How Much Would it Cost to Stay in Kevin McAllister’s Family Home?

It’s common for films to feature amazing properties, that often either leave adults stumped as to how on earth these characters afford such a home or curious as to how much it would cost to stay there. So, with Christmas around the corner, we thought it would be fun to find out how much a night’s stay would be in some of the most iconic Christmas film homes! 

Unsurprisingly the L.A mansion from The Holiday tops the list, with its premium location and luxurious amenities, you really would be paying big bucks to let this property. Some might be surprised that a four-bedroom villa in France costs just £10 more than a two-bedroom cottage in Surrey, but as ever, location is often what makes a property expensive.

So, with no further ado, the top five most expensive holiday lets from Christmas films are:

  1. The Holiday – Amanda Wood’s home in San Marino, California £1,570
  2. Elf – The Hobbs family apartment in New York £1,100
  3. Home Alone – McAllister family home in Illinois £1,065
  4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994) – Susan Walker’s dream house in Illinois £985
  5. The Holiday – Graham Simpkin’s home ‘The Mill House’ in Surrey £870

Unsurprisingly, the property that is the most expensive to let on a per night basis is Amanda Hobb’s L.A Mansion, located in San Marino, California.

San Marino is one of the most affluent residential cities in Los Angeles, and ranked 78th in a list of America’s richest places. What’s more, the property used in The Holiday has nine bedrooms, five bathrooms and over 10,300 square feet of living space, as well as a large swimming pool and premium location. Snaptrip estimates that it would cost £1,570 a night to let this sprawling mansion. 

The Hobb’s New York family apartment from hit Christmas film, Elf, came in at a close second with a price of £1,100 a night. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the luxurious property has an elevator and private doorman, as well as a study and spacious kitchen and dining room. 

The apartment likely has three bedrooms, high ceilings, casement windows and hardwood flooring, which is typical for apartments located in the Art Deco buildings of the Upper West Side. 

For this post, we worked together with Snaptrip to calculate the per night cost to rent each property. is a trusted marketplace for travellers to discover the best last-minute cottage, apartment and lodge holiday deals in the UK, Ireland and other European destinations. With more than 60,000 properties available on-site, helps people find and book last-minute accommodation with discounts of up to 60%. 

Diana Simpson

Diana is a passionate journalist and a curious soul who is on the quest of finding what she loves the most; coffee, dogs, books or traveling? Born and bred in London, writing is her healing power.