The locations of the Christmas movies
The best Christmas movies and their locations. A beautiful dive into the magic of the end of the year celebrations.
1. Home Alone
The MacCallister house is the main location for the action in Home Alone Built in 1921, this Gregorian style house with 4200 sq ft of living space has seen its value increase due to its appearance in Home Alone. The idea for the film was directly inspired by John Hughes’ own fears of forgetting one of his children when they go on holiday.Read more
2. Home Alone: Lost in New York
The climax takes place in front of New York’s largest Christmas tree at the foot of the GE Building. Kevin wishes to see his mother again and she appears after looking for her son in Times Square. A true tradition since 1931, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is one of the most famous in the United States. Each year, it is subject to a rigorous selection process in the forests of neighbouring states. It measures between 23 and 27 m and has more than 30,000 illuminations.Read more
3. Love Actually
The little pink house in front of which Mark declares his love to Juliet symbolizes the whole essence of Love Actually. This film location is a hidden treasure in the heart of romantic Notting Hill. Very popular in London, the mews, these former stables converted into dwellings, are charming enclaves where time seems to pass more slowly. Soon, many fans were flocking to St Luke’s Mews to replicate it, and the building was a hit on Instagram.Read more
4. Jingle All the Way
In his mad rush to find the Turbo Man ordered by his son from Santa Claus, Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) scours toy stores one by one. Among them, he goes to the Mall of America. The second largest shopping center in the United States, its sales area is 2,869,000 sq ft. Although this is a Christmas film, paradoxically, the parade was filmed in May at Universal’s studios in Los Angeles.
Address: 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425, USA
5. The Holiday
The exterior of Amanda’s house (Cameron Diaz) is that of a residence in San Marino. This charming villa becomes the home, for a few days, of Iris (Kate Winslet). For the scene of the walk between Amanda and Graham (Jude Law), the director, Nancy Meyers, was inspired by the work of her colleague, Claude Lelouch.
Freshly landed in New York, Buddy (Will Ferrell) goes in search of Walter, his real father (James Caan). He runs a company based in the Empire State Building. In the film, Buddy finds himself in the lobby of the famous building. Equivalent in height to three storeys, it is decorated in Art Deco style and features an aluminium reproduction of the building.
Address: 20 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001, USA
6. Miracle on 34th Street
A classic American movie, Miracle on 34th Street is regularly rebroadcast for the holiday season. Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn), a nice old man, is hired to play Santa Claus in the huge Macy’s store. But he claims he is the real Santa Claus and intends to do everything to prove it. While Macy’s was an integral part of this version, the chain did not wish to participate in the 1994 remake. It’s been replaced by the fictitious Cole’s store.
Address: 151 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001, USA
7. Santa Claus is a scumbag
In the film, the address given is 17 rue Montmartre, but the building filmed is at 17 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre. The twists and turns are multiplying and the cults are now numerous. The one where Pierre (Thierry Lhermitte) repeats his famous “C’est cela, oui” was inspired by one of the agents of Le Splendid. The man working in the room where the troupe performed used to pronounce it with a particular tone. Amused by this language tic, Jean-Marie Poiré decided to integrate it.
Address: 17 rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
Frank Cross (Bill Murray), is a careerist, selfish and very cynical television station manager. In the manner ofA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which he revisits in a provocative way, several ghosts come to haunt him, give him back his Christmas spirit and make his greed disappear. Once again, Bill Murray has to deal with ghosts, after the hit Ghostbusters.
He meets the Ghost of Christmas at the Atlantic Grill, a restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes.
Regularly re-released at Christmas in the United States, this film, which many consider to be ahead of its time, is mentioned many times in the lists of the best Christmas films.
Address: Atlantic Grill – 49 W 64th Street, New York City, New York, USA
8. Die Hard
The scenes in Die Hard take place in the 20th Century Fox headquarters, which was under construction at the time of filming. If his image remains attached to Die HardThis thirty-five-storey, one hundred and fifty-metre high building has been featured in the credits of several films such as Speed And Fight Club. For example, the scene in which Bruce Willis razes an entire floor was done with a large number of flashes and a model.Read more
Cult Christmas movies shot in studios
Of course, many Christmas movies are also cult. But for all of them, the scenes were shot in studios. Among them are It’s a Wonderful Life, Le Grinch, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express and Batman Returns.
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By Damien Duarte
Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !