Holiday & Winter Fun

Celebrate the season of cheer with these films about warmth, family and the magic of the holidays. These film programs invite audiences to get outside, play in the snow, and have fun!

All programs include theatrical screening and media education.

How to book?
Book a field trip or in-school session today.
Phone: 773.281.9075 ext. 3040

How much does it cost?
Field trips: Tickets are $6 per kid for groups of 25 or more and $7 for groups under 25. Chaperones attend free of charge based on an approximate 10:1 ratio of students to chaperones—there is a $10 fee for each additional chaperone. Refreshment packages are available.

In-School sessions: Session cost is determined by class size. We charge $8 per kid for groups of 50 or more, but there is a minimum fee of $400 for groups of 50 or less. There is an additional $100 fee for each additional 20 miles from Chicago.

Film still from Creature Comfort program

Creature Comfort

Grades K–2

It's winter, which means it's time to play in the snow! Join the characters in these short films as they embrace the change of season with friends and family.

Can Rita and Crocodile enjoy sledding and skiing together? Since Morningbird and Murmelton already live in the freezer and compete for who's the best at winter sports, what happens then when they turn the dial down a notch—or two? The furry creatures find refuge in an abandoned wooly mitten, but how can they all fit? Looking for the right outfit, busting the cool moves are all part of the plan to celebrate, with chums Spot and Splodge. In the last film, interspecies friendship is the name of the game when the bird buddies help a lost mouse get home for the holidays.

Films: Alien for Christmas, Rita and Crocodile: "Snow", The Mitten, Spot and Splodge: New Year's Disco Party, Morningbird and Murmelton on Winter Holiday, and Third & Bird: A Very Squooky Christmas.

63 mins with media education. Screened in English, German, French, and Swedish with English subtitles.


Film still from the From Time to Time program

From Time to Time


Grades 5+

Lose yourself in this fantastic film that boasts a powerhouse cast including Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour), and Hugh Bonneville (PBS' Downton Abbey). Written and directed by Emmy and Oscar award-winner Julian Fellowes.

With WWII coming to a close, and his father still missing in battle, Tolly is sent to the English countryside to live with his grandmother in their imposing ancestral home. Little does he know, the house is filled with ancient secrets just waiting to be explored. While the family arranges for Christmas, Tolly looks to solve the many mysteries hidden in the manor in this supernatural journey of friendship and self-discovery.

110 mins with media education. Screened in English.


Film still from Holiday Trimmings program

Holiday Trimmings

Grades 7–10

The characters in these films crave adventure and will stop at nothing for a thrill.

Christmas is just around the corner in this village of toys, but the unruly and impulsive clay duo, Cowboy and Indian, have just ruined Horse's Christmas cake and jeopardized their chance of receiving any presents! Join the hapless pair for a series of adventures as they attempt to correct their mistakes. Horse certainly has his hands full with these two—or should we say "hooves"!

Films: Mo Can Tie a Bow, Boris the Rat Dresses Warmly, Me and My Mouton, Squirrel and Swallow, The Marathon Diary, and A Town Called Panic—The Christmas Log.

85 mins with media education. English, German, Finnish, Norwegian, and French with English subtitles.


  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation