Historically the metropolitan chameleon, Vancouver has had a part to play in at least one beloved vacation movie and some… lesser vacation classics.
A Christmas story 2
Perhaps the more obscure sequels Vancouver helped create include the sequel to A Christmas story released in 2012. A Christmas story 2 received a whopping 3.3 / 10 on IMDb and an audience score of 37% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Filming locations included New Westminster for exterior shots of Parker House, Pacific Central Station – 1150 Station Street, Gastown, Save-On-Meats at 42 Hastings Street West, Riverview Hospital and Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios in Burnaby .
Home Sweet Home Alone
Then comes the last opus of the Alone at home franchise, Home Sweet Home Alone.
Released November 12 on Disney + and starring Archie Yates from Bunny Jojo fame, the film received 16 percent on the Tomatometer, an audience score of 12 percent and a 3.6 / 10 on IMDb. Vancouver was used for a few scenes to create a sense of city life, which replaced Chicago, Illinois according to hitc.com.
Now for a real holiday classic, Will Ferrell’s hilarious portrayal of Santa’s wayward servant: Elf. Released in 2003, the film has become a cult classic and must thank Vancouver for the urban scenes as well as the interiors made at Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam. In addition, to shoot the first scenes of Buddy at the North Pole, the production team created a soundstage in Vancouver. However, since none were large enough to meet the needs of filmmakers, they moved into the PNE Agrodome.
More details on how the space was used are included in a 2020 video made by Netflix.