City Screen Picturehouse opens season of Christmas films today with The Grinch

City Screen Picturehouse: Season of Christmas films

CITY Screen Picturehouse is celebrating the Christmas season in York with a series of festive films ranging from modern animations to returning classics.

Festive cinema-goers can look forward to the likes of Elf, Frozen, Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life, complemented by many more.

Marketing manager Tiffany Winterburn says: “We have a fantastic selection of films this season to get you in the Christmas spirit and invoke that feeling of festive nostalgia.”

Parents will have plenty of options to entertain their little ones every Saturday morning this month at 11am at Picturehouse’s Kids’ Club, beginning today with The Grinch (2018), followed by Frozen on December 10, The Muppets Christmas Carol on December 17 and Polar Express on December 24. Tickets cost £3.

In keeping with tradition, Frank Capra’s 1946 fantasy It’s A Wonderful Life (U) returns to City Screen this month, marked by a dementia-friendly screening on December 19. 

An elderly angel is sent from heaven to help desperately frustrated businessman George Bailey (James Stewart) as he contemplates suicide. Taking George back through his life to point out what good he has done, the angel shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

The December 19 screening is open to all, but specifically for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers, who are welcome to join for free tea, coffee and mince pies and a chance to socialise for 30 minutes before the film starts at 12.45pm.

A full list of upcoming films and times can be found on the Picturehouse Christmas 2022 blog at Tickets are available from the Coney Street box office or at

CITY Screen York is selling a selection of Christmas gifts, notably City Screen Christmas Crackers, available exclusively in the cinema.

Each cracker contains: 

● One voucher for a free cinema ticket 

● One voucher for a free drink (house wine, draught beer, soft drink or hot drink)

● A bag of chocolate coins 

● A joke and a paper hat 

These crackers are 100 per cent plastic-free, printed using vegetable inks and produced in the UK, making for both a minimalist and environmentally friendly gift. £1 from every cracker sold is donated to Picturehouse’s partner charity, Refuge, for the provision of specialist support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. 

Crackers are available in singles at £16 or in a pack of six (£96). For more details, go to: