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Where to Watch Christmas Movies in Ann Arbor

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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.Β My husband’sΒ 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.


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New Release Christmas Movies in Theaters

Spirited is a new musical based on a Christmas Carol starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. It releases in theaters on November 11 and will be on AppleTV+ starting November 18. The movie is rated PG-13, so better for tweens-adults.

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. The Free Holiday Classics series includes Elf, The Shop Around the Corner, A Christmas Story, and Muppets Christmas Carol


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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. Note Emagine lists Elf as the Flashback Cinema movie for December 4 & 7. However, at the time of publication (November 9), the Saline theater has no showings listed. We will check again as it gets closer.

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

All 2022 Christmas Movies Near Ann Arbor

Through November 19

Date/TimeEvent
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11/13/2022
1:15pm
Flashback Cinema: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/16/2022
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/16/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan


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November 20-26

Date/TimeEvent
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11/20/2022
1:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/20/2022
6:30pm
Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/23/2022
12:45pm
Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/23/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Polar Express
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/25/2022
7:30pm
Sing Along White Christmas
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

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November 27-December 3

Date/TimeEvent
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11/27/2022
12:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/27/2022
1:30pm
Elf - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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11/27/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/30/2022
12:00pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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11/30/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: White Christmas
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan

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December 4-10

Date/TimeEvent
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12/04/2022
1:30pm
The Shop Around the Corner - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI


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December 11-17

Date/TimeEvent
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12/11/2022
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: Scrooge
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/11/2022
1:30pm
A Christmas Story - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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12/11/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Scrooge
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/14/2022
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: Scrooge
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/14/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: Scrooge
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan

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December 18-31

Date/TimeEvent
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12/18/2022
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/18/2022
1:30pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol - Holiday Classic Film Series
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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12/18/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/21/2022
1:00pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/21/2022
6:15pm
Flashback Cinema: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
at Emagine Saline, Saline Michigan
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12/23/2022
12:00pm-2:00pm
Movie & Popcorn
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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12/23/2022
7:30pm
It's A Wonderful Life
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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12/28/2022
12:00pm-2:00pm
Movie & Popcorn
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan
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12/30/2022
12:00pm-2:00pm
Movie & Popcorn
at Northfield Township Area Library, Whitmore Lake Michigan


Watch at Home

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

Streaming Holiday Movies

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.


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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.

Two 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

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.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Check out the 25 Days of Christmas lineup. Full schedule: Freeform.com/25DaysSchedule

Posted by Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas on Tuesday, November 1, 2022


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