'Tis the season to settle in for a night on the sofa with a tub of Quality Street in one hand and the TV remote in the other. Wherever you plan on celebrating the holidays this year, it's always a magical winter wonderland in one of these classic Christmas movies. So why not let them inspire this year's winter break?
From bustling New York City (backdrop to Home Alone 2) to peaceful Surrey (Cameron Diaz's vacation home in The Holiday), here are 7 must-see destinations from some of our favourite Christmas films.
If you love White Christmas then you should visit...
When it comes to classic Christmas movies, this feel-good holiday flick set in beautiful Vermont is a firm favourite. While the town of Pine Tree doesn't actually exist, you'll likely see more than just a few flurries in this northern state during the winter months. Book a room at a quaint B&B, pop Bing Crosby on the radio, cosy up by the fire, and enjoy!
If you love Home Alone 2 then you should visit...
New York City
The Big Apple features in plenty of holiday films (Elf, anyone?) but something about Home Alone 2 really makes the city sparkle. Follow in Kevin McAllister's footsteps and stay at the famous Plaza hotel, feed the birds at Central Park and make friends at Carnegie Hall.
If you love Love Actually then you should visit...
There's a lot to love about Love Actually, but Colin Firth falling head over heels for his Portuguese crush is a definite highlight. Especially that hilarious scene where he jumps into the lake to save the pages of his unfinished novel! Perhaps if we visit the beautiful French countryside where those scenes were shot, then a Colin Firth of our own might appear? Hmm, perhaps not.
If you love The Holiday then you should visit...
It's hard to feel bad for Cameron Diaz's unlucky-in-love character from The Holiday when she's surrounding by so much natural beauty in the English countryside. It turns out that this holiday rom-com was filmed in the picture-perfect village of Shere in Surrey. If quaint cottages, trickling streams and cosy pubs are your idea of holiday fun (isn't that everyone's idea of a brilliant getaway?) then add Surrey to your holiday destination list!
If you love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation then you should visit...
Watching the Griswold family's chaotic Christmas doesn't just make us laugh out loud but it's also a lovely reminder of what Christmas is really about - spending time with loved ones. Set in Chicago, one of the city's most famous landmarks the John Hancock Centeris where Chevy Chase's character works.
If you love A Muppet's Christmas Carol then you should visit...
There are many wonderful adaptations of the beloved Charles Dickens tale, but The Muppet Christmas Carol starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge is a family favourite. Set in London, there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy in the capital as well, from shopping and museums to markets and food.
If you love Die Hard then you should visit...
While some of us wouldn't dream of categorising the Bruce Willis flick as a Christmas film, others can't get through the festive season without it! But however you feel about Die Hard, there's no doubt that the film's shooting location of Los Angeles is a must-see for travellers - especially if you want some winter sun! Hit up the beaches, check out the amusement parks and see if you can spot Fox Plaza, the skyscraper that stood in for Nakatomi Plaza in the action film.
Looking for more Christmas films? Check out Asda's selection of classic Christmas movies and new family favourites here.