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Data Study

The Favorite Christmas Movie of Each US State

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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!

Interesting Findings

  • 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 DC shows the least interest in Christmas movies, followed by Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, California, Georgia, and Louisiana
Interest in Christmas Movies

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Favorite Christmas Movie by State

StateHoliday Movie Most Obsessed with
AlabamaBad Santa
AlaskaLove Actually
ArizonaBad Santa
CaliforniaBatman Returns
ColoradoWhite Christmas
ConnecticutChristmas in Connecticut
DelawareBlack Christmas
District Of ColumbiaTrading Places
FloridaBatman Returns
GeorgiaThe Best Man Holiday
HawaiiLove Actually
IdahoThe Ref
IllinoisIt’s a Wonderful Life
IndianaA Christmas Story
IowaDie Hard
KansasBad Santa
KentuckyBabes In Toyland
MaineMiracle on 34th Street
MarylandThe Best Man Holiday
MassachusettsLove Actually
MichiganHoliday Inn
MinnesotaWhite Christmas
MississippiThe Best Man Holiday
MissouriDie Hard
MontanaA Christmas Story
NebraskaDie Hard
NevadaBad Santa
New HampshireScrooged
New JerseyTrading Places
New MexicoEdward Scissorhands
New YorkThe Apartment
North CarolinaHome Alone
North DakotaRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
OhioWhite Christmas
OregonBabes In Toyland
PennsylvaniaTrading Places
Rhode IslandElf
South CarolinaGremlins
South DakotaNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
TennesseeIt’s a Wonderful Life
TexasBatman Returns
UtahWhile You Were Sleeping
VermontThe Night Before
West VirginiaBetter Watch Out
WisconsinIt’s a Wonderful Life
WyomingThe 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.

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