It’s the most wonderful time of the year… And for most, nothing says “Christmas” quite like their favorite movie.
But which Christmas movie is providing the most festive cheer in your state?
We’ve put together a list of the top holiday movies by state based on IMDb’s top 50 most popular (at the time of writing).
Some states appear to be getting their festive fix from movies full of holiday-inspired themes, snow scenes, and their favorite Christmas carols – aka Home Alone and Elf. But others are opting for movies that may only be deemed “festive” because they’re set at Christmastime (yes, we’re referring to that particular film featuring Bruce Willis – the one that causes arguments every year as to whether or not it is in fact a “Christmas movie”).
In other areas, Christmas movies that are based in the same location are the order of the day. Christmas in Connecticut (1945) was, perhaps unsurprisingly, most popular in Connecticut, while Home Alone featured top in Illinois (where it’s set). Pancer was also the most popular in Michigan where some of the movie is set.
A mixture of Christmas classics and modern festive features
While some will argue that you “can’t beat the classics,” it appears as though some states are turning to the latest festive features to get themselves in the holiday spirit. Last year’s releases, Christmas Harmony, The Knight Before Christmas, Holiday Rush, and Noelle, all featured in the top 50 most popular Christmas movies. But so too did the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street.
The latter does perhaps show which movies (modern or classic) come out on top, as several movies to make the top spot are originals (or older versions), rather than the most recent. Christmas in Connecticut (remade in 1992) and Miracle on 34th Street (remade in 1994) are prime examples. These older films also tend to have higher IMDb ratings, too. It’s a Wonderful Life is the top-scorer with 8.6, followed by Die Hard with 8.2. Meanwhile, the modern ones mentioned above, score middle-of-the-range 5s and 6s.
Overall, then, Christmas movies aren’t all about fantastic storylines and Christmas settings. But if they give us that warm fuzzy feeling, are easy to watch, and have a sprinkling of festivity within them (even if it’s just a jumper with “Ho, Ho, Ho” on it) – we’re all for them.
Using the top 50 films on IMDB’s list of Christmas movies that are most popular among IMDb users at present, we searched each film individually on Google Trends to find which state scored the highest. This was then the designated film for that state. If any state came up twice, we used the film that ranked higher on Google Trends. If a state didn’t appear top for any of the movies, we searched through all of the 50 films to see which was most popular in the state according to Google Trends.
Movies where no data was available on Google Trends were omitted.