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America’s favorite Christmas movies by state

Posted at 5:23 AM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 07:02:58-05

It is December, and a great way to get into the holiday spirit is to settle in with some hot cocoa and watch your favorite Christmas movie. Turns out, your go-to Christmas movie could be influenced by where you live.

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes, Streaming Observer created a list of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. That list was compared to Google Trends data to determine which Christmas movie each state was obsessed with… and the answers may surprise you! Can you guess which state is obsessed with Bad Santa? (Find out below!)

Streaming Observer did include unconventional Christmas movies, such as Die Hard and Batman Returns, for their list. Here are some interesting finds:

  • Some of the holiday movies that multiple states across the US are obsessed with include Home Alone, Gremlins, Scrooged, and Die Hard.
  • Interestingly, there wasn’t a single state where the acclaimed It’s a Wonderful Life was the holiday movie residents were most obsessed with.
  • Not surprisingly, the state of Illinois loves Home Alone, as much of the movie was shot there.

Here is the map:

Favorite Christmas movie by state/Streaming Observer

Texas is a Gremlins state, according to the map.

Here is a full list for easy browsing:

Alabama: Home Alone

Alaska: The Apartment

Arizona: Edward Scissorhands

Arkansas: Gremlins

California: Batman Returns

Colorado: Gremlins

Connecticut: Trading Places

Delaware: A Christmas Story

District of Columbia: Trading Places

Florida: Batman Returns

Georgia: Gremlins

Hawaii: Trading Places

Idaho: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Illinois: Home Alone

Indiana: Home Alone

Iowa: Home Alone

Kansas: Scrooged

Kentucky: Elf

Louisiana: Batman Returns

Maine: The Snowman

Maryland: Miracle on 34th Street

Massachusetts: Love Actually

Michigan: Holiday Inn

Minnesota: White Christmas

Mississippi: The Best Man Holiday

Missouri: Die Hard

Montana: Christmas in Connecticut

Nebraska: Bad Santa

Nevada: Edward Scissorhands

New Hampshire: A Christmas Carol

New Jersey: Trading Places

New Mexico: The Nightmare Before Christmas

New York: The Apartment

North Carolina: Gremlins

North Dakota: Home Alone

Ohio: Home Alone

Oklahoma: Gremlins

Oregon: Scrooged

Pennsylvania: Trading Places

Rhode Island: The Night Before

South Carolina: Gremlins

South Dakota: Frosty the Snowman

Tennessee: A Christmas Carol

Texas: Gremlins

Utah: While You Were Sleeping

Vermont: Joyeux Noel

Virginia: Die Hard

Washington: Die Hard

West Virginia: The Ref

Wisconsin: Die Hard

Wyoming: Scrooged