382020 02: The Plaza hotel in New York City .

You can’t go a holiday season without watching the Home Alone movies. And when watching Home Alone I always question to cost of things, like the NYC trip and that iconic house. And unlike most sequels, I truly don’t know if the first or second film is my favorite. I even paid a visit to the iconic Plaza Hotel in NYC last month to channel my inner Kevin. Apparently, it’s been 30 years since children were introduced to this wonderful hotel. Yes, Home Alone 2 is 30 years old. I find comfort in the fact that was several years later before I saw the movie. But still, what a way to make me feel old!

Even as an adult I still fantasize about what it would be like to live as lavishly as Kevin did on that magical vacation. The Plaza is as gorgeous as I could have imagined (and way out of my budget still!) But how much did this adventure cost in 1992? And even more shocking is what it would cost in today’s money. Want to know? Well, luckily our friends at NewYorkBets.com decided to analyze this Christmas classic to reveal precisely how much Kevin’s lavish trip in Home Alone 2 would cost.

What 9-year-old wouldn’t be spending like crazy on this once-in-a-lifetime scenario? Daddy’s credit card, everything you could imagine buying, room service? Heck, it’s my dream! While lost in New York alone, Kevin stays in a lavish suite at the iconic Plaza Hotel.  No one knows how much this exact room would have cost back then but it couldn’t have been cheap. When looking at the hotel rooms today the Carnegie Suite offers a similar setup to the movie as it comes with a master bedroom, a living room, and a bathroom. For just one night, December 23rd, that room would cost $3,480. And I thought my room at the Hilton was pricey

In one of the movie scenes, we are shown the invoice for Kevin’s hotel spending. Just a measly $967.43. If you consider today’s inflation, this would now cost 113% more. Bringing that room service bill to a grand total of $2,062.92… poor Peter!

Also, using technology, NewYorkBets.com calculated the cost of an Uber ride from JFK Airport to the hotel in December 2022. This single-car journey would cost around $76.91 without a tip. (Can confirm that’s basically what I paid for the same trip, luckily split 3 ways).

If you’ve been doing the math this means that Kevin McCallister’s complete trip would have cost an estimated total of $5,917.20 in 2022.  Yep, I can only imagine how mad I’d be if my kid spent that. We also are led to believe that the hotel comped some of that due to their well, error, of allowing a 9-year-old to check in to a hotel. Even still, was definitely cheaper for the family when they just left him in Chicago.

This is how much Kevin’s New York spending spree would cost today:

Kevin’s spending



Hotel Suite (1 night stay on 23rd December)



Room Service



Kevin Sundae (3 scoops)


$96 (16 scoops)

Duncan’s Toyshop



Even 30 years later the Plaza Hotel sees a yearly surge of Christmas bookings and even offers a Home Alone 2 package where guests can live like Kevin for their stay. The package includes a limousine ride around the city, a large cheese pizza, and a Home Alone Sundae (16 scoops of ice cream). I know where I’m spending the holidays next year! Though the Home Alone Sundae at a cost of $96 I may skip!

'Die Hard' Tops List of America's Favorite Christmas Movies

Is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not? Well, America has decided! In a new study of 100 of the U.S.’s top Christmas movies, including new releases, PlayStar has determined that the 1988 Bruce Willis flick is not only a Christmas movie, but it’s America’s favorite Christmas movie!

As an overall trend, Playstar determined that Americans tend to love seeing one’s own state in a wintery wonderland. Washington loves Sleepless in Seattle, Illinois hearts Home Alone (set in Chicago), Connecticut favors Christmas in Connecticut, Missouri unsurprisingly is enthused about Meet Me in St. Louis and Minnesota goes for Jingle All the Way (filmed in the Twin Cities area).

Perhaps your state doesn’t have its own Christmas movie. You may subconsciously favor one that’s in the same region. For example, Vermont was also a big fan of Jingle All the Way and quite a few Southern states loved Edward Scissorhands. Perhaps something about the separate northern or southern climates evokes similar Christmassy feelings to those of your hometown. On the other hand, some states had unrelated favorites: New Jersey and Pennsylvania were lovers of Jack Frost, while Florida was very into Die Hard. There were quite a few individual favorites by different states, such as Scrooged, Nightmare Before Christmas, Meet Me in St. Louis and It’s a Wonderful Life! If anything, this research shows how many great movies are out there to love at Christmas time.

Of this year’s new releases, the study found that the most anticipated were Violent Night starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour, Hallmark movie We Need a Little Christmas and Lindsay Lohan’s acting comeback in Netflix’s Falling For Christmas.

See below the top 10 festive films, ranked by state popularity and a combined rating from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes:

  • 10. Jack Frost

    IMDB Rating: 5.4
    Favorite in 2 states: New Jersey and Pennsylvania
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 6%

  • 9. Jingle All The Way

    IMDB Rating: 5.7
    Favorite in 2 states: Vermont and Minnesota
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 19%

  • 8. The Holiday

    IMDB Rating: 6.9
    Favorite in 2 states: Massachussettes, Washington, D.C.
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

  • 7. The Santa Clause

    IMDB Rating: 6.5
    Favorite in 2 states: Indiana, Tennessee
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

  • 6. Christmas with the Kranks

    IMDB Rating: 5.4
    Favorite in 3 states: South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%

  • 5. Elf

    IMDB Rating: 7
    Favorite in 3 states: Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

  • 4. White Christmas

    IMDB Rating: 7.5
    Favorite in 3 states: Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 77%

  • 3. Edward Scissorhands

    IMDB Rating: 7.9
    Favorite in 4 states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

  • 2. Home Alone

    IMDB Rating: 7.7
    Favorite in 4 states: New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

  • 1. Die Hard

    IMDB Rating: 8.2
    Favorite in 8 states: North Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, Maryland
    Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

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