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Don't miss these 7 Christmas movies screening at Austin theaters
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The holiday season in 2020 already looks different than years prior, so whether you're struggling to get into the holiday spirit or already decorating your home with candy canes before Halloween, a good, old-fashioned holiday movie might be just what the doctor ordered.

The following titles can be viewed at a socially distanced movie festival, local theater or even from your couch. No matter the venue, holiday cheer is in store.


Elf

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This 2003 feel-good film follows Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell), a human who grew up working as one of Santa's elves, as he travels through New York City to try and reconnect with his dad. The Ferrell classic will kick off the Paramount Theatre's, Holiday Film Series this year, playing on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 and the downtown theater is operating at 25% capacity for maximum safety. Don't be a cotton-headed ninny muggins—you know you want to watch it on the big screen again.

"Elf" is also playing at Alamo Drafthouse and Blue Starlite Drive-in.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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When was the last time you watched a "Peanuts" movie? Whatever the answer is, it's time for another showing. After an announcement that the "Peanuts" movies would only be available on Apple TV Plus, national outcry and a petition with over 260,000 signatures, Charlie Brown's films will play this season on PBS. Snoopy and the crew's Christmas special will air on Dec. 13.

A Christmas Story

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Next up on the Paramount Theatre's list, "A Christmas Story" may not fill you with cheer, but it will definitely fill you with nostalgia. The 1983 classic has been playing every Christmas since its release. Striking fear into the hearts of children everywhere, this movie is responsible for some renowned one-liners that can't be missed. Catch the movie at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

"A Christmas Story" is also playing at Alamo Drafthouse and Blue Starlite Drive-in.

Die Hard

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Does "Die Hard" count as a Christmas movie? Either way, the movie takes place on Christmas Eve. You won't get your warm, happy cheer while watching this one but you will get your daily dose of thrills. Pick up your action-loving crew and watch the Bruce Willis classic at the Blue Starlite Drive-in on Friday, Dec. 4 at 10:15 p.m.

Home Alone

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8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) gets every kid's dream, and nightmare, when he is left home alone over the winter holidays when his family goes on a vacation to France. From there chaos ensues, making it a very untraditional holiday. The movie will leave you glad to be surrounded by family, despite staying home for the holidays. "Home Alone" is playing several slots at the Blue Starlite Drive-in, starting Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:15 p.m.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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No Christmas is complete without Chevy Chase—everyone knows that. Following the dysfunctional Griswold family, this move includes everyone's favorite Christmas traditions, from unannounced guests to electrocutions to SWAT raids. If you're looking to feel just a bit better about you and yours this year, catch "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m..

The movie is also playing several showings at the Blue Starlite Drive-in.

The Polar Express

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The ultimate feel-good Christmas movie, "The Polar Express" will bring you back to your childhood or let you view it from your kids' perspective. In a musical journey to meet Santa Claus, the movie charts an adventure for the ages, filled to the brim with thrills, cheer and Christmas spirit. "The Polar Express" is playing at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.

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