“Miracle on 34th Street”
Put the ho-ho-ho in holiday with “Miracle on 34th Street,” the 1947 Christmas classic that sets out to make you believe in Santa (and almost succeeds). When Macy’s employee and Santa skeptic Doris (Maureen O’Hara) needs to hire someone to staff the store’s North Pole, a man named Kris Kringle seems just right for the job. Granted, he also seems insane, since he claims to be the real Saint Nick. Will Doris learn to embrace the spirit of the season? Yes. Yes, she will. Because it’s a Christmas movie.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri. through Dec. 14, various times, $10.
Celebrate Christmas with the age-inappropriate mayhem of “Home Alone,” a highlight of the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse’s 2017 Christmas Movie Festival. Adorable imp Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) gets left behind by his family, eats a lot of pizza and … why are we telling you this? It’s “Home Alone.” You know what happens. Anyway, a $10 ticket gets you into the screenings of this and any other film in the festival, which wraps on Wednesday with “Gremlins.” Two violent movies for the price of one — it truly is the season of miracles.
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Thu., 7:45 p.m., Mon., 4:45 p.m., $10.
Stop arguing about whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie. No one cares, as it doesn’t affect the general awesomeness of the film. Spend that time embracing those movies that are unabashed about their membership in the holiday genre. One of them is 1954’s “White Christmas,” which features the song that’s now stuck in your head. Four performers put on a show (a CHRISTMAS show, of all things!) to save a friend’s failing Vermont inn. Bing Crosby will croon you into the Christmas spirit. There is no resisting.
Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE; Sat., 6 p.m., $8; Sun., 3:30 p.m., $6; Dec. 22, 6 p.m., $8.