Evil

No Presents for Xmas and Horror Comes Home

For the true Grinches out there, Nitehawk Cinema offers a (yule)tide of blood with these midnight series. Enjoy a spiked hot bourbon cider ($8) while you try to solve that eternal debate for cinephiles: Which is the superior Santa slasher—Silent Night, Deadly Night (Fri 30, Sat 1 at midnight), or Christmas Evil (Dec 14, 15 at midnight)?

  1. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-3980,
  2. Fri Nov 30, Sat Dec 1, Fri Dec 14, Sat Dec 15, at midnight; $11, seniors $9

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