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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you were lucky enough to grow up on Ernest movies, then you'll recognize the "Orlando Children's Museum" from "Ernest Saves Christmas". Spoiler alert: the building has since been replaced with a new one, but the "Orlando Children's Museum" was actually the Orlando Science Center. Another fun tidbit is that "Ernest Saves Christmas" was the first major film filmed almost entirely in Orlando.