East Dallas’ pop-up drive-in will show a month of Christmas classics as it kicks off its holiday program.

The Drive-In at The Central will feature favorites like “Elf,” “A Christmas Story,” “Home Alone” and more starting Dec. 3 in the grassy field off U.S. 75 at 2999 N. Carroll Ave. The lineup will run through Dec. 30. 

“Our traditional holiday events and travel to see family and friends will be different this year,” Rooftop Cinema Club founder Gerry Cottle said in a statement. “The drive-in has a unique way to fill that void this season, and we’re doing everything we can to bring some holiday cheer to our guests with a safe outing they can share with loved ones.”

The venue will be decked in Insta-worthy holiday decor, and staff in holiday sweaters will greet guests as they arrive. Santa will also make nightly appearances to collect Christmas wish lists.

Guests are encouraged to decorate their cars with Christmas lights or tinsel and participate in the drive-in’s “Deck the Cars” contest. Prizes will be given to the winners on select nights.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa or some gingerbread cookies from the concession stand, and settle in for these great movies.

Dec. 3 – Elf, Home Alone

Dec. 4 – The Grinch, Friday After Next

Dec. 5 – The Polar Express, Love Actually

Dec. 6 – Bridget Jones Diary (Community Screening)

Dec. 7 – Home Alone

Dec. 8 – The Best Man Holiday

Dec. 9 – Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban

Dec. 10 – The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf

Dec. 11 – Love Actually

Dec. 12 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Die Hard

Dec. 13 – A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Dec. 14 – Home Alone

Dec. 16 – It’s A Wonderful Life

Dec. 17 – The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf

Dec. 18 – The Polar Express, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Dec. 19 – Love Actually, The Holiday

Dec. 20 – Home Alone, The Night Before (Community Screening)

Dec. 21 – Elf, Elf

Dec. 22 – Elf, Elf

Dec. 23 – Elf, Elf

Dec. 26 – Guardians of The Galaxy, The Great Gatsby

Dec. 27 – Coco, Dazed and Confused (Community Screening)

Dec. 28 – Frozen II, Scream

Dec. 29 – Happy Feet, Friday

Dec. 30 – Ice Age, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The $5 community screenings, which take place every Sunday during the 8:15 time slot, will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Items can be donated to the food bank at every screening. Needed donations include rice, cereal, oatmeal, caned veggies, peanut butter, canned meat and canned fruit.


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