Chilly weather, warm layers, and the spirit of holiday lingering in the air – that’s what this season feels like! There is something about this time of the year that makes you feel like you’re part of a movie. And while you might not be part of a big production, you can still visit places where some of the most iconic movies were shot. So, in the spirit of holidays, we’ve picked out seven iconic locations where famous holiday movies were shot. You can visit these places and live your movie-perfect moment!
1. Macy’s, Herald Square, New York – Miracle On 34th Street
Starting with the most iconic Christmas movies of all time – Miracle on 34th Street. Macy’s flagship store in New York and this 1947 hit are almost synonymous with each other. In fact, the parade sequence shown in the movie was filmed live during Macy’s 1946 Thanksgiving parade! Located on 34th Street, Macy’s is a must-visit during the holiday season for their Christmas-perfect window displays and Santa meet-ups.
2. Rockefeller Center, New York City – Elf
Rockefeller Center, without any doubt, is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in NYC. And movies like Elf and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York just added to their popularity. You might remember this place from the skating rink and massive Christmas tree that featured in the 2003 movie Elf. Or the ending sequence of Home Alone 2 where Kevin finally reunites with his mother.
3. 671 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago – Home Alone
No holiday season is ever complete without bingeing on Home Alone and Home Alone 2! This iconic movie has made us laugh, cry, and wonder what exactly Kevin’s parents do to afford a house like that. Their Chicago suburban home from the movie has now become a tourist spot that people often visit, especially during the holidays. Do remember it’s a private property, so plan a visit accordingly.
4. Shere, England – The Holiday
This Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz starrer is a classic rom-com with holiday spirit rolled up in one. However, it’s the dreamy locations and the picturesque cottage where Diaz stays in the movie that was the showstopper for us! While the cottage was merely a dreamy setup, the entire UK sequence was shot in a small hamlet in London called Shere. You can explore the Cornwell Manor there as well to live your filmy dream!
5. Fox Plaza Tower, Los Angeles – Die Hard
An unconventional, but action-packed holiday movie, Die Hard is as iconic as it gets! The Fox Plaza Tower in Los Angeles became the iconic skyscraper from the movie – Nakatomi Plaza. The popular Bruce Willis-in-a-vest action sequence was shot here. So, welcome to the party, pal, and live your Jake Perala moment while you’re here!
6. Selfridges Department Store, London – Love Actually
The holiday season in London is a magical sight! Add to it some of our favourite movie locations, and this city has our heart. Another iconic movie location in London is the Selfridges Department Store. While the movie was shot at several locations across the city, it is the hilarious Alan Rickman and Rowan Atkinson scene that has us hooked. The funny gift-wrapping scene was filmed inside Selfridges Department Store, making it even more memorable and iconic.
7. Starved Rock State Park, Illinois – Prancer
The 1989 fantasy movie was mainly set in Three Oaks, Michigan but saw beautiful cinematography and filming at several other locations. A few such locations include the Old Republic House, Porte, and Starved Rock State Park. It is, however, the Starved Rock State Park that sees people flocking around the holiday season. This massive state park is a sight for sore eyes during holidays, so do check it out while you’re here.
Cover Image Courtesy: IMDb & Website/Almost Ginger
For more such snackable content, interesting discoveries and latest updates on food, travel and experiences in your city, download the Curly Tales App. Download HERE.
Good news! We are on WhatsApp! Subscribe to Curly Tales WhatsApp Channel to stay up-to-date with exclusive content and BTS. Join HERE.