Film on the Rocks: Holiday Drive-In Series brings Christmas movies to Red Rocks

The continuing, sold-out success of Denver Film’s annual Film on the Rocks series at Red Rocks Amphitheatre has now birthed a sibling.

Film on the Rocks: Holiday Drive-In Series kicks off Friday, Nov. 25, with a baker’s dozen of crowd-pleasing films that tap our nostalgia and seasonal sentimentality, such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “Love Actually,” “Gremlins” and “Die Hard.”

Tickets cost $59.50 per car, per film, and will include a movie-themed snack pack. Passes are on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 via redrocksonline.com.

Like the warm-weather Film on the Rocks, the outdoor series — not to be confused with the Holiday Twin drive-in in Fort Collins — is set against the majestic natural backdrop of the famous amphitheater. As with summer 2020, it’s taking place in the parking lot and not in the seated amphitheater. (Although it’s easy to see people sitting happily in the snow for a couple of hours at Red Rocks, given that this is Colorado.)

“For more than two decades, Film on the Rocks has been delivering memorable summer traditions and experiences to our audiences,” said Kevin Smith, chief marketing officer for Denver Film, in a press statement. “Beginning this year, we’re excited to join our partners at Denver Arts & Venues to extend that experience and help create some stand-out winter memories for thousands of our guests around some of their favorite holiday films.”

Programmers will screen 13 “all-time holiday classics, including a season cartoon before each feature film,” according to the press statement. The program in partnership with Red Rocks owner and city agency Denver Arts & Venues, runs weekends through Dec. 12. It also kicks off just a couple of weeks after the finale of Denver Film’s 44th Denver Film Festival.

Holiday Drive-In movies will be presented on a 48-foot by 28-foot LED screen in the Red Rocks Lower South Lot 2 parking area, with sound delivered through a designated FM radio frequency. Guests are required to remain inside their vehicles for the duration of the events, organizers said, with gates opening an hour before the show with a 350-vehicle capacity.

Here’s the full lineup:

“Planes, Trains & Automobiles” — 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” — 8 p.m. Friday, Nov 26

“Polar Express” — 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27

“Die Hard” — 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27

“Home Alone” — 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28

 “Gremlins” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3

“Jingle All the Way” — 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

“Batman Returns” — 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5

“Love Actually” — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10

“The Preacher’s Wife” — 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 11

“Scrooged” — 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11

“A Christmas Story” — 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12

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