Favorite Christmas Movie In Your State – What The Hell Is Going On In Maine, Michigan, Montana, Utah And Vermont?


You’ll see “Best Christmas Movie” lists year after year after year and they’re the same five movies: Home Alone, Elf, It’s A Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story. These are fine holiday films, but what about some love for some of the unorthodox Christmas classics such as Batman Returns, Gremlins, Trading Places, and of course Die Hard. This U.S. map of the favorite Christmas movie in every state does an excellent job of not being so narrow-minded and being open to some unconventional holiday-themed films.

This mao from Streaming Observer utilized data from Rotten Tomatoes, Google Trends, and other information to compile a list of the most popular Christmas movies of all-time in each state. You have to appreciate the states that want to laugh during the holidays despite their bank account shrinking because they bought too many presents for loved ones and themselves.

States such as Nebraska have an appreciation of Bad Santa, then there’s Kansas, Oregon, and Wyoming slipping some Maker’s Mark into their eggnog and watching Scrooged or the five places that said Trading Places was the best Christmas movie of all-time. Noticeably missing from the list is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. “I don’t know what to say, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.”


Congratulations to Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin for CORRECTLY recognizing that Die Hard is not only a Christmas movie, but it is indeed the BEST Christmas movie despite a new poll that said 62% of Americans believe Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Then there are the astute citizens in the great states of Arkansas, Colorado, and Georgia who are wise enough to know that Gremlins is a great Christmas flick.

However… not all U.S. states have good taste in Christmas movies. Tim Burton’s Halloweenish Edward Scissorhands is the most popular Xmas movie in Arizona and Nevada. Then there are obscure movies such as Joyeux Noel, which is a World War I movie and the favorite Christmas movie of Vermont. Maine loves themselves the chiller thriller The Snowman for their family fun for their Christmas celebrations.

Then there are older movies that I have never heard of such Holiday Inn, The Apartment, and Christmas in Connecticut. Have some sympathy for the men in Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Utah who have to watch rom-coms While You Were Sleeping, The Best Man Holiday, and Love Actually during their Christmas festivities. This is exactly why we have the electoral college.

Here is the list of the most favorite Christmas movie in each state.

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

Here is video of the top 10 Christmas movies of all-time.


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