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Christmas Wish List: A Holiday Movie Set City Tour

I love Christmas movies – everything from the classics to the cheesy Hallmark variety. Curling up in my PJs, some hot cocoa, and a warm blanket (yes, even though I live in Florida – I just make sure that the AC is cranked!) and get into the holiday spirit via the stories on my TV! It got me thinking, where would I go visit based on my favorite holiday films? Here is the list I came up with – what is on your list?


New York, New York


From Rockefeller Center to Macy’s, and Central Park to Bloomingdales, the city is basically one big Christmas movie set!  You can relive moments from Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Serendipity, Jovie, Scrooged, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York on every street corner!


Shere, England


Located southwest of London is the picture-perfect town of Shere, where 2006’s The Holiday was filmed. Thatched roofs, cobbled streets, and gorgeous countryside - it is the perfect spot to get away from it all!


Chicago, Illinois


If you prefer your holiday movies in the comic variety, Chicago is the place to be! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Christmas with the Kranks, A Bad Moms Christmas, Fred Claus, Surviving Christmas, and of course, Home Alone were all set in this mid-west city. Take a stroll down Michigan Ave or head out to the suburbs to visit the McCallister’s famous home!


Los Angeles, California


You can argue all you want but Die Hard totally counts as a Christmas movie in my house. And you can visit the actual Nakatomi Tower (aka Fox Plaza) to see where all the action takes place. Plus there are countless other holiday films shot in and around Los Angeles, even if they don’t actually take place there in the movie.


Seneca Falls, New York


The fictional town of Bedford Falls, in the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life was based on this small upstate New York town. There is even a museum dedicated to the movie



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