New York City special Christmas atmosphere was documented in many films and TV shows over the years. Even if you never been in New York during the holiday season, you have probably seen the huge Christmas tree and the crowded ice rink on Rockefeller Center, the decorated windows and the last-minute gift shopping hunt on at least one movie. From the classic Miracle on 34th Street to the unforgettable family reunion in Home Alone II, here are the best films to get you into the New York Christmas state of mind.
Home Alone II screenshot from onthesetofnewyork.com
Miracle on 34th Street
The classic Christmas tale from 1947 that proves that Santa does exist and gives us a glimpse of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the first half of the 20th century.
When Harry met Sally
The favorite romantic comedy about the long-time friendly relationship that leads to a romance sets mainly in New York City and displays many of the city’s landmarks, and it ends in an excited love confession in a New Year’s Eve party.
A modern adaptation of Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from a bitter and miser old man to a jolly good fellow, with the help of the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and the Future. The always excellent Bill Murray stars as a rich and heartless television executive Frank Cross, the soundtrack is filled with sweet Christmas classics.
Home Alone II
After getting lost in the airport on the way to a family vacation in Miami, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) lands in New York City. Coincidently, Harry and Marv, the same crooks he caught on the first film in the series, had just escaped prison and are wandering the streets of NYC and plotting to rob a toy store. Of course, there’s a happy ending, Harry and Marv spend Christmas in jail thanks to Kevin resourcefulness and KevinarHKeKGGG reunites with his worried mother in the festive Times Square.
The Family Man
A sliding doors tale about a successful and happily unmarried NY business man (Nicholas Cage). One Christmas evening Jack gets a glimpse of the alternate life path and gets an answer to the question: how would his life look like if he had married his college girlfriend and was living with their kids in the suburbs?