16 Christmas Movie Locations That Exist in Real Life

The Mall of America

Mall of America holiday decorations

The 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Jingle All the Way, about a dad on the hunt for a sold-out toy on Christmas Eve, filmed scenes at Minnesota’s Mall of America. Of course—where else would you film a movie about the perils of Christmas shopping than the largest mall (by size) in the United States? Jingle along to the movie’s other locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including the 7th Street Mall, Mickey’s Dining Car, and Rice Park.

Oakville, Canada

Aerial drone image of suburban houses after a snow storm during Christmas in Oakville, Ontario.

The Santa Clause, in which Tim Allen unwittingly becomes the bearded man in the red suit, uses the pretty Oakville, outside of Toronto, to stand in for an Illinois small town. The main street through downtown figures prominently in the 1994 film, and real shops such as Swiss Interiors are still in business today. The movie also shot outside a private home at 1172 Carey Road, where Allen’s on-screen ex-wife lived, and a scene featuring swimming polar bears was filmed at the Toronto Zoo. Plus, reindeer from the zoo were actually used in the movie.

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