The Most Popular Christmas Movies in the U.S. According to Google Study

A Christmas Story is the most Googled Christmas movie, topping the movies list in 8 states Elf topped the list in 6 states, followed closely by National Lampoon’s Christmas...
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  • A Christmas Story is the most Googled Christmas movie, topping the movies list in 8 states
  • Elf topped the list in 6 states, followed closely by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and How The Grinch Stole Christmas in 5 states each
  • Classic Christmas movies are still a favorite for most states

 

‘Tis the holiday season, and there’s nothing quite like the simple joy of making a cup of hot chocolate, settling on the couch, and indulging in a Christmas movie marathon. But which of the Christmas movies are the most popular right now in the U.S.?

According to data compiled by the research team at US Credit Unions, some Christmas movies reign supreme in some particular states — and some states are more into classic Christmas movies on the whole than others.

The research team analyzed 200+ top-rated movies from IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, then studied specific searches for each movie this December according to Google Trends Data.

For example, for Home Alone, they gathered keywords like “watch home alone,” “home alone full movie,” “home alone streaming,” “home alone netflix,” “where to watch home alone,” etc.

 

The study found something interesting: classic Christmas movies continue to captivate audiences during the holiday season across the country. Despite not boasting the same visual quality as modern films, the nostalgic charm, festive music, and heartwarming plots make these timeless movies a holiday delight for many Americans.

 

When we split Christmas movies into two groups — those before 2000 and those after — the data tells us that classic Christmas movies are searched more.

 

In fact, 26 states preferred googling classic Christmas movies from the last century, while 24 states in total favored more recent Christmas movie releases.

 

A Christmas Story (1983) was the most googled Christmas movie across the U.S. The family comedy, based on Jean Shepherd’s work and featuring a boy’s quest for a Red Ryder air rifle, dominated the searches in 8 states, including Maryland, Tennessee, and Oregon.

 

Next on the list is Favreau’s Elf (2003), starring Will Ferrell, which earned $220.4 million on a $33 million budget, quickly becoming an all-time holiday classic. It was the top choice for Christmas movies in 6 states, including Texas and Georgia.

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ranks third on the list. The movie, starring Chevy Chase, follows Clark Griswold who wants “a fun, old-fashioned family Christmas.” It took the lead in 5 states, notably, and perhaps unsurprisingly, in Illinois.

 

Sharing the third spot on the list with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). It spent four weeks at the top of the North American box office, making it the second highest-grossing holiday film ever, right after Home Alone. It was the most googled Christmas movie in 5 states, including Ohio and Washington.

 

The 2016 film Almost Christmas comes next coming out on top in 3 states. The film, telling the story of a family who lost their mom but not their humor, was a favorite in Delaware, Louisiana, and New Jersey.

 

Moving down the list, we have six different movies ranking first in at least two states each. What makes this list even more intriguing is that it includes both the oldest (1946) and the newest (2018) movies.

 

These movies are: Home Alone (1990, New York and Connecticut), Trading Places (1983, Montana and Pennsylvania), It’s a Wonderful Time (1946, Missouri and Wisconsin), The Polar Express (2004, Mississippi and South Carolina), Bad Santa (2003, Kentucky and Nevada), and The Grinch (2018, Michigan and North Dakota).

 

In the end, we have 11 movies in total that topped the list of most googled Christmas movies in one state each. Notable movies include The Holiday (2006), Love Actually (2003), Miracle on 24th Street (1994), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), and Jingle All the Way (1996).

 

The Most Googled Christmas Movies in Each State:

State
Movie
Alabama
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Alaska
Elf (2003)
Arizona
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Arkansas
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
California
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Colorado
A Christmas Story (1983)
Connecticut
Home Alone (1990)
Delaware
Almost Christmas (2016)
Florida
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Georgia
Elf (2003)
Hawaii
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Idaho
A Christmas Story (1983)
Illinois
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Indiana
The Holiday (2006)
Iowa
A Christmas Story (1983)
Kansas
Elf (2003)
Kentucky
Bad Santa (2003)
Louisiana
Almost Christmas (2016)
Maine
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Maryland
A Christmas Story (1983)
Massachusetts
Love Actually (2003)
Michigan
The Grinch (2018)
Minnesota
Jingle All The Way (1996)
Mississippi
The Polar Express (2004)
Missouri
It’s a Wonderful Time (1946)
Montana
Trading Places (1983)
Nebraska
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Nevada
Bad Santa (2003)
New Hampshire
A Christmas Story (1983)
New Jersey
Almost Christmas (2016)
New Mexico
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
New York
Home Alone (1990)
North Carolina
Elf (2003)
North Dakota
The Grinch (2018)
Ohio
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Oklahoma
Elf (2003)
Oregon
A Christmas Story (1983)
Pennsylvania
Trading Places (1983)
Rhode Island
Jack Frost (1998)
South Carolina
The Polar Express (2004)
South Dakota
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Tennessee
A Christmas Story (1983)
Texas
Elf (2003)
Utah
The Santa Clause (1994)
Vermont
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Virginia
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Washington
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
West Virginia
A Christmas Story (1983)
Wisconsin
It’s a Wonderful Time (1946)
Wyoming
Krampus (2015)

 

Methodology

The research team input 200+ movies into the Google Keywords Planner and analyzed the search volume over the past month to determine the most searched Christmas movie in each state.

For example, for Home Alone, they gathered keywords like “watch home alone,” “home alone full movie,” “home alone streaming,” “home alone netflix,” “where to watch home alone,” etc.

The team then calculated the total number of searches for each horror movie in each state to determine which horror movie had the highest number of searches.

 


Sources
Google Trends
IMDB — The Top 100 Christmas movies all-time
Rotten Tomatoes — 100 Best Christmas movies of all time

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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