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Where to Watch Christmas Movies in Ann Arbor

There are a number of places to see Christmas Movies in Ann Arbor throughout the holiday season. What is your favorite Holiday Movie? I love Miracle on 34th Street. My husband’s favorite is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – he puts it on every year while his is wrapping presents. When she was younger, my daughter really enjoyed Home Alone. Maybe your favorite is Elf or A Christmas Story.

New Release Christmas Movies in Theaters

Glisten and the Merry Mission is an animated movie that opens on November 3 about Marzipan, a young elfling rediscovering the magic of the Christmas season. It is playing at Cinemark.

Journey to Bethlehem a live action musical opening on November 10. IMDB describes it as:

This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family, weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith, and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told, the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus.

IMDB Description of Journey to Bethlehem

See Classic Christmas Movies in Ann Arbor on the Big Screen

While new movies are great, I’m all about seeing our traditional favorites. Both Michigan Theater & Emagine have screenings of classic holiday movies. These include both old and newer classics (like Elf).

Michigan Theater

Michigan Theater offers several Christmas movies throughout the season.. They will have the Sing Along White Christmas on Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend and It’s a Wonderful Life December 22-23. The Free Holiday Classics series includes Muppets Christmas Carol, Polar Express, The Grinch, and Home Alone. They also have The Holiday as a late night showing in early December.


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Emagine & Cinemark

Emagine participates in the Flashback Cinema program which shows a classic movie on Sunday and Wednesday each week. They have holiday themed movies in November and December.

Cinemark also has special showings of older films.

Cinemark has It’s a Wonderful Life the weekend before Christmas.

All 2023 Christmas Movies Near Ann Arbor

Through November 18

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/05/2023
1:55pm
Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/05/2023
7:00pm
Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/08/2023
1:30pm
Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/08/2023
3:50pm
Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/08/2023
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: A Christmas Story
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/12/2023
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: Gremlins
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/12/2023
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: Gremlins
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/15/2023
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: Gremlins
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/15/2023
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: Gremlins
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan

November 19-25

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/19/2023
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: The Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/19/2023
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: The Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/22/2023
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: The Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/22/2023
3:40pm
Flashback Cinema: The Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/22/2023
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: The Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/24/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/24/2023
7:30pm
Sing Along White Christmas
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/25/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan

November 26-December 2

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/26/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/26/2023
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
11/26/2023
1:30pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/26/2023
7:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/27/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/28/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/29/2023
All Day
Elf (20th Anniversary)
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/29/2023
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
11/29/2023
7:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/01/2023
9:30pm
The Holiday
at State Theater, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/02/2023
10:30am
Arthur Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan

December 3-9

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
1:00pm
Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
1:00pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2023 Re-Release
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
1:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Elf
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
12/03/2023
1:30pm
The Polar Express - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: Elf
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
7:00pm
Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/03/2023
7:00pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2023 Re-Release
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/04/2023
6:00pm
Arthur Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/06/2023
1:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Elf
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/06/2023
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: Elf
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/06/2023
7:00pm
Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/06/2023
7:00pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2023 Re-Release
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/07/2023
7:30pm
The Holiday
at State Theater, Ann Arbor Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/09/2023
10:30am
The Polar Express
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/09/2023
6:00pm-8:30pm
Who-liday Movie Night
at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, Ann Arbor Michigan

December 10-16

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸ†“
12/10/2023
1:30pm
Dr Seuss The Grinch- Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/10/2023
1:30pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/10/2023
4:00pm
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/10/2023
4:00pm
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/10/2023
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/10/2023
7:00pm
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/11/2023
6:00pm
The Polar Express
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/13/2023
1:30pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/13/2023
7:00pm
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/13/2023
7:00pm
A Christmas Story 40th Anniversary
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/13/2023
7:30pm
Elf
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

December 17-31

Date/TimeEvent
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/17/2023
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸ†“
12/17/2023
1:30pm
Home Alone - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/17/2023
2:00pm
It's a Wonderful Life
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/17/2023
7:00pm
Flashback Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/18/2023
6:00pm
Dr Seuss' The Grinch
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/18/2023
7:30pm
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/19/2023
7:00pm
It's a Wonderful Life
at Cinemark Movie Theater, Ypsilanti Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/20/2023
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: It's a Wonderful Life
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/22/2023
7:00pm
It's A Wonderful Life
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
πŸ’™πŸŽŸ
12/23/2023
1:30pm
It's A Wonderful Life
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

Watch at Home

Our preferred way to watch Christmas movies and specials has always been at home.

Streaming Holiday Movies – To Be Updated for 2023

Disney+ is one of the leaders for Holiday Movies this year. They have the Happy Holidays Collection which gathers all of their holiday movies. They have classics like Miracle on 34th Street, the Home Alone series and the Santa Clause series – including The Santa Clauses which releases on November 16. Their animated movies include The Nightmare Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and more. We are looking forward to The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on November 25.

Netflix has White Christmas. They also have lots of original Christmas programming.

AppleTV+ will have the Charlie Brown Christmas and Spirited (November 18)

Amazon Prime includes Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooged, Christmas with the Kranks, and more.

Your DVD Collection

We are a bit old school – we own several of our favorite Christmas movies on DVD or BluRay. And now that we have a teen, we are branching out to more mature films.

No season is complete without at least one watching of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It was traditionally the movie my husband and I watched while we wrapped our daughter’s presents. But now she loves it, so it was upgraded to a general wrapping movie. But, this year we’re direct shipping most gifts so we’ll just have to watch it on any day.

A few years ago we introduced our teen to the debate of whether Die Hard is a Christmas Movie. I say yes – she and dad are more on the fence. My husband insists if Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, so is Lethal Weapon, so that’s what we watched last year.

TV Airings – To be Updated for 2023

Since I am old enough to remember not just a time before DVRs, but before VCRs, the best way to watch a Christmas classic was on TV. Now with a DVR, it is even easier to watch your Christmas favorite from a TV broadcast. Get your DVR ready to record Christmas movies. Also be sure to check for On Demand Availability.

TBS has A Christmas Story airing a few times and available via On Demand. They also have Christmas Vacation airing starting in November.

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas is always a great source for Christmas movies. AMC, TBS, and TNT are other good sources for Christmas movies.

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