Someone at took the time to crunch the stats from Rotten Tomatoes and Google Trends to come up with the most popular Christmas movie in every state.

Christmas Movies by State -
Christmas Movies by State -

"Gremlins" is #1 in seven states, and "Home Alone" is the most popular in six.  However, the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" got snubbed. Mr. Potter must have rigged it.

Using a somewhat liberal definition of what a "Christmas movie" is, films like "Die Hard" count.  "Die Hard" took the top spot in four states including Washington,  and "Trading Places" is also #1 in four states.

"Scrooged" is #1 in Oregon, and in three states, as is "Batman Returns".

"Edward Scissorhands" and "A Christmas Carol" both won two states.  It's not clear if they mean the 2009 version with Jim Carrey, or older versions.

Several popular Christmas movies only got one state: "A Christmas Story" is #1 in Delaware, Kentucky is the only state where "Elf" took the top spot and Massachusetts was the one state where it is literally impossible to get away from "Love Actually".

Idaho is the only state where "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is #1, New Mexico is the only state where "The Nightmare Before Christmas" placed first and "Miracle on 34th Street" is top of the pops in Maryland.

A few UNEXPECTED nuggets:

The top Christmas movie in Mississippi is "The Best Man Holiday" from 2013, never seen it.

Alaska and New York prefer "The Apartment". Uh, why? New York I guess I understand, but Alaska?

In Utah, it's the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie, "While You Were Sleeping",  in West Virginia, it's "The Ref" starring Denis Leary and in Montana, the most-popular Christmas movie is the 1945 classic, "Christmas in Connecticut". If it's good enough for Big Sky country, then maybe it's worth tracking down for a look this holiday season.


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