A favorite movie to get into the spirit of Christmas is Elf, staring Will Ferrell. Since it’s release in 2003, it’s become a quick favorite and a cult classic for the holidays. From the hilarious story to memorable quotes, the film is a must-see every holiday season. Buddy bravely takes on New York City fresh out of the North Pole to find his dad, so we decided to put together a list of some of the stops he makes throughout his journey of discovering his roots.  Elf has become such an iconic movie that Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day is on December 18th (not like you needed an excuse to answer the phone this way anyway).

Macy’s on 34th Street


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This one of the most iconic stores in New York, especially during the holidays. The outside of Gimbel’s, the department store where Buddy buys his dad a “special gift” for the holidays,  is a digitally altered view of this Macy’s, and the change is a nod to another classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Definitely a must-see around the holidays while in NYC.

The Best Coffee in NYC

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Confirmed by Zooey Deschanel’s character Jovie, Buddy did not find the world’s best cup of coffee. The good news is, these are some great coffee spots in NYC that have some of the best coffee in all of the city. Stopping by here while trekking through NYC can definitely brighten up your day.

F.A.O. Schwarz


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Though the Gimbel’s toy department was just a set that was built for the film, it still might have inspired you to want to go to a toy store around the holidays. There is no better toy store than the iconic F.A.O. Schwarz, that has been immortalized in plenty films, including Big with Tom Hanks.

The Empire State Building



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Sorry to be a downer, but there aren’t that many buttons in The Empire State Building. Still, this icon of New York is something everyone who comes to the city has to see, but try not to push every button in the elevator (we know it’s tempting).

Central Park


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Central Park has been in countless films, including some Christmas films. Home Alone 2 is one of the most well-known Christmas films that has many scenes in Central Park, but Buddy’s snow ball fight and chopping down a Christmas tree scenes are unforgettable. Central Park is beautiful all year round, but has a serious charm around Christmas. Near Central Park South by Columbus Circle is the the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, where you’ll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your nice list.

And remember…


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What’s your favorite Elf moment?

Rebecca is (secretly Linda Belcher) a senior at Iona College, studying Mass Communications. She loves to travel, coffee, and her dog. Fan of boy bands, big hair, and everything bagels. Professional shade thrower and wearer of beanies.



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