Holiday cheer will spread across Madison’s downtown as the Friends of the Ohio Theatre host a series of Christmas movies beginning Sunday.

The Christmas at the Ohio Theatre series is presented by The Madison Courier, with each individual film sponsored by a local organization. Admission for each film varies.

“We’ve been looking forward to December all year,” Friends president Elizabeth Auxier said. “And we can’t wait to show holiday classics that will put people in the Christmas spirit.”

White Christmas, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27

The 1954 film features Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. The musical story follows a group of performers as they organize a Christmas show to support an old friend, and former army general, who needs a successful season for his ski lodge business to survive.

Admission is free.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

Jim Carrey stars as the infamous green character from Dr. Suess’ holiday tale. Much like the original cartoon, this live-action retelling finds the grumpy Grinch doing his best to ruin Christmas for the residents of Whoville – that is, until he meets the smallest Who and rethinks his plan.

Admission is free.

Elf, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

Will Ferrell stars as a human adopted by Santa’s elves and then makes a return to the human world. Buddy the elf then faces the challenge of connecting with his less-than-cheerful father and spreading joy to all and reaffirming the world’s belief in the big guy in red. The film also stars James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner.

Admission is $5.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

Keeping with the tradition of the other films in the “Vacation,” series, the best laid plans for a Griswold family Christmas go awry in some of the most unpredictable ways. Chevy Chase stars as the patriarch in this 1989 film alongside Beverly D’Angelo, Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis and more.

Admission is $5.

Prancer, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20

When a young woman finds a reindeer with an injured leg, she assumes it’s the same deer missing from a Christmas display in her town. As the holiday approaches, she nurses the animal back to health to return to Santa, all while inspiring those around her and convincing her father to believe. The 1989 film stars Sam Elliott and Cloris Leachman.

Admission is $3.

A Christmas Story, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22

Young Ralphie tries to convince his parents that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect Christmas gift in this 1983 film based on the novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” by Jean Shepherd. The beloved comedy stars Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin.

Admission is $5.