Uncovering Holiday Movie Locations In Real Life

It’s that time of year again, where we cozy up with cups of hot chocolate and settle in to binge-watch our favorite holiday films.

What makes every holiday movie especially exciting is the beautiful winter scenery. Here are some popular movies perfect for this season were filmed and where they were based on.

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince
Photo by @rosemciver on Instagram

This Netflix hit, followed by two more films in the franchise, takes place in the fictional land of Aldovia. But in reality, Romania served as the magical backdrop for all of the action. In Sinaia, Romania, you can find the castle in which the royal couple stays in the film: Peleș Castle. Another notable part featured in the movie are the gorgeous exterior shots that set the scene. Make sure to visit the palace on a trip to Romania, when we can all travel again.

A Christmas Prince
Photo by@palatul.bragadiru.bucuresti on Instagram

Other places featured in the film are: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, which has a lecture room used as another royal interior, and Bragadiru Palace which was used for its lavish décor. Both are in Bucharest, not too far from Peleș Castle. These locations are also open for visitors in case you want to step into the romantic world of Aldovia like the movie characters.

The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again

The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again
Photo by @vanessahudgens on Instagram

This Netflix movie where look-alikes switch places perfectly captures the holiday aesthetic. The location in the film, Belgravia, is fictional, but the movie is filmed in Romania, much like A Christmas Prince. The town Carei in Romania is used as Belgravia. In the Satu Mare county, where Carei is, you can also find the castle used in the first film: Károlyi Castle, which is also open for public viewing.

The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again
Photo by @hopetounhouse on Instagram

The sequel is actually filmed elsewhere, mostly in Scotland. In Edinburgh, Parliament Square, part of the Royal Mile, are used for the Christmas market. For the Montenaro Castle, this film uses the Hopetoun House near South Queensferry, which is different from the castle shot during the first installment, though it might be hard to notice. There are also locations in Glasgow where the cathedral scene took place.

Frozen and Frozen 2

Frozen and Frozen 2
Photo by @littlewanderbook on Instagram

Did you know Frozen was based on real places in Norway and Iceland? The Disney franchise has multiple destination that the creative team drew inspiration from, mostly dotted around Norway, which offered the animated film its magical touch. The fictional place of Arendelle draws on Bergen and Nærøyfjord, both Norweigen destinations, though some point to Hallstatt in Austria as another possible source of inspiration. The castle in Arendelle is often thought to be inspired by Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Another interesting fact is that St. Olaf’s Church inspired the chapel for Elsa’s coronation scene!

PHOTO Disney

In the sequel, there are places based on locations in Iceland. For example, Djúpalónssandur is a pebbled beach in Iceland that is said to have inspired the beach where Elsa practices her ice powers. The Northern Lights are also used as a source os inspo.

Another fun fact: the character’s fashion and clothing were inspired by traditional Norweigan styles.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Photo by @photosofbritain on Instagram

The incredible world of the film is made up of multiple locations you can visit in real life. The city known as Cobbleton is reportedly filmed in Norwich, England. Specifically, many of the scenes are in Elm Hill: a historic cobbled lane. They were able to transform it into the perfect winter wonderland, bringing viewers an imaginative fictional location.

Other scenes take place in London or Aylesbury where buildings were used to incorporate the scenery of the film. If you want to be transported into your very own holiday adventure in later years, visiting the locations in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey will be a good place to begin.

Jingle Jangle - A Christmas Journey
PHOTO Netflix

Avani Goswami

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Avani is an avid reader and a lover of learning. She enjoys writing and seeks out new adventures everyday. Her passion is representation and equality for people all over the globe.

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