Christmas movie screenings for families in New York City

Track down these cheerful Christmas movie screenings to see family favorites on the big screen this season

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The 60-degree weather in NYC this winter makes it seem like Christmas is still far off, but it will be here in no time! While your family is not-so-patiently awaiting the snow, boost everyone's holiday spirits by heading to some Christmas movie screenings throughout the city. It's a Wonderful Life, Elf and many more of our favorite Christmas movies for kids are being shown on the big screen at various NYC movie theaters. In additon to the seasonal flicks, check out our list of the best things to do with kids over winter break to keep them occupied.

Christmas movie screenings in NYC

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December 17

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm* It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

*Screening introduced by Mary Owen, Donna Reed's daughter

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December 18

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

2:30pm Christmas in Connecticut (1945) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

9:40pm* It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

12:00am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at Landmark Sunshine Cinema - $10

*Screening introduced by Mary Owen, Donna Reed's daughter

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December 19

11:05am Hook at Nitehawk Cinema - $11, children $9 (ages 8 and up with guardian)

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

2:30pm A Christmas Story (1983) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

5:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

9:40pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

12:00am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at Landmark Sunshine Cinema - $10

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December 20

11:00am Elf at Film Forum - $7.50 per person

11:05am Hook at Nitehawk Cinema - $11, children $9 (ages 8 and up with guardian)

1:30pm* It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

5:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

9:40pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

*Screening introduced by Mary Owen, Donna Reed's daughter

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December 21

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

2:30pm A Christmas Carol (1951) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

4:00pm A Christmas Story (1983) at Morningside Park - free

4:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

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December 22

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

2:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at the New York Botanical Garden

4:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm* It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

*Screening introduced by Mary Owen, Donna Reed's daughter

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December 23

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

2:30pm White Christmas (1954) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

4:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

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December 24

11:00am How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

11:30am How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

12:00pm How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm* It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

*Screening introduced by Mary Owen, Donna Reed's daughter

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December 25

11:00am It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

1:30pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

4:15pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

7:00pm It's a Wonderful Life (1946) at IFC Center - $14, children ages 12 and under $10

12:10am Gremlins at Nitehawk Cinema - $11, children $9 (ages 8 and up with guardian)

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December 26

11:00am Sesame Street Celebrates Around the World at Sony Wonder Technology Lab - free with reservation

11:55am National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at Nitehawk Cinema - $11, children $9 (ages 13 and up with guardian)

2:20pm Oliver at Sony Wonder Technology Lab - free with reservation

2:30pm Elf (2003) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

3:00pm Frozen in 3D at the New York Hall of Science - $6, children $5; plus museum admission

4:40pm Elf (2003) at the New York Botanical Garden - included with all-garden pass admission

6:15pm The Polar Express in IMAX at Liberty Science Center - $11.25, children ages 2–12 $8.50

12:10am Gremlins at Nitehawk Cinema - $11, children $9 (ages 8 and up with guardian)

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