Around the holiday season, most of us dream of being transported to those classic Christmas movie locations. From the snowy Vermont lodge in White Christmas to the banisters of Kevin McCallister’s house in Home Alone, these settings don’t have to just stay within your television screen. Even if some of those classic Christmas movie settings were the work of Hollywood studios, you can still find their inspirations across the country. As you pop in It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story this year, consider popping over to their actual settings as well.
Home Alone, Winnetka, Illinois: If you find yourself in the Chicago area, you can drive by the Georgian home featured throughout the holiday staple, Home Alone. The red brick home lords over 671 Lincoln in east Winnetka, a northern suburb of Chicago. While the famous site of Kevin McCallister’s shenanigans was up for sale a few years ago, it eventually sold in 2013 for $1.585 million. You can’t tour the 1921 home but you can cruise on by to see the exterior of the three-story house.
It’s a Wonderful Life, Seneca Falls, New York: While set in the imaginary Bedford Falls, many believe Frank Capra’s inspiration for the setting of the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life was none other than Seneca Falls, New York. In fact, the locals whole-heartedly believe Seneca Falls to be the film’s inspiration as they host the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival each year. The event features a screening of the film, special guests such as as the actresses who played the Bailey sisters and even similar Christmas light displays to the film around the downtown. Seneca Falls is also home to the It’s a Wonderful Life Museum. Located in part of the first movie theater in town, the museum boasts photographs and memorabilia from the film. The similarities to the fictional Bedford Falls are apparent. The architecture of the town’s main street mirrors that of the film’s main street. Seneca Falls also holds a similar bridge and a number of Second Empire Victorian homes like George and Mary’s home in the film.
White Christmas, Vermont: The quaint Columbia Inn featured in the film White Christmas was merely a studio set in California. While there might not be a Pine Tree, Vermont where Bing Crosby belted out the classic Christmas carol, travelers can recreate the cozy lodge and snowy Vermont experience in several spots in the state. Namely in the town of Stowe, wedged in between the Green Mountains and Worcester Range visitors can have a white Christmas by taking part in the skiing available. If skiing is not your sport, you can curl up with some cocoa at one of the many country inns in town and pretend Bing is warming up by the fire.
A Christmas Story, Cleveland, Ohio: Fans of the 1983 holiday movie classic, A Christmas Story, will want to head to Cleveland to see the home used in exterior shots in the film. Restored to its movie splendor, the house also boasts a museum across the street where you can see original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film including Randy’s snowsuit and the family car. There is also a gift shop on site where you can purchase more A Christmas Story items like the infamous leg lamp. Open year round and 7 days a week, the home is right in Cleveland, Ohio. This year marks 30 years since the film debuted.
Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Stay, See, Savor: 24 Hours in AustinComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
A dynamic and eclectic city that is steeped in history, Austin is one of the true gems of Texas. You’ll definitely want to spend more than twenty-four hours here, but if that’s all you’ve got, here are my suggestions for where to stay, what to see, and what to savor....read more
5 Big Exhibitions in London NowComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
This week sees the annual Frieze Art Fair descend upon London. With it comes a scope of art related activities and satellite events across town with some of London's best known galleries taking advantage of this time of heightened buzz to put on their biggest shows of the year. Here's a list of five of the biggest exhibitions around town that are on now and well worth checking out....read more
4 Travel Lessons Learned From Christopher Columbus’ MistakesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Before you set sail on your own travels of discovery, be sure to keep these travel lessons in mind, all learned from the mistakes of Columbus. He might have sailed the ocean blue, but he didn’t always go about travel in the best of ways....read more
5 Scan-tastic Reasons to Visit Sweden's Koster IslandsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
About a month back I had the pleasure of visiting the Koster Islands, Sweden's most westerly populated (if only sparsely) islands. Just south of the Norwegian coast, it’s a rugged and beautiful part of the world and a great place to “get away from it all” without having to give up on any creature comforts....read more
October is National Poetry Month in Great BritainComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Throughout the month of October, Great Britain celebrates historic and contemporary poets. Founded in 2000, National Poetry Month kicks off on National Poetry Day, which is typically held on the first Thursday of October (this year it was October 2nd). The festivities continue all month long with poetry readings, book releases, library events, and educational opportunities....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.