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Christmas Films at Ames Public Library

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Deck the Halls (DVD FAMILY DEC)  95 min.  2006. 

Two neighbors go to war when one of them decides to decorate his house with enough lights to be seen from outer space. The neighborhood is turned upside down as the families discover the true meaning of Christmas. Starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (DVD FAMILY DR)  105 min.  2001. 

Discover the magic of the Mean One this holiday season! Oscar-winning director Ron Howard and Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer bring Christmas' best-loved grump to life with the help of the irrepressible Jim Carrey as The Grinch.

Dr. Who: A Christmas Carol  (DVD TV DOC)  60 min. 2011. 

The only way the Doctor can rescue Amy and Rory from a crashing space liner is to save the soul of a lonely old miser, Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown.

The Dog who saved Christmas Vacation (DVD FAMILY DOG)  89 min.  2010. 

The Bannister family, including former K-9 police hero Zeus, is spending their holidays at a Rocky Mountain resort.  An unexpected visit from Uncle Randy and his poodle Bella and the arrival of a pair of bumbling thieves seem to send this holiday downhill fast!  Can Zeus solve the crime, save Bella and hit the slopes, all in time for Christmas Day?

Elf (DVD FAMILY ELF)  95 min.  2003. 

A human baby accidentally ends up at the North Pole and grows up with elves, who name him Buddy. When he is 30, Santa tells Buddy that he is really human, not elf. He decides to search for his father to find out where he belongs. He goes to New York City, where his father at first rejects him, and Buddy winds up in a department store where elves are working. At the same time, things are looking bad for Santa. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it is Buddy’s moment to shine.

The Family Stone (DVD DRAMA FAM)  106 min.  2006. 

Everett brings his fiancé Meredith to meet his family for the Christmas holiday. It’s an instant disaster when Everett’s parents, Sybil and Kelly, agree with their gay, deaf son Thad; pot-smoking son Ben; and daughters Amy and Susannah that Meredith is way too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Wanting to please Everett by getting along with his family, Meredith recruits her sister Julie to help her thaw the Stone family’s cold front.

Four Christmases (DVD COMEDY FOU)  88 min.  2009. 

When happily unmarried couple Brad and Kate find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided.  Out of obligation, and unable to escape, they trudge to not one, but four relative-choked festivities.

Fred Claus (DVD FAMILY FRE)  115 min.  2008. 

Fred Claus has lived in his little brother’s shadow for most of his life.  Fred is in jail and Nicholas has to bail him out on the condition he come to the North Pole and repay his debt.

Ghosts of Christmas Eve (DVD MUSICAL GHO)  46 min.  2001. 

A young runaway breaks into an old movie palace in search of shelter on a snowy Christmas Eve. There, an old caretaker uses the ghosts and spirits of the abandoned building to turn the girl’s life around. Features performances of Christmas favorites and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s arrangements of holiday classics.

Glad Christmas Tidings (DVD CONCERT MOR) 66 min. 2011. 

Each year the Christmas concert presented by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is seen by millions.  It is a full-scale production featuring world-class musicians, soloists, dancers, narrators and music that lives viewers in awe.

A Golden Christmas (DVD FAMILY GOL)  90 min.  2011. 

Rod and Katherine Wright are retired and living with their golden retriever, Jake.  Their neighbor, Lisa, has three golden retriever puppies that Jake loves to play with.  However, the dogs interrupt Lisa’s boyfriend when he proposes marriage to her, causing a breakup.  It’s up to Rod, Katherine and the retrievers to help bring the young couple back together again.

Holiday in Handcuffs (DVD FAMILY HOL) 266 min.  2011. 

Holiday in Handcuffs; Snow; Snow 2—originally broadcast as made-for-TV movies on ABCFamily.

Holiday Inn (DVD MUSICAL HOL)  101 min.  1942. 

A former song and dance man with an inn in New England is saved from financial disaster and a forlorn Christmas by the showmanship of old friends. The film stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Crosby performs the classic holiday song “White Christmas.”

Home Alone (DVD FAMILY HOM)  103 min.  1999. 

Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a Christmas vacation in France. Once he realizes they have left him "home alone," he learns to fend for himself and to protect his house against two bumbling burglars.

Home for Christmas: Images, Music and Memories of the Holidays (DVD CONCERT HOM)  43 min.  2008. 

Presents seventeen Christmas songs played by piano with accompanying rhythm section, set to images of the season.

Homecoming Christmas: From South Africa with the Homecoming Friends (DVD CONCERT GAI)  93 min.  2006. 

Join Bill and Gloria with the Homecoming Friends and others as they perform 39 Christmas songs.

The House without a Christmas Tree (DVD DRAMA HOU)  75 min.  1972. 

A young Nebraskan girl named Addie wants nothing more for the holidays than a Christmas tree.  Her bitter, widowed father refuses, but slowly learns the spirit of the season.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas (DVD FAMILY ILL)   86 min.  1998. 

A self-centered college student has one thing on his mind—get home for Christmas. Just days before his deadline he wakes up in the California desert—stranded and penniless, wearing a Santa suit and a white beard glued to his face! The closer Jake gets to home, the closer he gets to the true meaning of Christmas and family in this nonstop comedy of errors.

Irish Christmas: A Musical Celebration (DVD CONCERT IRI)  120 min.  2002.

Join a spectacular cast of singers and musicians for an enchanting evening of Irish Yuletide magic at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

It’s a Wonderful Life (DVD DRAMA ITS)  160 min.  1946. 

It is Christmas Eve, 1946, and George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody, who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life. George has performed a multitude of selfless acts—most importantly, preventing the town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore), from reducing Bedford Fall’s inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children is not enough to sustain George when he is faced with an $8000 shortage in his books. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born; and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he, in fact, never been born. Directed by Frank Capra.


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