Naughty or Nice is back again at the Light House

The Light House Cinema’s Christmas selection of cinema is here. Their Naughty or Nice Season is always one of the highlights of the year for Dublin film fans, allowing the opportunity to meet up with friends and family and revisit classics in between getting sorted for the Christmas.

This November 25th to December 31st, you can check out sixteen feature films, event ballet and a seasonal edition of the Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote sessions all at the Smithfield cinema. Tickets are available for Naughty or Nice 2023 now.

Among the usual lineup of Muppets, Elfs and John McClane, some new hits enter the equation. Sean Baker’s Tangerine is in the 2023 lineup, the gloriously queer alternative Christmas tale that follows the lives and loves of a couple of transgender sex workers through the various subcultures of Los Angeles at Christmastime. The dearly departed animation genius Satoshi Kon’s Christmas film Tokyo Godfathers, a heartwarming modern fairytale celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special screening. For New Year’s Eve this year, you can get set for 2024 with Sofia Coppola’s utterly brilliant Marie Antoinette, the filmmaker’s insightful vision of isolation and emergence in royal excess.

Die Hard is an annual fixture of Naughty or Nice, but screens this year through a new lens, as part of the Light House’s popular Cinema Book Club. Flick through Roderick Thorp’s potboiler Nothing Lasts Forever, the 1979 book that was adapted into the Bruce Willis banger, before you see the flick itself. Cult cultists Hollywood Babylon meanwhile have picked out Richard Donner’s Scrooged as their December selection, a madcap take on the classic carol that sets cynical exec Bill Murray back against deranged ghosts.

Tuesday 12th December sees a screening of live arts appropriate for Christmas with The Nutcracker. Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular dancing.

Cult hit event Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote has been a hit in recent months at the Light House, with interactive screenings of episodes of the all-time-great murder mystery show. Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote is a unique and hilarious night featuring games, prizes and audience participation, and on December 15th, a seasonal edition screens in “A Christmas Secret”. Watch as Cabot Cove gets caught up in murder and mayhem over the festive season, in a murder mystery only Jessica Fletcher (or you!) can solve!

Galway sister cinema Pálás shares the Naughty or Nice season and you can see their lineup HERE.

See the full list of features screening for the season at the Light House below. Tickets on sale now.

The Nightmare Before Christmas 

Sat 25 Nov 18:30 + Sun 26 Nov 15:00 


Sun 03 Dec 15:00 + Fri 08 Dec 18:00 + Sun 10 Dec 17:30 

Love Actually 

Fri 08 Dec 20:20 

It’s a Wonderful Life 

Sat 09 Dec 15:00 

The Muppet Christmas Carol 

Sun 10 Dec 12:45 

The Red Shoes 

Sun 10 Dec 13:00 + Tue 12 Dec 15:30 

Tokyo Godfathers (20th Anniversary) 

Mon 11 Dec 18:30 


Tue 12 Dec 18:30 

Royal Ballet 2023/24: The Nutcracker (Live) 

Tue 12 Dec 19:15 

Solve-Along-A Murder She Wrote 

Fri 15 Dec 20:30 

Eyes Wide Shut 

Fri 15 Dec 21:00 + Sun 17 Dec 17:30 

The Shop Around the Corner 

Sat 16 Dec 12:30 


Sat 16 Dec 22:00 


Sun 17 Dec 14:30 

Cinema Book Club: Die Hard 

Mon 18 Dec 18:30 

Santa Claus: The Movie 

Tue 19 Dec 18:15 

Marie Antoinette 35mm 

Sun 31 Dec 15:00 

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