The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a lot of work. Pittsburghers looking for a much-needed break between preparing meals, hitting the Black Friday sales, and decking the halls should check out these festive local film events.
Zom-B-Rama Overnight Holiday Pajama Party with Zombie Santa – Monroeville Mall
Celebrate the busiest shopping day of the year with a good ol’ fashioned mall party. Join the Monroeville Zombies at midnight Thanksgiving night for the Zom-B-Rama Overnight Holiday Pajama Party at the Monroeville Mall. From 1 a.m. til dawn, guests can digest a day’s worth of turkey and stuffing while watching the Zombie Movie Overnight Marathon, with Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead, Land of the Dead, and Shaun of the Dead showing on two screens. There’s also plenty of other zombie-related activities, including zombie mini-golf, arcade games, and photo ops with Zombie Santa and his zombie elf team. Event runs from midnight Nov. 22nd until dawn Nov. 23rd. Pajamas are optional.
The Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater rings in the season with a full schedule of classic holiday films. First, it’s the Thanksgiving buddy comedy Planes, Trains, and Automobiles on Nov. 23rd and 24th, followed by the very merry screenings of It’s A Wonderful Life on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st; National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Dec. 7th and 8th; The Polar Express on Dec. 14th and 15th; and Scrooged on Dec. 21st and 22nd (all showtimes are at 10 p.m.). There’s also a special Cine Brunch screening of the musical White Christmas on Dec. 8th.
Kid’s Christmas Cartoonfest with Ian Petrella – Toonseum
On Dec. 1st, the Toonseum will show a collection of holiday favorites at their first ever Holiday Cartoonfest. The event begins at 11 a.m., with popular animations playing in their main gallery from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, special guest Ian Petrella (AKA Randy from A Christmas Story) will visit from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to oversee a special raffle where guests can win a Red Ryder BB Rifle signed by Petrella himself. Other activities include a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus, sing-a-longs, storytelling, and a Christmas craft station where kids can make their very own ornaments, cards and gifts, buttons, and more. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.
After Parade Party – The Hollywood Theater
Those attending the Firemen’s Holiday Parade in Dormont on Saturday, Dec. 1st should stop by the Hollywood Theater for a holiday kids matinée at 11:30 a.m. The theater will screen the 1970 television special Santa and the Three Bears and other holiday shorts. Guests can also warm up with $1 hot chocolate and popcorn specials. The event is free and open to the public.