- The Hawk & Tom Show

December 6, 2018

If there's ONE Christmas movie you'll watch this year, what is it?  Well, it might depend on where you're from.  Someone looked at stats from Rotten Tomatoes and Google Trends to figure out the most-popular Christmas movie in every state.....of course they used a somewhat liberal definition of what a "Christmas movie" is, so movies like "Die Hard" count.

Here's what they found:

The #1 Christmas movie overall is "Gremlins".  It's #1 in seven states....Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas.

And the biggest SNUB is "It's a Wonderful Life", which didn't snag the top spot in ANY of the 50 states....even though it's a more traditional Christmas movie.

"Home Alone" is #1 in six states....Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota, Ohio, and Illinois, where it was filmed.

"Die Hard" took the top spot in four states....Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 

"Trading Places" is also #1 in four states....Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

"Scrooged" is #1 in three states...."Batman Returns" also won three states...."Edward Scissorhands" took two states....and "A Christmas Carol" also won two states.  (It's not clear if they mean the 2009 version with Jim Carrey, or one of the older versions.)

Several popular Christmas movies only got one state:

. . . "A Christmas Story" is #1 in Delaware.

. . . Kentucky is the only state where "Elf" took the top spot.

. . . Massachusetts was the one state where you can't escape "Love Actually".

. . . Idaho is the only state where "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is #1.

. . . New Mexico is the only state where "The Nightmare Before Christmas" placed first.

. . . and "Miracle on 34th Street" took the top spot in Maryland.

A few UNEXPECTED movies did make the list though:

The top Christmas movie in Mississippi is "The Best Man Holiday" from Utah, it's the 1995 Sandra Bullock movie, "While You Were Sleeping" West Virginia, it's "The Ref" starring Denis Leary....
And in Montana, the most-popular Christmas movie is the 1945 classic, "Christmas in Connecticut".  (???)

(Check out the full list of all 50 states at