Watching Audio Described Holiday Movies Will Put Some Ho Ho in Your Christmas

Christmas tree fully decorated with presents underneath

Watching Movies Are Part of Holiday Season

What is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit? My answer is cuddling up with a mug of hot cocoa or the classic holiday three flavor popcorn tin  and laying on the sofa to watch a slew of Christmas movies. Everyone knows that watching a heartwarming holiday flick is one of the merriest parts of the season along with decorating the tree and baking grandma’s legendary cookie or brownie recipe.

Bowl of multi flavored popcorn sitting on a table. There is butter, cheddar and caramel flavors in the bowl.

Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional family holiday classic or a romantic Hallmark Christmas movie, there is something for everyone including the kids. View holiday romcoms, funny Christmas comedies and even Christmas horrors from the comfort of your home.

Christmas Movies Available in Audio Description

As a blind person how do I join in on the holiday spirit? How do I enjoy this merry tradition? Audio described movies and films are the ones I watch this season.

An audio described movie is when images, scenes, actions and descriptions of the actor’s appearance are described during natural pauses in the film. It allows me to know what is happening and enjoy the film along with everyone else. Audio description is available in a variety of mediums such as analog TV, streaming services, DVDs, cable, satellite and movie theaters.

Additionally, you can find audio description available at live theatrical performances and museums. The National Library Services for the Blind and Print Impaired offers a detailed resource guide on  audio description.

Audio Description at Home

Now, it’s time to make that Christmas movie list and don’t forget to check it twice. The Audio Description Project has created a  Christmas theme movie list. On their site they catalog the movie and streaming service such as Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, iTunes and Amazon Prime. They also list the traditional TV guide  for movies and films  that will air on TV and cable stations.

As the holidays approach this info will update, so check often for new movie titles. There is something for everyone regardless  of being naughty or nice.

Audio Description at the Movie Theater

Empish wearing audio description headset at movie theater

Don’t want to watch Christmas movies home alone? Rather have a jolly good time and watch a holiday flick at the theater? Audio description is available  at your local movie cinema. National chains such as AMC Theatres and Regal Cinema offer audio description for most blockbuster films. They will indicate that information on their website or app next to the title of the movie so you know in advance if it is audio described or not.

Once you arrive request the audio description headset at customer service. Be sure it is the one for people with vision loss because theaters do provide equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing as well. You should hear the audio description at the beginning of the film. If not contact a theater representative to assist you to correct the problem with your device.

Star shaped powder sugar cookies on a plate with cup of coco

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to watch an audio described movie. Each year more and more movies and films are available to the blind community. Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday cheer. Throw on your ugly Christmas sweater, grab some snacks and enjoy the movies!

4 thoughts on “Watching Audio Described Holiday Movies Will Put Some Ho Ho in Your Christmas

  1. This is definitely a new thing for me. I’ve always seen descriptions in subtitles for the hearing impaired, but never knew about audio description at all. What an enlightening post. So much so that I had to go on YouTube to search for an example. It’s like the alt text of motion pictures. Thanks for teaching me something new again today!

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    1. Yeah, audio description has been around for many years. But in the last couple it has really exploded. I think since people don’t think the blind watch TV then they are more likely to not know about audio description. Plus closed captioning has been around a lot longer and so people are more familiar.

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