Holiday movie screenings in Nashville

From cult classics to kid-friendly flicks, and continuing the debate, “Is ‘Die Hard’ a holiday film?” These local showings cover all the bases.

Franklin Theatre at night with holiday decorations on its exterior.

‘Tis the season for popcorn and cozy movie nights.

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The best way to spread holiday cheer, is catching a movie showing with friends far and near. Local theaters and businesses have released holiday-themed screening schedules, and this roundup will leave you saying, “I’m booked” all month long.

Franklin Theatre

The Last Holiday” | Tuesday, Dec. 6 | 2:30 p.m. | Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central European hotel.

Elf” | Saturday, Dec. 10 | 10 a.m. | After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to his size, Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world and track down his father.

A Christmas Story” | Tuesday, Dec. 13 | 10 a.m. + 2 p.m. | In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

It’s a Wonderful Life” | Multiple dates | 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. | Through a series of flashbacks, George is shown what his town would look like if he wasn’t around for his good deeds over the years.

Seven more screenings at Franklin Theatre.

Belcourt Theatre

Dial Code Santa Claus” | Friday, Dec. 9 | 12 a.m. | This unheralded French gem shares essentially the same plot as “Home Alone,” filled with more style, bloodshed, and “Rambo” references.

Three Days of the Condor” | Saturday, Dec. 17 + Monday, Dec. 19 | Times vary | A CIA researcher uncovers top secret information and finds himself marked for death in Sydney Pollack’s tense holiday-adjacent thriller.

Die Hard” | Friday, Dec. 23 | 9:45 p.m. | New York City detective John McClane becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages on Christmas Eve.

14 more screenings at the Belcourt.

Jackalope Brewing Co.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” | Monday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. | Clark Griswold wants to have the perfect family Christmas, but as the holidays approach, his meticulous planning goes awry.

Layer Cake

The Grinch” | Tuesday, Dec. 6 | 6 p.m. | The reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville in this Dr. Seuess film adaptation.

The Santa Clause” | Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 6 p.m. | After Scott accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, he is transported to the North Pole, where an elf says he must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives.

The Polar Express” | Sunday, Dec. 25 | 6 p.m. | An inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

10 more screenings at Layer Cake.

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