Where to Enjoy a Christmas Movie Around Ireland (And There’s a Drive In!)

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Everyone loves a Christmas movie, especially when it’s a classic. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids in the run up to Christmas, here’s Where to Enjoy a Christmas Movie Around Ireland (And There’s a Drive In!):

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There’s nothing more guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit than a good old Christmas movie. Here’s our roundup of where you can enjoy a Christmas Movie this year.

Where to Enjoy a Christmas Movie Around Ireland

Drive In Cinema at Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin

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Retro Drive-In Movies run at Leopardstown Racecourse; movies are shown in HD with the sound broadcast to your car radio on their very own Retro Drive-in Radio Station.

These showings still have tickets available at time of writing:

  • ​Love Actually Friday 13th December 2019 9pm
  • ​Elf (PJs and Pillows) Saturday 14th December 2019 3pm
  • Santa Claus – The Movie Sunday December 15th 3pm (PJs and Pillows) and 6pm

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Christmas Movies at Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran

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Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran are showing 2 classic Christmas movies:

  • Home Alone on Saturday 14 Dec 2pm and Sunday 15 Dec 2pm
  • It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday 22nd December 8pm

Frozen – Sing Along at Source Arts Centre

There’s a Sing Along showing of Frozen at Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Sunday 15th December 2019 at 2pm

It’s A Wonderful Life at Belltable

It’s A Wonderful Life has become required viewing during the Christmas period, and as part of the IFI touring season it will be shown at Belltable in Limerick on Monday 16th December at 5.15pm and 8pm.

Naughty or Nice Christmas Season at Palás Cinema, Galway

The Palás Cinema are running a whole month of Christmas films 1st December – 31st December 2019, including screenings of classic films as well as special screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas for its 25th anniversary. Here’s a selection of what they are showing:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life from 1st December 2019
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol from 1st December 2019
  • Elf from 4th December 2019
  • Home Alone Christmas Party from 7th December 2019
  • Miracle on 34th Street from 14th December 2019
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-along from 14th December 2019
  • Meet Me in St Louis from 17th December 2019
  • The Grinch (2000) from 21st December 2019
  • Home Alone from 22nd December 2019

Festive Fundraiser: Screening of The Snowman + The Snowman and the Snowdog

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Irish Osteoporosis Society (IOS) is delighted to host a seasonal screening of two Christmas classics based on the books by Raymond Briggs – The Snowman (27 mins) & The Snowman and the Snowdog (24 mins) on Tuesday 17th December 2019 6-7.30pm. The screenings will be introduced by Prof Moira O’Brien, Founder of the Irish Osteoporosis Society.

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins…Raymond Briggs’ favourite classic picture book adapted for film is a true piece of Christmas magic. Narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now loved throughout the world.

The Snowman and The Snowdog is the much-anticipated sequel to The Snowman.

The screenings will be held in the truly historic venue of Christ Church Taney, Dundrum, Dublin 14. All proceeds from the event will go to funding the ongoing work of the IOS in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis.

Why not bring your children and grandchildren to this family event. Bring a blanket or a cushion and snuggle up for a true Christmas treat. All welcome.

Tickets available to book online.

The Grinch at Mermaid Arts Centre

The Grinch will be shown at Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm.

Based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic, the Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.

Scrooge at Dunamaise Arts Centre

You can enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and a very warm welcome at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Wednesday 18th December, 11am and 8pm, when they show the 1951 version of Scrooge, based on Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story.

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The Snowman and StickMan at The Pavilion Wed 18th Dec

The Pavilion Theatre are showing a double bill of animated Christmas family shorts, one old and one new on Wednesday 18th December, 4pm

  • The Snowman takes a young boy on a magical journey, flying across countries and to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.
  • Based on Julia Donaldson’s (The Gruffalo) beloved picture book, Stick Man is picked up by a playful dog must make his way back home to his family for Christmas.

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Wizard of Oz Screening with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at National Opera House

Join the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for a truly magical seasonal favourite, a live screening of the wonderful Wizard of Oz takes place Thursday 19th December at 7.30pm.

The Greatest Showman Sing-Along at Riverbank Arts Centre

There will be a special sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman at Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare on Saturday 21st December 2019 at 2pm.

Home Alone in Concert

Enjoy the Home Alone movie on a huge screen with a 75 piece orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic music score to film and a full choir performing songs from the movie. In 3 locations:

  • 30th November – Royal Theatre, Castlebar
  • 1st December – The Convention Centre, Dublin
  • 2nd December – INEC, Killarney

Tickets priced from €28 – €56 (+ booking fee) available from Ticketmaster.ie.

Over to you now. Have you got any plans to take the kids to a drive in cinema? Tell us in the comments below. 

Where to Enjoy a Christmas Movie Around Ireland

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