The holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time to cue up our favorite Christmas movies to get into the spirit of things. And with so much uncertainty surrounding this year’s season, you’ll have all the time you could want to watch your favorite Christmas movies!
Not sure which to watch? Using data from Google Trends and Rotten Tomatoes, we partnered with Mindnet Analytics to take a look at each state’s favorite Christmas movies. In addition, we took a look at overall interest in Christmas movies across states.
Check out the results below!
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- It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas appear the most for traditional Christmas movies, while Gremlins, Die Hard, and Batman Returns are movies you might not expect that appear at the top of many states’ lists
- Gremlins and Bad Santa are tied for the Christmas movie most states are obsessed with, winning in 4 states
- Batman Returns, Die Hard, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Best Man Holiday, Trading Places, and White Christmas all appear at the top of the list for 3 states each
- West Virginia and Utah tie for showing the most interest in holiday movies, followed closely by Indiana, Kentucky, and Idaho
- Washington D.C. shows the least interest in Christmas movies, followed by Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, California, Georgia, and Louisiana
Favorite Christmas Movie by State
|State||Holiday Movie Most Obsessed with|
|Connecticut||Christmas in Connecticut|
|District Of Columbia||Trading Places|
|Georgia||The Best Man Holiday|
|Illinois||It’s a Wonderful Life|
|Indiana||A Christmas Story|
|Kentucky||Babes In Toyland|
|Maine||Miracle on 34th Street|
|Maryland||The Best Man Holiday|
|Mississippi||The Best Man Holiday|
|Montana||A Christmas Story|
|New Jersey||Trading Places|
|New Mexico||Edward Scissorhands|
|New York||The Apartment|
|North Carolina||Home Alone|
|North Dakota||Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer|
|Oregon||Babes In Toyland|
|South Dakota||National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation|
|Tennessee||It’s a Wonderful Life|
|Utah||While You Were Sleeping|
|Vermont||The Night Before|
|West Virginia||Better Watch Out|
|Wisconsin||It’s a Wonderful Life|
|Wyoming||The Santa Clause|
Methodology for Favorite Christmas Movies
First we used the list of the top 50 Christmas movies from Rotten Tomatoes to determine a set of candidate movies that each state might be most obsessed with. We then added top movies from other December holidays such as “Eight Crazy Nights” and “The Black Candle”.
The data used to determine which movie each state is most obsessed with came from Google Trends state-wise search frequencies. For example, if you look at the relative search frequency for “The Apartment” across states you see that people in New York have searched more for this movie than any other state.
This movie is therefore the movie that according to Google Trends data we deemed New York is most “obsessed” with — the state’s favorite movie in relation to other states. It is not necessarily the movie that they searched for more than all other movies, but the movie that residents searched for more than other states did. The same procedure and logic applies to all other movie-state matches in our results.