If you enjoy seeing a movie on the big screen on Christmas Day or a family outing with the kiddos over the holiday break, we’ve put together a list of movies releasing in December 2018 that you might not want to miss and some movie ticket discount information.
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New movie releases December 2018
Here is a list of new and recommended movies releasing in December 2018. Any of these would make a great Christmas Eve or Christmas Day movie break, as well as New Years Eve or New Years Day, or anytime over the winter holiday break. Check our big list of movie theaters in the Puget Sound region.
Listed in order by rating from PG to R
- Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)
- Stan & Ollie (PG)
- Aquaman (PG-13)
- Bumblebee (PG-13)
- Holmes and Watson (PG-13)
- Mortal Engines (PG-13)
- On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)
- Welcome to Marwen (PG-13)
- Destroyer (R)
- Mary Queen of Scots (R)
- The Mule (R)
- Vice (R)
Popular Redbox Christmas Movies
However, if you want to stay home and watch a Christmas movie, we pulled together a list of holiday-themed films available at Redbox. We chose a wide range of Christmas films, including familiar classics and heartwarming stories, as well as some light romps and dark tales to please a wide range of tastes.
Listed in order by rating from NR to R
- Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (1977, NR). Charming tale from Jim Henson Home Entertainment.
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1967, NR) animated classic by Chuck Jones.
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947, NR) classic old-fashioned story about believing in Christmas.
- White Christmas (1954, NR). Real schmaltz with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen.
- Polar Express (2004, G), animated and thoughtful tale with the voice of Tom Hanks.
- A Christmas Story (1983, PG) classic movie set in the 1940s starring a bb-gun and a leg lamp.
- Arthur Christmas (2011, PG) animated colorful about Santa’s secret to delivering presents worldwide in one night.
- Elf (2004, PG) with Will Farrell as you-know-who is a lighthearted family comedy.
- The Man Who Invented Christmas (2018, PG) recounts Dicken’s writing A Christmas Carol.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG). Tim Burton’s stunning and original stop-motion animated tale.
- Edward Scissorhands (1990, PG-13). Another beloved and surprising Tim Burton story.
- Joyeux Noel (2006, PG-13), originally “Merry Christmas” about the Christmas Eve truce in WWI.
- National Lampoon Christmas Vacation (2016, PG-13). Farcical holiday fun with the Griswold family.
- Scrooged (1988, PG-13). Modern take on Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” with Bill Murray.
- Bad Santa (2004, R). Billy Bob Thorton as a raunchy Santa, with surprisingly poignant moments.
- Better Watch Out (2017, R). A macabre movie for those who want some horror for their holiday.
- Carol (2016, R) with Cate Blanchett details an intimate relationship between two women in the 1950s.
- The Best Man Holiday (2013, R). Old friends reunite over the Christmas holiday, bringing forth old rivalries and romances.
- Trading Places (1983, R). Hilarious Robin-Hood-esque romp with Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd at their absolute best.
- Love Actually (2003, R) is a complicated story that follows a dozen people with romantic issues one Christmas in England.