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Featured Christmas films on Kanopy

by Lisa Brennan

Looking for something festive to watch with the family this Chrismtas? Take a look at our top films and documentaries on Kanopy, free to watch with your library card.

Saint Nicholas - The Real Story

Everybody knows the story of Santa Claus, the red-suited figure who lives at the North Pole and distributes gifts to good children every Christmas Eve. But is there any historical evidence on which this jolly old character is based? Was there a real Santa Claus? To answer that question, host Mark Wilson, a distinguished historian and archeologist travels not to the North Pole but to modern day Turkey and Italy. There he uncovers clues that lead to the truth about the man behind the legend.

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Photographing Winter Wildlife

Winter weather offers a stunning environment in which to photograph wild animals. Comb through Mr. Laman's shots of snow monkeys, cranes, and other animals to glean the technical aspects of shooting outdoors in the winter, including honing your focusing skills and capturing the drama of a snow storm.

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Merry Christmas, Space Case

Buddy McGee eagerly awaits a promised Christmas visit from his friend, the thing from outer space.

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Ernest & Celestine: Winter Tales

Four charming stories capture snow's magical atmosphere. Ernest, a rather large and marginal bear, and a street musician and clown, has invited Celestine, a mischievous little mouse, to live with him. In the world of bears befriending a mouse is frowned upon.

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A Not So Silent Night

The McGarrigle Sisters' annual Carnegie Hall Christmas performance, captured live at the Knitting Factory stage, features the last filmed performance by Kate and Anne McGarrigle (together), since Kate's passing on January 18, 2010. This unique concert also brings special appearances by Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Grammy award-winner Emmylou Harris, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, and famed performance artist Laurie Anderson.

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