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The pinnacle of holiday memories is watching Uncle Billy nearly ruin everyone’s bank accounts in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It’s showing at the AFI Silver, but you can really “Auld Lang Syne” it up with the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse’s “It’s a Wonderful Night at the Drafthouse” parties, which include a screening of the movie and four free tickets to a future movie for anyone wearing an ugly Christmas sweater or dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, a reindeer (must include more than just antlers) or a character from the movie.

AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Dec. 16-22, various times and prices.
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 17-21, various times, $6.50.

‘Elf’
If smiling is your favorite, you can see “Elf” at an Alamo Drafthouse movie party. It’ll be like a PG-rated “Rocky Horror,” with props (such as white balloons for the snowball fight), bells and a “smell-along” card to sniff at certain points in the movie. More importantly, Alamo is suspending its usual “absolutely no talking seriously we will kick you out” policy to allow guests to say their favorite lines — or sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — along with the movie. If you’d like to save some money and avoid group singing, you and the kiddies can see “Elf” for free at the AFI Silver on Dec. 10.

Alamo Drafthouse, 20575 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn, Va.; Dec. 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m., $14. AFI Silver; Dec. 10, 11 a.m., free.

‘Home Alone’
With the Christmas spirit hanging in the air like so many hot steam irons, celebrate the Prince of Peace by watching Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern get hurt a lot in the new holiday classic “Home Alone.”

Angelika Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Sat., 10 a.m., $7.

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