Although Christmas has just passed and the New Year is on it’s way……… Here are a few Classic Holiday Movies to enjoy that include real life locations where some of the best holiday movie moments were captured.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) The most recent version of this movie was made in 1994 starring Mara Wilson and Dylan McDermott. A majority of the movie is centered around Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street in New York City. One of the most memorable scenes is when little Susan’s Christmas wish comes true and she sees the house of her dreams for the first time. The real home used as Susan’s dream home is located in Port Washington, New York. The 1,703 sq ft home still stands to this day and looks practically the same as it did in 1947.
A Christmas Story (1983) This movie was set in the 1940′s. The house that was originally used in the movie was completely restored and is now open to visitors who wish to walk in little Ralphie’s shoes. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, “A Christmas Story House” is open for tours year-round and sits right across the street from a museum of movie moments, props and costumes.
Scrooged (1988) Inspired by “A Christmas Carol”, this is a comedy starring Bill Murray as a selfishly cynical television executive who bathes in wealth but is horribly cold-hearted to his employees and family. The office building used in the movie is the 38 story, Midtown Manhattan skyscraper known as the Seagram Building. According to the movie location website; on the set of New York, the corporate tower stands 516 ‘ tall and was built in 1958 as the headquarters for Canadian distillers’ Joseph E. Seagram’s & Sons.
Home Alone (1990) The antics of Macaulay Culkin in his claim-to-fame flick, “Home Alone,” are always a family favorite come holiday season. Today, the picturesque house sits quietly on a tree-lined street in Winnetka, Illinois. The home was built in 1920 and features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 4,243 sq ft of living space
Elf (2003) Starring Will Ferrell as “Buddy” a human raised by Santa’s elves who travels to New York City in search of his true identity. As it turns out, the building where “Buddy’s” father lives is nicknamed the “Ghostbuster Building”, at 55 Central Park West, serves as the location to several scenes in 1974′s “Ghostbusters” movie and more recently, the home of Buddy’s cynical, naughty-listed father, Walter Cobbs (James Caan).
The Family Stone (2005) This star-packed, romantic comedy was set in a gorgeous house in Riverside, CT. The 1860 Colonial is the home and place of gathering for the Stone family’s annual Christmas celebration. The 3,554 sq ft house consists of 10 rooms, (5 bedrooms) 3.5 baths and sits on 1.4 acres. With a classic, yet cluttered interior, this house is the ultimate, well-worn home that every family dreams of filling the holiday memories.
The Holiday (2006) This romantic comedy with a “two guy troubled women” (Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz) swap homes for the holiday season. Both women find new loves at their new addresses. The home that Diaz swaps into is a quaint cottage on the English countryside. The swanky abode that Winslet temporarily takes over, is a Wallace Neff – designed home located in the small, affluent city of San Marino, CA. The 10,324 sq ft mansion has 9 bedrooms, 5 baths and a large outdoor pool. Public records show that this home last sold in 1998 for $3,250,000.