New York City is the setting for some of the best Christmas films. It may seem too early to watch holiday flicks but Christmas is less than a month away so don’t feel bad about wanting to kick back and watch a Christmas flick or two.
These 10 best Christmas films set in New York City are sure to imbue you with holiday cheer. Meanwhile, you can admire the character that is New York City. (These films are in no particular order.)
- Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin proved himself a little charmer in this hilarious film where he outwits a couple of bungling burglars. Why his parents even leave him alone to defend his home is beyond imagination, considering his age, but it provides plenty of good laughs.
- Elf. Will Ferrell plays an adorable giant elf named Buddy who doesn’t quite fit in with his elfen family because of his size. His elfen father knows Buddy is not happy so he sends Buddy to New York City to find his real father, who has a wife and son. Ferrell plays his character as innocently sweet, with an especially sweet tooth. Spaghetti with syrup? Gum stuck on subway railings? Not only do we see New York City adorned in holiday lights but we see Ferrell’s Buddy bring light into his father’s relationship with his family.
- Gremlins. These creatures are wickedly funny but just might cause nightmares. They have their own insane idea of fun that humans don’t; they come with a set of instructions that they are not to be fed after midnight or exposed to bright light. If these instructions aren’t followed, mayhem is bound to happen. Call this one a comedy horror.
- It’s a Wonderful Life. A man becomes suicidal during the holidays. James Stewart’s George Bailey is a businessman who is a kind but disheartened man. He’s visited by an angel who shows him what life would’ve been like had he not existed. Needless to say, it’s a plenty bleak world without George Bailey. He has a loving family, which the angel is able to show him. There’s a lot here to warm an icy heart.
- A Christmas Story. It’s the holiday film where a kid gets his tongue frozen to a flagpole. Don’t try this at home, kid. You want a BB gun? Be prepared for “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie Parker is prepared to deal with the repercussions of getting his Christmas wish, even if he has to deal with his Old Man Parker.
- Miracle on 34th Street. Santa Claus claims he’s the real Santa Claus and his name is Kris Kringle. He meets a man at the Macy’s store where he works, and he’s forced to prove he’s the real Santa Claus in court. Whether he is or not doesn’t seem to matter because he’s quite popular and the kids love him, because he seems to be really in tune with them.
- Scrooged. Who else can play a Scrooge as well as Bill Murray? He’s forced to look beyond his sad childhood when ghosts from his past visit him to show there is still cause for celebrating Christmas.
- Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase portrays the father, Clark Griswold, as well-intentioned but fraught with bad luck. The Griswolds just wants to have a decent Christmas but everything seems to go wrong. He doesn’t get any help from his parents, either. Poor Clark.
- The Family Man. This film is a little sad in the beginning, with its regretful tone, but it’s ultimately uplifting and heartwarming. Nicolas Cage plays a successful businessman who enjoys being single. But one day he wakes up a married man with two kids. He’s used to his old life and desperately wants it back but the longer he lives as a married man, the more he becomes accustomed to it and realizes what he was missing as a single guy. He grows to appreciate marriage and being a father.
- Serendipity. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale portray two people who are paired up with others. They meet in a department store while shopping for their significant others but they get together and then break up. They decide that if it is meant to be, they will wind up together. Years later, they are engaged to others. Guess where this goes.
By Juana Poareo