Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Vancity Theatre is showing The Muppet Christmas Carol Dec. 21.

Vancouver movie theatres are opening up their screens once again this holiday season. This year’s crop of special Christmas-y type screenings include a selection of free movies at the Vogue Theatre, a tussle between Vancity and Scotiabank to lure in people who can’t get enough of It’s a Wonderful Life, and perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol ever attempted – by Muppets. But what we want to know is – who’s screening Bad Santa?

The Polar Express 4-D Experience (until Jan. 4 2015 at the Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way) – The 10th anniversary of the animated film based on the classic children’s book gets the 4-D treatment. This includes “the rumble of the train, falling of magical snow and heavenly scent of hot chocolate,” according to the Vancouver Aquarium website. Check out showtimes at vanaqua.org.

Santa vs. the Snowman (Omnimax Theatre at Science World, 1455 Quebec St.) – Well, we can’t vouch for this one. But apparently it’s from the Academy Award nominated team that brought the world Jimmy Neutron. According to the Omnimax website, you’ll meet “a lonely snowman who is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa’s Village, only to then wage war on Santa—jealous of all the attention Santa gets during Christmas time.” For showtimes etc, visit scienceworld.ca.

The Light Before Christmas (Omnimax Theatre at Science World) – A stop-motion, animated film in which two lost children, Katie and Makean, are rescued by their friend the Candleman—an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate and stories. For showtimes etc, visit scienceworld.ca.

It’s a Wonderful Life (12:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Theatre, 900 Burrard St., and 4:15 at Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Dec. 20) – Boy, this one’s popular. Both Vancity Theatre and Scotiabank Theatre are airing out the Frank Capra classic, and (coincidentally) on the same day. It stars James Stewart and is probably on TV somewhere right now. Visit cineplex.com or viff.org for tickets.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (3 p.m. Dec. 21 at Vancity Theatre) – The first Muppet film made after the death of creator Jim Henson in 1990, The Muppet Christmas Carol follows Charles Dickens’s original 1843 novel closely – it may in fact be one of the most faithful adaptations yet. The movie stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge along with the usual cast of Muppets, including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Statler and Waldorf (as the deceased Marley brothers) and more.

Free Christmas Movies for the Food Bank (Dec. 16-18 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.) – You can also catch Love Actually (Dec. 16), The Polar Express (Dec. 17) and/or Elf (Dec. 18) FREE with a donation to the Vancouver Food Bank. Movies start at 7 and staff will be serving beer and wine, the way movies were meant to be seen, as well as popcorn.

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Bill Nighy and friends in Love Actually.

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One Response to Where to watch holiday movies in Vancouver

  1. Brenda

    I’ve seen Santa vs the Snowman…it’s really good !