Which Christmas Movie is Watched the Most in Your State?

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When the snow starts falling and Christmas is in the air, it’s time to get your family and friends together for a Christmas movie marathon. As you figure out your movie lineup for this year, you may fall back on a few of your go-to movies that top your list time and time again. Did you know that your neighbors, co-workers, and your kids’ school teachers most likely picked the same movies for their list as well? According to Cable TV, where you live has a lot to do with which Christmas movies are your favorite. Their research shows that there is a cultural domino effect when it comes to movie selection. Different regions of the United States prefer the same handful of Christmas movies year after year. Cable TV is even able to pinpoint which movie is most viewed in each state. Check out their map above to see which movie is the most popular in your state.

Cable TV came up with this data by cross referencing AMC’s (American Movie Classics) top rated holiday movies survey as ranked by viewers, against Google Trend’s state data which tracks the likelihood of each holiday favorite being watched in various cities across the country for the last ten years. The results showed that several states in a region shared movie favorites.

For example, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) was a favorite for several states in the West and South West region of the country. Where as the movie Elf  (2003) topped the list for many states in the Atlantic Seaboard and Great Lakes regions.

Here is a breakdown of the results by region and some possible links to why each region favors specific movies.

The South

The Sunny South tend to gravitate towards light hearted movies, whether its cartoons or the slapstick comedic type.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Alabama, Tennessee
Home Alone (1990) Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000) Mississippi
Bad Santa (2003) West Virginia

 

New England & The North

Nostalgic, heart warming classics from the 40s or 50s are perfect for the cold winter nights up north. There is no doubt that North Easterners and New Englanders love movies that have that warm-fuzzy hometown vibe, especially when it features their hometown.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Connecticut
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Delaware, Maryland
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948) Maine
White Christmas (1954) Vermont
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) New York

 

Atlantic Seaboard & Great Lakes

States in these regions tend to pick movies that embody good ‘ol family values like spending time with loved ones, giving to those in need, and being grateful for what you have. These core values tend to be at the heart of family life in the industrial backbone of America.

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Home Alone (1990) D.C., Minnesota
Elf (2003) Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin

 

Midwest

In a region where hardwork and good hospitality is key, a laughable, but somewhat relatable movie like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect holiday flick to watch with the family. Perhaps most have had experiences of their own having to host a not-so-favorite cousin without losing it or having to make the best of some unfortunate holiday event.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa

 

The West

The Wild West is divided by two movie preferences. Those that live in the hot arid desert regions of the West prefer the alternative, but still family oriented movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Perhaps this is because their holidays don’t match the typical winter wonderland scenes you see in other Christmas movies. On the other hand, those that live in the higher elevated areas of the West are into movies that depict a classic white Christmas and focus on family-centered themes. This is probably because that’s the stuff their Christmases are made of for those living in the high Rockies. Also, an interesting tidbit about their movie preferences is that they tend to pick movies that no other state picked as their top favorite. This individualistic attitude fits the lone cowboy persona that embodies the region’s roots.

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) New Mexico, Nevada, California, Arizona
The Santa Clause (1994) Idaho
Frosty The Snowman (1969) Montana
A Christmas Story (1983) Utah

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