Sometimes we all need to take a break from the hustle & bustle and get lost in the joy of a Christmas Movie. We’ve tracked all the places you can catch a local Holiday movie showing to make it easy for you to plan a night out with your family, including outdoor Christmas movie options where you can enjoy a movie under the stars.
Prefer to enjoy Christmas Movies from your own couch? Fix a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and settle in for a Christmas movie or TV Special at home. While you can always find something to stream these days, there are also some fun Holiday Specials on TV for one night only including a live production of the Grinch, a Minions Holiday Special, and a Disney Holiday Sing Along. See below for a list of can’t miss TV Shows and Christmas Movies in November and December.
Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities from September 27 - October 2. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.
Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.
2021 LOCAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE SHOWINGS
Silver Moon Drive In Christmas Movies
The Silver Moon Drive-In has two screens with double features seven nights a week. Listen to the movie through your FM car radio. Admission is $7/person for ages 10+ and $3 for ages 4 – 9.
They have Christmas Movie Marathons planned in December, plus Christmas movies on weeknights. Check the Silver Moon Website or Facebook page for their December schedule and more Christmas movies at the Drive-In!
Polk Theater Christmas Movies
The historic Polk Theater in Downtown Lakeland often shows Christmas movies in December and even has Dinner + a Movie during the holidays. Check the Polk Theater calendar for upcoming event showtimes. Movies are usually $5/person.
2021 CHRISTMAS MOVIES + TV SPECIALS
While you can find Christmas movies streaming 24/7 these days, below you’ll find a list of TV Specials and brand new Christmas Shows you don’t want to miss! Search your local listings in advance to find these holiday favorites:
- A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- National Dog Show
Favorite Christmas Movies + TV Specials
- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon)
- The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf’s Story
- Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
- Toy Story That Time Forgot
- World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
- A Minions Holiday Special
- Disney’s Prep & Landing
- Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice
- The Disney Holiday Singalong (ABC)
- CMA Country Christmas
- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Rockefeller Center
- The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC)
- Shrek the Halls
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- A Christmas Story – December 24 at 8pm through December 25 at 8pm on TBS
- Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration (ABC)
CHANNELS WITH HOLIDAY MOVIES + TV SHOWS
Freeform’s Kickoff to Christmas
November 1 – 30 on the Freeform Channel
Enjoy a full 30 days of Movies on Freeform before we even get to December!
Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule
December 1 – 25 on the Freeform Channel (click to find the channel number)
Catch Christmas favorites like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Polar Express, Scrooged, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, and MANY more.
AMC’s Best Christmas Ever
November 1 – December 25
AMC’s annual “Best Christmas Ever” programming event returns this holiday season with a slate of 835 hours of holiday classic films and family favorites airing all day, every day on AMC beginning November 2 through December 25. AMC will be the exclusive home to such holiday favorites as Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, Love Actually, Four Christmases, among many others. A majority of titles will also be available on-demand on AMC.com and the AMC app.
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Wednesdays in December at 8pm on ABC
“The Great Christmas Light Fight” features families and neighborhoods from across America decorating their homes to the extreme for Christmas in hopes of winning a cash prize and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The series will air on Wednesdays in December.
You can also find plenty of Christmas movies streaming on Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, and more.
Christmas Events + Holiday Activities
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.