Survey: These Are The Most Popular Christmas Movies In Each State

Dec 11, 2019, 11:19 AM
FILE: "A Nightmare Before Christmas"...
FILE: "A Nightmare Before Christmas"

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – You can tell a lot about a state by its most popular Christmas movie.

Well, that might not actually be true, but it’s still interesting to see the holiday movies residents prefer from state to state.

A recent survey from the home services website House Method found that, of all the Christmas movies out there (and there are a lot of them), Americans favor 11 of them specifically.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” “Home Alone,” “A Christmas Story,” “Elf,” “A Christmas Carol,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Christmas Vacation,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Die Hard” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” are the most popular seasonal films in the United States.

Each state has its own favorite.

It’s probably no surprise that “A Christmas Story” is the top flick for nearly half of the states, Utah being one of them.

Twenty-three states ranked the story of Ralphie — and his quest for a Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle — as the most popular: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Washington, D.C., also has “A Christmas Story” as its favorite.

Coming in second place is the Will Ferrell movie “Elf,” which is most popular in 11 states: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin.

“Home Alone” was the favorite in four states – California, Idaho, Louisiana and Maryland – while “It’s a Wonderful Life” got top billing in three states: Illinois, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Two states love “Die Hard” the most (Kansas and Vermont), and another two had “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as its most popular holiday flick (Montana and Rhode Island).

The rest are each favorites in but single states: “Miracle on 34th Street” is Delaware’s favorite, “A Christmas Carol” is Hawaii’s pick, “Christmas Vacation” is the preferred holiday movie for Nebraska, the folks in New Mexico love “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and Tennessee watches “The Nightmare Before Christmas” the most during the holidays.

The most popular Christmas movies by state. (Graphic: HouseMethod.com)

The most popular Christmas movies by state. (Graphic: HouseMethod.com)

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Survey: These Are The Most Popular Christmas Movies In Each State