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Classic New York Christmas Movie Moments to Recreate

By: Natalie Zhao

Tis the (cuffing) season! The best time of year to hole up with your honey and drink peppermint hot chocolate and watch holiday movies. We feel you — who can be bothered to get off the couch when it’s below freezing outside? Unless you’re going on a worth-it idk plan of course. Whether you’re watching a classic like Miracle on 34th or a cult favorite like Elf, you’re sure to see a few familiar New York backdrops on your screen. So put your mugs in the sink, bundle up in your warmest coats, and venture outside to recreate a few iconic New York movie moments with your favorite romantic co-star.

Re-Create These Famous NYC Holiday Movie Scenes

No. 1: Home Alone 2

Home Alone 2

No one said that being in a relationship meant you had to be an adult. Channel your inner Kevin McCallister and head to the Plaza Hotel for a staycation. The hotel is currently offering a Live Like Kevin package, complete with an ice cream sundae room service menu and a limo tour — the cheese pizza’s not included, though. For couples that don’t have access to the McCallister credit card, skip the check-in and make a beeline for Todd English Food Hall. After sharing a slice of Lady M’s crepe cake, macarons from FP Patisserie, and treats from the Doughnuttery, you’ll both be on a sugar high any ten year old would be proud of. Grab a cheese pizza from Pizza Rollio for your Uber ride home — if you splurge for a black car, that’s basically a limo, right?

No. 2: Serendipity

 Serendipity

Strap on skates and hit the ice for a few turns around Wollman Rink in Central Park. To warm up, make like John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and head to Serendpity 3 on UES to split a frozen hot chocolate. Once you’re done wiping the whipped cream from each other’s noses, walk to Bloomingdale’s to marvel at the elaborately decorative window displays before checking the last few items off of your Christmas list.

No. 3: Miracle on 34th

Miracle on 34th

Miracle on 34th is a classic, and classics are timeless for a reason. While we’re not saying that one of you needs to pretend to be Kris Kringle and the other has to play the lawyer with a heart of gold who proves in court that Santa is real (though we’re also not discouraging a little holiday role-play), you should definitely visit the OG Santa. Do your part to keep the magic alive, and find the real St. Nick in SantaLand at the flagship Macy’s on 34th St.

No. 4: New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve

Take a walking tour down Fifth Avenue to window-shop the electrifying storefront displays at Barney’s, Bergdorf’s, and Tiffany & Co, where Zac Efron took Michelle Pfeiffer in New Year’s Eve. Thanks to the Christmas miracle of love, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to share a kiss by Manhattan’s most celebrated perennial, the dazzling Rockefeller tree. Take in the twinkling lights, and go ahead and get your holiday cheer on, then stay and watch the Saks Fifth Avenue light show.

No. 5: When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

If you haven’t picked out a Christmas tree yet, tis the season to carb-load before you bury your face in some spruce. Share a pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Delicatessen (it’s up to you two whether you want to recreate Meg Ryan’s come-to-Jesus moment), then head uptown to Plant Shed on West 96th to find your perfect tree. 

No. 6: Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

For those couples that would prefer a Christmas involving more risque modes of celebration, may we suggest you channel Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation of the Yuletide? Build tension and stalk the streets of Greenwich Village with your other half. Sip a cocktail and make careful study of one another on the red velvet couches at Madame X, then dip behind the curtains to dine under the brass chandeliers of Carbone. As for the rest of your night, well, there’s still time to make Santa’s Naughty List, if that’s what you’d prefer.

No. 7: Scrooged

Scrooged

It may take the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to set Bill Murray straight in Scrooged, but you and your significant other can ward off the Ghost of Christmas Past by keeping the spirit of Christmas alive at Lincoln Center. Enjoy the seasonal sounds with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Big Band Holidays, catch a production of The Nutcracker, or head a few blocks south to the Columbus Circle Holiday Markets.

No. 8: Elf

Elf

Get into the Christmas spirit Buddy the Elf style! While your trip to the Empire State Building may not include a trek through the Candy Cane forest, the Sea of Swirly Twirly Gumdrops, and the Lincoln Tunnel, it should involve a detour for the world’s best cup of coffee. We suggest Blue Bottle Coffee or La Colombe for the optimal cup of joe. Once you’re both properly caffeinated, head up to the Observation Deck to belt out those Christmas grams, because the only way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

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