2021 Carolina Classic Holiday Movies

Greensboro, NC – The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro announces its annual Carolina Classic Holiday Movie lineup, featuring the return of classics It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, as well as oft-requested titles Die Hard and Elf, among many others.

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie tickets are $7, taxes and fees included. Essential Workers can buy one regular ticket, get one ticket free with code ESSENTIAL. Carolina Theatre Movie passes will also be accepted at door.

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NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION                                                                             Sunday, November 28, 7pm

It’s a picture of the perfect family holiday gathering – just kidding! Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas. Pestering his wife and children, he tries to make sure everything is in line with decking the halls and trimming the tree.  Of course, things quickly go hilariously awry. Eddie, the hick cousin and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers suddenly default on the holiday bonus he needs! Can Christmas be saved?!

Directed by Jeremiah Chechik. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid. 1989, Rated PG-13, 1 hour and 37 minutes.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET                                                                                                                  Monday, November 29, 7pm

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain's main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

Directed by George Seaton. Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood. 1947. Not Rated. 1 hour, 36 minutes.


Carolina Classic Holiday Movie ELF                                                                                                   Tuesday, November 30, 7pm

Buddy was just a toddler in an orphanage until he stole away in Santa’s sack of presents. Thankfully, Santa’s elves accepted the boy and gave him a home. As Buddy grows to adulthood, he is still unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t quite fit in – literally! Leaving the cheer of the North Pole, Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic and jolly results.

Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Zooey Deschanel. 2003. Rated PG. 1 hour, 37 minutes.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE                                                                                                                        Saturday, December 4, 7pm

George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate that he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. (He sacrificed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart.) As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls is he had never lived. 

Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Henry Travers. 1946, Rated PG. 2 hours and 12 minutes.


THE POLAR EXPRESS                                                                                                                                 Sunday, December 5, 2pm

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. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for this inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Tom Hanks. 2004. Rated G. 1 hour, 39 minutes.


WHITE CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                                    Sunday, December 5, 7pm

Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into General Waverly, the boys’ WWII commander, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! 

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. 1954. Not Rated. 2 hours.

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY                                                                                                                         Monday, December 13, 7pm

Nancy, a divorced mother of three, feels especially lonely during the holidays. Sensing her sadness, Nancy's youngest daughter Emily has a plan to make her mom happy again. She asks Benjamin, a department-store Santa Claus, to pay Nancy a compliment. And Benjamin, who is also a struggling songwriter, knows exactly the right words to say.

Directed by Lance Rivera. Starring Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Terrence Howard, and Queen Latifah. 2007. Rated PG. 1 hour, 36 minutes.

LOVE ACTUALLY                                                                                                                                     Tuesday, December 14, 7pm

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

Directed by Richard Curtis. Also starring Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, and many more. 2003. Rated R. 2h, 16m.


HOME ALONE                                                                                                                                   Wednesday, December 15, 7pm

When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother sends him to sleep in the attic. The next morning, 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. His excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, though, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O’Hara, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern. 1990, Rated PG, 1 hour and 43 minutes.


DIE HARD                                                                                                                                               Thursday, December 16, 7pm

New York City policeman John McClane is visiting his estranged wife and daughters on Christmas Eve. When he joins his wife at her office holiday party, the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise and everyone in it. McClane soon realizes that there is no one to save the hostages—except for him.

Directed by John McTiernan. Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, and Alan Rickman. 1988. Rated R. 2 hours, 12 minutes.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL                                                                                                       Monday, December 20, 7pm

The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets—Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, and Sam the Eagle—weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future.

Directed by Brian Henson. 1992. Rated G. 1 hour, 29 minutes.


A CHRISTMAS STORY                                                                                                                            Tuesday, December 21, 7pm

A beloved holiday classic based on author Jean Shepherd’s 1940s childhood, the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker are as relatable as they are hilarious. Nine-year old Ralphie spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air rifle. Unfortunately, his mother, his teacher, and even the Man in Red himself don’t agree. Determined to convince the world that it’s the perfect gift, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

Directed by Bob Clark. Starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, and Melinda Dillon. 1983. Rated PG. 1 hour, 34 minutes.

WHITE CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                         Wednesday, December 22, 7pm

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE                                                                                                    Thursday, December 23, 2pm and 7pm

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As the Carolina Theatre welcomes audiences back to Downtown Greensboro, here are the current COVID guidelines in place to keep guests, performers, and staff as safe and comfortable as possible:

  • Proof of full COVID vaccination or negative viral test within 72 hours of event will be required effective October 1, 2021.
  • Masks are required in accordance with the Guilford County Commissioners’ updated policy as of August 13, 2021. Everyone over the age of five must wear a face covering. (Concessions can be enjoyed once seated in the auditorium.)
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • Hand sanitation stations can be found throughout the theatre lobby, with regular cleaning of high-touch areas by theatre staff.
  • All theatre restrooms have been upgraded with touchless toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, and towel dispensers.
  • Paperless e-tickets are now in use for all events.

The Carolina Theatre’s in-person Box Office is open Monday through Thursday, from noon until PM.

Guests can also email ticketing questions to boxoffice@carolinatheatre.com.