When it comes to setting the holiday season, most of us can’t help but think of New York City. From a snowy Central Park to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, to Macy’s and 34th Street: NYC gives classic Christmas vibes. If you can’t travel there this year, we’ve got a list straight from the North Pole to help get you into the holiday spirit! Here are 21 of the best New York Christmas movies to stream in 2022.
Why Does New York Love Christmas?
Honestly, we don’t know why- but we’re so glad it does!
We’re huge fans of travel and one of our bucket list locations is New York City for Christmas. Yes, we’re dreaming of a white Christmas in NYC.
There’s so much to see, but Radio City Music Hall is high on that list!
Until we can make window shopping at Macy’s a reality, we’re going to settle for watching some of the best New York Christmas movies with our best friend.
This list has some of the best Christmas movies on it: Christmas classic films as well as some more recent (but hilarious) movies.
The Best New York Christmas Movies
- Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. The prince of Christmas movies, a young Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, stars in this one. And Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern as the bad guys.
- Rent. Starts on Christmas and ends on Christmas. (Yes, it counts- ps, so does Die Hard, ha!)
- Eloise at Christmas Time. She lives in the Plaza Hotel- it doesn’t get more
- The Family Man. Nick Cage is a successful Wall Street executive who discovers
- Dash & Lily
- Trading Places. While Philly is the central location, the finale (and what a finale it is!) brings you to New York City at Christmastime. It’s one of the lowkey best Christmas movies in New York.
- When Harry Met Sally. Two best friends who become New Yorkers celebrate all seasons, including Christmas together.
- Elf. Don’t be a ninny muggins– you know this is the funniest holiday movie!
- Miracle on 34th Street– nominated for 1948 Best Picture at the Oscars!
- Scrooged (1988)– a classic Bill Murray Christmas Carol tale.
- Serendipity. John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale star in this holiday film.
- A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
- It Happened on 5th Avenue
- Ghostbusters 2. The finale is on New Year’s Eve, but the entire lead-up gives you a healthy dose of NYC at Christmas.
- New Year’s Eve
- Mistletoe Over Manhattan
- Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)
- The Night Before (2015). You’ve got Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordan-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie having one last big Christmas adventure together. It’s awesome.
- You’ve Got Mail. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks- we love to see it.
- Spirited (2022)– filmed in Boston, but through movie magic, it’s set in New York on Christmas Eve. Stars Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds.
- It’s a Wonderful Life– yes, this one isn’t in NYC but it IS set in Bedford Falls in New York state. And it’s a must-watch every year!
Hopefully, this list of the best New York Christmas movies gave you a taste of the Big Apple during the holidays.
If you need more Christmas movie lists for the Christmas season, we’ve got you covered.
Check these out and have a very happy holiday season!
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- Free Printable Christmas Movies List
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- Printable List of ALL the Hallmark Christmas Movies
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