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Holiday Movie Magic in Manhattan

Dec 12th 2013

New York is a magical place during the holiday season, so it’s no wonder many of our favorite holiday movies take place here.

The crisp winter air combined with the twinkling lights and festive displays all over the city create a festive oasis for the holidays, but chances are you already know this. That’s because you’ve already seen it, or at least it seems like you have, thanks to holiday movie classics. Seeing it first hand however, is truly a remarkable experience.   

Now you can make some of your own holiday memories in the same places your favorite characters did. We’ve put together a list of our top holiday films taking place in New York City along with locations of some of their most iconic scenes.

Our top holiday movie picks are:

Elf

The film stars an elf who travels to New York from the North Pole to find his birth father and it the process takes viewers all over the city.

  • Gimbels (which is actually Macy’s Flagship Department Store)
  • The Empire State Building
  • Park Avenue and East 38th Street (where Buddy can’t quite seem to get the hang of traffic and waves at people trying to hail cabs)
  • Walter Hobbs Apartment, 55 Central Park West, Upper West Side Manhattan
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
  • Queensboro Bridge, East 59th Street
  • Bethesda Terrace in Central Park

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – In the follow up to Home Alone, we laugh our behinds off at Kevin’s antics when he runs into his old enemies, Harry and Marv, after ending up in New York alone.

  • Central Park
  • Rockefeller Plaza
  • Queensboro Bridge
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Empire Diner
  • Battery Park where Kevin admires the Statue of Liberty
  • Gapstow Bridge Central Park – Where the pigeon lady lives
  • Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • Wollman Rink Central Park

New Year’s Eve

The romantic comedy where on the most dazzling night of the year viewers were taken on several journeys before the clock struck midnight.

  • Times Square where Hailey runs off to meet her boyfriend for a New Years kiss
  • 101 Park Avenue Building
  • Alice Tully Hall
  • Elise’s apartment, 20 Bond Street and Lafayette Street
  • Tiffany & Co Store on 5th Avenue
  • Williamsburg Bridge
  • Kim’s apartment, 367 Henry Street
  • Columbus Circle and Central Park West
  • Ellens Stardust Diner
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Radio City Music Hall

Miracle on 34th Street

The ultimate holiday classic that has taught generations to believe in Kris Kringle, and helped paint a portrait of New York during the holidays for the world to see.

  • Macy’s Department Store 7th Avenue and 34th Street
  • Museum of Natural History (the drunk Santa who is meant to be in the parade is discovered in front of the Museum)
  • New York County Supreme Court

Serendipity

When is comes to love in the city, Serendipity showed viewers how a happy accident could be fate and how magical New York is during the holidays year after year. 

  • Wollman Rink Central Park
  • Bloomingdales  - where Jonathan and Sara meet while holiday shopping
  • Serendipity 3. The restaurant where Sara and Jonathan share the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate. The table they sit at in the movie is still there and is now called the Star Table.
  • Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • Jonathan’s Apartment, 200 Waverly Place and Charles Street
  • Chelsea Pier 59’s driving range
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • The Mall, Central Park. The walkway leading to the Bethesda Terrace.

While staying at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania over the holiday season, be sure to make your own special holiday memories where your favorite movie moments took place!