12 Christmas Film Locations You Can Actually Visit IRL

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PHOTO: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York/20th Century Fox

If watching Christmas movies on repeat just isn't enough to satisfy your festive film craving, it might be worth checking out these sets and locations you can actually visit IRL.

  1. Amanda's House, The Holiday

    The exteriors of Amanda's ridiculously beautiful house were filmed at a real house in San Marino, California. True to the film, the house was built in 1928 by architect Wallace Neff and located at 1883 Orlando Road—but this is where it gets disappointing, because the interiors were actually built at Sony Studios. Boo.

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  2. The village where Iris lives, The Holiday

    Wanna hear something shitty? The exterior of the cottage was BUILT specifically for the film and the interiors were filmed at Sony Studios—so Iris's idyllic British dream doesn't actually exist. With that said, the village with the church and the pub does—and it's calle Shere. It's in Surrey, it's beautiful, and we want to go.

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  3. CF Cole's department store, Miracle on 34th Street

    In the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, Macy's reportedly wanted nothing to do with it, which is why producers created 'CF Cole's' department store—and while this was made to look like it was in NYC, the facade is actually the State Of Illinois Building on 160 La Salle Street in Chicago.

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  4. Selfridges, Love Actually

    The infamous gift wrapping scene with Harry and Rufus takes place in the luxury section of Selfridges—and while this probably isn't that surprising considering he's shopping in Selfridges in the film, here's to hoping they've got cinnamon sticks this Christmas too, eh?

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  5. The Empire State Building, Elf

    Want us to ruin another Christmas movie dream? There aren't actually that many buttons in the Empire State Building lift—and they don't really look like a Christmas tree. But you can visit the place IRL, elf suit not included.

  6. Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Elf

    The Rockefeller Christmas tree is renowned for being ridiculously festive anyway, but if that wasn't enough of a pull to get you there—the fact it features in Home Alone 2 when he's reunited with his mum (spoiler alert) and Elf might be.

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  7. Stoke Park, Bridget Jones's Diary

    Alright, alright so this miiiiight not exactly be a Christmas film as such, but it does feature OTT X-mas sweaters and snow, so that counts, right? It turns out the luxury weekend getaway Daniel Cleaver whisks Bridget away for is, er, exactly that—a lavish spa and golf hotel in Buckinghamshire.

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  8. Ralphie's House, A Christmas Story

    Ralphie's house in A Christmas Story is situated on 11th St. in Cleveland, and is still fit with the original props and sets, and is open all year round to the public for tours. They've also opened a museum across the street with costumes and memorabilia from the film (yes really), and you can't find out more about it here.

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  9. Beach bar, Bad Santa

    When Willie goes to the Florida beach bar in Bad Santa, it very much is a Florida beach bar—and it's situated 54th Place, Long Beach—a block North of Ocean Blvd And just East of 54th Place. Y'know, if you fancy a beer there.

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  10. Jamie's house and "the dodgy end of Wandsworth," Love Actually

    We've had to group these two together, 'cos otherwise it'll just become a feature on Love Actually film locations (lol), but what Natalie says is "the dodgy end of Wandsworth" is actually Poplar Road in Herne Hill, South London. As for Jamie's house where he catches his girlfriend cheating? It's 2a Blenheim Road in Chiswick, West London. HAPPY CHRISTMAS STALKING.

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  11. The Plaza Hotel, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

    Alright alright, this might seem quite Home Alone heavy, but it's a great Christmas film OK. Head to The Plaza Hotel (aka the lobby where Donald Trump makes his cameo appearance) if you feel like living out Kevin's best life with room service and giant festive trees.

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  12. Frank's Office, Scrooged

    It may look like any old New York office block, but if you're in search of Frank's actual official office in Scrooged, head to 375 Park Avenue to find the exact place where Charles Dickens' story unfolded.

So, who fancies a Christmas themed tour of the world, then?

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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