Tis’ the season for cozying up with loved ones and watching your favorite holiday movies. This year, take your festivities up a notch by visiting these houses from some of our favorite christmas classics that are still standing today!
Eight year-old Kevin McCallister spends Christmas alone in this real-life house located in Winnetka, Illinois. This classic home still stands today, but nowadays it looks a bit different since it sold and became a private residence. This property sold for $1.59 million in 2012. Although you can’t tour the inside of this home and a fence now surrounds the property, visitors have respectfully been able to take photos and admire this beautiful home curbside.
In a video created by the home’s listing agent when it was previously for sale in late 2011, you’ll see the inside of the iconic property where Kevin was forgotten, however, no booby traps are to be found (at least not from what we can tell.) The previous owners also share their stories of the time that was spent filming in their house at the time. “John Hughes,” the director of Home Alone,” “had a real interest in filming in community settings. He [grew up] in North shore and wanted his sets and backgrounds to have a real world, true neighborhood and a true home type of ambience,” said John Abenshien, the former owner of 671 Lincoln Avenue.
Looking to test your “Home Alone” knowledge? Our friends over at Groundworks have created a digital replica of the McAllister house – ready for you to search and find Kevin’s strategically placed booby traps. Do you have what it takes? Test your iconic Christmas movie knowledge now!
“A Christmas Story”
Is it even the holiday season without this movie on repeat throughout the month of December? Ralphie Parker’s famous house, located in Cleveland, Ohio has been open to visitors since it was restored to its original film look in 2006 by entrepreneur, Brian Jones. This house is open for tours daily, along with overnight stays. Guests who do stay overnight have private access to the third floor loft where they can sleep in Ralphie and Randy’s room.
Right across the street in the old Bumpus family house from the film is a museum with original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film. Can you think of a better way to truly get into the Christmas spirit?! Even the iconic leg lamp still stands in the window. Be careful though, it’s fra-gee-lay!
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
This heartwarming film is a staple in many homes around Christmas time. The fictional town in this movie, Bedford Falls, is said to represent Seneca Falls, New York. Residents of Seneca Falls are so convinced of this that every year they hold an “It’s a Wonderful Life” festival and have a museum with over 30 exhibits showcasing the movie.
What many may not know about George and Mary Bailey’s home, known as the Granville house, is that it was actually built on set and has unfortunately been reconstructed since the film was made. Although you can’t visit George and Mary’s beautiful victorian style home, you can still visit one of the only remaining film locations, the Bailey Park model home. The Bailey Park model home was purchased in the film by Giuseppe Martini and his wife. This house is located in La Canada Flintridge, California and still looks very similar to how it did in the film.
“Miracle on 34th Street”
Little Suzie Walker, at eight years old, can relate to a lot of us here in this 1947 film where all she wished for from Santa was a new home. Santa grants her wish and finds this real life home for sale in Port Washington, New York.
This house was built in 1943 and still stands today. It’s a private residence, so there aren’t any tours allowed inside of the home, but fans can take pictures curbside, which the owners say happens quite often. “We’re happy to see people’s eyes light up when we tell them it’s the house in ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ but to us, it’s just a cozy, comfortable place to live,” said homeowner Orrie Frutkin in an interview with New York Post. The Frutkins knew the house was special before knowing it was a celebrity house, and they don’t mind sharing that with fans!
Family drama is inevitable around the holidays, which makes this 2005 film relatable to so many. This film took place in the fictional town of Thayer, Massachusetts, though the actual residence is located in the neighborhood of Riverside in Greenwich, Connecticut. This beautiful colonial style home is now a private residence, but you can enjoy the view from a distance and capture pictures curbside or on a drive by.
If visiting these homes from Christmas movies past doesn’t get you into the spirit, check out these cities in the U.S. with the best Christmas light attractions!
Happy holidays from everyone here at Homes.com! And we want to know, what are your favorite binge-worthy movies during the holiday season? Tell us below!