Latchis presents holiday films for kids of all ages

BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts' popular Movies for Kids program presents a special holiday series on Sundays, Dec. 16, 23, and 30, at 11:30 a.m.

The series begins Dec. 16 with “Miracle on 34th Street,” the beloved 1947 classic starring Edmund Gwinn, Maureen O'Hara, and a very young Natalie Wood.

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa is thought to be crazy, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 6 and up.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11:30 a.m., it's the 2003 comedy classic “Elf.” Reminding us that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” the film stars Will Ferrell as a man-sized elf who is forced to leave the North Pole after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community because of ungainly size.

He journeys to the U.S. in search of his true identity and manages to teach audiences a thing or two about the Christmas spirit. Common Sense Media recommends “Elf” for kids ages 7 and up. People who go to the Latchis on Dec. 23 will have a chance to enter a fun Elf raffle.

On Dec. 30, at 11:30 a.m., get set to ring in 2019 with “Rudolph's Shiny New Year,” a 1976 animated gem from Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. When the baby New Year is reported as missing, Rudolph goes on a quest to find him. This 50-minute feature is recommended for ages 3 and up by Common Sense Media.

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