Step Inside Your Favorite Holiday Movie Homes
There’s something about the homes in classic Christmas movies that make you want to jump through the screen and share in the character’s cozy celebrations. From the quaint English countryside cottage in The Holiday to the “drafty old house” in It’s A Wonderful Life, relive the festive spaces in some of your favorite holiday films.
Home Alone remains one of the most beloved holiday films, and when the movie debuted in 1990, Kevin McAllister’s red-bricked, Georgian-style home quickly became iconic.
The stunning 1920’s mansion in Chicago was essential to the film, so it’s no wonder director John Hughes thought to festoon the home’s front yard as well.
In this classic Christmas room, twinkle lights, stuffed stockings and a wreath mounted above the fireplace lends the McAllister’s home an extra cozy feel.
Even the McAllister’s bedrooms show Christmas spirit, with another merry wreath hung over this fireplace. The film’s producers intentionally chose a predominately green and red holiday palette.
This movie is a holiday classic, and so is George and Mary Bailey’s home in Bedford Falls. A sign that reads “Merry Christmas,” a tall Christmas tree and tinsel on the ceiling give the Bailey’s home plenty of festive warmth.
Before Mary Bailey set up the home as an impromptu bridal suite (after their honeymoon was cancelled), George referred to it as a “drafty old house” — though it looks anything but when all dressed up for the holidays.
We don’t blame Amanda Woods (played by Cameron Diaz) for not splurging on a lot of Christmas decor — just look at the size of her home! Amanda’s luxe L.A. pad has minimal festive decoration, but is warmed with plenty of greenery.
When Iris Simpkins (played by Kate Winslet) first arrives at Amanda’s L.A. home, she’s greeted with an abundance of living space and a breezy decor style. A simple garland on the fireplace mantel is a nod to the Christmas season.
When Amanda arrives in England, she’s greeted by an oval-shaped wreath on Iris’s front door.
Iris’s cozy cottage in the English countryside has made us all long for a romantic holiday getaway. Casual furnishings and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace make her quaint home perfect for celebrating the holiday season.
In this Christmas comedy, Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an orphan raised by elves who makes a point of spreading as much holiday cheer as he can. Here, he dresses up his biological father’s living room with an abundance of festive decor.
Buddy’s spirited festooning of his father’s home leaves no space untouched by Christmas cheer. The entryway is filled with nostalgic, handmade paper chains and a fireplace mantel is carefully adorned with lights, stockings, and small, snow-frosted trees.
The original set of Miracle on 34th Street features classic furniture complemented by an ornate Christmas tree with no shortage of gifts tucked away underneath.
The 1994 remake of this Christmas classic is every bit as charming as the original, with deep reds and greens found throughout the living room. A tufted settee in a plaid pattern is complemented by quirky stockings hanging from the fireplace mantel.
The Walker’s dining room is lavishly decorated with festive poinsettias, formal dinnerware and romantic candlelight. A bay window lightly dusted in snow makes for a charming backdrop.
In another view of the family room, a tall Christmas tree is beautifully decorated with ornaments of varying shapes and colors. A red bike with a stuffed bear on top is a charming touch.
In the third installment of the Vacation series, father Clark Griswald — played by Chevy Chase — tries to engineer the perfect Christmas, which includes having the best tree. Here, it’s been decorated with a silver garland that is reminiscent of falling snow, while poinsettias and a statue of Santa add to the living room’s festive charm.
The Griswald’s dining room is perfect for holiday meals with family and friends.
Guests entering the home will be sure to notice the festive poinsettia display and ready-to-go gifts alongside the luggage.
In The Family Stone, actors Diane Keaton and Craig Nelson star as husband and wife. Their characters, Mr. and Mrs. Stone, were sure to adorn their fireplace with enough stockings for them and their five children.
Set designers filled the home with small details that would match the family’s eccentric personality. Boxes of Christmas presents, a tinsel garland and rolls of wrapping paper are scattered throughout the living room.