Holiday cheer will be spread at Hot Docs Cinema’s Free Festive Favourites series screenings, featuring the Christmas slasher Black Christmas, the 1984 black comedy-horror Gremlins, the lavish Technicolor Irving Berlin musical White Christmas, the beloved Dickens’ adaptation and cult-classic The Muppet Christmas Carol; the nostalgic comedy A Christmas Story; the 1990 family blockbuster Home Alone; Frank Capra’s heartwarming classic It’s a Wonderful Life; Bruce Willis’s explosive action film Die Hard; and everyone’s holiday guilty pleasure, Love, Actually.

All screenings are free (Max of two per person) and please bring a cash gift or non-perishable food item for The Stop, providing meals to those in need. More info and tickets here.

D: Bob Clark | Canada | 98 min | 1974
The ultimate Christmas slasher! A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

Friday, December 9 / 9 PM
Friday, December 23 / 9:15 PM

D: Joe Dante | USA | 106 min | 1984
A young man inadvertently breaks the three essential rules concerning his new Christmas pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on his picturesque small town.

Tuesday, December 13 / 7 PM
Tuesday, December 20 / 1 PM

D: Michael Curtiz | USA | 120 min | 1954
A successful song-and-dance team becomes romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save a failing Vermont inn, all culminating in a show-stopping performance on Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 16 / 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 18 / 4 PM

D: Brian Henson | USA | 85 min | 1992
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic Charles Dickens’ tale of old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 17 / 1 PM

D: Bob Clark | USA, Canada | 94 min | 1983
The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.

Sunday, December 18 / 11 AM
Sunday, December 25 / 4 PM

D: Chris Colombus | USA | 103 min | 1990
Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin McCallister must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Monday, December 19 / 1 PM

D: Frank Capra | USA | 131 min | 1946
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Monday, December 19 / 4 PM
Friday, December 23 / 12:30 PM

D: Richard Curtis | UK, France, USA | 135 min | 2003
Love is all around—and so is heartbreak—as multiple couples navigate romance, family, weddings and airports at Christmastime.

Wednesday, December 21 / 1 PM 

D: John McTiernan | USA | 132 min | 1988
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Sunday, December 25 / 7 PM


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