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Christmas Films at Ames Public Library

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Joy to the World (DVD FAMILY JOY)  39 min.  2003. 

Scenes of Jesus Christ’s birth, ministry and life are accompanied by the heartwarming music of Christmas, performed by the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Joyeux Noel [Merry Christmas] (DVD FOREIGN JOY)  In French, English and German with English captions.  116 min.  2005. 

Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forged.

Keeping Up Appearances: Deck the Hall with Hyacinth (DVD COMEDY KEE)  165 min.  2003. 

Originally broadcast as four 30-minute episodes of the BBC-TV program. The episode “A Very Merry Hyacinth” finds Hyacinth roaring into the Christmas season and eventually ending up kissing a most unexpected partner under the mistletoe.

Love Actually (DVD COMEDY LOV)  135 min.  2003.  

This is the story of eight people who follow their hearts, falling in- and out of- love during five frantic weeks before Christmas in London, England.

Mary Christmas (DVD FAMILY MAR)  89 min.  2002. 

When 9-year-old Felice writes a letter to Santa asking for a “new mommy,” TV reporter Mary Maloney is assigned to cover the story. She spends the pre-Christmas holiday with Felice and her widowed father. Christmas magic arrives with a mystifying nanny.

Michael McDonald—This Christmas: live in Chicago (DVD CONCERT MCD)  85 min.  2010. 

Michael Mcdonald performs many Christmas favorites along with the band, Chicago’s, signature hits.

Miracle on 34th Street (DVD FAMILY MIR)  97 min.  1947. 

In this Oscar-winning classic, a Macy’s department store Santa, who insists his name is Kris Kringle, teaches everyone a lesson in love, faith, and the value of imagination.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (DVD DRAMA MOS) 257 min. 2011. 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Moonlight and Mistletoe; Christmas Choir—a holiday triple feature from ABCFamily.

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas (DVD DRAMA MR)  76 min.  2005. 

The true message of Christmas is shared by a widower with whomever he meets.  Features James Stewart and with a Christmas program of sacred songs and carols performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (DVD FAMILY NIG)  76 min.  1993.  

Here is the story of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king, who is bored with doing the same thing every year at Halloween. One day, he discovers Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get Halloween Town’s bats, goblins, and ghouls to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween—but alas, they can’t get it quite right.

Nothing Like the Holidays (DVD COMEDY NOT)  98 min.  2008. 

For the first time in years the entire Rodriguez clan comes home to Chicago to celebrate Christmas where traditions will be celebrated.  During this eventful week each family member will learn something about themselves and each other, and the healing power of laughter will work its magic.

The Nutcracker (DVD MUSICAL NUT)  93 min.  1993. 

A new movie version of a timeless Christmas story in which a young girl receives the gift of a nutcracker and a fantastic world is opened to her.

Off Season (VIDEO FAMILY OFF)  94 min.  2002. 

A 10-year-old, dealing with the loss of his parents and living with his aunt in a run-down Florida hotel, spreads a rumor that a white-haired guest is really Santa Claus.

An Old-fashioned Christmas (DVD FAMILY OLD)  90 min.  2003. 

A festive musical celebration of Christmas.  Includes performances of 35 favorite Christmas carols, accompanied by warm scenes of family life.

The Perfect Holiday (DVD FAMILY PER)  96 min.  2007. 

A single mother is raising her three children after divorce from her rapper ex-husband. Her oldest son wants his parents to get back together.  The youngest daughter would rather see her mom happy and decides to use Santa to get her wish. The kids practically compete to see who will win the war of love.

Prancer (DVD FAMILY PRA)  103 min.  1989. 

A little girl finds a wounded reindeer in the woods and believes it is Prancer. Her efforts to nurse it back to health so she can return it to Santa bring about wonderful changes in the lives of everyone—her father, their neighbor, a grouchy vet, and the people of the town.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Starring the Rockettes (DVD MUSICAL RAD)  80 min.  2008. 

This special 75th Anniversary DVD features all the best-loved performances of the Rockettes including: the Dance of the Nutcracker, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Santa’s Toy Headquarters, the Living Nativity and the arrival of Santa.


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