For many, the holiday season is incomplete without spending at least one night munching on cutout sugar cookies, sipping a warm mug of hot chocolate, and revisiting favorite Christmas movie.
While you are watching your favorite characters travel to new locales or reach life-transforming epiphanies, you might be itching to embark on an adventure and experience Hollywood-like holiday magic for yourself. After all, these movies are excellent sources of inspiration for winter getaways full of Christmas charm.
Whether you like the classics or modern day romantic comedies, we’ve rounded up a selection of destinations for all types of Christmas movie buffs, including filming locations and ideas on how (and where) to recreate your favorite scenes. Wherever you end up, you are guaranteed to find the spirit of Christmas on one of these seven festive trips.
A Christmas Story house in Ohio
Just as good as a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas is a trip to Ralphie Parker’s childhood home. Visit the 19th-century Victorian in Cleveland, Ohio where exterior shots of the house were filmed and step inside for a tour. The interior has been renovated to replicate the movie set, right down to the infamous leg lamp in the window. You can even book a stay with five friends and claim Ralphie or Randy’s twin bed as yours for a night or two.
Across the street is A Christmas Story Museum, where you can find behind-the-scenes photos, costumes, and original props from the beloved film — including Randy’s snowsuit and the family car— and pick up your very own leg lamp at the gift shop.
A Christmas Story House and Museum is also hosting a free watch party for A Christmas Story and Fox’s A Christmas Story: Live! on December 17. So don a bunny costume or your puffiest snowsuit, grab a Rich Chocolatey Ovaltine, and get psyched for TBS’ 24-hour-marathon of this Christmas classic.
It’s a Wonderful Life movie and a photo of Seneca Falls, NY
Bedford Falls may not exist, but Seneca Falls, New York claims to be the real-life muse of the fictional town. Take a 1.3-mile walking tour in this part of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region, starting with The Seneca Falls It’s a Wonderful Life Museum, which includes photographs and memorabilia from Karolyn Grimes (ZuZu), a call sheet, quotes from director Frank Capra, and more.
Then, make your way through town and see the sites that inspired Bedford Falls’ layout and geography, from the main street and downtown area to the iconic truss bridge.
This Christmas season, let Iris and Amanda inspire your next adventure and take part in a house exchange. To participate, simply sign up for a service like Love Home Swap, Knok, or Home Exchange, and trade homes cross-country or internationally as often as you want for an affordable monthly or annual fee.
Whether you head to Surrey to cozy up in an English cottage, or soak up the sun in Los Angeles, you will be sure to have your very own “meet cute” with your Hollywood-inspired destination.