Hallmark Movie Sew Days in Three Little Birds: While it’s fun to get lost in the familiar plot of a holiday movie — oh look, a busy big-city business executive has to return to his small hometown and save a beloved inn/bakery/tree farm — those stories are great, too. background noise while working on other activities. Three Little Birds, a sewing studio in Hyattsville, knows and appreciates this. Hallmark Movie Sew Days lets you use the store’s sewing machines, cutting tables and tools in a three-hour block while watching Hallmark movies and sipping hot cocoa. Bring a personal project or pick up a new embroidered piece in store. Friday at 11am, 2pm and 6pm $20.
Holiday Movie Pajama Party in Boro: This family-friendly show at the Showplace Icon Theater in Tysons has a bonus for spoiled parents: no need to convince the kids to change into their pajamas! Admission includes a choice of three movies in the upper-level theater—“Arthur Christmas,” “The Polar Express” or “Elf”—and popcorn and a small apple juice, followed by music, crafts and more in the lobby. and a photo booth. Saturday. Movies start at 9:45, 10 and 10:15 a.m. $8.
‘Elf’ Movie Festes at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud enough for everyone to hear, or attend an interactive screening of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s “Elf,” where audience members don elf hats and bells and recite favorite lines with the characters. sing along to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Performances are held at the Bryant Street NE and Crystal City locations. From Saturday to Monday. Hours vary by location. $16-$17.
Christmas horror movies at Suns cinema: Feel-good movies are a staple this time of year, but some of us will gladly trade the sweet saccharin for blood and gore. Mount Pleasant art house Suns Cinema has some unusual offerings between “Gremlins” and “Die Hard,” including French cult film “Dial Code Santa Claus” (think “Home Alone” with a kid fighting a murderous Saint Nick ); The self-explanatory “Silent Night, Deadly Night”; and “Don’t Open Till Christmas,” the 1984 slasher film “‘Twas the night before Christmas, and throughout the house, not a creature was moving – everyone was dead!” Various dates and times. $12.
‘A Muppet Christmas Carol’ at the Kennedy Center: 30 years after its theatrical release, “A Muppet Christmas Carol” is still a family favorite. English actor Michael Caine, better known for playing spies and gangsters, plays a non-cruel Scrooge in this musical version, Kermit the Frog is Bob Cratchit and Gonzo Charles Dickens, the narrator, is accompanied by Rizzo the Rat. The screening takes place in the Justice Forum Room at Reach, and although the Kennedy Center website says tickets are sold out, same-day tickets will be available at the State Hall box office. Sunday at 15:00 Free.
Spoons, Toons and Booze Christmas Special at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse: Charlie Brown and the Grinch get all the love this time of year, but in the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed like every Saturday morning cartoon franchise had a Very Special Holiday Episode, from He-Man and the Smurfs to X . Men and Robotech. The annual Spoons, Toons and Booze screening brings everyone together for a morning of classic cartoons, plus an all-you-can-eat “cereal sugar bar,” cereal-inspired cocktails, an ugly sweater contest, and more holiday fun. December 17 and 18 at noon. $15.