Pasadena's Free Holiday Treat

Santa'll be visiting with movie-goers at this yearly tradition.

December is a pretty famous coming-together time for a lot of people, both physically and in spirit.

We also come together on the things we like and don't like about the holidays. Dislikes may include hustle, bustle, not being able to find the item your child specifically requested, and an excess of egg nog consumption.

Likes? Those are plentiful, thank goodness: helping others and heartwarming movies and all the free, community-oriented stuff that pops up over nearly every weekend of the month.

The Pasadena Playhouse District regularly leads that particular pack every yuletide with its Merry, Merry Movie presentation. The upshot? It's a free movie at the Laemmle Playhouse 7, Santa typically shows, and there are other holiday goodies hither and thither.

Oh, we used "hither and thither" there because this year's flick is "Disney's A Christmas Carol," and that phrase just sounds like something Scrooge might bust out in a ye olde English moment. This is the Robert Zemeckis film starring Jim Carrey (there are dozens of versions out there, so we wanted to clarify.)

Date is Saturday, Dec. 15; time is 10 a.m.

Plus, you'll be in the Plahouse District, and near Old Town Pas, meaning any shopping you still need to do can be done. We know, "hustle" and "bustle" both fall on your "do not like" list, but they're just part of the month, right?

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