Christmas drive-in cinema back in Bolton by popular demand

Christmas drive-in cinema back in Bolton by popular demand <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Christmas drive-in cinema back in Bolton by popular demand (Image: PA)

The Christmas drive-in cinema is set to come back for another year of festive films, after a huge success last year.

The outdoor cinema is on the Bolton Arena grounds, and they will be hosting a weekend of festive films on December 22 and 23, from 3.30pm to 6pm.

The Refresh Café will also be open during the screening, offering festive drinks, snacks and festive goodies.

Thursday, December 22

The Grinch - Gates open at 3pm, with the film starting at 3.30pm

Families will be able to enjoy the classic tale of The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, who both live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet.

His main source of aggravation comes during Christmas time when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang.

When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realises there is one way to gain peace and quiet and that’s when he hatches the perfect scheme.

Home Alone – Gates open at 5pm, with the film starting at 6pm

It wouldn’t be Christmas without this film. It tells the story of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, and his mum makes him sleep in the attic.

After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true.

But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Friday, December 23

Nativity! - Gates open at 3pm, with the film starting at 3.30pm

The film follows the hilarious story of a primary school teacher, who was once a failed actor in a former career.

She is given the task of directing the school's Nativity play, which doesn't have a positive track record.

Attitudes change however, when it transpires that a Hollywood producer is coming to film the play.

Elf - Gates open at 5.30pm, with the film starting at 6pm

Will Ferrell plays Buddy in this ultimate Christmas classic, where he was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves.

Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.

To book, click here or visit the Eventbrite website.

The screen will be located in the car park of the arena.

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