One of the best holiday traditions is watching old school Christmas movies. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to break out the old VHS tapes and snuggle up next to the fire, old school nerd style. But what if you could do a little more this year? What if you could bring your classic Christmas movies to life and live the magic, just like the stars do? Well, if this sounds like the Christmas for you, check out some of these Christmas film locations that you can visit this holiday season.
One of the most classic Christmas movies is A Christmas Story. Now, you can visit Cleveland, Ohio and bring the story to life. Head to 11thstreet and you can visit Ralphie’s house. The home still contains the original prop sets and is open all-year for tours. You can even buy a leg lamp at the gift shop to take a piece of the movie home with you. Then for dinner, you can head to the Bo’Ling Chop Suey Palace. You can still eat there; however, you will be served French food instead of Chinese. Over the years, the shop has changed owners and is now a French restaurant.
Seneca Falls, New York
Hours from one of the historic cities in North America, Seneca Falls inspired the town of Bedford Falls in It’s a Wonderful Life. Although the movie wasn’t filmed there, you can still participate in a one-hour tour of the town and even visit the ‘It’s a Wonderful Life‘ Museum at 32 Fall Street. From there you can stand on the steel Bridge Street Bridge, much like the one George Bailey jumped off. Throughout the city, you’ll be sure to bring in the holiday season the right way.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Who could forget watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad fighting over a Turbo Man action figure? Jingle All the Way is a hilarious holiday comedy that brightens every snowy evening. But if you take a trip to Saint Paul, you could take your family on the same comedic adventure. Rent a winter cabin and watch the city light up with Christmas lights and all the holiday cheer at St. Paul’s European Christmas Market. While you’re in town, be sure to stop by Mickey’s Diner. It is the same diner from the movie, and was also home to scenes from The Mighty Ducks and A Prairie Home Companion.
New York City, New York
No Christmas destination list is complete without New York City. The city lights are magnificent against the backdrop of the Rockefeller tree, and would make anyone feel as though they stepped right into a holiday movie. While you’re in the city, you could shop at the Macy’s store at 151 West 34th street which was used in both the 1947 and 1994 remake of Miracle on 34thStreet. Don’t forget to visit Santa while you’re in there. If your kids are fans ofElf, they can live just like Buddy when you’re in town. They can ice skate at Rockefeller Center like Buddy and Jovie did in the movie, spot Santa’s sleigh from the Queensboro Bridge, or have a snowball fight in Central Park.
If you’re a huge movie nerd, you will definitely enjoy spending the holidays in these cities with your family. Dive into a Christmas movie marathon and then visit one of these cities to see just how much the real-life town compares to the movie. You’ll find yourself submerged in holiday magic, and a lot of spirit and cheer.