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Prize of a lifetime! Enjoy sleepover in the Home Alone 2 toy store and a shopping spree for free

A taste of Hollywood this Christmas

Whether you’re 8 or 80, the Home Alone movies hold a special place in our hearts.

Full of nostalgia, Christmas spirit, and a whole lot of family arguments, it’s no wonder most of us can relate to the classic Hollywood flicks.

And now, one lucky family is being given the chance to step inside the movie with a sleepover and shopping spree at the infamous toy store that features in the sequel.

For those who need a little memory jolt, the second film of the franchise follows Kevin McAllister (played by a baby-faced Macaulay Culkin) who accidentally boards a flight to New York City and gets separated from his family who are on their way to Miami.

[Credit: Twentieth Century Fox]

Once in the Big Apple, he bumps into two of his old enemies from the first flick – Marv and Harry – who plan to rob a toy store named Duncan’s Toy Chest.

While Duncan’s Toy Chest is a fictional name, the store is actually real and is home to the slightly less cutely named FAO Schwarz.

Now, FAO Schwarz are teaming up with Airbnb to open its doors for the special competition.

The winning family will be invited to enjoy a festive sleepover like no other, without any crowds, and Airbnb will foot the bill for a shopping spree inside the iconic toy store.

The holiday rental company will also make a one-time donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, devoted to treating and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

[Credit: Airbnb / FAO Schwarz]

The only catch, you will have to be one of our US-based readers.

And a New York one at that.

With the store being located in the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the experience is only open to those who live in NYC due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions.

If you’re fortunate enough to fit the brief, then bookings open today for a December 21 overnight stay with the cost of the night coming in at a mere $21 (£16).

[Credit: Airbnb / FAO Schwarz]

Not only will the winners have exclusive access to the entire 20,000-square-foot flagship store, they will also be greeted by wall-to-wall candy in the dining area where a delicious dinner will be served on the day of arrival and a breakfast on the day of departure.

As well as eating like kings and queens, the family hideaway will be decked out with plush, life-sized stuffed animals to welcome any little kids with cuddles aplenty on the velvet sofas.

There will also be the opportunity to dance on the giant piano, made famous in another classic movie from yesteryear, as Tom Hanks moved his twinkle toes over it in 1988 hit Big.

Oh, and did we mention there’ll be a fireplace to cosy up around while admiring the extraordinary, 75ft Christmas tree just outside the window in Rockefeller Plaza.

Anyone know how to time-travel from UK to US?

For more information, click here: Home Alone 2.

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