Every year around this time, local movie houses share Christmas cheer with holidays movies. Best of all - they are often free and have extra goodies.
Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora. The "Hollywood Holidays" film series starts Nov. 24 with "A Prince for Christmas," a locally made romance that shows the picturesque village to holiday perfection. On Nov. 25, see the Will Ferrell comedy "Elf" and "White Christmas" on Nov. 26. Also coming: "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Dec. 2; "Miracle on 34th Street," Dec. 3; "Arthur Christmas," Dec. 9; "A Christmas Story," Dec. 16; "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 17 and "The Polar Express," Dec. 24. Doors open at 10 a.m., the movies start at 11 a.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or a financial donation for Kaely’s Kindness and Toys for Tots.
Lockport Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport. As part of Lockport's kick off to the holiday season, the Lockport Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lockport) is showing two free movies on Nov. 25. At 10 a.m., see Will Ferrell in "Elf." Later, after you've enjoyed the festivities including a parade (6 p.m.) and tree lighting at the Palace (6:45 p.m.), watch "The Polar Express" at 7:15 p.m. See lockportpalacetheatre.org for full details.
Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg. As part of the Hamburg Theatre's holiday programming, it will present a free screening of "The Polar Express" at 11 a.m. Nov. 26. Also on the schedule: "It's a Wonderful Life," Dec. 17 and "A Christmas Story" on Dec. 23. Movies start at 11 a.m. and are free.
North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The neighborhood theater has a holiday tradition of showing "It's a Wonderful Life" that continues this year. The Jimmy Stewart film will be shown Nov. 25 and 26. It will be followed by "A Christmas Story," Dec. 2 and 3 and the Barbara Stanwyck classic "Christmas in Connecticut," Dec. 9 and 10. Movies start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $5.