COLDWATER – From tinsel to hot cocoa, Santa to elves, Tibbits’ offerings on the big screen this December will feature modern Christmas classics “ELF” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

For many people, one holiday tradition not to be missed is watching an array of classic Christmas films of the season, and Tibbits Opera House will be showing two of these films on the big screen in the historic theatre.  “It’s been a rough few years and we wanted to do something that would allow people to just have fun with the whole family. A great Christmas movie on the big screen with warm bag of popcorn is one of the best things about this season,” said Matt Biolchini, Tibbits Graphic Designer and Classic Film Series Curator.

“Elf” will show on Sunday December 12 at 2pm. In this family-friendly movie starring Will Ferrell along with Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, James Caan and Bob Newhart, Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who accidentally stowed away in Santa’s sack and ends up being raised by elves at the North Pole. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, adult Buddy travels to New York City in full elf uniform to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, a cynical businessman who is on Santa’s naughty list, has no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can and tries to build a relationship with Hobbs with increasingly chaotic results.

The second film showing in December on Sunday the 19 at 2pm will be the irreverent comedy, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” In this holiday favorite featuring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, it’s Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family celebration at home. Things however never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark’s continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious in-laws, cousin Eddie most of all, and his insistence on having the picture-perfect family Christmas. Through all the mishaps and catastrophes Clark tries to keep a positive outlook in the hopes that his Christmas bonus will soon be arriving.

More dates for the 2021-2022 Classic Film Series will be added soon. The entire Classic Film Series is sponsored by Dr. Matthew Christopher, DDS. Admission to the December films is free though donations are accepted.  Concessions, including a cash bar, will be available for purchase at Tibbits’ Ghost Light Bar. The theatre will open at 1:30pm with concessions and seating beginning at that time as well.

At this time, Tibbits is not mandating masks, but instead, STRONGLY ENCOURAGING everyone to please do his/her part. If you are ill or experiencing any symptoms, please DO NOT attend the movie.

For more information on these films or other upcoming events at Tibbits, please visit Tibbits.org or call 517-278-6029. Screenings are held at the historic Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St. Coldwater.