Going home for the holidays is a no-brainer, so it makes sense that the houses in your favorite holiday movies have to be seriously stunning. With perfectly trimmed trees, plenty of twinkle lights and a constant feeling of coziness and warmth, these are the top 10 holiday movie houses that we want to spend the entire season in.
This 1994 classic features a stunning vision of what Santa’s workshop looks like, but it didn’t seem fair to include that on this list. The modest home where Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall off his roof keeps things simple, which is why it gets the last spot on our list.
The apartment where Buddy the Elf’s family lives is nice enough to make any New Yorker jealous— there’s an actual dining room! We love it even more after Buddy gives it a holiday makeover complete with paper snowflakes, a huge tree and lots of twinkle lights. Fun fact: the exterior of this Central Park West apartment building was also used in Ghostbusters.
No one does the holidays like Clark Griswold, especially after he decks out his entire house with 25,000 twinkle lights. Traditional to the core, the house has great windows in the kitchen, and room for a pool in the backyard. The rest of the interior is full of 80s looks—green carpet, plaid curtains, a pink bathroom—which is why it only makes it to number 8 on our list.
The beauty of the exterior of this idyllic Greenwich, CT home, is only matched by the cozy, cluttered vibe inside. The massive eat-in kitchen is a highlight, as is the charming attic bedroom where SJP’s character insists on sleeping away from her soon-to-be fiancé. The familiarity and charm of this house earns it its spot at number 7.
We can confirm that Christmas in London is the best, but it’s actually the house in France where Colin Firth’s character escapes to write his book that we can’t get enough of. The Mediterranean-style home features great natural light, beautiful French doors and a lovely view of backyard pond. All this and more is why this house lands at number 6 on our list.
The house Kate Winslet flees to in this Nancy Meyers classic is California cool done right. With high ceilings, a killer pool, blackout shades in the bedroom, and a move theater quality media room, we’re ready to move in any time of year. Throw in a cute old Hollywood legend neighbor, and it’s a no brainer why this house lands at number 5 on our list.
If a house is a worthy of a holiday catalog shoot, you know it’s gonna be a winner. The house Susan Walker asks Santa for in this remake of the 1947 classic, is picture perfect in every way, even if the décor does feel a little dated. Large windows, squashy couches and chairs, and fireplaces galore, we can’t resist putting this house at number 4 on our list.
If a movie house is worth watching for 24 hours every holiday, it’d better be good. We love the vintage charm of this traditional home, with its large front window—perfect for displaying major awards—and it’s cozy flow between kitchen and living room. Plus, it has a huge bathroom for when you need to use your little Orphan Annie decoder pin. Bonus: The house is actually a museum you can visit.
A Christmas Story House Museum, tripadvisor.com
Yes we cheated and have TWO houses from The Holiday on this list, but this English cottage is so adorable, we couldn’t resist. Sure, the road might be impassable come winter, but once you snowed in with all the British charm—why would you ever want to leave?
How could anything else top this list? This house was so beautiful, The Wet Bandits were willing to go through SO MUCH bodily harm to try and rob it. Sure, the green tile in the kitchen is dated, but the huge master suite, formal dining room, attic bedroom and backyard treehouse make this house one for the holiday ages.