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A holly, jolly guide to Christmas movie filming locations

'Tis the season!

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Created by CauseForCelebration - November 16th 2016

Do you spend Christmas Day watching Ralphie? When you order pizza do you tell the driver to "keep the change, ya filthy animal"? Or perhaps you've called someone a "cotton-headed ninny muggins" more than once... If so, you'll love this list of Christmas movie filming locations.

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A Christmas Story House and Museum

"A Christmas Story" is a holiday staple. You can catch it on Christmas Day, as it plays for 24 full hours on TBS, or you can just visit the A Christmas Story House and Museum. The house was used for exterior shots of the home where Ralphie plotted to get his official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle from Santa, and even though the interior shots were filmed in a studio, the inside of the house has been remodeled to match. You can take a tour and learn all about the film, including some awesome behind-the-scenes facts, and even purchase a pink bunny suit and other movie-themed memorabilia at the gift shop.

Home Alone House

At some point during the holidays, we all relate to "Home Alone", specifically Kevin McAllister's frustrations with his family. Plus, the appeal of being left home along to "eat junk and watch filth" is undeniable... especially if your family leaves you behind in a mansion like the one used for exteriors of the McAllister home.

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The Rookery Building

Oh, and while we're on the topic of "Home Alone", everyone should admit that Duncan's Toy Chest from "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" looked like the coolest shop ever. It's not real, of course, but the scenes were filmed at The Rookery.

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Emser Tile Building

One filming location for the Christmas classic "Lethal Weapon" is the Emser Building. Today, it still serves as the headquarters for the Emser Tile Company. If you choose to visit... don't jump off the roof like Mel did.

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Beverly Hills High School

In "It's A Wonderful Life" when George courts Mary, he does it in one of the most unique gyms in America. Who could forget the scene where George and Mary are dancing, and then someone opens up the floor to reveal a swimming pool, which they fall into?? The gym with the floor that opens up to reveal a pool is at Beverly Hills High School... and it's still around today.

The Martini House

There's only one other surviving filming location for "It's a Wonderful Life"... the Martini House, where Bedford Falls' favorite bartender, Martini, lived.

It's a Wonderful Life Museum

Or, if the charming little town of Bedford Falls (or Pottersville, if you're more into dystopian alternate timelines) has swept you away, then pay a visit to Seneca Falls, which many suspect to be the real-life inspiration for the movie's setting. It also happens to be home to the It's a Wonderful Life Museum, which is an adorable little stop.

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Apartment Building from Ghostbusters

The apartment building from "Ghostbusters" also happens to be where Buddy the Elf's dad (and wife and son) live in the strange and adorable movie "Elf"... so whether you're looking for Zuul or some Christmas cheer, this is a great classic filming location. The best way to get there? Pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walk through the Lincoln Tunnel.

Inn at the Old Rebublic

First, kudos if you ever remember "Prancer". Second, remember this house? Well a mean old lady doesn't live there. It's actually an inn now. Perfect place to crash before letting your reindeer loose... and we've got the perfect place for that.

Starved Rock State Park

At the end of the movie, Prancer is released at Antler Ridge, which was filmed at Starved Rock State Park. Incidentally, Starved Rock is a nice place for winter hiking, ice climbing, and cross-country skiing.

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Oakville Town Square

Let's just cut to the chase. Pretty much all of The Santa Clause is shot in Canada, particularly the town of Oakville. Many of the same stores seen in the movie are there today on the town's main drag.

Toronto Zoo

Oh, and the zoo featured in the movie is the Toronto Zoo.

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