“Doctor Who” Christmas special
Now is a good time to commit to the most important of modern holiday traditions: seeing this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special in a theater, surrounded by your fellow Whovians. Two local theaters are showing “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” in which the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) teams up with a superhero to save New York from brain-swapping aliens. All showings also include bonus material and behind-the-scenes footage. If previous Doctor Who Christmas specials are any indication, 75 percent of the audience will cry at least three times.
Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12, 671 N. Glebe Road, Arlington; Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16, 3575 Potomac Ave., Alexandria; Tue. & Dec. 29, 7 p.m., $15.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
If you’re not quite done with Christmas movies yet — and we aren’t! — “Miracle on 34th Street” (the 1947 classic, not the remake) is screening at the Miracle Theatre. In the film, a man named Kris Kringle steps in for the Macy’s Santa when that guy gets drunk before the parade (really). Then he claims that he really is Santa Claus, so of course everyone reacts appropriately by thinking he’s nuts and putting him on trial. If you really want to make a day of it, you can stick around for “Elf” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” both of which are screening afterward.
Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE; Fri., 4 p.m., $6.
“A Christmas Carol”
If you like your Dickens un-Muppeted, you should get help, because there’s something wrong with you. However, if you insist on seeing a version of “A Christmas Carol” with no Gonzo in it, the 1951 British film with Alastair Sim is for you. You know the story — mean guy, ghosts, kid with a crutch — but don’t lie and say that Scrooge’s transformation doesn’t warm your heart just a little bit.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu., noon, $10.