The Christmas Movie Your State is Most Obsessed with Mapped

It’s December, and that means the holiday season is underway. For many, the best way to get in the Christmas spirit is to put on their favorite holiday movie. As it turns out, your go-to Christmas movie could be influenced by where you live.

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes and other public sources, we compiled a list of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. Then, we partnered up with our friends at Mindnet Analytics and used Google Trends data to determine which Christmas movie each state was most obsessed with relative to other states.

Now, when you see some of the picks on this list, you might ask yourself, “Is that really a Christmas movie?” For purists, if it’s not along the lines of It’s A Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street, it’s not a Christmas movie. But we believe (and the Rotten Tomatoes list we referenced agreed) that unconventional Christmas movies, like Die Hard and Batman Returns (is there anything better than Gotham at Christmas?), that subvert your expectations of what to expect from a typical holiday film also have a place on this list.


Interesting Finds

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


The Christmas Movie Each State is Most Obsessed With

Don’t want to browse the map? Here are the findings in an easy-to-scan list:

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


Do you share the same favorite holiday movie as your state? Let us know by commenting below.