The holidays have arrived at Boardwalk Hall. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and management company Spectra by Comcast Spectacore, will screen two holiday-themed movies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

The double feature of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Polar Express" will play at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Theater at 1 p.m. Though the event is free to the public, advanced reservations are recommended and can be made online at

Santa Claus will be at the venue to meet with families from 12–2 p.m., and as a bit of holiday goodwill, parking in the Boardwalk Hall garage will be free.

John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA,  said in a statement “the CRDA is happy to support this community event,” and Fran Rodowicz, general manager of Boardwalk Hall for Spectra, said “we invite everyone to bring your kids down and celebrate the holidays with us this season at Boardwalk Hall”.

In addition to the free movies, Boardwalk Hall is bringing back the "Deck The Hall Festival of Trees" in the lobby, facing the Atlantic City boardwalk for a third year. The season-long display of decorated trees is free and open to the public during Boardwalk Hall’s operating hours. Donations will be taken for CASA For Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, the local branch of the national children’s court advocate charity.

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