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Many holiday films were shot in studios or on backlots, but here are ones you can actually visit. Christmas vacation road trip, anyone?
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A Christmas Story house
This house at 3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, stood in for the exterior of Ralphie Parker’s Indiana home in the 1983 cult classic A Christmas Story. When superfan Brian Jones found out it was for sale, he bought the property for $150,000 and opened it to the public in 2006. The interior of the house was redone to match the movie, complete with leg lamp proudly shining in the front window. Movie props and memorabilia are also displayed at the on-site museum. You can even stay overnight in the house, or next door at the Bumpus’ (you remember the neighbors whose dogs ate the Parkers’ Christmas turkey).
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Sometimes you just want to get away from it all for Christmas, like the character of Amanda (played by Cameron Diaz) in 2006’s The Holiday. And she couldn’t have picked a more picture-perfect place to visit than this village in Surrey, southwest of London. Sadly, the cottage where Amanda stays was actually just a set built for the film, but you can visit the lovely country estate, Cornwell Manor, where she goofs off in the gardens with Jude Law (the interior shots of their lunch date were filmed elsewhere). Additional village scenes were shot in Godalming, also in Surrey.
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The Home Alone house
Who wouldn’t want to live in this gorgeous mansion, and just what did Kevin McCallister’s parents do to be able to afford this place? The house in which Kevin gets left Home Alone in the 1990 movie actually still stands, as beautiful as ever, at 671 Lincoln Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Illinois. It was reportedly sold in 2012 for $1.59 million, but if you do go take a look, be respectful, as it is a private home.