Experience the Magic: Top 6 Indianapolis Theaters to Watch Holiday Films

There’s nothing like celebrating the holidays with a good movie! And seeing your favorite Christmas movie on the big screen is even better. This year, there are lots of places to catch your favorite festive flick around town.

Here are some movies theaters where you can see classic holiday movies on the big screen around Indianapolis.

Flix Brewhouse

What: 25 Days of Flixmas

Where: Flix Brewhouse, 2206 E 116th St, Carmel

When: December 3-December 25, 2023

More info: flixbrewhouse.com/carmel

Watch your favorite holiday movie in the comfort of a full-service movie theatre! With admission to each Flixmas show, you’ll receive a scratch off ticket for a chance to win special prizes or free movies for a year. Plus, 

  • Four Christmases: Dec. 3
  • Elf: Dec. 4, 7, 15, 16, 17
  • Eight Crazy Nights: Dec. 7
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Dec. 6, 8, 12, 14, 20, 22
  • The Polar Express: Dec. 9, 10, 23, 24
  • A Christmas Story: Dec. 10, 13
  • Krampus: Dec. 11
  • White Christmas Sing-Along: Dec. 16, 23
  • Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch: Dec. 16, 17
  • The Holiday: Dec. 17
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Dec. 21
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 24, 25

Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort

What: Heartland Film Festival’s Merry Movie Nights

Where: Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence

When: December 7-December 10, 2023

More info: artsforlawrence.org

Come out to the Arts for Lawrence’s Theater at the Fort for this mini-movie series December 7-10, 2023. Tickets for adults are just $7, while kids and students get in for $5. The four-day series will feature six festive films. Each of the six screenings also includes a merry activation, like wine & chocolate tasting before “The Holiday” and Twinkies with “Die Hard.”

  • Dec. 7, 7 pm: The Holiday
  • Dec. 8, 6 pm: White Christmas Sing Along
  • Dec. 8, 8:30 pm: Die Hard
  • Dec 9, 5 pm: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (with live comedian opener)
  • Dec. 10, 2 pm: Home Alone
  • Dec. 10, 5 pm: It’s a Wonderful Life (with ugly sweater contest)

IMAX at the Indiana State Museum

What: The Polar Express: The IMAX 3D Experience

Where: IMAX at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis

When: December 1-24, 2023

More info: imax.com/imax-indiana-state-museum-oo

See The Polar Express on one of the biggest IMAX screens in the state of Indiana, and in 3-D! “Polar Express” is 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.

Skyline Drive-In Movie Theatre

What: Christmas at the Skyline

Where: Skyline Drive-In Movie Theatre, 3986 E Michigan Rd, Shelbyville

When: December 15, 16 & 17, 2023

More info: theskylinedrivein.com

Snuggle up in your vehicle while watching a back-to-back double feature of Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

On Friday, December 15, Santa arrives at 6 p.m. for fun and festivities before the drive-in movie double feature begins. Movies start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, December 16, Skyline will host a holiday market that opens at noon. Santa’s workshop opens at 1 p.m., and will feature toy making, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus and ornament decorating. Santa arrives at 6 p.m., and movies begin at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, December 17, the double feature movies begin at 7 p.m.

The Historic Artcraft Theatre

What: Christmas Movie Series

Where: The Historic Artcraft Theatre, 57 N Main St, Franklin

When: December 1-23, 2023

More info: historicartcrafttheatre.org

Watch your favorite holiday movie in the longest running-movie theatre in Franklin! The Artcraft Theatre remains one of the most intact Art Deco movie houses in central Indiana and is listed on the Indiana State Register of Historic Places. 

  • Elf: Dec. 1, 2 & 3
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 8, 9 & 10
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Dec. 15, 16 & 17
  • Jerry Navarro presents Music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: Dec. 21
  • Die Hard: Dec. 22 & 23

The Toby at Newfields

What: Cereal Cinema

Where: They Toby Theatre at Newfields, 4000 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis

When: Dec. 9, 2023

More info: discovernewfields.org

Get ready for a holiday treat with The Muppet Christmas Carol screened in 35mm! Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie! Cereal is included with tickets. This beloved classic tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) and his transformative journey toward redemption with the help of three ghosts and the lovable Muppets.

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