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On Saturday, December 18, Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Smithfield and will stop by the Howell Theatre. Santa will be available to visit with children and adults from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A free showing of The Polar Express will begin at 12:30 p.m.

"The Polar Express has become a Christmas classic," states Amy Kirkman, owner of the Howell Theatre. "The film is visually stunning and the message that the Christmas spirit will always live within those who believe is truly powerful."

The Polar Express is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The showing will be held in one theatre, so seating will be limited.

The Howell Theatre is located in Downtown Smithfield, at 141 S. Third Street.  More information may be found on the theatre’s website, www.howellmovies.com or by calling 919-938-1201. The Howell Theatre is home of the $2.50 movies –- every movie, every day for everybody.  For a schedule of current movies, please call 919-934-8202.

For more information on holiday events held in Downtown Smithfield, please visit www.downtownsmithfield.com.