Six things you might not know about ‘Elf’

Christmas movies come and go, but some, like “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story” and “Elf” are classics.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Cross Hill Market will be showing “Elf,” a sweetly hilarious film that features Will Ferrell as an elf who comes to New York in search of his real family. The movie is free; Whole Foods will be selling hot chocolate and popcorn to benefit Whole Foods’ Whole Kids Foundation.

Love the movie? Here are six fun facts.

• The design for Santa’s Workshop, the elf uniforms and the snowman narrator come from the 1964 animated Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

• The cotton balls Buddy eats while waiting in the doctor’s office were made from undyed cotton candy.

• Peter Billingsly, who starred as Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story,” has an uncredited cameo in the movie as the elf Ming.

• Will Ferrell once worked as a mall Santa.

• One of the more memorable moments occurs halfway through the film when Buddy finds his father, played by James Caan, and polishes off an entire two-liter Coca-Cola during dinner with his family. The ridiculously long belch that followed was real, and came courtesy of Maurice LaMarche, who voiced Egon on “The Real GhostBusters,” Wakko’s burps on “Animaniacs” and characters on “Futurama.”

• For North Pole scenes, two sets were built — one larger scale for the actors playing elves, the other smaller to make Buddy and Santa look big. These elements where then merged, using lighting to blend the seams.

Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome; don’t forget chairs and blankets! For more information, visit edens.com/centers/SC/Columbia/Cross-Hill-Market.

Katie McElveen, Special to The State