New York City – The Best Festive Film Spots 🎄🎬
Every Christmas, thousands of tourists flock to New York City to take in the sites and scenes from their favorite holiday movies. We’ve listed some of the most iconic locations from popular movies, so you can help your passengers relive their favorite moments!
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
From Laguardia Airport, Queensboro Bridge, and Carnegie Hall, Home Alone 2 is bursting with iconic NYC spots.
After landing in NYC, Kevin checks himself into the luxurious Plaza Hotel at 768 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The interiors are truly beautiful, and the steps outside provide a fantastic photo opportunity for your riders.
Unfortunately, Duncan’s Toy Chest isn’t real, but its inspiration is! If you’re already heading towards Rockefeller Plaza, make sure your passengers also check out FAO Schwartz at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and experience Duncan’s for real!
We couldn’t write about Home Alone 2 and not mention the Rockefeller Christmas tree! Center stage in the heartwarming finale, Kevin and his Mum reunite in front of the tree’s twinkly lights.
What do you get when a bah humbug executive is forced to relive his previous wrongs? Bill Murray goes from villain to hero, that’s what! Scrooged is a modern (by 1980s standards) retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol.
Mostly shot across New York City, the main location was the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue.
Miracle on 34th Street
Our next pick is THE holiday classic. Forced to prove he is the real Santa, Santa Claus ends up in court!
The movie opens with the man in red walking on East 61st Street from Madison Avenue to Central Park, and ends at 60 Centre Street – the location of the New York County Courthouse. See if you can spot a reindeer or two as you drive past! Maybe even the big man himself…
The newest film on our list, Elf is already a festive staple. Buddy the Elf arrives from the North Pole brand new to the streets of the Big Apple, and in the film’s early scenes we explore New York with him. There are loads of locations to explore, and lots are very familiar!
The Empire State is perhaps the most recognizable and is home to “Greenway Press”, the offices of Buddy’s Father.
An epic snowball fight is staged at Pinebank Arch Bridge, where Buddy takes on his brother’s bullies! The bridge is a popular film location and makes for a perfect romantic photo opportunity.
Speaking of romance, Buddy the Elf and Jovi, a work colleague, visit the Rockefeller Plaza to go ice skating! Like Home Alone, we get some beautiful shots of the iconic tree!
And it goes without saying that anywhere in New York City serves the world’s best coffee….right?!
Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, then Trading Places! The story of two Wall Street traders betting to change the lives of two polar opposites.
Though a lot of filming took place in Philadelphia, the film’s final scenes take place at the former site of the Twin Towers in Manhattan. It’s always nice to see those iconic towers printed forever on film. Opened in 2014, One World Trade Centre now stands on the site, with many more buildings planned in the future at the World Trade Centre complex.