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Get Cozy with Holiday Movies in Des Moines

You’ve shopped, you’ve baked, and you’ve even joined in on some reindeer games. Now it’s time for another beloved holiday tradition: festive movies. From classic to modern, animated to live-action, you can see a holiday classic, many for FREE, right here in Des Moines.  Read on for your guide of where you can cozy up with your kiddos and watch classic holiday movies in Des Moines. 

The Polar Express

See this holiday classic in IMAX at the Science Center of Iowa. “The Polar Express” tells of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

When: Now through December 11th, 2016; multiple show times

Where: Science Center of Iowa; 401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50309

Cost: Non-Members – Adults (ages 13-64) $9.00; Child (ages 2-12) $7.00; Seniors (ages 65+) $7.00

It’s a Wonderful Life

This holiday classic is set in the fictional town of Bedford Falls. The plot revolves around George Bailey (played by James Stewart), the hard-working owner of a small savings and loan company, who must face a financial crisis not of his own making. Through the intervention of an angel, the distraught George learns just how much his life, though constantly fraught with personal disappointment, has meant to other townspeople.

When: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 1:30 to 3:45 pm

Where: Franklin Avenue Library; 5000 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Cost: FREE

Home Alone

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

When: Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 am

Where: Flix Brewhouse; Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Rd #1300, Des Moines, IA 50310

Cost: $5.00

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. Popcorn also will be served FREE of charge.

When: Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Valley Community Center; 4444 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cost: FREE

Arthur Christmas

Wear your best PJs for UCAN’s 2nd Annual Community PJ Party & Movie Night. Kids can join UCAN and the Urbandale United Church of Christ for dinner, crafts and a movie! Warm up with grilled cheese and soup and make crafts from 5:30-6:15pm. At 6:15 pm they will start the super fun holiday movie “Arthur Christmas” in the church sanctuary.

When: Friday, December 9th, 2016 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Where: Urbandale United Church of Christ; 3530 70th St, Urbandale, IA 50322

Cost: FREE

The Polar Express

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. This special holiday family feature is a small children/baby friendly showing.

When: Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 am

Where: Flix Brewhouse; Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Rd #1300, Des Moines, IA 50310

Cost: $5.00

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Popcorn also will be served FREE of charge.

When: Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Valley Community Center; 4444 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cost: FREE

It’s a Wonderful Life

After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there.

When: Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm

Where: Flix Brewhouse; Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Rd #1300, Des Moines, IA 50310

Cost: $5.00

The Polar Express

Wear your PJ’s and come for FREE hot cocoa, marshmallows, candy canes and popcorn at the Valley Community Center. They will read the book at 10:00 am and then start the Movie in the Café space on the BIG projection screen.

When: Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Valley Community Center; 4444 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Cost: FREE

The Polar Express

Enjoy the holiday classic “The Polar Express” (G) at the Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny.   Based on the book of the same name, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

When: Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 am

Where: Kirkendall Public Library; 1210 NW Prairie Ridge Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021

Cost: FREE

Elf

This movie (PG) is about Buddy, a human baby who has been raised as one of Santa’s elves. At the age of 30, he sets out to find his human father. In the meantime, Santa runs into trouble, and Buddy might be the only one who can help him. Bring your pillows, snacks, and a covered drink. Popcorn provided while supplies last.

When: Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 2:00 to 3:45 pm

Where: North Side Library; 3516 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

Cost: FREE

Frozen

Step inside your favorite winter movie and experience “Frozen” as you never have before! Singing, crafts, snowstorms, and snacks all can be expected.  All ages welcome!

When: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Urbandale Public Library; 3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322 

Cost: FREE

 

What are your must-watch holiday movies? Let us know in the comments section below!

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