And the most popular Christmas movie in Kansas is…

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It’s time to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and, of course, your favorite Christmas movie. But deciding which Christmas movie truly captures the essence of the holiday is a matter of national controversy.

Using data from Rotten Tomatoes and Google Trends, Wealthy Nickel pulled the numbers to determine the most popular holiday movie in each state. Many vacation classics made the list, but a few states surprised us with their unconventional tips. Snuggle up on the couch in the twinkling glow of the Christmas lights and find out if your state’s idea of ​​the most beautiful time of the year includes the North Pole or Nakatomi Plaza.

Top ranked Christmas films by state

Something about Christmas movies really captures the spirit of the season and can evoke a sense of nostalgia that transports viewers to Christmases past.

One of those vacation classics is The Polar Express, which took first place in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. These states love the mysterious train that travels to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Who doesn’t love the dancing waiters and chefs serving hot chocolate to all the kids?

Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia loved The Grinch, the story of a cynical grump trying to ruin Christmas for all of Whoville. Although there are a few theatrical versions of the story, the most popular is the 2018 animated rendition, with the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch.

With a flair for romance, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Virginia and the District of Columbia have all opted for Love Actually, which follows ten Britons as they navigate their love lives in a countdown to Christmas. This romantic comedy has become a modern day Christmas for many.

Other popular Christmas movies are Home Alone, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Midwest – Illinois, Ohio and North Dakota – are backing the Chicago-based film Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin as a resourceful eight-year-old who fends off two hapless robbers from his family home. Nebraska, Nevada and Utah eat as much sugar as they can while watching Will Ferrell run around New York City in the endearing story of Buddy the Elf. And Connecticut, Missouri, New Hampshire and Wisconsin stand by the oldie but goodie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Some recent films are even beginning to make their mark and become part of the Christmas tradition. The 2019 Netflix animated film Klaus is popular in states like Colorado and Washington.

Elf or Edward Scissorhands?

What Counts as a Christmas Movie? Does something scheduled during the holiday season fit in or does Santa Claus have to show up? This debate has undoubtedly sparked many arguments at family gatherings. However, the cold hard facts don’t lie. Wealthy Nickel’s research showed that December’s search volume skyrocketed for several films that wouldn’t normally come to mind as heartwarming Christmas classics.

One of the most surprising Christmas movies, voted a favorite by six states, is Trading Places. The 1980s comedy has thrilled audiences in Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania year after year. The film follows an upper-class financial executive and a street prostitute who switch lifestyles to win a bet. Set in Philadelphia during the holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities for holiday fun, including Dan Akroyd in a Santa suit.

Shockingly, Edward Scissorhands makes the cut with four states β€” Arizona, California, Florida and New Mexico β€” all of whom agree the film is a must-see during the holidays. While it doesn’t fit the “merry and merry” definition of a standard Christmas movie, it is set during the holiday season and is loved by many.

Perhaps the most famous Christmas movie that may not be a Christmas movie is Die Hard. Both Montana and Idaho enjoy watching John McClane fight to save Christmas from a group of renegade terrorists.

Which states have the most and least Christmas cheer?

According to the rankings, Utah is the most festive state, always looking for a dose of holiday cheer. Of the twenty films reviewed, Utahns were among the top five seekers for twelve of them. West Virginia and New Hampshire came in second and third as states that can’t say no to a good Christmas movie. West Virginia was among the top five seekers for eleven films and New Hampshire for seven.

The least festive states, at least by volume of Christmas movie searches, were Hawaii, Florida, Mississippi, New York and Louisiana. While most of these states will never have a white Christmas, New York should feel a little ashamed to be on this list.

What do Nevada and Nebraska have in common? Her love for the film Eleven of course! Here is the complete list of the most popular Christmas movies in each state.

  1. Alabama – The Polar Express
  2. Alaska-Jack Frost
  3. Arizona – Edward Scissorhands
  4. Arkansas – The Grinch
  5. California – Edward Scissorhands
  6. Colorado – Klaus
  7. Connecticut – It’s a wonderful life
  8. Delaware – Trading Places
  9. District of Columbia – Actually love
  10. Florida – Edward Scissorhands
  11. Georgia – trading places
  12. Hawaii – trading places
  13. Idaho – Die Hard
  14. Illinois – Home Alone
  15. Indiana – A Christmas Carol
  16. Iowa – Christmas Vacation
  17. Kansas – Miracle on 34th Street
  18. Kentucky – The Grinch
  19. Louisiana – The Grinch
  20. Maine – jingle all the way
  21. Maryland – Actually love
  22. Massachusetts – Actually love
  23. Michigan – Krampus
  24. Minnesota – jingle all the way
  25. Mississippi – The Polar Express
  26. Missouri – It’s a wonderful life
  27. Montana – Die Hard
  28. Nebraska- Eleven
  29. Nevada – Eleven
  30. New Hampshire – It’s a wonderful life
  31. New Jersey – Trading Places
  32. New Mexico – Edward Scissorhands
  33. New York – trading places
  34. North Carolina – The Polar Express
  35. North Dakota – Home alone
  36. Ohio – Home Alone
  37. Oklahoma – The Polar Express
  38. Oregon – Actually love
  39. Pennsylvania – trading places
  40. Rhode Island – Jack Frost
  41. South Carolina – The Polar Express
  42. South Dakota – Christmas Vacation
  43. Tennessee – Santa Claus
  44. Texas – The Grinch
  45. Utah – Eleven
  46. Vermont – Miracle on 34th Street
  47. Virginia – Actually love
  48. Washington- Klaus
  49. West Virginia – The Grinch
  50. Wisconsin – It’s a wonderful life
  51. Wyoming- Krampus

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